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post #1 of 48 Old 10-05-2016, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Make a Low version

I have written to Suzuki, which of course, gets no response. Asking to make a low version of the 650 and 1000 Vstrom for us shorter people. So why don't they? Guess what, BMW does! They understand that not all are over 6'0" and long legs, and who wants to feel safe when they have to put their feet down on pavement for stops. Yes, on my 2015 vstrom XT, I did the lowering process.....longer dogbones and lowered the front suspension, but with all of the hype, no one says that it is correctly engineered. This is something Suzuki should be responsible for. A little extra effort for us fellow riders by Suzuki would make them a whole lot more popular. Just saying!
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Well, there are low seat options. The problem with making a lower Strom is that the v-twin engine configuration makes is difficult, if not impossible, without sacrificing already low suspension travel and/or ground clearance. Easier to do on other engine types, especially the boxer twin. What they can do which does help some, is make the seat narrower in the front. Makes it easier to reach the ground, as your legs won't splay out as much. Apparently, the next generation 650 will have a narrower seat.
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Yeah, I am 5' 8" and only had a limited option on what bikes I could fit on. I had to lower mine a bit as well. I am searching for ADV bikes for my wife (hopefully in a few years with practice). I found this site, but only a few actually look like something she would get on. This one looks pretty nice.
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Why is it that people seem justified to demand that the whole world be redesigned for them?
The makers provide a product they deem salable to the market. Should they be concerned with all of the populace?
Perhaps if a couple hundred thousand vertically challenged people petitioned with non refundable deposit checks they might change their minds.
I'm 5'7" and the Wee strom works fine. I'm on my tip toes and fall down in the dirt occasionally. It's not Suzuki's fault that I choose a bike marginally suited for my abilities.

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I have written to Suzuki, which of course, gets no response. Asking to make a low version of the 650 and 1000 Vstrom for us shorter people. So why don't they? Guess what, BMW does! They understand that not all are over 6'0" and long legs, and who wants to feel safe when they have to put their feet down on pavement for stops. Yes, on my 2015 vstrom XT, I did the lowering process.....longer dogbones and lowered the front suspension, but with all of the hype, no one says that it is correctly engineered. This is something Suzuki should be responsible for. A little extra effort for us fellow riders by Suzuki would make them a whole lot more popular. Just saying!

Instead of trying to make the Strom into something it's not adapt your riding style.

Dual Sports typically don't allow both feet flat on the ground even for taller guys. Lean the bike slightly and plant one foot.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YId9Pr_RlIo This guy adapted.

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There isn't a raised version of a GSX-R for good reasons, bikes are designed the way they are for good reasons. Adapt...........or find another bike that fits you better.
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I just thought of something...How and why come don't they make taller cruisers for those who don't want their knees in their chins.
Really, do you want your butt that close to the road way? Do you like looking like a duck paddling your way to a start from every stop sign and light?
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Why is it that large people want to ride something designed for the Oompa Loompa's?
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While BMW does offer a factory lowered suspension on some models, you might be surprised to find the "lowered" suspension is within an inch or so of a V Strom stock suspension. Most other Adventure style bikes have a taller seat height compared to a V Strom.

While the lowering links and shortened springs used in a V STrom lowering package may not be factory engineered, I don't hear of many problems. If you wanted to go a better, more expensive, engineered route any of the major shock manufacturers can make a rear shock that is going to lower the bike. Might have to start with a shorter body and all that, but it is doable and you get the benefit of a really good damping package. You will have to make do with shorter springs in the front, and I know the drop in cartridges can help along with oil viscosity changes.
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I just thought of something...How and why come don't they make taller cruisers for those who don't want their knees in their chins.
Really, do you want your butt that close to the road way? Do you like looking like a duck paddling your way to a start from every stop sign and light?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Why is it that large people want to ride something designed for the Oompa Loompa's?
Or the "douchebag" option that would be connected to the Web and have automatic spikes on the ass of any tall guy who denigrates shorter riders. (Or maybe call it the Wookie Option)
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