After 4 years and 30,000 miles of owning my '14 1000, I just made the decision to have lowering links installed. Short story, I should have done it 4 years ago!
Long story. 5'8" tall, 29" inseam. In 2011, I purchased a Vstrom 650, and had it lowered 1" (rear only, front kept stock). Rode my '11 for 3 years and 30,000 miles. I still could not flatfoot the bike, but it was acceptable for sure. In 2014 I purchased my 1000, and chose to keep the bike stock height. I enjoy sitting higher up while riding. I installed the low seat, and that let me touch the ground with the balls of my feet. The bike road great, but I always wished it was lower. The few times a year I ride off road with the N.E.V.A. group, are always a challenge. No major mishaps, just a little hairy.
Last week, I purchased Soupy's adjustable lowering link and the adjustable kickstand. Dealer installed these parts. Kept the front forks stock. Riding the bike was weird at first, and I felt super low compared to stock. I did have my OEM Suzuki stock seat put away in the garage, and switched it out with the low seat I had been using for the past four years. Once I installed the stock seat, the bike felt great! I still cannot flat foot bike completely, but confidence at stops is amazingly better. I can put the full front half of my feet down, and that for sure has given my the extra confidence that I will not drop the bike at low speeds. Took the bike today for two hours of twisties and highway to see how it handled, and it was great. No issues at all, the bike handled flawlessly.
As for the kickstand, not loving it. It works for sure, but I like my OEM with the SW Motech foot enlarger better. I will be bringing the kickstand to a welder in town, so they can shorten it by about 1", which should do it.
I know there are those out there that do not recommend lowering bikes. For me, it appears to have worked out better than I thought.