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Review of bike lowering

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.

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lowering didn't work for me, I liked it being lower, and the lower COG while riding

it was the unseen consequences that didn't work, my lard ass bottomed out the suspension, not a problem with stock height, with the suspension lowered, my rear tire wore a hole thru my tail, allowing grime to get everywhere, riding in winter didn't help either, the lower COG made the riding easier, but that hole contributed to my cancer of the wore harness problem,

I have since replace the inner tail, put the stock links back in, and an aftermarket shock the raises the bike, I can barely get my toes down, and have a tough time getting the bike off it's sidestand to get moving

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I just got a 2009 Gladius for my wife and just ordered the Soupy's 2-4in drop links so I'm happy they worked well. The side stand was already cut by a previous owner so it should be an easy install.

What I like about the Soupy's links is that they are adjustable, so if at max length the wheel rub the fender I can shorten the link until it no longer rub.

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Mine is lowered 1" and have the low Terry Adcox seat. It will bottom if loaded and I forget the preset.

But I also got these Milwaukee Troopers - which added an effortless inch. Excellent boots and in particular the grippy soles.





So I could easily lose the lowering links at this point tho I have a 30" inseam. When I'm fully loaded I wanrt both feet flat to allow for odd camber situations.
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Mine is lowered 1" and have the low Terry Adcox seat. It will bottom if loaded and I forget the preset.

But I also got these Milwaukee Troopers - which added an effortless inch. Excellent boots and in particular the grippy soles.





So I could easily lose the lowering links at this point tho I have a 30" inseam. When I'm fully loaded I wanrt both feet flat to allow for odd camber situations.
How hard is it to shift with those?

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Not at all tho you might want to move the shifter up a tad. I did move my shifter on the Vstrom because my off road boots are even thicker but I have no issue on the CBF.
Remember they have the cutout in the middle so it sits pretty low on the peg.

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Now that I cannot answer as have not done that to any extent.They are snug to the ankle so no no chaffing ...you might look online for reviews.


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I've lowered my 04 Vee 1000 about 1.5" in the rear and about 1" on the forks and it handles great. Only problem is the kickstand. It's OK on flat ground, but better if area is sloping to the left a little. 31" inseam. Scrapes some on track days with lowered footpegs.
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