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post #1 of 18 Old 07-30-2006, 03:23 PM
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V-strom for small riders?

My wife loves riding pillion on my DL1000 and wants to get one for herself (DL650). Problem is, she's about a 28" inseam and has trouble touching the ground on tippy-toes on mine.

Is the six-fiddy shorter? What are all the tricks that can be used to make one shorter? Any "smaller-statured" riders here that could give us some pointers? thanks!

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-30-2006, 04:19 PM
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With lowering links, the short seat and maybe boots with heels, she should get pretty close to flat footed.
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Wee is shorter

According to test report I read on 650 it is 1 1/2 inches shorter than the 1000. I have 30" inseam and have no problem. She should sit on a 650 and see how it fits. With possible adjustments and thick shoes it has possibilities.

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Re: V-strom for small riders?

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My wife loves riding pillion on my DL1000 and wants to get one for herself (DL650). Problem is, she's about a 28" inseam and has trouble touching the ground on tippy-toes on mine.

Is the six-fiddy shorter? What are all the tricks that can be used to make one shorter? Any "smaller-statured" riders here that could give us some pointers? thanks!

-Dave
There are a lot of shorter riders on the 650, <5'8", <30" inseam. Not all of them have lowered their suspension to ride the Strom.

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I've got a 30" inseam and I ride a DL1000, I've even raised it up for more ground clearance, I don't understand why everybody is so concerned about touching the ground, I balance mine on my toes.
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I've got a 30" inseam and I ride a DL1000, I've even raised it up for more ground clearance, I don't understand why everybody is so concerned about touching the ground, I balance mine on my toes.
Are you being serious??????? :shock: Have a little oil or grit at a stop, while being on your toes....you'll wish you were more flat footed!

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If you can't find a lowered 650 to try on, you can improvise as follows:

The KoubaLinks drop the height by 1 1/8"

The 650 seat is a little over 3/4" lower than the 1000

Total height change is 1 7/8"

A "2X4" is about 1 1/2" thick, so you could lay a 2X4 on top of a piece of 3/8" plywood on either side of your DL1000, and have her see if she can comfortably balance the bike with her feet on the boards. Obviously, you'd have to do this carefully to avoid an "oops."

Is she an experienced rider? There are some on this forum who have strong opinions on whether the Wee is appropriate for an inexperienced rider, especially if there is a height issue. If you have the time, see: https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5143

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I've got a 30" inseam and I ride a DL1000, I've even raised it up for more ground clearance, I don't understand why everybody is so concerned about touching the ground, I balance mine on my toes.
Are you being serious??????? :shock: Have a little oil or grit at a stop, while being on your toes....you'll wish you were more flat footed!

Best of luck to ya! :wink:
Took the DL to Baja not going get any more gritty than that.
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Re: V-strom for small riders?

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My wife loves riding pillion on my DL1000 and wants to get one for herself (DL650). Problem is, she's about a 28" inseam and has trouble touching the ground on tippy-toes on mine.

Is the six-fiddy shorter? What are all the tricks that can be used to make one shorter? Any "smaller-statured" riders here that could give us some pointers? thanks!

-Dave
Has she sat on an SV650? Since they share the same engine, it might be something she could consider.
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I've got a 30" inseam and I ride a DL1000, I've even raised it up for more ground clearance, I don't understand why everybody is so concerned about touching the ground, I balance mine on my toes.
Are you being serious??????? :shock: Have a little oil or grit at a stop, while being on your toes....you'll wish you were more flat footed!

Best of luck to ya! :wink:
Took the DL to Baja not going get any more gritty than that.
Baja riders and motocross riders usually are short...but they also almost NEVER have a need to touch the ground with both feet. :wink: The asphalt jungle is ALLOT different, as you already know!

I personally wouldn't feel comfortable, not being able to at least put down the whole front of my feet on the pavement.

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