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06-19-2014 10:29 PM
richlandrick I PM-ed the originator of the thread.

I will make some lowering links for the Vee2, but right now there isn't enough data available to predict what change in length results in what change in seat height and I'm too busy with other easier projects to figure it myself. I'll bet it will need to be done empirically.

On a Vee1 Wee1 or Wee2 dropping the seat 2 inches with lower links is at least 7/8" past where trouble begins. I don't think any of us actually know where trouble would begin on the Vee2, but lowering 2" makes me shudder without any information that says it would be OK.

BTW, on the Vee2 there is plenty of room to drop the forks before worrying about clearance issues.
05-23-2014 10:58 PM
chirosyd Chiming in.5'8", 29.5 " inseam.When I owned my '11 Wee, I lowered the rear one inch with adjustable lowering links. Worked great for me. I am using the low seat on '14 Vee2. It works great for me. I can touch the balls of my feet fine. I personally feel fine with this, but you have to do what feels safe for you. I will tell you as stated above, it gets easier with more miles/experience. 2000 miles on my red Vee2 and LOVING it.
05-23-2014 10:23 PM
Laava
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Originally Posted by zedex9r View Post
I think the V-Stroms should come with another warning sticker!

So you have to be tall AND not using mind altering substances now!
05-23-2014 09:30 PM
danhikeski
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I reckon some are being creative in the use of the tape measure. I am a 'just' 5' 8" and apart from it being a stretch to get both tippy-toes on the ground, I have found no need to reduce the height from standard (with standard seat).

Yes, I'm just 5'-4" and only have the bike lowered 1-1/2". Btw, 27" inseam, go to the gym if you can't handle it,


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05-23-2014 09:03 PM
Santah I reckon some are being creative in the use of the tape measure. I am a 'just' 5' 8" and apart from it being a stretch to get both tippy-toes on the ground, I have found no need to reduce the height from standard (with standard seat).
05-23-2014 08:33 PM
zedex9r I think the V-Stroms should come with another warning sticker!

05-23-2014 07:31 PM
ToadRide Ah, what the Hell.
05-23-2014 07:30 PM
ToadRide 5'8" too. I've gone from the KLR to the F800GS to the Stelvio and now this. I love dual sport and all are tall bikes. I did opt for making Disco boots ala Elton John style out of my riding boots, tho. has helped alot. Shifting is a bit of a hassle but I manage. would show em to ya but I would be able to feel and have to bear the laughter from here.
05-23-2014 04:28 PM
Rockies Rider
I've got short legs too

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I am 5' 8" and struggle on my new 2014 Vstrom 1000 when it comes to backing out of a parking space. I decided to take my bike to my buddies shop to get it lowered. i already have the 1" lowered seat from Suzuki but it wasn't enough. here is a pic i wanted to share that lowered my bike down 2 more inches. I love it and no issues!!
I'm 5'8" as well and I made the adjustment to the 3/4" Kouba lowering links and sliding the forks the same amount and a lowered custom seat.

I would listen to GW and BigB-two inches is a lot and the welded dog bone worries me and sends a bad message. We all like to take small chances on the road and I need to know everything is solid under me when I do.

Congratulations on getting the bike and don't listen to those guys that are beating you up because you chose a V. Lots of us short guys have done it and you can too. Stay with it and watch your parking and low speed turns until you get a few thousand miles on you.

Best/RR
05-23-2014 01:28 PM
greywolf Based on this shot, it looks possible. I don't have any info on what clearance problems may be created. Remember though, lowering the front doesn't have nearly as much effect on seat height as lowering the rear. Lowering both ends by the same amount eliminates aerodynamic angle of attack changes though.

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