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post #1 of 8 Old 05-12-2019, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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yellow 2019 Vstrom 650 XT and short rider from France

Hello all,

I've been reading this forum and asked some questions before a purchase.
Now it (she?) is there!!

Givi crash bars
SW motech 38l topcase + adventure rack
Centerstand

Before I signed the deal, I really liked how members answered my question with real involvement.

More details about me (it may be useful for short riders):
5,34 feet (1m63) and 27.6 inch inseam (just in case you are wondering I am a man haha), motorcycle fully stock (seat, suspension etc.)
I can fully flat foot one side (in case of passenger get on/off), for red lights, half of a foot is enough.
To flat my left foot, I shift my butt out to the left then turn the handlebar 4 degrees to the right. Then the feeling is natural and safe.
I cannot reach ground both sides at the same time.


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post #2 of 8 Old 05-12-2019, 04:45 PM
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Nice looking motorcycle!!!! I can see your smile all the way from this side of the pond. 😁🏍️☕️
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-13-2019, 04:55 AM
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Congrats on your new ride. Have you though about raising the front forks to lower your bike? Another alternative is to use lowering link to lower the ride height or to have the seat modified to lower the height. Use the search function of this site and you will come across posts like Trucs et astuces de la SUZUKI V-STROM DL 650, https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000-...ing-front.html, https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000a...-question.html and many more. I used the words, raising forks, in the search bar.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-13-2019, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!

Before buying, my dealer let me test drive twice. The first time before I get up on the bike, I spot the seller discreetly stay behind ready to catch the bike

It is tall for sure, but I decided to take the challenge.
At worse I still have the option of OEM low seat but for now I learn to anticipate my stop until the right gesture become automatic.
To be honest: at few moments at the beginning and because of lack of anticipation the drop was not so far... but otherwise I have a lot of pleasure riding such a machine.
To short rider with a bit of experience: take time to test for real before deciding it is too tall for you. I had a CB500F before.

I also test drove the Versys 650 which felt a bit lighter during parking maneuvers.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-13-2019, 05:19 PM
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I had an XR650L years ago that was too tall for me. I rode it into town to get a haircut, I didn't pre-think the sloping parking spots, and over I went! lol T'was a quick lesson in NOT parking parallel to the curb, but instead, at a right angle, backed up against the curb. It's something I have to remember with my Wee too, tho' I can touch much easier on it. Congrats, and welcome!
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-13-2019, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the sharing @DonOhio45813
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-13-2019, 09:48 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. I'm short too, I've dropped it practicing tight turns and stalled the motor. It went so fast!
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