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Hey Suzuki, not all of us are over 6' tall and long legs! So how about building a short version of the vstrom adventure both 650 and 1000 bikes. For those of us 5'9" and under with 28" inseam. Even build the centerstand that will go correctly with it! That what I'm saying!
 

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Defeats the whole purpose of an ADV style machine, they are tall for a reason. ;) Better to lower it yourself a bit, or come to the realization that all you need is the balls of your feet on the pavement.
 

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Defeats the whole purpose of an ADV style machine, they are tall for a reason. ;) Better to lower it yourself a bit, or come to the realization that all you need is the balls of your feet on the pavement.
I think there is a market for a lower Adventure style bike though.

My wife's Tiger 800 XRX Low is a factory built low model. Apart from not being able to fit a centerstand and having less ground clearance I suspect it would be as good for most off-pavement riding as the taller versions. She's 5'4".

(Too bad the damn thing has been in the shop since the beginning of August and will be for a couple more weeks.)

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I think there is a market for a lower Adventure style bike though.

My wife's Tiger 800 XRX Low is a factory built low model. Apart from not being able to fit a centerstand and having less ground clearance I suspect it would be as good for most off-pavement riding as the taller versions. She's 5'4".

(Too bad the damn thing has been in the shop since the beginning of August and will be for a couple more weeks.)

..Tom
Good thing Sandy is such an accomplished rider, as it is "still" too tall for her. :wink2:Sure hope they get the engine issues sorted out, I understand they are very good about things of that nature.
 

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Melanie is also 5'4" and rides our factory low '16 GS1200. We also had the seat shaved a tad, the handlebars trimmed and up/back added. What I like is the seat is easily raised up about an 1" when I ride it.
 

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I agree with the OP to point ...I'm 30" inseam and absolutely wanted to flat foot given the load I was touring with ...combination of 3/4" links, Terry Adcox trimmed down seat and some bulk up on my boot soles...works fine.

Still - there are lower adv bikes ....the CB500x is lower and lighter.....and the Vstroms are really not for going off road anyways...too heavy and not enough clearance.

CSC sees a market for that segment the OP is on about.



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Not sure they want to compete in that class ....the motor is a very durable CG design meant to survive the marginal maintenance that is often the case in second and third world markets.
Chassis has been beefed up for the North American market.

The CB500x rules the 450 -500cc zone
 

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A 250.....is a 250......is a 250........not enough balls to really be out on the open road. I had a WR and it had more get up and go than any 250 minus a full blown MX bike, and it could barely get out if it's own way at anything above 50 MPH.
 

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250, not enough balls. You Otta try driving a Horseless carriage vintage car. Pre 1915. No brakes, questionable lighting and electrics.
If you operate a vehicle within the parameters it was designed for, they do quite well. Don't expect full gonzo performance from smaller vehicles.
That's the problem many folks don't appreciate.
A friend restored a BMW 250 single and then complained about how slow it was compared to her Ducati Super Light. DOH!
 

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Being 5'7" I struggle with the height but it's manageable. I don't think it would be practical for them to build a shorter version. Just something in life that us not tall people will have to deal with.
 
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