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I lowered my 2014V-2. Just got back from test riding it. Very, very pleased.
Mind you I could flat-foot the bike before I lowered it. I have a 32" inseam (with my feet side by side and a 30.5" inseam with my feet 24"apart). I lowered it one inch.
Bike is way better now! Nothing changes as far as turn-in etc. Had it up to 95+ for a minute or two, steady as ever. But it feels so much better with just that little bit of a lower center of gravity. It scrubs off that inkling of a circus act when you're sweeping back and forth at a high brisk pace. More natural. The other benefit was when I was in Downtown traffic. What that inch does is this: While I, as I said, could flat-foot it before, now I can do that with my feet 3-4 inches farther out on each side. Totally wipes out that tiny bit of extra attention you need when you stick the landing (come to a stop). Plus I can back up much easier.
It didn't cost very much and didn't take very long to do it.

I used the Adventure Tech plates. Good service, clear simple instructions.
 
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I would sometimes like to lower my bike also as its hard to "back up" at times! :( only drama is I tried using the centerstand after putting a 3/4" piece of wood under it - to simulate a lowered bike- and there was NO way I could get that sucker onto the centerstand :(

solution would be to cut n shut the stand i guess..
I might yet do it..considering I intend to keep the bike for a few years :) I already have the factory low seat as well!! jeez I must really be duck ! Quack Quack ! lol

Did you lower the front forks through the clamps as well?
 

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I would sometimes like to lower my bike also as its hard to "back up" at times! :( only drama is I tried using the centerstand after putting a 3/4" piece of wood under it - to simulate a lowered bike- and there was NO way I could get that sucker onto the centerstand :(

solution would be to cut n shut the stand i guess..
I might yet do it..considering I intend to keep the bike for a few years :) I already have the factory low seat as well!! jeez I must really be duck ! Quack Quack ! lol

Did you lower the front forks through the clamps as well?
You could sue the council for building footpaths too close to your arse....:wink2:
 

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I would sometimes like to lower my bike also as its hard to "back up" at times! :( only drama is I tried using the centerstand after putting a 3/4" piece of wood under it - to simulate a lowered bike- and there was NO way I could get that sucker onto the centerstand :(

solution would be to cut n shut the stand i guess..
I might yet do it..considering I intend to keep the bike for a few years :) I already have the factory low seat as well!! jeez I must really be duck ! Quack Quack ! lol

Did you lower the front forks through the clamps as well?
Yes, I slide the fork tubes. And thanks for mentioning the centerstand. You are absolutely correct. I have waited to buy a centerstand until I did the lowering. I will get one in the next couple of weeks. I'll determine how much to shorten it by rolling the back wheel up onto boards until it gets easy. Likely 3/4- 1 inch. It is not really a high-tech modification. I happen to have a welder but some folks may choose to take it to a shop.
I suppose I should include the caveat: Never weld anything while it's attached to a modern motorcycle.
 
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Maybe "we" could carry a short board 3/4 to 1" thick to place under the back tyre when parking,and keep the centerstand stock ;)

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I had considered cable tying or velco a short board to the back tyre and just stopping the bike at that point to use the centerstand, but
the board could make the handling and suspension feel a bit "wooden". better idea would be to fit a larger rear wheel (18") or higher profile tyre! problem solved!! ;)
 

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Whats an inch for travel if it makes your grin wider and you feel confident.. send me you centre stand and side stand i'll lower them for you guys no charge just post..
bring on the good times..
 

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I had considered cable tying or velco a short board to the back tyre and just stopping the bike at that point to use the centerstand, but
the board could make the handling and suspension feel a bit "wooden". better idea would be to fit a larger rear wheel (18") or higher profile tyre! problem solved!! ;)
Your ingenuity astounds me, Paul :wink2: Why not just adapt a Goldwing hydraulic centrestand.......though the wood would be cheaper :smile2: What would you use? Hoop pine?
 

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Lowering effects on center stand

Don't know if this helps but I'll give it a try. I lowered my 2011 Weestrom 3/4" front and back so I think the effect should be similar to the DL1000. The center stand is harder to use but can be used once you get the technique worked out. With stiff soled boots or shoes stand close beside the bike. Place right foot on the tang, right hand on the passenger rail, left hand on left handlebar. Straighten out you right leg with you full weight on the tang and pull straight up on the passenger rail at the same time. This works most of the time for me. However, I can't get the bike on the center stand with the bags heavily loaded. Too much weight for me to lift and not enough leverage. To put this in perspective I'm only 5'7" 165 pounds.

The other thing you will need to do is shorten the sidestand as it probably stands to vertical after lowering the bike .

I also agree with NVDucati. Lowering the bike does improve the handling.

Hope this helps.
 

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Your ingenuity astounds me, Paul :wink2: Why not just adapt a Goldwing hydraulic centrestand.......though the wood would be cheaper :smile2: What would you use? Hoop pine?
Yes Hoop pine! as the wheels are colloqually known as "hoops!" :grin2:

re the Honda stand, I shouldnt want to contaminate the Suzuki DNA...but granted a Goldwing stand might just be strong enough to support a laden V2....:surprise:
 

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Wouldn't attaching the board to the back tyre make a "plop-plop" sounds as you ride along :confused:

As for your choice of timber I suggest a very rare (or even extinct) rainforest species may be more suitable and you can set fire to the offcuts in support of global warming :nerd:

Wait just a minute, I have the solution. Park your bike over a pot hole around 20mm deep. There should be an abundance to choose from. Let's hope the council don't repair them all.
 
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That's a better idea, Paul, cable tie a pothole to the bottom of your centrestand..............:thumbup:
 

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The other thing you will need to do is shorten the sidestand as it probably stands to vertical after lowering the bike .
For the record on the V-2 you don't need to shorten the side stand. It must stand a little more vertical but I can't see it by eye.
 

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Oh no! Now we have to carry a couple of plumb bobs to hang off the ends of the handlebars to measure the verticality of the thing on the centre stand. Together with part of a tree and a portable pothole we are going to need bigger sidecases.

Coops.
 

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Oh no! Now we have to carry a couple of plumb bobs to hang off the ends of the handlebars to measure the verticality of the thing on the centre stand. Together with part of a tree and a portable pothole we are going to need bigger sidecases.

Coops.
The pothole shouldn't take up too much space, the bit of wood is attached to the tyre and we could hang tassels off the plumb bobs to be pretend Harley riders........where's the problem? >:)
 

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I like the tassel idea.:smile2: Do we have to get chrome bits for it and dress like pirates as well?

Coops.
 

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NV, did you consider the factory low seat at all? I want to keep all the ground clearance I can.
 

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Lowered mine. Had a long look at the center stand. Think it's a Motech but frankly I've forgotten. But it would be complicated cutting and welding it. It's not just a straight up and down affair. So, I left it.
The lift is a little harder but not impossible. Except maybe when it's loaded down with luggage and camping gear and there is nowhere to grab and pull. Then it's sidestand time.
 

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NV, did you consider the factory low seat at all? I want to keep all the ground clearance I can.
I understand the desire to keep the ground clearance. I considered ground clearance as it regards lean angle for street riding. I came to the conclusion that the difference was too small to matter and that the rare scrape was something I've lived with for 30 years. For me this bike will be limited to the occasional fire road anyways. Also, once the stock seat got broken in, it is pretty comfy and I do some long-haul riding every year.

If it were really problem about the seat height I would consider the low seat or modifying the original seat using some of the trick foam that Spruce Aircraft sells for endurance sail plane seats. Also, I would consider buying a factory rear sub-frame and modifying that to lower the seat height and keep the comfort as is. You loose some leg room, of course. Mind you, I have never ridden on a low factory seat so maybe it is comfortable as is.

My goal was to polish its street performance (CG) without loosing suspension travel. Having a wider foot stance while stopped is an extra benefit. Using the 1" plates was not a big modification. I bothered to make a post here because I couldn't find a lot of results by folks who have actually lowered the new version.
 

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I recently lowered my 2006 Wee (3/4") about a week after adding the SW-Motech center stand. As mentioned above, I am still able to get it on the center stand with a bit more effort. Haven't tried it fully loaded though.
Imo, the original (?) side stand is ok for now, height wise, that may also change when it's loaded.
I too like the general handling feel of the lowered bike. I haven't scraped anything yet in the turns, but I'm not a speed demon anyway.

Henry.
 
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