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I am trying to convince a friend to get a Strom. Problem is, he's 5'4" short. He says his inseam is 29-30 inches. How low can the lowering kits bring the bike?

We're planning an AK trip for next summer and he needs a bike.

Anyone? If you've lowered your 2012 model, how is it? How tall are you? Inseam?
 

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great result

I am 5' 3" with about a 30" inseam
I bought a 2012 weeStrom after only having tried the previous models.
I quickly bought the KoubaLink lowering links 'V-Strom 2' which lower the rear 1 1/8". The forks are also dropped through the tripleclamps about 3/8".
The bike is now really comfortable to foot around when parking and I'm more confident when stopping, to know I can get good ground contact even with both feet.
 

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I put Soupy's Performance adjustable lowering links on my 2012 and they work well for someone who isn't certain how much lowering they need. These links allow lowering from 0 to 4 inches. They seem to be adequately sturdy - I've used them over some quite rough off-pavement terrain with no problems. Soupy's also sells an adjustable side stand which takes care of the need for a shorter side stand if a bike is significantly lowered.

These might be a good choice for your friend.

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Earlier models had a maximum of 1-1/8" allowable lowering in the rear before the tire could start tearing up the inner fender under the seat. The longer shock with a little more travel on the Glee probably would be about the same. The front travel seems unchanged. In that case, a little over 3/4" would be the maximum.

The front to rear relationship now seems right on. I would want to keep that relationship and lower both ends the same amount. I have done that and lowered both ends 3/4" or 19mm. I don't ride off pavement or go crazy in the twisties so don't need the extra ground clearance. The lower c/g is nice and my 67 year old joints appreciate the ease of getting a leg over the seat and backing up no longer makes my knees protest.
 

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Lowered 3/4" front and back, like GW. Rides great, and I can get both feet firmly down now, plus paddle the bike to reverse. I have a 30" inseam. Might also want to consider the factory low seat or taking off some seat pan bumpers to tighten up the seat-peg-bar relationship at that size.
 

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29/30 inch inseam the bike doesnt need to be lowered.
 

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29/30 inch inseam the bike doesnt need to be lowered.
Strictly pavement riding doesn't need as much suspension travel as the bike comes with. Wait until you are my age.
 

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Strictly pavement riding doesn't need as much suspension travel as the bike comes with. Wait until you are my age.
But it just looks so goofy when lowered.:mrgreen:
 
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It looks great to me.

 

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I really do like the looks of the new 650.....lowered or not.:thumbsup:
 

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I'm considering some Kouba Links for my DL650 as well but as they lower the bike by about 1 1/8" should I have any concern as to the stability of the side stand or should that be considered as well?
 

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Chances are you'll need to deal with the side stand. There is also the aerodynamic concern of front end lift at speed and the slower steering to take into account. Lowering the front by 3/4" too helps some but the older bikes handle best with the front lowered more than the rear instead of the other way around. The Glee does best with equal measures because the rear is already higher than the Wee.
 

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I agree you will probably need to shorten the sidestand. My 2012 is lowered one inch in the rear and at the limit in the front, and I felt the bike was too near vertical when on sidestand for it to be secure. It wasn't totally vertical and if care were used in positioning the bike when putting it on the sidestand it might have ok, but I felt it was risky and installed an adjustable sidestand.

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what brand etc

I agree you will probably need to shorten the sidestand. My 2012 is lowered one inch in the rear and at the limit in the front, and I felt the bike was too near vertical when on sidestand for it to be secure. It wasn't totally vertical and if care were used in positioning the bike when putting it on the sidestand it might have ok, but I felt it was risky and installed an adjustable sidestand.

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Hi Mike -- I'm in the situation of needing that sort of sidestand I reckon. My Kouba V-Strom 2 lowering links did the back really well. With the front only lowered about a third of what it could be, the sidestand is only just okay. I'd like to get the front down for the balance that eg GW speaks of. What brand is your adjustable sidestand? -- and is it good quality build? -- how is the size of the foot of it? -- thanks
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I have the Soupy's Performance sidestand and the quality seems to be good. It has held up over some knarly, bumpy terrain. The foot is small and can be problematic in soft dirt, etc. I carry a small flat piece of metal to put under the foot if I encounter soft conditions. I'm not sure if a larger foot could be welded on or not but would guess it probably could.

Glad to be of some help.

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I have the Soupy's Performance sidestand and the quality seems to be good. It has held up over some knarly, bumpy terrain. The foot is small and can be problematic in soft dirt, etc. I carry a small flat piece of metal to put under the foot if I encounter soft conditions. I'm not sure if a larger foot could be welded on or not but would guess it probably could.

Glad to be of some help.

Mike
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Thanks for that
Checking the bike out with the stand in mind today I see one more question -- Has the Soupy's got the stop thing for the '12 model sidestand ignition cut-out?
As it's an adjustable length, I guess I could just get a mate to weld a larger foot beneath the one on the stand -- if it was a problem.
 
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