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post #1 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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2 up on vee

I was on florida vacation and I finally rode a friends vee and now thinking of it all the time.

I can only tiptoe the bike with my left foot only, the right foot is not touching the ground. The bike is leaning on a stop. No problem riding by myself ....but when the wifes with me, it's very hard to balance at a stop...though i manage.

The bike is leaned to the left on stop and now i carry the wifes weight on that leg...she gets heavier on a few stops or my left leg is tiring quickly that we have to stop, take a rest. While were on the way, no problem.

This bike is already lowered by 1" with a wee seat on it. Has anyone lowered their vee more than 1", I think I need about 3" to be able to tiptoe with both feet and saw a lowering link on ebay that claims 3". I read about the vee but my mind is set on the 09 wee. My current ride is a vstar 1100.
Please tell me it can be lowered more than 1". My inseam is only 28".
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-05-2009, 01:56 PM
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3" drop is huge. It would really cut into your ground clearance and because you can't drop the front the same amount it will slow your steering down a lot.

Did you remove the rubber bumpers on the bottom of the seat?

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Please tell me it can be lowered more than 1". My inseam is only 28".
I have a 28" inseam. My K2 DL1000 has the forks raised 7/8" in the triple clamps and 1 1/8" Koubalinks lowering links.
With a seat from a DL650 (1" lower than the DL1000 seat) with 5/8" cut off the rubber mounting blocks,
I get both booted feet down. My K2 handles and rides very well with that setup.

Although your friend's Strom was lowered, he may have had the pre-load adjuster in a high position.
Screw the pre-load all the way in and you will have raised the seat UP about an inch. Just a thought.

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thanks...I just traded to a 09 wee and picking it up next saturday, can't wait!
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-09-2009, 01:22 AM
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Oh Yeah

Congratulations, didoban.

Don't know where you're at in the land of O, but Yahoo weather seems to indicate sunny and mid 40's (F.)
for Saturday. Just bring that gear - in case the sunny ride home developes into a mini-trip!

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I lowered the rear 2" and kept the front where it's at. I do pretty good with my toes on the ground. I'd like to try a Wee seat sometime, too.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-12-2009, 12:49 AM
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I lowered the rear 2" and kept the front where it's at. I do pretty good with my toes on the ground. I'd like to try a Wee seat sometime, too.
2 inches is a big drop, V-John. That puts extra load/wear on the rear tire while unloading
the front a bit for braking and wet steering. Beside handling issues, you don't get the full
result from the drop unless you lower the front too.

Why not give it a try? It's easy to un-do if you don't like. View here, #6 & #7:
http://www.jackphelps.com/vstrom/vst...bakerlinks.htm

Work one side at a time. I loosened the bottom two bolts, then loosened the top just enough
to slide the fork up. Tighten the top bolt, then the two at the bottom and move on to the
other side. You can go up 7/8" max without fear of the fender hitting at full compression.
Measure carefully to be sure the forks are raised exactly the same.

Many riders on this forum raise the forks, without lowering the rear, just to improve handling.
You can use the rear shock preload adjuster to raise the rear for the original balance.

The Wee seat is an inch lower, an inch narrower and hard as a rail IMO. I like how it put me
closer to the ground. I also liked the extra wriggle room between the nose and the bump.

But it just had to be re-foamed where my tailbone bottomed out. At least the Suzuki seat
cover is tough stuff. With care it can be re-stapled several times until foam density and
slope can be adjusted to 'just right'.

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I've lowered my Vee by 1" with lowering links and 5/8" on the fork tubes, I have a 29" inseam, I can sit with both feet well planted but my heels aren't qwuite touching, but I'm a fairly hefty preload, geared up, I tip the scales around 300, with a pillon, the sag is enuf that my heels touch as well

riding 2 up on one tip toe in stop n go traffic could easily end up tragic or at least embarrassing, in a moment of unpreparedness,

with the amount I have lowered mine, it's not uncommon for me to scrape hardware, the exaust in righthanders and ther sidestand in lefthanders, most often though, downhill right handers



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How do the passengers like the seat/pegs on the Vee? BB
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