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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2017, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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HD Deluxe to Weestrom?

Thinking of trading my deluxe. Looking for something lighter. I've looked at VStroms for some time. I know they are vastly different, so comparing is difficult. I'm looking for what will be my last bike. I just turned 65 and hope to ride another 10 years, if health permits. My real concern is the seat height, due to my 29" inseam and average height of 5'8". I'm also looking at the HD Street 750. Thanks for any feedback.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-22-2017, 08:18 PM
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Lot of options for lower seats on the vstrom. It's a solid, dependable bike. Handles well and has enough power for 2-up + luggage. You won't be disappointed.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-22-2017, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Before the harley I rode an Intruder 800. Loved it. A neighbor gave me a great deal on the deluxe because she quit riding. I do like being able to put both feet down at a stoplight with the deluxe. The Deluxe has been a great bike, too. No problems with it other than being heavy.
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I'm 5'7" and have a 29 " inseam. I'm on my toes are stops but practice makes it no problem. If you are used to flat footing with 700 pounds, tip toes with 500 pounds will feel strange. Overall handling you may find better on the Stom. Lower seats, reshaped seats and lower suspension may solve any low speed/stopped problem.
Welcome the realm of a proper handling motorcycle. You'll be passing the sluggy herds of HD's soon enough.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-22-2017, 11:27 PM
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I'm 74(Monday 9/25). 5'7" 165 pounds, 29 inch inseam.

Here's a list of what I've done to make my 2011 DL650ABS fit me.
  • Lowered 3/4" front and rear.
  • 2"extended front brake line
  • 3-1/2" pivoting Rox Risers
  • Terry Adcock seat lowered 1-1/2" With nose narrowed, shortened wings for thigh length and seat rotated to keep from sliding up on nose of seat. Good for comfortable 400-500 mile days
  • Side stand shortened 3/4"
  • Center stand shortened 3/4
  • Madstad Bracket and 20" Adventure Windshield
  • Adventure Tech Foot peg lowering Kit

I'm sure there's more I can't think of at the moment.

Basically I can plant the balls of my feet and some times flat foot it. I've perfected this between an 2006 DL65-0 and the 2011 DL650 over 12 years.

It can be done by/for us height challenged. Good luck with your search.

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post #6 of 8 Old 09-23-2017, 01:06 AM
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I went from a Harley Road King to a V-Strom. I'm 5'11", but not exactly sure of my inseam. When I first test rode a V-Strom and wasn't able to put my feet flat on the ground it felt really weird and unsafe, but that feeling was temporary. It was just a matter of overcoming old muscle memory. Up until I got the V-Strom, I believed that it wasn't safe to ride a bike that you couldn't put your feet flat on the ground, but I don't believe that any more. When my 800+ pound Road King started tipping over one day while I was sitting on it, being able to put my feet flat on the ground didn't make a bit of difference; once it was going, it was gone. I quickly got used to just being able to touch the ground with the balls of my feet, and that feels totally natural now. 17,000 miles on the V-Strom and now 42,000 on my Super Tenere, and not being able to flat-foot either bike has ever been a problem.

It would be a different story if I could only get one foot on the ground at a time, but as long as I can touch with both feet simultaneously, I'm good.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-23-2017, 06:42 AM
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Hi, I recently traded my Harley Heritage for a 2014 1000 Adventure. I don't have a real issue with the height (I'm 5'11), but the weight of the bike makes all the difference to me. The Vee is better for me in almost every category!
Like me, you may have to take some ribbing from your old buddies, but that is ok.
I tell people "the Harley was enjoyable but the Vstrom is FUN"!
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-23-2017, 07:09 AM
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I'm 74(Monday 9/25). 5'7" 165 pounds, 29 inch inseam.

Here's a list of what I've done to make my 2011 DL650ABS fit me.
Lowered 3/4" front and rear.
2"extended front brake line
3-1/2" pivoting Rox Risers
Terry Adcock seat lowered 1-1/2" With nose narrowed, shortened wings for thigh length and seat rotated to keep from sliding up on nose of seat. Good for comfortable 400-500 mile days
Side stand shortened 3/4"
Center stand shortened 3/4
Madstad Bracket and 20" Adventure Windshield
Adventure Teck Foot peg lowering Kit
exactly what I did except shorter risers 20 mm and don't have a centre stand ...did not shorted the side stand but should have.

these are great for stability - Milwaukee troopers....give you an inch and terrific grip


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