To lower or not to Lower? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Curious A place for those that are thinking about buying a V-Strom to ask V-Strom owners questions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 20
To lower or not to Lower?

Yesterday was the first time I sat on a new k9 650, i had only previous sat on and ridden a k7 with 30,0000 kms> on it. I could flat for the k7 which i was told was stock, but the k9 im on the balls of my feet - again stock.

Im guessing the k7 suspension is on the soft side and squashed down a bit when i sat down.
So im wondering what is the best solution is going to be? Reluctant to go lowering links/drop forks as it will reduce clearance which will mean im doing a fair bit of peg scrapping.

1. Leave it stock height - Im fine with balls of my feet on roads but dirt roads/tracks ... hmm not so sure - flat footing the bike would make it make easier.
2. Drop front forks and shave seat - will give me more feel of front end.
3. lowering links (and shaved seat).

I would like some feedback as what is the best option or what others have found successfull.

Thanks
AJ
ajay is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 02:13 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
chris swann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: golden b.c. canada
Posts: 2,514
Send a message via MSN to chris swann Send a message via Yahoo to chris swann
lowering

i would leave the bike alone , you will get used to it . the bike is allready a bit low on ground clearance . i wouldnt do it unless you find yourself dropping the bike all the time.

swann strom
chris swann is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 05:01 PM
$tromtrooper
 
AppGap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Vermont
Posts: 997
I've dropped 3/4" in the rear and slightly less in the front and really find no detrimental effects and it does give you dramatically more foot on the ground.
If you don't like it .......change it back.

04 Wee with all kinds of excess crap..
AppGap is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 05:37 PM
$tromtrooper
 
silverstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Near Tweed Ontario
Posts: 1,458
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajay View Post
Yesterday was the first time I sat on a new k9 650, i had only previous sat on and ridden a k7 with 30,0000 kms> on it. I could flat for the k7 which i was told was stock, but the k9 im on the balls of my feet - again stock.

Im guessing the k7 suspension is on the soft side and squashed down a bit when i sat down.
So im wondering what is the best solution is going to be? Reluctant to go lowering links/drop forks as it will reduce clearance which will mean im doing a fair bit of peg scrapping.

1. Leave it stock height - Im fine with balls of my feet on roads but dirt roads/tracks ... hmm not so sure - flat footing the bike would make it make easier.
2. Drop front forks and shave seat - will give me more feel of front end.
3. lowering links (and shaved seat).

I would like some feedback as what is the best option or what others have found successfull.

Thanks
AJ
Did you check the rear shock pre-load on the K9? Someone may have cranked it up to the top. Then again, maybe the K7 pre-load was set low.


SS

DL650K7
1985 RZ500
1986 NS400R HRC
1987 RG250
1987 TZR 250
1988 RGV 250
1989 RZ 350 F2
1990 RZ 350 N2
silverstrom is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by silverstrom View Post
Did you check the rear shock pre-load on the K9? Someone may have cranked it up to the top. Then again, maybe the K7 pre-load was set low.

SS
No, i didnt check the preload. I had the sales person rambling on in my ear about windscreens, line of site...etc and didnt really think about that until after i had left the shop.


I think the plan will be to see how i go. And if its an issue ill get it lowered at the 1st service ... They want $250(AUD) for lowering links + $100 fitting.. Seems ridiculously (IMO) expensive, so that why i was looking for other alternatives.

I had another idea, ill just grab a heap of weights from my home gym and throw them into the topbox.

AJ
ajay is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 08:22 PM
$tromtrooper
 
The Golden Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Austin
Posts: 2,231
Quote:
Originally Posted by silverstrom View Post
Did you check the rear shock pre-load on the K9? Someone may have cranked it up to the top. Then again, maybe the K7 pre-load was set low.
That's what I was thinking. Same with the forks, they could have been raised in the triple clamps on the K7.

And I agree with chris swann on this -- leave it stock unless you really have trouble keeping it upright. I put 3/4" lowering links on my K5 after dropping it a couple of times. After a few months I felt more confident with the bike and put the stock links back on, and had no more trouble keeping it or my K9 upright.

You can raise the forks about 1/2" without hurting clearance too much. Many people do it just for the way it tightens up the handling a bit.

2010 Triumph Tiger 1050se
2009 DL650A - sold

2005 DL650 - dearly departed
"I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.
I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem." - R. Buckminster Fuller
The Golden Monkey is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 08:27 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
I lowered mine 19mm, mainly to get it on and off the bike lift easily and have rear tire clearance on the lift on the center stand with the front wheel in the chock. I recently put the stock links back on because I'm more comfortable with the lift, like the front dropped 15mm compared to the rear, and have a piece of oak to put under the center stand.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 08-04-2009, 09:00 PM
$tromtrooper
 
mhoffm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North TX
Posts: 377
I lowered mine 3/4" rear and front. I agree, best to leave it stock, but there seems to be no harm in lowering it this much but no more. Still fine on dirt roads and curbs and stock kick stand if you lock the wheel when parked. It is a $50 fix from Murphs in your own garage. Many posts on how to do it and not do it. Preload adj most likely will not cut it. I'd leave your seat alone as well. Keep it simple. Ride it a while or do the links. They can easily be removed.

2007 Triumph Bonneville
2007 DL650 (Prev bike)
mhoffm is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 02:31 AM
$tromtrooper
 
K1W1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 15,739
Do not even contemplate lowering any new motorcycle until you have ridden that bike several thousand kms at least.
the suspension will settle and you will become accustomed to the bike and in most cases you will come to the conclusion that lowering is not required.
Many people I know who have lowered up front end up returning their bikes to standard height later on and having a set of links lying unloved in the shed.
K1W1 is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 08-05-2009, 05:02 AM
$tromtrooper
 
The Golden Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Austin
Posts: 2,231
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajay View Post
They want $250(AUD) for lowering links + $100 fitting.. Seems ridiculously (IMO) expensive, so that why i was looking for other alternatives.
That is a ridiculous price. US$50 and an hour to install, even if you haven't done it before.

2010 Triumph Tiger 1050se
2009 DL650A - sold

2005 DL650 - dearly departed
"I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.
I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem." - R. Buckminster Fuller
The Golden Monkey is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome