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Block installed. Can it go any lower?

I installed the lowering block on the rear shock and lowered the front forks down as far as I could. It's still to tall for the wife. Is there anything else I can do?

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Platform shoes? ... Just kidding. There is always the option of a lower seat like below:

650 Versys Seat Concepts "LOW" version

Is she still tippy-toeing it with it lowered or can she only get one foot down?
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Platform shoes? ... Just kidding. There is always the option of a lower seat like below:

650 Versys Seat Concepts "LOW" version

Is she still tippy-toeing it with it lowered or can she only get one foot down?
She can get one foot down flat if one butt cheek slides over that way.

I'll look into the seat but it looks like the 650 might be a no go. I have her on a NC700X that I really lowered a bunch. I think the Versys might end up on Craigslist. 2012 with 2300 miles ought to sell quick this time of year.

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Only drop the front a similar amount. You can buy a lowering seat from Kawasaki that will lower another inch.
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I installed the lowering block on the rear shock and lowered the front forks down as far as I could. It's still to tall for the wife. Is there anything else I can do?
Yes. There are springs for the rear shock that will lower it about an inch, but if you set the 'sag' properly you'll give her LOTS more room. I have about a 30 to31" inseam, so my Vs are quite HIGH when I get on (just my toes touch), but as soon as I 'settle' my weight, I can flatfoot.

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there is a high performance shock, maybe a hyperpro, that lowers it an inch. i've done that.
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there is a high performance shock, maybe a hyperpro, that lowers it an inch. i've done that.
I installed the Hyperpro rear spring and it works great. lowered the bike one inch as they specified. it also softened the ride. You can only lower the front 1.0" by sliding the tubes up because of the taper in the tube. to get more drop in front you would need a spring, Hypro has one. I would be careful you do not lower too much and risk tire (front or rear) hitting bike structure on big bump or dip.

To install rear spring you need to take shock to a suspension or motorcycle shop. (or take the whole bike) it takes a large strong spring compressor to compress that short travel mono spring. units you clamp on at home and turn bolts are not strong enough. I tried. and car spring compressors are too big to fit in between the coils. Also, to get the shock off the bike I had to disconnection the preloader due to the tube routing. (other wise lots of bike disassembly is required) Risk there is loss of fluid and air bubble. I seemed to succeed at losing almost no oil and then bleed it a tiny amount when re-installed and seems ok.

Other option is a Honda CB500X. excellent bike, lower seat, lower center of gravity, 50 lbs. lighter, and plenty zippy to keep up with the Versys. I had one before my Versys and loved it. ABS model is hard to find used though.
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Also, I had to shorten the kick stand. local weld shop did it for $30 and it looks great!
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I installed the lowering block on the rear shock and lowered the front forks down as far as I could. It's still to tall for the wife. Is there anything else I can do?
My wife also had a hard time getting on my Versys 650.

The solution was:
1. To put her left foot on the left passenger foot-peg
2. To put her left hand on my left shoulder (while I'm standing in the rider position) and her right hand on the rear topbox.
3. To raise herself and slip onto the passenger seat.

After a few tries she got used to it and it now a piece of cake for her to get onto the passenger seat of my Versys!

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Also, I had to shorten the kick stand. local weld shop did it for $30 and it looks great!
No need to do this as bike is very secure on oem kickstand with lowering kit, also makes it harder to revert back If you sell

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No need to do this as bike is very secure on oem kickstand with lowering kit, also makes it harder to revert back If you sell

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I do not agree that it is stable with OEM stand. it works, but if you have to park on even or slanted surface its not stable enough. Or when loaded with luggage or hit with strong wind. The bike sits too vertical with OEM stand when suspension lowered in my opinion. I prefer to stick with originally designed lean angle for safety.
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I do not agree that it is stable with OEM stand. it works, but if you have to park on even or slanted surface its not stable enough. Or when loaded with luggage or hit with strong wind. The bike sits too vertical with OEM stand when suspension lowered in my opinion. I prefer to stick with originally designed lean angle for safety.
I rode my Versys for a complete season in lowered form with OEM kickstand before removing the lowering kit. I bought the bike used with lowering kit already installed. I had absolutely no issues with stability on the side stand, including fully loaded down with luggage, parked on uneven ground, and parked in high winds. You still have considerable lean angle with the OEM stand and the bike lowered. It will never accidentally topple unless the kickstand foot sinks in soft ground or you try to park sideways on a very steep hill.
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You can buy a lowering seat from Kawasaki that will lower another inch.
Link please.

I've read about this Kawi low seat but have no idea where it can be purchased in the US.

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Link please.

I've read about this Kawi low seat but have no idea where it can be purchased in the US.

Thx.
I know kawasaki used to make them for the version 2 versys. Not sure about the version 3. There are also a lot of aftermarket seat manufacturers who will make a low seat for you. Alternatively if you live in a larger city you can likely find
an auto/marine upholstery shop that does motorcycle seats too. It is simply a mater of sculpting and layering foam differently on seat pan and then recovering with vinyl.
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I know kawasaki used to make them for the version 2 versys. Not sure about the version 3. There are also a lot of aftermarket seat manufacturers who will make a low seat for you. Alternatively if you live in a larger city you can likely find
an auto/marine upholstery shop that does motorcycle seats too. It is simply a mater of sculpting and layering foam differently on seat pan and then recovering with vinyl.
Okay, nothing changed here -- cannot purchase the low gel Kawi seats in North America. I do see them for sale in Europe but at $400+ USD.

I was able to pick up a used OEM seat via eBay so I'll be giving the "shave" treatment in the next couple of weeks.


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