I'm 5'9", 29" inseam, and not fond of negotiating tight spaces on my toes. So, Speedy's fix fixed it. I also lowered the front an equivalent distance to keep the riding geometry the same. I've lowered 3 previous bikes as well (the rest weren't as tall, and didn't require it), and *never* regretted it.
This is what I've found (my experience on all the lowered bikes were basically similar):
- I can now flatfoot the Versys, which not only helps me stabilize on cambered surfaces, but *definitely* instills a feeling of confidence, and makes stopping on any incline or camber 2nd nature.
- If you lower the bike you increase the rake and trail. This makes the bike turn in slower -- bike geometry 101. That's why it's important to lower the front as well (so more of the fork is visible above the triple), which reduces rake and trail. One change in rake/trail cancels the other, and you end up with the same turning geometry, however, the bike is slightly lower to the ground, and so is the center of gravity, which makes correcting a standing lean a bit easier. I've never dropped one of my lowered bikes (I've had someone else rear-end me, and drop it for me, but that's another story).
- I actually *like* the look of the lowered bike... has the ergos of a standard, without sitting up so high.
- You have to cough up the cost of the dog-bones (or in Speedy's case, the extremely well made lowering coupling).
- You have to either cut down the kickstand a bit (which another one of Speedy's little miracles facilitates) or you find a Ninja kickstand to mount, in order to maintain the parked lean angle. NBD
- A center stand is more difficult to negotiate on the lowered bike.
I *have* scraped my pegs a bit more in the twisties, but that's just sloppy (or lazy) riding. It really doesn't bother me... been thinking about replacing the feelers with flint, and give anyone following a spark-ling show...
Bottom line, it's owner's preference. I *love* it lowered, and have no intention of raising it up again. Between that and the sticky PR4s I have on the V, cornering (at any speed) is an absolute pleasure...
2015 Versys 650 Pearl White
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