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just got the a lowered gel seat quite
a bit of differnce for me that has a 27inch
inseam i still can not put my feet flat any
other ideas.
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I'm 29" inseam and cannot flat foot it with the gel seat. Two things you can do, get a lowering kit, or get used to it.

I personaly decided not to get the lowering kit. I dd not wanted to change the suspension geometry. Many that have installed them state there is minimal different in the handling. You might need to tweak the front forks height after you install it.

Keep searching in the forum and you will get lots of answers.
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I bought a pair of Red Wing steel toe m/c boots (don't know the model #) with a thick Vibram sole. Made a big difference. I'm sure there are other boots with overly thick soles.
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I have a 29" inseam, I installed Speedy's lowering kit (MotoWerk). It dropped the seat height about 2" & works great for me. Also, lowered the forks about 2" which evened it out.

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Get Speed Lowering kit and you will love riding.

http://motowerk.com/Versys.aspx

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If you can't flat foot both sides simultaneously, until you get some "fix".

Be very careful on a cross slope, at a stand still.

You will have to put at least one foot on the ground and
the bike may by at an angle that's difficult to control.

Not having the bike vertical can cause the supporting foot to be laterally loaded.
And it's more problematic if the surface is wet, wet & painted, oily or has coolant on it.

Even those of us that can flat foot both sides at the same time can get in precarious
situations because of cross slope and surface conditions.

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Shoulda bought an ER6N or Ninja 650. They make many different size bikes for different size people. I loved my Ninja 250, but it was just physically too small for me. I would love to have a Ninja 14, but it is just physically too large for me. The Versys is just right for me.
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Strongly recomend you get your bike lowered enough so you can flat-foot it; both feet.

My recommendations:
1. Gel Seat (gives about 1 5/8" lower seat height)
2. Speedy lowering kit. (gives about 1 5/8" lower seat)
3. HyperPro progressive, lowering springs for both front forks and OEM shock (gives about 30mm (1 1/4") lower seat height)
4. Raise the front forks 20mm.

I have done all these things and they work great. With the progressive springs, the V rides much better than with OEM springs. Overall, you'll lower the seat height over 4 inches, which will allow you to have both feet fairly flat on the ground. And, you'll feel much more confident with low-speed maneuvers.
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- Overall, you'll lower the seat height over 4 inches, which will allow you to have both feet fairly flat on the ground. And, you'll feel much more confident with low-speed maneuvers.
WOW! That's a lot!
You've got a 29" seat height on a Versys? Can you post a pic?

I used Speedy's lowering kit so that I could raise the seat for better comfort and still back it out of a parking spot. The handling seemed better to me after the change.
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Indeed, you can get the Versys seat height down to around 29 inches by using Speedy's lowering kit, Hyperpro progressive-lowering springs (front and rear) and either the OEM gel seat - or modify the stock seat (I tried both, and like my modified seat better).

Makes a huge difference in ride comfort, and confidence when stopped or moving slowly on uneven surface.

I'll take a few pictures and then see if I can figure out how to post them.
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Get Speed Lowering kit and you will love riding.

http://motowerk.com/Versys.aspx

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I agree, I am about 29/30" inseam and love the Versys lowered, it just makes you feel much more confident. I also feel like I am riding 'in' the bike as opposed to sitting high on it when I ride my wifes un-lowered Versys.

I have the low gel seat, speedys lowering kit and front forks adjusted as per speedys instructions on website. I also have the side stand of an ER6 (Ninja 650) fitted, instead of cutting the Versys side stand.

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just got the a lowered gel seat quite
a bit of differnce for me that has a 27inch
inseam i still can not put my feet flat any
other ideas.
Sell your Versys and get a Ninja 650R (they share 90% of the same parts)

IMO it is not really necessary to be able to flat foot a bike to ride. In fact most off road bikes I've ridden I could not flat foot. Most female riders I know can't flat foot their bikes either. Just remember when parking to to always park in a direction the keeps you from having to back up an inclinel. For example if the parking space slopes down hill back into it, if it slopes up, drive into it. It's hard enough to back a bike up an incline, harder still if you are on your toes.

Just curious if there is enough room to lower the forks in the triple tree to keep the bike balanced with a rear lowering kit.

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lowering kit

just put on a lowering kit a little
closer but i still have about a inch
and a half to go
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why would you need to touch flat footed? i also have a 27 inch inseam and just got the lowering kit and touch on the balls of me feet in my boots.
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The HyperPro progressive, lowering springs will drop the seat-height another 30mm (1 1/4"). They are a little pricey ($300+) for the two fork springs and the rear spring, but they greatly improve the ride (front dive is greatly reduced too) and you'll get another nice drop in seat height. Be sure to raise the front forks 20mm as Speedy suggests with his lowering kit.

This Forum has threads on installing the springs. You'll either need help from a shop, or some specialty tools, or a combination of both. But you'll greatly improve you ride - both comfort and stability with a short in-seam.

BTW, I bought my HyperPro springs at http://www.epmperf.com/price-lists/l...gs%2011-11.pdf
If you have any questions, the owner of EPM is Klaus; a nice guy who's also very helpful.

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