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Hi all, New member to the group. Have a 2018 Versys 650. My first "big" bike after passing my test in July 2017.
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Looking forward to hearing from you all about potential mod ideas. Want to lower my bike, but worried about the side stand.. has anyone found a shortened side stand for the Versys before? Or is cutting it down the onlyu option?
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keep the stock side stand, it will work fine

Lowering the bike 1" which is what the Speedy Lowering kit does, does not effect side stand geometry enough to impact bike stability on the side stand. I purchased a used 650 that was lowered 1" and kept it that way for a season before raising it back up to stock height which I prefer for my 32 inch inseam. There was absolutely no stability issues with the stock sidestand while the bike was lowered. I measured the side stand to verify it was stock.

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...Want to lower my bike, but worried about the side stand....
May I ask WHY you feel the need to lower it?

I KNOW that it's high, but once you set your "sag" you'll find that it 'settles' once you put your weight onto the seat. FWIW - I'm 5'10" w/ a 31" inseam - tippy-toes when I get on, but VERY close to flat-footing once it 'settles'.

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May I ask WHY you feel the need to lower it?

I KNOW that it's high, but once you set your "sag" you'll find that it 'settles' once you put your weight onto the seat. FWIW - I'm 5'10" w/ a 31" inseam - tippy-toes when I get on, but VERY close to flat-footing once it 'settles'.

I am 5'9, with 29" inseam... when stopped I'm always on tip-toes, and a couple of times at lights have felt a little unstable when stopping. Also, a few times over the past couple of months with the wet roads my foot seems to feel like it slipped a couple of times, as I haven't got much purchase on the floor.
Plan on doing some touring this year, and want a bit more stability on hills etc when stopping.
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Lowering the bike 1" which is what the Speedy Lowering kit does, does not effect side stand geometry enough to impact bike stability on the side stand. I purchased a used 650 that was lowered 1" and kept it that way for a season before raising it back up to stock height which I prefer for my 32 inch inseam. There was absolutely no stability issues with the stock sidestand while the bike was lowered. I measured the side stand to verify it was stock.
Thanks for the feedback. Thats good to know, as the side stand is the bit that worries me, as the bike already feels like its rather upright when on the stand, compared to my Mrs' Ninja 650 anyway!
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