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Has anyone lowered their Versy? And if so, did you use the Motowerk kit? Seems 1.8" is an awful lot...
I have a 29" inseam, and have lowered previous bikes up to 19mm (both rear and forks). And, that's actually planted the bike better, as well as getting me closer to flat-footing, without changing the riding geometry... worked great... However, 1.8"? Whew...

Trying to find out what other's have done...

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Has anyone lowered their Versy? And if so, did you use the Motowerk kit? Seems 1.8" is an awful lot...
I have a 29" inseam, and have lowered previous bikes up to 19mm (both rear and forks). And, that's actually planted the bike better, as well as getting me closer to flat-footing, without changing the riding geometry... worked great...
Mine is lowered an inch front and rear. I also have a 29" inseam. It's still quite tall, but in boots, I can get the balls of both feet down. The lowering link I bought is adjustable, so I may take it down a little further.

The biggest problem is the kickstand. Mine is cutoff, hoping Speedy will come out with a Flatfoot to fit the new stand. Until then, I just throw down plate for it to rest on. Even just dropping the bike an inch has the stock stand nearly toppling it over.

I also shelved the center stand. That may not be an issue on the 650 LT, not sure?
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mine is lowered with the motowerk kit in the rear and 1"(about) in the front and was that way when i got it.. im 6'2 and can flat foot and be a few intchs off the bike >.>

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Mine is lowered an inch front and rear. I also have a 29" inseam. It's still quite tall, but in boots, I can get the balls of both feet down. The lowering link I bought is adjustable, so I may take it down a little further.

The biggest problem is the kickstand. Mine is cutoff, hoping Speedy will come out with a Flatfoot to fit the new stand. Until then, I just throw down plate for it to rest on. Even just dropping the bike an inch has the stock stand nearly toppling it over.

I also shelved the center stand. That may not be an issue on the 650 LT, not sure?
You might want to take a look at Soupy's Adjustable stand. I had it on my last bike (might be able to see it on my avatar). Worked famously. (I'd never use their adjustable links over solid billet, but the kickstand isn't as critical). Little pricey but well worth it (and you want to buy the foot that goes with it).

http://soupysperformance.com/kawasaki/versys-650.html
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No idea about inseam but I have short legs and lowered mine using speedys kit. Quality piece of gear and my Versys handles like a dream.
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No idea about inseam but I have short legs and lowered mine using speedys kit. Quality piece of gear and my Versys handles like a dream.
same all is good
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Thanks guys... I appreciate you sharing your experience.
I don't plan on doing any off-road, except perhaps a fire-trail here and there, so not worried about clearance, and the occasional scrape on the pegs in the twisties never bothered me, so I'll be lowering, and Speedy's seems to be the way to go from everything I've read.

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You might want to take a look at Soupy's Adjustable stand. I had it on my last bike (might be able to see it on my avatar). Worked famously. (I'd never use their adjustable links over solid billet, but the kickstand isn't as critical). Little pricey but well worth it (and you want to buy the foot that goes with it).

http://soupysperformance.com/kawasaki/versys-650.html
I'm just the opposite. I wanted the adjustability of Soupy's link, but think his kickstands are hideous. Painting one black might help. It definitely needs the extra cost "flat foot" he sells as optional.

I'll wait for Speedy's solution for another month or so. If he doesn't have something by then I'll probably just buy Soupy's stand and be done with it.
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Has anyone lowered their Versy? And if so, did you use the Motowerk kit? Seems 1.8" is an awful lot...

I have a 29" inseam, and have lowered previous bikes up to 19mm (both rear and forks). And, that's actually planted the bike better, as well as getting me closer to flat-footing, without changing the riding geometry... worked great... However, 1.8"? Whew...



Trying to find out what other's have done...



Ride Safe...

-Barry



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I used the Motowerks on my '12 but didn't lower the forks. This helped tremendously with seat comfort instead of everything (crotch) angled toward the tank. Stock stand worked but I finally opted for the Flatfoot from Motowerks. It is nice. The bike handles great for me without the forks lowered - IMHO.


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I'm just the opposite. I wanted the adjustability of Soupy's link, but think his kickstands are hideous. Painting one black might help. It definitely needs the extra cost "flat foot" he sells as optional.

I'll wait for Speedy's solution for another month or so. If he doesn't have something by then I'll probably just buy Soupy's stand and be done with it.
For my lowered V (front and rear), I bought a used kickstand off of Ebay for $19, including shipping. It was from a 650 Ninja. It came with a spring, mounting bolt and nut, and looks almost new, and works great. And -Its now easier to put the stand down, as the thingie that sticks out from its side is a little longer and in a different place. Its about a 2 minute job to find it on Ebay and a 5 minute job to install.
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