Question 1: I saw someone post here, but can no longer find the post, that after a few hundred miles or so, his V's suspension broke in some and he could then flatfoot the bike. I believe he had about the same inseam as I do. Can anyone comment on this? I am about 1/2" from flat footing this bike in my 1 3/4" healed boots. The balls of my feet touch, but the heal does not. The dealer barely pressed down on the luggage rack while I was sitting on the bike and my feet, heals and all, were flat on the ground.
I have a couple thousand miles on mine and haven't noticed it getting any lower. I have a 29" inseam and had mine lowered an inch front and back from day 1. I can't flat foot it, but it's low enough that it's within my comfort zone now.
When my wife gets on I can almost flat foot it.
As far as handling goes, it goes around corners just fine. I do drag the cat when I get frisky with my wife on the back. I cut the side stand down and put a Flatfoot on it and it scrapes, but the stand moves without upsetting the bike. Just makes noise.
I did ditch the centerstand, but don't know if I needed to. I have jackstands that I haven't used in forever as I've been riding belts or shafties lately. Besides, centerstands have always been a thorn in my side. They either scrape and want to lift the rear tire or their levers intrude on my foot while riding.
I will say that the centerstand on the V1K is about the best designed on I've come across. Lifting it is like butter.
Question 2: I was also wondering if the shifter can be adjusted as most can? I forgot to look at it while I was at the dealer.
Yes, though I found it well placed. The rear brake lever OTOH was angled down way too far. It also has an adjuster that fixed that.
If needed, I can get the factory seat lowered by a guy around me for about $200, but I'd rather not if I don't have too. The OEM seat was actually pretty comfortable as is.
Even with short legs, I hate to give up the legroom. I'm normally an anti-lowering kinda guy myself, but this bike is a sport-tourer on stilts. There is no reason for it to be so tall except to compete in the "hot" adventure touring market.
The V felt like a totally different ride then what I am used too
For me too. The word that comes to mind is "delicate." The grips are thin, the clutch is light, and the throttle is overly responsive. It took me a few rides to get used to it.
IMO, the bike works best in Low Power Mode. The Full Power Mode is too jerky to ride twisty roads smoothly. It works fine for highway or straight two laners where a lot of high speed passes are necessary. Fortunately, it can be changed on the fly. Just have to roll off the gas before you press the button. And don't kid yourself, LPM is plenty fast.
The seat is comfy for an hour or so. I've taken to use an Airhawk which makes the bike all day comfy. Increases the leg room a bit too.
There ain't much modulation with the clutch. It works best "slapped" when changing gears.
Forget everything you know about rev matching. This bike has a slipper clutch. Just bang them down. Tire slows nothing locks up, it works wonderfully. Before I remembered it had a slipper, I was trying to rev match and was having a hard time getting the timing down where it didn't feel jerky. Then I stopped trying and found I was wasting my time anyway.
All in all, it's been a really nice bike. I'm going to take it down to get it baptized in the mountains in a few weeks. Looking forward to that born again feeling.