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Hi all.. Not a Kawasaki owner yet, but really liking the Versys 650LT. Just wish I could test ride one before plopping down the money, and I'm most concerned about the seat height (I'm 5'6", 140lbs). I'll be looking for comments on lowering the bike, or at least a lower seat (without gel, as its hot here in Florida). Went 12 years without riding at all (restricted community) and finally bought a Ninja 650. Soon found I hated the riding position (I'm old too) but since I couldn't test ride it before buying....went to a used S40, just the right size for me, but not highway friendly. I DID get to test ride the new Vulcan S (oh, I'm gonna be hated...) but felt the wheelbase was 4 inches too long , and just couldn't connect with it (though it was comfy). So...after another post on the new member site, I'll be joining in. Can't wait!
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Hi Beau and welcome. Look around and find a dealer that will let you test ride the bike. I know where I am in Pa., there are several dealers that will let you test ride. I bought a big V and had several test rides before I made the decision. I even had an extended test ride.

If you have a mc license and some experience, I don't see why you won't be able to find a dealer to let you take one out.

I just had a Vulcan S as a 3 day loner, to see if my wife would like to have one.

There are lowering kits available for the V. You can also have the seat lowered if you prefer. Upholstery shops can do a custom fit for you or, I believe, Kawi sells a lower seat for the 650, if I am not mistaken. I had my seat leveled so it's not slanted toward the tank. I can flatfoot the bike and it is much more comfortable for me now.

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Hi all.. Not a Kawasaki owner yet, but really liking the Versys 650LT. Just wish I could test ride one before plopping down the money, and I'm most concerned about the seat height (I'm 5'6", 140lbs). I'll be looking for comments on lowering the bike, or at least a lower seat (without gel, as its hot here in Florida). Went 12 years without riding at all (restricted community) and finally bought a Ninja 650. Soon found I hated the riding position (I'm old too) but since I couldn't test ride it before buying....went to a used S40, just the right size for me, but not highway friendly. I DID get to test ride the new Vulcan S (oh, I'm gonna be hated...) but felt the wheelbase was 4 inches too long , and just couldn't connect with it (though it was comfy). So...after another post on the new member site, I'll be joining in. Can't wait!
They are cheap to lower. All it requires is a link or brackets, neither of which cost much over $100. Lowering the front is a matter of loosening the fork clamp bolts and sliding the forks up in them, cost = $0.

I prefer to stay away from lowered seats. Even with vertically challenged legs, I still like the leg room a normal seat provides.


The Vulcan S looks like a blast to me. I'd love to test ride one.
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Good luck on lowering. I lowered my KLR, but after awhile I put the original "dog-bones" back on and kept it like that.

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My inseam is 32" & my seat is padded & touching the floor is OK, but I can't flatfoot it though, but as someone says, go to a dealer & ask them to let you try it.
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My inseam is 32" & my seat is padded & touching the floor is OK, but I can't flatfoot it though, but as someone says, go to a dealer & ask them to let you try it.
In addition - once you set your "sag", you'll find the bike 'settles' an inch or more when you put weight onto the seat, so it'll feel high until you get seated.

W/ a 30 or 31" inseam, I'm 'tippy-toes' UNTIL I get weight onto the seat, then I'm pretty much flat-footing.


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When I purchased my second Versys used and it came with a lowering kit already installed. I initially rode the bike for a half season before removing it. With my 32 inch inseam the stock height is not an issue and I can flat foot it. The lower center of gravity the lowering kit affords is a nice benefit. Rear suspension tuning and settings are different with the knuckle installed as the shock's angle to the swing arm, and therefore it's leverage, changes with the lowering knuckle installed.


The stock bike has an excess of ground clearance to begin with so there are no issues cornering clearance when lowered. There is a knuckle that installs on the rear swing arm to neatly lower it an inch. You just drop the front forks an inch to match. It works well and also lowers the center of gravity. The kickstand does not need adjustment since it is a bit short to begin with. I would start with the lowering kit and if you want to loose another inch, invest in a lowering seat which will further lower the seat an inch or more. Bars are easily adjustable for reach and height by rotating them. There are also aftermarket parts to raise them.

The lowering kit is easy to install yourself with a car floor jack placed under the drivers foot peg mount on the opposite side as the kickstand to securely tripod the bike on the front wheel, kickstand and floor jack.

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Welcome, my wife did have a S40 but found it a bit small and as you say not that highway friendly.
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