ugadog wrote on 15.10.2006 02:41[/i]
Since I am vertically challenged I wound up buying a Corbin dished seat for the KLR which put it about 1 1/2 inches lower or 33 1/2 inches seat height. I was able to get the balls of both feet on the ground and felt pretty comfortable with this. The V-Strom on the other hand has about a 32 inch seat height and I have been wondering if I would have much trouble considering that I was ok with the 33.5 inches on the KLR? I'm 5' 7" if I stretch real hard and my inseam is around 30 inches. As long as I can get the balls of my feet on the ground I'm ok. Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
Like Jorge and Peter stated, many people are coming from crusiers. I did and had concerns with the feeling of the bike being on tip toes while sitting at lights and riding. My Vulcan had a lower seat height than the V-Strom, but after two days of "break in" riding, I feel more secure on the V-Strom than I ever did on the Vulcan. I have a 34 inch inseam 6 feet 1 in overall, so I can get my feet flat on the ground. Check the gound clearance of the KL against the V-Strom, it could be lower. You can also order a lower seat through your Suzuki dealer or after market supplier's. Look through the forums to see what others have done and try to get some one close to you to allow you to test sit a DL650 with a lowered seat. But if you are comfortable with the KLR stick with it. I guess I'm too enthusiastic, I just reread what I typed and realized I'm trying to sell you the V-Strom. Keep digging for answers before you decide.
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