Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Big Sky Country
Get a piece of wood that is one inch thick. Place it next to a standard suspension GS and try to put the side stand down with the pad resting on the wood while the tires are on the normal surface. That will give ou a good idea of the effect of lowering the bike on the side stand.
I have a 30 inch inseam and ride a 2017 lowered GSA. Spousal Unit has a 34 inch inseam and rides a 2017 standard height GS. I can ride her bike but not comfortably unless I have the preload at the lowest position. Adjusting the preload on the suspension makes a big difference. On my GSA I can flat-foot the bike with the preload in the low position (1 helmet on the dash) but I ride with the suspension preload in the mid position and I am on the balls of my feet. When we are heavily loaded for camping I am in the high position (2 helmets and suitcase on dash) and I am on my toes on just one side. Since the bike has a duffle behind me and I cannot swing a leg over I must step through the seat. To be able to do this I must lower the preload and thus the bike to the lowest position when stopped and then raise it when I remount.
The Outpost, Silver City, Montana
2018 Ural Gear Up, 2017 R1200GSA