2014 DL650 ergonomically corrected, words and pics...

One issue of my wife's 2014 DL650A is it's height. Well, I suppose it's only an issue if your, say 5' 10" or under. Okay, I'm 6' and I find the bike height fine ... it's the handle bar placement that get's me. I've said it often, you need gorrilla pipes for proper fitment. Excellent, something not right for everybody. My wife is 5' 7" and could only put her toes on the ground, never mind the stretch to the bars. 1st up was the Genmar 1"up and 1 3/8" back handlebar risers. A very nice, smooth black finish helped balance the fact that these risers are not exactly a cosmetic gift.




The next issue was how the stock Suzi's handlebars saddled into the risers. I'd like to add, I like the look, and finish of the handle bars on this DL. As the bolts would not tighten down in a smooth manner, it was time for the old jail break special...a simple flat file. A couple of swipes and everything came into place.  Once secured and I had clammered aboard, it was obvious that she would probably like these. Happy wife, happy life.

That being done, the front, top brake line, one of 3 lines up front, was impossibly snug. I had previously ordered a Helibars 5 1/8" brake line extension and also a + 2" brake line extension from SVRacing. (The "a motorcycle is so cheap to run.." story went out the window, years ago) I had 2 different brake line extensions as I was also putting Genmars on our 2005 DL1000 Vstrom, which, by the way, doesn't really need any line extensions, if you have the 1" x 1 3/8" Genmars. Back to the 650. Upon further research, putting the Helibars line on was very simple, compared to putting on the 2" extended line. The pics will help show the difference. Apparently bleeding the longer line, never mind bolting it on, up deep, above the front fender, can be tedious, to say the least. The Helibars line, with it's bleeder (included) was a breeze.

You can see the Helibars line, with it's own speed bleeder. It sat a bit awkwardly. A strategically placed zap strap, helped.

Now fitting better, but the rubber tipped end will just bump into the dash, when the handle bars are steered, hard to the left. No biggy, yet I imagine that rubber will wear off over time, leading to a scratching issue.

And this is the piece that will eventually be taken off and I'll put the 2" extension Galfer on. Next to the radiator, which may have to, at the very least, be loosened. Another day, for that.

Lowering the DL was next up. I had my newly arrived Kouba Links, which would lower the bike by 3/4". I had already dropped the front end, by raising the forks up 5/8". That was pretty straight forward. The Kouba Links have a real nice finish and looked to be very well made, and they are light. They too, were very easy to put on. Unbolt the old ones and bolt on the new ones. Having no center stand, I used a small hydraulic jack to take a small amount of pressure from the links, which made them very compliant to work with. Believe me, if I can do this, anyone can!

The Kouba Links and Helibars 5 1/8" extended brake line.     

Although she could now put more of her feet to the ground...in this case, more, would indeed, be better. Off came the seat for a shave. Eventually we took off over an inch and shaved down the sides. And Voila, she is close to having her heels touch the ground, and this has boosted her confidence, greatly. She was used to riding our old 750 Honda Shadow, and this DL650, is a totally different, and might I say, upgraded ride, to that steed. A local fellow did the seat for us. I decided I best not screw that up!

And there we have it; a now ergonimically corrected DL650, upon which my riding partner, can plant that lovely derrier, and feel far more at ease, than when we first brought it home. I have no doubt, in a short time, she will be hard to keep up with. Always has been, really