Hello to all short riders! By the way if you are tall enough to flat foot a standard GS or GSA then this post is worthless to you. I am 5' 6" with about 30" inseam. My bike is the 2016 GSA low suspension with standard (not low) seat. Just finished a 9 day ride in Oregon and Nevada desert with a group of 7 (well 6 after a mechanical issue). I formerly rode an F800 GS, and before that a 2007 GSA with Ohlins suspension (standard height). I also have a KTM 500 EXC. I was apprehensive about potential limitations in off pavement performance with the lowered suspension but am just so tired of the disadvantage of not being able to get both feet down most of the time in low speed tricky situations. I also know the type of riding I enjoy and that I will never have bike handling skills like professional riders like Jimmy Lewis and the like who can make big bikes do things I can't even do on a 250 MX bike. Long story short, I feel like I should write this all in capital letters, so I will: THE LOWERED GSA LC IS THE BEST BIKE I HAVE EVER RIDDEN. I BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF THIS THING ON THE ROUGHEST ROADS OUT THERE AND IT NEVER LET ME DOWN. The lower ground clearance was a complete non-issue except that it allowed me to keep the bike upright in at least a half dozen situations where I would have dropped my 2007 GSA, that is priceless. The ride quality was nothing short of amazing on both pavement and off. (Running TKC80). I was able to confidently ride at ludicrous speed on almost any surface, including deep new gravel where all others on the trip were complaining about the "marbles" I was screaming down the backroads of Nevada laughing, I regularly rode 70-80 mph for miles at a time and hit 100 mph several times with no drama whatsoever. The bike always goes where you point it even if the surface is loose. On pavement a guy on a KTM 950 decided to drag race me, and as I passed him, I thought "let's see if this acts funny at high speed on TKC80", my old 2007 used to have a funny oscillation once you hit about 90 on pavement on TKC80. As the bike's speedometer passed 130 the bike was ROCK STABLE. GPS indicated I hit 123 and was still accelerating. With Enduro Pro ABS I did several planned "panic stops" on loose gravel, again, perfect performance, the brakes haul your ass down in a real hurry even with the ABS on, what a great improvement from the old system! I can't say enough positive things about it. That gave me confidence that when the panic stops happened for real I could rely on the bike to slow down in a HURRY without any drama or instability. Lower speed work in moderate sand covered roads was also completely stable. I just stood up, loose on the bars and tractored right through, the bike going exactly where I pointed it. The worst road we saw (second worst I have ever ridden) had all bikes down within the first mile except me and the ride leader. This was the section that cemented in my mind I had made the right decision, as we rode through section after section of unmaintained clay surface which had been ground into dust 6-8 inches deep which was as slippery as talcum powder, underneath which there were ruts (hidden by the dust) which were very deep. On this sort of surface, at my skill level, there are times when you just have to put your feet down (yes I mean BOTH feet, now possible with the low suspension, not just having to guess which foot to lower) to stabilize the bike, then tractor on in first gear at 2000 rpm, and just walk right out of the rut! And with Enduro Pro traction control, you really don't even need to feather the clutch! Now here is the kicker (not really having to do with the lowered suspension). For me, the first and last days of this trip were 560 and 540 miles, respectively. I did take some breaks for fuel and the occasional bacon cheeseburger, but finished both of these days no more fatigued than if I had done them in a car. I could have ridden longer. I had extensive discussions with the others on the trip about the long-haul comfort of my big GSA and none of them were really happy with their mounts on the long days (2 x KTM 950, 1 x KTM 990, 1 x KTM 1190, 1 x Triumph 800 XC, and a non-Adventure GS LC). I find it simply amazing that the same bike that can get me confidently down a duff-covered, rutted track which took out 5 other riders riding more off-road oriented bikes in under a mile can get me from southern Oregon to the South Bay in one day (including 90+ mph on I-205 into a 30 mph crosswind / headwind - yes, that is how fast the traffic moves down here on a Saturday evening) and leave me ready to ride further if needed. Also just checked the stanchion plugs and all is fine. Feel free to post specific questions about my experience on the 2016 GSA Low Suspension and I will try to answer them. Or PM me if you wish. If you have been not buying a GSA due to standover height, don't wait any longer. Get out there on a low suspension model and never look back. Well, you will have to look in the rear view mirrors to try and find your riding buddies... Now enjoy some pictures from the ride.