I checked out the low seat from Ducati and didn't like the material it was made from. On this particular one, the material was "fuzzy" rather than smooth. Not fuzzy like shag carpet, but, well, rougher than the stock seat. Perhaps they make a different one, I'm not sure.
Getting back to the purpose of this thread, the M696 is not that easy to lower unless you have the shock shortened. You can drop the bike about 5mm in the front forks, and set the pre-load on soft. That might help a bit for the vertically challenged.