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Old 08-15-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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KTM 350 EXC-F - Seat Height?

I am considering a 2015 350 EXC-F but am inseam challenged. I've got a 29" - 30" inseam and it appears this bike has a 36" - 37" seat height. I don't mind a taller seat on a dirt bike, but 36" is pretty damned high for a guy like me. I'd be a lot more comfortable if it was 33" - 34" high.

How low can I reasonably get the seat height with suspension modifications? It looks like there is very little seat to shave, so I'm not sure I'd even care to try. If it's likely to change the suspension performance too much I won't consider the bike as I don't want to buy a performance bike only to limit the performance too considerably. However, if I'm not going to impact the performance much by lowering it, I'm game.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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I am considering a 2015 350 EXC-F but am inseam challenged...

How low can I reasonably get the seat height with suspension modifications?...
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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Here's one solution to try along with raising the front forks a little.

http://www.shop.synergyseals.com/X-B...DS-125-560.htm
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:09 PM   #4
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I have a 2014 and with a 30" inseam am happy with it. I do run the suspension soft though. Endure engineering has a low soft seat for it as well, I believe.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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Factory low seat and set the sag properly after you have had it sprung for your weight and you'll be fine, failing that they can be professionally lowered but you lose ground clearance. You soon learn to slide your ass across when you pull up or look for some higher ground on one side.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:19 PM   #6
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failing that they can be professionally lowered but you lose ground clearance.
Ever had that done on a bike? I'm a bit taller than the OP, and on a different bike, but I'd love to bring my crf450 down a little bit. It needs re-valved and re-sprung anyways, just waiting on the money to line up. I keep buying stupid stuff.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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KTM sells a kit that's worth about 2in.
http://www.ktm-parts.com/55112955044...l#.U_FkDom9LCQ
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:19 AM   #8
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Not sure if you have a lot of dirt bike experience or not.

I came from a street bike background and was initially intimidated by the seat height of dirt bikes. My inseam is 28-30" depending on the pants.

I ride unmodified KTM 250 and 450 XCW's and even the tallest 950 Adventure-S model. I got used to it. Now I wouldn't want to give up the travel of the ride height or the comfort of having a shorter seat-to-peg distance.

I would recommend setting the suspension properly for your weight and giving it a try.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:26 AM   #9
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that and have a look at your rear shock spring rating.

KTM makes various springs for various rider weights.

that has a pretty profound effect on how well your feet find the ground.
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I have significant dirt experience, especially without being able to touch the ground easily. Started riding dirt bikes in grade school and a YZ250 starting around 13-years old. I had to find something to stand on in order to get my leg over the seat of the YZ250.

I'm not averse to the height of the bike off road, but on road. I'm used to sliding my butt over and getting only the tip of my toe down on one side, but it's much less convenient on road. Off road there is usually something (terrain-wise) that lets you get your foot down on one side or the other, and dropping the bike off road isn't a big deal. On road though, when you're waiting at a light at a busy intersection, it's much less convenient if you fall and have to push the bike over to the curb-side of the road and use something to get a leg over.

I've never bottomed the suspension on a dirt bike and I think the times I am going to get hung up (even if I lose 1" - 2" of ground clearance) will be so few and far between that lowering the bike is well worth it. It's a lot easier to pull or rock the bike over a tree that is across the trail once or twice a year than it is to ride 10 miles of stop and go traffic without getting more than a toe down.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:53 AM   #11
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I just looked at the specs of a Honda CRF250X, the seat is taller than the 350 EXC. I got used to riding a CRF250X (except the lack of power) in about 30 minutes, so I guess the 350 EXC would be easy-peasy.
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:15 AM   #12
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I just purchased the 500xc-w which is basically the same suspension as the 350. My IS is 32", but for an older guy, it was a stretch for me to get on and off the bike offroading in CO couple weeks ago.

I wouldn't change it, as suspension is about perfect for my weight (175lbs). It goes down about 4" once you are on the seat (proper SAG setup), but getting a leg over is a little tricky.
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