lowering ktm 990 adv

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  1. blakken

    blakken dirt napper

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    my wife is short so i want to lower the bike så she can handle it.
    she is 160cm (5´-4").

    i have triad to talk her out off it but she is a stubern whan :super:super

    is ther a smart way to lowering it ca 2" in suspension.

    she can ride my 990r as long as its moves but....its lite hard when stop.

    if she can reach the ground whith the toes its ok.

    any adwise
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  2. Peanuts

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    Fit smaller wheels 17 rear, 19 front.

    Fit a lower seat.

    Remove the 3mm washers off both ends of the shock spring and fit 1mm thick washers, run zero preload, then push the forks up through the triple clamps.
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  3. GrenDesb

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    Bring her boots to a shoe maker to get thicker soles put on.

    It looks weird but you wont have to lower the bike has much.

    Lowered bike never handle as great as std height.
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  4. blakken

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    ok thanks...
    17"-19" is expensiv.

    but that with the shoes :clap
    i will se hows it looks when the bike coming to the house.
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  5. Narsisco Lopez

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    As a short rider, I feel fairly qualified to comment...

    I'm 5'7" (171cm) and 145lbs (65kg) and I was on my tip toes with my 990 when it was stock. The very first thing I did was to lower my seat by having the stock seat foam cut and shaped (was done locally by a professional). Made a huge difference and I haven't touched anything else yet as I learn to handle this bike better... both on and off road.

    So, a fairly affordable first mod would be to either modify to foam in the stock seat or pick up another stock seat and have it modified... then, you have 2: one for you and one for her... you can swap back and forth, depending upon who's riding the bike.

    Other than the bike's height, I'd like to mention the bike's weight can also be a challenge to us smaller riders. I've gone back to my home gym to work on upper body strength... really needed when trying to pick this beast up off the ground after a dirt nap :D
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    Do you have a normal 990 or a 990 R? Your post mentions both.
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  7. Narsisco Lopez

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    If you're asking me... I have the "regular" 990
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    Asking the OP but good to know! :D
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  9. blakken

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    i have 990 r...
    wife has 990 standard abs.

    i think i start with the seat and se how its go for her.
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  10. Konflict Motorsports

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    Why not just lower the suspension? It'd be close to the same price of a custom seat.
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  11. Peanuts

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    I lower all my bikes 990 Adv, 450 SXS, 250 EXC-F

    they all handle sweet and feel lighter to throw around. The Adv is safer to push around as the centre of gravity is now lower.

    Someone I know used to be a top 10 Ertzberg finisher, he lowers his enduro bikes and they handle very well, too :)
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  12. Konflict Motorsports

    Konflict Motorsports TUNER Supporter

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    If the lowered bike didn't handle correctly as it was before, it was not done correctly.
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  13. mousitsas

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    You don't need to change both front and back wheel. Just lacing only a 17" rim to the back does exactly the same job, as you will need to raise the forks in the triples to compensate. That will take away 2cm of seat height and you can easily take away another 2cm from reshaping the seat. The last valuable 1cm can be found in preload settings.
    A total of 2 inches.
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  14. nordicbiker

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    I have just changed from the 990 to a 2012 690 Enduro R. The 990 had the KTM gel seat mounted, which I think takes 2cm off the height officially, but I didn't fell much different.

    The problem is the weight!

    That was the reason why I got the 690. Yes, normally it is much higher than the 990, but I lowered it 1 inch by installing the Kouba link (took me about two hours to install but can be done quicker) and pushing the fork up 2.5cm and now the bike feels much easier to handle than the 990, even with a seat height which is still quite a bit above the 990!

    All those situations at low speed, when the 990 got clumsy are no problem with the 690 and so much more fun!

    70 hp is absolutely sufficient, reach is a bit under the 990 (I could get max 350km out of the 990 and will be around 290...300 with the 690) but so far I am very happy about my decission! And I have done up to 410km on one day on the 690!

    So as a tip to your wife: not the height is the problem, but the weight!

    And personally I think a lowered 990 would look silly, just compare it to the optics of the 990 R! :D
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  15. SF_Rider

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    I am about 5'8". I had James at Superplush lower my bike 1.5". Now that I am more comfortable with the bike in all situations I would maybe do 1" next time. I've bottomed out a few times here and there off road but in general really stoked on it lower. I ride a lot on the road, commuting, highway, etc, and in the city where you put your feet down a LOT. I find the lower bike better on the highway and I am much more confident in the city
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    I told you she is a stubborn wife:rofl
    i tried to talk her out off it i also own an 690 r and she not like it. she tell me that the adv feels much mor stabble on gravel.
    and thats is true,so i cant say any thing.

    she has an fantastic balance from riding horses all her life "having 2 now":baldy
    so i think it will go well iff she just can tipp to it.
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  17. blakken

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    Does anyone have pictures off an lowered 990 adventure.
    POST THEM HERE.
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  18. Peanuts

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    Bear in mind the stands have to be shortened when you lower the bike, even if you keep stock size wheels and lower the suspension.[​IMG]

    I shortened the shock on my SXS and poked the forks through the clamps. Handled sweet, turned in well and never shook its head
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  19. Jim Colombotos

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    Also had mine lowered1.5" by James w super plush agree wish I did only a 1"
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  20. SF_Rider

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    Lowered 990
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