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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Region Riley, Mar 18, 2011.
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@Pork Butt had an XT250 that he gave to @Fe Man for his son to learn on. He seems to have out grown it...
An passing it on...
Joy on the left with the FeClan, Ian on the right.
Trying it out...
Made 1/2” longer links, should equal 1 1/2” lower in rear.
Found an electric carving knife at a thrift store.
More later, need to go take some more pics.
super happy it found a great home
Can’t thank you guys enough!!
Dropped the forks 3/4”.
Link dropped the rear 1 1/2”.
Flat footed at 5’1” and a 28” inseam.
Sorry forgot to take a picture after cutting the seat foam.
Nice, how does it do on rough roads/trails? Does it bottom out or is it working as intended?
It does with me but not with Joy so far. She’s not pushing it to hard yet an I’m twice as heavy.
Delicate question, first I am a short guy. Do ladies measure their inseam the same way guys do?
Tape measure in crotch standing and extend until it hits the ground, don't forget to add on for the case, 3 inches.
30 inches here and a lot of motorcycles are just plain too high and heavy for safety.
Not sure what the add on 3" means.
Inseams are inseams regardless.
TW200 are probably the lowest stock DS. But lower any bike is an option. Lowering links cheaply, suspension lowered, expensive.
So wife is 5'4" and she was riding a 650 Versys, had lowered 1" by link and slid the forks up about 3/4 inch. She still could not be comfy on the balls of her feet. So she traded it for an 800 Tiger with the low suspension and then lowered the seat. Now she can flat foot. I'm 5'7" and I even like it. Might be something to look at.
I have a 28" inseam at 5'8" and the wife is an inch shorter but same inseam.
The Blue WRR we bought for her and has a custom GoRace Suspension setup that is 2" lowered. It also has the OEM 1" lowering. Total 3" drop and is SO damn fun. We'll be adding a Low Seat Concepts to it soon for another 1" drop. I believe Travis (at GoRace) can drop these WRRs roughly 5" via the suspension.
The Black '15 WRR is mine, also with a GoRace suspension but not internally lowered.. just the OEM lowering.
The Black '08 WRX is all stock with OEM 1" lowering and a YamaLink.
Hands down the Best way to lower a bike is with a custom lowered suspension. It handles like a completely different bike and the performance increase is outstanding. Getting ready to ship mine down to VA for a refresh to start the season off minty fresh. Not cheap but worth every penny.
You know, before I retired from coaching, I had 35% of my students were female. Many hundreds (if, not thousands) were very petite. I always felt kinda bad because the OEM's had pretty much abandoned them. Seems they were in a competition with each other to market their offroad bikes with 10+ " of suspension travel. 40 years ago, the competition in suspension travel was 6-7". This was regardless of engine size. This made for seat heights of 32" from the factory. Couple this, with sag and riders with 28-29" inseams could ride AND "flat foot." Fast forward to today. Current bikes have tall seat heights when talking larger engine sizes. Sure, a 65cc bike will be low, but there's zero reason the "Big 4" can't market 250/450/650cc bikes with factory 6" of travel, creating a seat height of 30". 6" of travel is plenty for trailing, at the pace most riders go. Heck, most riders could get away with 3" of travel (and many do.) Even some that have 10" of travel, only use 3" of it. Sure, there are track riders that hit triples, but the vast majority of riders likely do not. Especially older riders that aren't trying to relive their youth. (This may make anyone feel "old" in a hurry!)
Motorcycle fitment is a SAFETY thing. For a rider to be the safest, all controls must be fitted to the rider. Control levers/pedals, handle bar height/reach, seat height/contour, and other ergo's need to be fitted to the rider. Heck, even the side stand can be fitted, as it should be.
I agree. I had an ST1100 that was way too big for my 27"-28" inseam. And my Russel seat didn't help much. I started with Daytona M-Star boots and added an extra 1 " insole. I then installed a 60 series tire on the rear, and a Works shock that was 1 1/4" shorter. I then took the bike to a suspension ship that lowered the front to match. The overall result was wonderful. I never came close to scraping in the turns, and it was much easier to handle But when I suggest these changes on the forums everybody screams sacrilege.
My favorite comment is that I've been riding for years and I'm perfectly happy with balancing this 750 pound bike on my tip toes, and you should too.
I lowered it about 2 inches, and my Goldwing seat is still a lot lower.
You hit the nail on the head with this. I started riding 40+ years ago and didn't have a problem getting bikes to fit as far as touching the ground. Things have changed a lot. I've never been an aggressive rider on road or off. For single track I ride an XR100 with very little suspension and do fine. It's a bit like a goat, it goes almost anywhere I want it to but not at a super speed. It would be nice to have more power but I get by with what I have.
Has anyone lowered a dr350? My partner wants to learn to ride and a buddy is selling a dr350. I have an rt100 that she’ll learn to ride on but it’s not very road worthy or anything. She’s 5’2 or so with a 30” inseam.
Get on the Wilburs catalog and see if they have shocks and springs. It won’t be cheap.
I was thinking along the lines of kouba link and slide the forks. To go along the lines of wilbers I may end up looking for an xt225 instead.