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Old 02-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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motards and short people

How do you do it? What kind of motard do you have? Did you have to lower it? Looking into getting in motards but I'm only 5'4 and I cannot reach the ground at all.
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Street legal TTR-125?

I wouldnt want to lower a Motard....if ur riding it as it intended purpose ur getting rid of the ride clearance. I'm sure it will squat somewhat by u siting on it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:00 PM   #6
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Maybe KLX250SF?

On the bright side, dropping a motard just gives it character.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:12 PM   #7
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5'6" on DRZ400sm. stock height. I can flat foot my DRZ...with the bike leaned over.

Suspension setup is important. Re-spring front and rear. Set the sag to the greatest sag number in the specs. Consider a lowering link if you must. While lowering the rear, consider what that does to the front. Depending on your bars/trees/handguards/"real estate space on your handlebars" you can loosen the fork clamps and slide the forks up in the trees. You can also shave out the seat foam with an electric knife and recover, bringing you closer to the ground.

My current dirt ride has a Kouba lowering link (1.25" lower) and I raised the forks in the trees a tad. I can't say that it has negatively affected any of the ride characteristics, but it has improved stability at low speeds in the tight stuff and overall made the riding more fun.

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Street legal TTR-125?

I wouldnt want to lower a Motard....if ur riding it as it intended purpose ur getting rid of the ride clearance. I'm sure it will squat somewhat by u siting on it.
seat height on that is 31.7 which I believe is even lower then my current bike. that might work

Thanks for all the input everyone!
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:43 PM   #9
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Maybe KLX250SF?

On the bright side, dropping a motard just gives it character.
about an inch higher then my current bike. this might work out too
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seat height on that is 31.7 which I believe is even lower then my current bike. that might work

Thanks for all the input everyone!
I was going to suggest waiting until you hit puberty before buying the motard, but that would be a thing to say so I didn't.
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ignore seat height specs. make the bike yours. get the bike that you want and set it up.
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I think you can touch the ground on the klx250
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My girlfriend has a crf230 sumo. With the dirt shock on the rear it sags probably 3 inches and now she towers over it. She's 5'3"
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Drz with shaved seat and maybe lowering link, for street. Tojo's crf for the track.
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I was going to suggest waiting until you hit puberty before buying the motard, but that would be a thing to say so I didn't.


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I think you can touch the ground on the klx250
yea i just need one foot down without the bike leaning so much it looks like its about to fall over lol

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Maybe KLX250SF?

On the bright side, dropping a motard just gives it character.
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Street legal TTR-125?

I wouldnt want to lower a Motard....if ur riding it as it intended purpose ur getting rid of the ride clearance. I'm sure it will squat somewhat by u siting on it.
any idea on the average cost to making it street legal?
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i had a shaved seat on my first hyper made it perfect. now i need to get one for the new bike.
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i had a shaved seat on my first hyper made it perfect. now i need to get one for the new bike.
I will definitely be shaving the seat on any motard I decided to get
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The CRF I am buying back is lowered. I am 6 foot, so I don't need it lowered, but I enjoy it since it is asphalt track focused and not "true motard" that is mixed surface focused. Andy at Metric did it and a also a buddy's KTM450 EXC. The KTM was not cheap to do right, the CRF was easier and more conservative costs wise.

Pick the bike you want, then work with a good suspension shop to lower the bike to the height you want. Both bikes should be at the next GSS event. You are welcome to check them out.

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