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Old 06-16-2014, 04:05 PM
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Default my new(to me) KTM is too tall - do I need a low seat??

so...my KTM is too tall. I feel like a little kid swinging my legs in a chair that's too big.

I'm about 5'7" on a good day, and I know I can adjust the suspension to some degree - for which I'll get some assistance...BUT...my question is, being as short as I am, should I look for a 'low' seat? it's not much lower (.5"?)
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:37 PM
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thanks, that's what I figured.
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I would definitely shave the seat down and maybe even have a lowering link and forks shortened professionally. I'm even shorter than you and have a CRF250X that I've done the above to and it's made a ton of difference. I went to Hitchcock Industries and Neil there did the work the right way - the wrong way is to just lower the forks in the triple clamps because the tire can make contact with the fender and all sorts of other not great things when you bottom out. You might lose an inch or two of travel but if it means you can enjoy the bike it's worth it.
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You should definitely grow longer legs. Just saying.
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Just need new riding boots.
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so...my KTM is too tall. I feel like a little kid swinging my legs in a chair that's too big.

I'm about 5'7" on a good day, and I know I can adjust the suspension to some degree - for which I'll get some assistance...BUT...my question is, being as short as I am, should I look for a 'low' seat? it's not much lower (.5"?)
No...you need to give it to me Will it fit 6'-3"?

Just kidding...you are on the right track!
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:44 PM
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I think I'm going to get an EE super soft seat - it should give me about 3/4".
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:00 PM
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I'd start there, and then ride it for a bit and just see what you think you need at that point. The next step would probably be a full suspension tune with softer and maybe shorter springs. The manual has some good documentation on spring settings based on weight, but you might need someone like Hitchcock to set you up optimally with your height and weight.
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