bike height

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  • kjd

Posted February 07, 2002 - 03:30 PM


have not owned a motocross bike in a long time. I went out a bought a new 426,but I can only touch the ground on my tippy toes. Any suggestions of how to lower the bike without giving up the plush suspension perks.

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  • therapture

Posted February 07, 2002 - 04:10 PM


The biggest thing is to make sure your spring rate is correct. Bike should sag 15-25mm under it's own weight as measured from a spot on the fender to the rear axle bolt. With you ON the bike sitting in the "attack" position, you should strive to get 95-100mm of sag. If after setting your loaded sag, the "free" sag is LESS than 15mm, you need a STIFFER spring. If your free sag is MORE than 25mm, you need a SOFTER spring. Sounds backwards, but just read it, it
makes sense. Once you are rolling on the track, the height won't matter, and shortening the suspension travel is a BAD idea for motocross use especially. Some speed challenged riders lower the suspension at the expense of travel, but if you even a moderately fast novice rider, this is NOT the way to go.

  • scottzx7rr

Posted February 07, 2002 - 04:29 PM


But if after setting the suspension and after breakin of the suspension you are finding yourself still a little too short then give your local suspension shop a call or Jeremy@MX Tech a call. Because I know for a fact that Jeremy has a good deal experience with setting up a bike for a shorter person because he did a setup for a shorter riding buddy of mine. He has a WR426 and Jeremy was able to take some inches off of it without losing any travel.

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