New 2003 WR450F...seems to be very tall
Posted August 19, 2012 - 09:35 AM
I am 5'11" and weight 290.
I got these measurements for the bike.
Static seat height for the WR from ground to lowest point on seat=38.5"...the manual says the stock seat height is 39.3"
My 2005 YZ450F's manual says the seat height should be 39.3"...but it is measuring a much more comfortable 36.5"...and does not appear to have a lowering link.
Unloded Measurment 24.5"
Loaded Measurement 18.25"
It looks like there is plenty of room for adjustment either way with the spanner nuts.
My problem is that while I can sit on the bike comforably (not flat footed, but on the ball of my feet), when I have to put one foot down on a trail (to regain my balance) usually with the bike leaning one way or the other, the bike's suspension extends so much so that it can knock me off balance. When I was riding the YZ, is didn't act like this. How would I adjust the bike so that is doesnt try to push me over like this?
Thank you for your suggestions...please no fat jokes
Posted August 19, 2012 - 09:46 AM
Posted August 20, 2012 - 11:17 AM
Maybe you can find a lowering link and/or a lower seat. If you can lower it an 1-1.5" with a link kit, and maybe 1" with a lower seat, that should make a huge difference. Also, maybe you can lower the forks some too.
Posted August 20, 2012 - 11:27 AM
Posted August 21, 2012 - 02:05 AM
The 426 shock is something like 3/8 shorter. I have not tried to fit one in a 450 but that would lower the seat about an inch.
Posted August 22, 2012 - 09:28 AM
Bikes can be lowered two ways, either a lowering link, this tends to screw up handling as the forks remain the same so you now have a chopper. Second a good suspension shop can shorten the shock and fork to keep it somewhat balanced but you lose a lot of performance and ground clearance. I wouldn't recommend either unless your under 5' 3" ish or don't plan on riding in tough areas with logs, rocks etc..
Instead find a good suspension shop to rebuild your forks and shock and if you still have the OE rear spring you will need a stiffer one (I'm 185lbs and have a 5.8 rear spring which is still plenty cushy and stock fork springs which oddly seem OK). Set the sag correctly (3.5"- 4" rider sag, measure bike fully unloaded i.e. on a stand then with you in gear including camelbak in a neutral seat position on the ground) get a buddy to help.
My guess is with a fresh overhaul (shocks need a yearly service anyways) sag set correctly and resetting the rebound and compression settings to the manuals recommendations (that's where mine are and it seems pretty good) you will instantly have a completely different machine.