Lowering YZ450

I just traded a 2004 YFZ450  for a YZ450. I am only 5'4 (or 64 inches) tall. This thing sits so high that I can not start it without leaning onto something. Is there anyway to get it low enough to let my feet touch the ground. I won't be doing much jumping. just trail riding. 

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Lowering link and then slide the forks up in the triple clamp. Or if you want to be really cheap you can back the preload on the shock spring almost all the way off but make sure there it is still somewhat tight you don't want it slapping around

Lowering link and then slide the forks up in the triple clamp. Or if you want to be really cheap you can back the preload on the shock spring almost all the way off but make sure there it is still somewhat tight you don't want it slapping around

I was looking into lowering mine a bit but was told it would destroy the handling.  might just try to cut the seat down.

That's really short on a big bike, have you considered a more trail orientated ttr 125/230 or crf 150/230?

Lowering a bike properly should not make a bike handle any worse, and in the case of the yz it should make it handle a little better.

Lowering a bike properly should not make a bike handle any worse, and in the case of the yz it should make it handle a little better.

I'm not sure about that, but from what ive gathered raising the forks and putting on a lowering link isn't the proper way to go about it.

I'm not sure about that, but from what ive gathered raising the forks and putting on a lowering link isn't the proper way to go about it.

Depends on the bike and desired effect. Lowering from inside isn't always best

Lowering a bike with a lowering link and sliding the forks up is the poor man's way of lowering a bike and does affect handling. Lowering links stiffen the initial part of the suspension travel and sliding the forks brings the wheel closer to the motor. Doing it internally is the proper way to do it.

And it's also the most expensive.  Undeniably the best approach, though. 

 

At 5'4", you'll have a long way to go to put either foot on the ground.  Unless you take 3" out of the suspension travel, or something, you'll still, um, come up short.  (couldn't be helped)  People do adapt, though.  I rode with a guy who was like 5'2" or so and was on a full sized RM250.  Sliding on and off the saddle to one side, leaning the bike on stuff or rolling it in order to get up on the thing in order to kick start it, stuff like that.  Made it all work.

Hang in there. It'll get better. I'm about 5'6"ish and thought I made a mistake getting the same bike. One foot on the trailer or finding a low spot to put the bike in to get it started. I kept mine stock, besides correct spring rates and heavy flywheel, now starting is a breeze and the height doesn't bother me.

Just keep moving.

You learn to keep your feet on the pegs more and throttle out when in doubt!!!!

Yamaha does offer a lower seat as an aftermarket accessory, if that help.

Shave the seat and send the shock and forks out to a suspension shop and do it internally. That's the only correct way to do it. I'm 5'6" but have pretty long legs for a short fella (32" inseam) I have trouble starting my WR without the kickstand even with my motard wheels on it but my seat height and suspension are stock aside from being resprung and revalved for my weight and riding style.

Practice riding it stock.

 

Ride on the balls of your feet, not on the seat, and practice.

 

I ride with a 3" taller seat than stock, so I too cannot touch the ground with both feet either, even at 6'4"...... 

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