Can I Lower the seat height?

My new 04 WR450 at 39 inches is a stretch even for me and I am 6'2", 200 lbs. I am old school (pushing 50) and I like to put my feet down when things get hairy!

My son ended up with a wr250 lowered to 36 inches, seems like the previous owner loosened the fork clamps and dropped the front end an inch, but where did the other two inches come from? Does the rear monoshock adjust down somehow?

Do people shave the seat down? (A suggestion at the Yamaha shop).

Would there be much of a compromise in performance and handling to do this? i understand the 05 has a 36" seat height.

Thanks

You'll need to lower the rear also or you'll lose some straight line stability. I removed the seat cover and cut my seat down an inch with a hacksaw blade and then sanded it smooth and replaced the cover. Worked great I can sit almost flat footed now and can kickstart it without putting it on the stand.

Joe

At your ht and wt, don't worry. It's going to settle as it breaks in, I promise. Don't shave the seat. If you do, order new seat foam when you do it because later you'll want to go back to the unshaved foam.

my .02

5mm at subframe supports lower"s the seat 1" at the Highest point

1" at seat shaved

3/8 @ the triple tree Match rear to keep the weight basis equal

You will enjoy this bike

Over fifty expert 5'-6" 30" Inseam the 04 motor and gearing is to die for its a great bike.

How about the 05 seat? It looks a bit thinner... :cry:

I'm thinking of shaving the foam also. I have an 03 wr450. But as mentioned earlier, I'm a little worried I won't like it. So where is the best place to get seat foam when I want to get my seat back to where it started? Is this a dealer thing?

...robert

How about the 05 seat? It looks a bit thinner... :cry:

Dan , It's not thinner, just shaved the seat on a 05 model and lowered the subframe also . Makes a real different for the vertically handicapped.

TB, what really sold me on the 05 was the fact that it was so much shorter than the previous years, without even breaking in my bike I can touch the ground with both feet. :cry: I'm short and the one inch helps me out.. Tall guys are lucky, they could buy tall seats from a half a dozen companies..

use a belt sander to cut down seat works great .yz450 i can now touch ground,raised fork tubes 12mm handles fine in trail or mx bike 15

huh that's funny I'm 5'11 190 pounds and I have no problem getting on my 04 WR450

You know what is is ... these tall bikes demand higher speed in the steep rough river-bed type riding we do here on the West Coast. This requires a certain attitude of immortality not to mention padding from head to toe!

Old school is to slowly and carefully get over each rock with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Takes quite the transition!

yeah the seat hight is correct for someone of your highth but the rider of the original posts seeks to be able to put his feet on the ground which is not ideal from a riding perspective, but in his case is wat he wants

You know what is is ... these tall bikes demand higher speed in the steep rough river-bed type riding we do here on the West Coast. This requires a certain attitude of immortality not to mention padding from head to toe!

Old school is to slowly and carefully get over each rock with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Takes quite the transition!

That 39" seat height also effects cornering speed , I noticed after chopping my down that it much easily to hit a berm and hold a line. I always felt like a cork in water seated so high. Rode this past sunday , MX track . Bike handled pretty good .

Don't shave the seat! Lower the whole bike.

Now that I have had a few more rides, I am getting used to the height and as others have pointed out, the bike will settle some (1"-2"?). I just got back from blasting around the condo development land behind my place and I think I will just Be Happy!

Amazing Bike! :cry:

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