motofrenzy, As far as the suspension goes I can relate my story. You are too heavy. I am 6'0" tall and weigh 250+. I have a 2000 YZ that I hare scramble and trail ride. The first race was super rough and tight in Lynnville, IN. The bike was very rough and tiring to ride(considering that I rode an XR650L in the same race the previous year that says a lot). After about 20 minutes my arms were shot. I put up with this for about 4 months and sent the suspension off to Factory Connection. They went heavier on the springs and put in a revised fork seal kit(no blown seals yet!), changed the high speed valving, and sent the stuff back. All the sag measurements were perfect the bike was a totally different animal. I can spend all day on the bike and it really isn't too bad. Check em' out. 800-221-7560. They are super friendly and willing to help. They are also extremely reasonable on reworks as your skills/weight changes. ------------------ Somebody's gotta win; Somebody's gotta lose!!