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post #1 of 7 Old 06-26-2014, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hi All
I'm interest in getting into dual sport riding. And I'm looking to buy a KLR650.
I have a KXF250 now but I no longer ride motorcross and have only been taking it out a couple times a year. I also ride a Triumph Bonneville on the street.
At 5'5" 165 lbs I'll need the lowering kit. Can anybody tell if if it changes the handling very much and how much can the seat height be lowered?
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-26-2014, 10:49 AM
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Welcome to the group, I have not used the lowering kit (6'4") and that is why I got the KLR, but I am sure someone will reply soon.

here is a link from a group member on the subject.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-26-2014, 03:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I am your height and weight and have a 2014. The KLR is tall and I used to keep the rear pre-load on 5 but initially all I did was have a friend shorten the side stand 3/4" because the bike sits straight up when on it. Also, once my weight was on it, the stand would grind into the ground making it very difficult to raise especially with short legs.

As far as the height, I just dealt with it but I have not flat footed anything since I owned a Big Wheel! My wife is now riding the KLR also and she is our height (less weight ). She was not comfortable with the height so I bought a Sargent seat that is 2" lower. It seems to work better for her now. The seat feels a little wider than stock and is definitely firmer.

I am trying not to lower the bike because I do not want to lose any ground clearance because we bought it to use off-road. As long as she remains content with it we won't lower it.

I think that you need to do what you are most comfortable with so that you enjoy riding it and are not intimidated by the height.

Good luck.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-26-2014, 05:13 PM
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A buddy of mine is vertically challenged and so we installed the lowering links. No effects on handling, you just give up some ground clearance.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-27-2014, 10:23 AM
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-28-2014, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all that replied. I have listed my KX250F for sale and as soon as I sell it I'll buy my new KLR650.
Thanks again
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-28-2014, 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the venue, Todd!

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