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    Hi All, My wife is looking at a lightly used 18' Husky 250 FE. Awesome bike in great shape and she likes it but she's on tippy toes in the saddle. She rode a lot growing up but is definitely getting back into it so I'm thinking about getting the bike and lowering it. I talked with the guys at EVO suspension and they thought I could bring it down a couple inches and I think that would make a huge difference. Any thoughts? Any downside to lowering (other than the loss of clearance)?

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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    I know someone that bought the actual KTM lowering kit (forks and shock) and likes it.

    He said it even helped having the CoG a bit lower.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    Yea, I'm not seeing too much downside...I think she'd definitely feel more confident having flat feet on the ground. It'll feel closer to the crf110 she used to ride

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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    Your wife's bike is a 4st so doubtful she'll have to be careful, but my friend that lowered his - 300 TPI - has to watch the pipe every so often.

    I have about a 29" inseam, my hip mobility isn't what it used to be and had my bike lowered...and I still tip over every so often.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    The downsides are minor compared to the confidence a rider gains from a bike they can touch easily on. 2" is a lot oven if it doesn't sound like much.
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    I lowered my bike 1-1/2" and like it for the most part. However, I ride in a lot of rocky technical terrain and either hit the expansion chamber or skid plate. I can't see a drawback if she isn't riding those conditions.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    Sounds like your wife is really into the sport. Maybe if she improved her slow speed skills and balance the tippy toe thing wouldn't be a big deal. Getting used to sliding over to one side of the seat when stopping/starting might help too.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    I lowered my bike about 1 1/2" by putting spacers in the shock and lowering the forks in the clamps. Also cut the seat down about an inch.

    Big difference as I am short legged and tipped over way to much. No negatives that I have noticed.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    Yep, agree on this and in talking with one of the guys at Evp suspension he said he lowered his wife's bike at first but they ended up bringing it back up a bit as her confidence lvl improved. I'd be totally good with that too.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on lowering bike

    Thx all for the feedback, went ahead and pulled the trigger on the 250! I'll probably get it lowered in the spring...gonna be busy skiing + sleddin' from here on out.

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