How to set up a bike for a smaller guy..


Sep 23, 2000
I was wondering how I could set up a 1998 YZ 125 for a 5'6, 143 pound guy. If you know of ways that could help me, I would greatly appreciate your ideas.
-Thank you


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Jan 29, 2001

You sound like me. I'm 5'6" and ride a 2001 KX250. I run a LOT of sag. I run about 5" just to get my toes on the ground. Alot of people say to shave the bottom of the seat off. I have not tried this yet, but I might. I also run the front end a few clicks out to make the forks compress more. Kind of like sag in the front, but not quite. I also raised the forks as high as they would go in the triple clamps. I'm pretty sure not many people could ride the bike very efficiently like this, but I know RC uses the same methods, only with a few more chop and weld mods. I only wish I could afford the bike lowering mods that alot of suspension companies are offering. That would be the best way to go. Maybe some day when I get fast enough for fine suspension tuning to matter I'll make the investment. At 30, that may never happen. :D Hope this helps a little.



Apprentice Goon
Mar 16, 2001
Charlestown, IN
I'm not much taller, and I've had great luck with shaving seat foam. Gets me where I need to be without comprimising suspension integrity. I think a shock spacer would be the next step to consider. I'd even consider sub-frame surgery before I would use my suspension settings to get me to the ground.

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