KDX load capacity

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My old riding buddy is finally coming back to this great sport and he is looking at a new KDX. He is concerned about being too big for the machine (6' 2", 215 lbs). How about some feedback from some of you bigger guys on this subject? I can't help him too much since I'm just 5'9" and about 170.
 
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He could ride a 400 four stroke but probably would enjoy the KDX more. My dad is 6'1" and 220lbs. and rides a '02 220. He put a FMF garly pipe and Turbine Core 2 plus he replaced the fork springs with XR400 ones and it is a perfect fit. We ride trails in the woods mostly.
 
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I outweigh your buddy by quite a few pounds ;)
and I'm very happy with my KDX, it has plenty of power to haul my butt around :thumb:
 
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The KDX will do fine with him. I'm 6' and 200 lbs. I ride an 02 200 and it pulls me anywhere. sometimes she'll run away from me.LOL
 
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It can be made to work. High rise handlebars and tall seat foam will help. Fredette recommends .39kg springs up front and a 5.2kg in back for 220 lbs.

I'm 5'11" and 200 lbs and the stock KDX was pretty cramped.
 

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Also 6' !" and 200lbs. Power will be fine, just tweek the suspension and ergonomics as mentioned above.
 
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Modify the suspension per some of the above suggestions and go to a 12 tooth countershaft sproket and he will be fine. And have more fun for the money than on anything else.
 

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I'm 260 Lbs in gear. My 03 220 is still stock until I mod it out over the winter and it pulls me up some steep hills no problem in 2nd gear.
 
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There's an argument to be made for 'the more # the better'. More weight will to a large extent improve tractability, increase traction, make the bike less peaky.

While taking my daughter for a short spin a couple of weeks ago, I was amazed at the pull my little 200 has. The additional 70# (or so) made it easier in a number of ways to get around.

Sure made a dent in any wheelspin problems! ;)

Obviously it's not the powerhouse something like a 520 pumpkin would be..but it costs just a tad less, too!
 
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You're welcome Hockeyboy. Now if you just stay away from the twinkees and pepsi, we can avoid having to install Maico 501 parts to haul your butt up the trails! I'm looking forward to riding with you again. Let's just stay away from that nut on the trail with the axe!
 

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When I got my 02 KDX 220 I was 297lbs hauled me around pretty good. Down to 265 and it's even better. I would say no problem. :thumb: