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Old 02-28-2015, 02:43 PM   #1
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KTM 500 EXC too tall for a short guy...?

So I finally became convinced that a KTM 500 exc should be my next bike ... and then I was talking to a dealer and he suggested my 5'8" frame with 29-30" inseam just wasn't tall enough to handle the seat height. (He admittedly didn't have any 500s in stock and was trying to steer me to a different bike...)

I've been riding for 40 years and never worried about a bike being too tall. I've had a KLX650, a XR400 and am currently riding a DRZ400s ... but they are all an inch or so shorter than the EXC. Admittedly I have a Seat Concepts low seat on the DRZ...

So what's the voice of experience here?
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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I'm very similar stature, 30 inch Levis. I'd say no worries.

I probably haven't had even one flat foot on any bike since I got off 80s. I'm on a FE501 (I think the husky subframe may make it a smidgen lower) with the sag at 108mm. Its fine, its not even the tallest bike I have owned. Pretty sure there are low seat options if you so desire. Careful there, some of the lower stuff may be wider for comfort and can actually make it seem even farther to dab a foot.

Were you at a HD shop? Tell your dealer quit sizing you like you're riding a cruiser! Get it and roost!

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So I finally became convinced that a KTM 500 exc should be my next bike ... and then I was talking to a dealer and he suggested my 5'8" frame with 29-30" inseam just wasn't tall enough to handle the seat height. (He admittedly didn't have any 500s in stock and was trying to steer me to a different bike...)

I've been riding for 40 years and never worried about a bike being too tall. I've had a KLX650, a XR400 and am currently riding a DRZ400s ... but they are all an inch or so shorter than the EXC. Admittedly I have a Seat Concepts low seat on the DRZ...

So what's the voice of experience here?
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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Contrary to what the dealer may say, you CAN have the suspension shortened.
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:40 PM   #4
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You've been riding for long enough on tall bikes, it won't be a problem. The dealer wants to sell you what he has, not what you want.

I have a 500 exc and a 28 1/2 " inseam.
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:41 PM   #5
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Contrary to what the dealer may say, you CAN have the suspension shortened.

KTM hard parts catalog has a kit to shorten it.
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Old 02-28-2015, 03:49 PM   #6
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same height and inseam as OP.... i had my new 5 hunny lowered, sprung and valved for my weight.

I've been riding bikes too tall for me my whole life and never thought anything about it other than pre planning stops and step on/off mounts and dismounts.... Then i had a bad experience group riding and got caught in a bad place for a short person on a too tall bike.... pain is real so when i purchased the KTM i decided to spend the money on the suspension as insurance against the exact same thing ever happening to me again.

lowered approx 1.5 inches with seat concepts low seat and i can get both toes down enough to handle any situation.

the bike actually turns and climbs better after lowering and i haven't missed the ground clearance since i don't jump the bike .

i say go for it.... this bike is what dual sporting is all about.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:05 PM   #7
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>"So what's the voice of experience here?"

Do it.

I lowered mine 2"... Moto Labs suspension (motolabdirtbikes.com)
and added a Seat Concepts seat.

KTM offers a shorter kickstand too, it bolts right up with the 2" lowered bike.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:19 PM   #8
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So I finally became convinced that a KTM 500 exc should be my next bike ... and then I was talking to a dealer and he suggested my 5'8" frame with 29-30" inseam just wasn't tall enough to handle the seat height. (He admittedly didn't have any 500s in stock and was trying to steer me to a different bike...)

I've been riding for 40 years and never worried about a bike being too tall. I've had a KLX650, a XR400 and am currently riding a DRZ400s ... but they are all an inch or so shorter than the EXC. Admittedly I have a Seat Concepts low seat on the DRZ...

So what's the voice of experience here?
I'm short like you and been riding 4 decades too. I say just do it, if you can ride the DRZ you can the EXC.
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:06 PM   #9
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Same thing here 29-30 inch inseam, riding ,weekend racer, big tall bikes no problem ,but tire you out faster. I'm in my mid 50's now so a little slower pace. My next bike will be a Beta, they are shorter, and have softer suspension.
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:04 PM   #10
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:00 PM   #11
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KTM hard parts catalog has a kit to shorten it.
I just had the local suspension guy shorten my shock, the bike is about 2" lower now. Next I need to shorten the side stand, as it is the bike tips over on flat surfaces.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:31 AM   #12
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5'8" here.

Had an EXC 530 lowered an inch and a half on both ends.
Worst mistake I ever made.

My 300 and 500 are stock, big fucking deal if you can't flatfoot it, deal with it.
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:13 AM   #13
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5'8"/28" inseam, never lowered any of my bikes. Dropped them plenty due to "stop" maneuvers (ground too far away ), but I got used to it/got better. Wife had a lowered TE250 for a while, hated the lower seat height, as I was used to the taller seat heights by then...when I rode that one I missed the extra clearance under the skid, as well as being messed up by the 2 less inches of clearance when sticking a leg out when cornering.

Seat height don't matter when you're standing on the pegs and twisting the right grip...stand up, grip and rip
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:30 AM   #14
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Ricky Carmichael is a midget and arguably the greatest of all time.

Rock on short dudes!
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:15 AM   #15
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I'm 5'9 with a 30" inseam, and I don't have a problem with my 500 that has not been lowered.
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