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Old 11-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Feasibility of lowering a 950

Can anyone share the feasibility of lowering a 2005 950 so that an old guy with bad knees can enjoy the KTM experience.

Just coming off a Uly due to bad knees and short 29" inseam.

Had several of John Penton's dirt bikes back in the day when we raced Hare Scrambles in the Mid West.

Would like to have a KTM Big Trallie before the long ride into the ..........

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Thanks
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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A good option would be to give the guys at Superplush Suspension a call. They are pretty much the go to for KTM suspension. I had my R suspension dropped 15mm and both front and rear re-sprung. They're in San Fransisco.

Another group I've heard about but no experience is Konflict Suspension. Not sure where they're at but seen some mention having work done by them.

Either one can probably work things out, just have to consider how much/type of "offroad" you plan to do since you'll lose clearance.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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Black Dog Cycle Works owner, Kurt, had Martha's 990 lowered. Ask them who they used. I know that SuperPlush can lower a 950/990: http://www.superplushsuspension.com

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Old 11-04-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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Thank you

Appreciate the leads

Are the big KTMs as top heavy as the Uly or the Tiger?

Again, appreciate the update and input.

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Old 11-04-2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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Appreciate the leads

Are the big KTMs as top heavy as the Uly or the Tiger?

Again, appreciate the update and input.

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No - Since the fuel is on either side and lower it's easier to move/ handle when full but past a certain point it's going down - still a heavy bike, though lighter vs other bikes in this group.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
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Appreciate the leads

Are the big KTMs as top heavy as the Uly or the Tiger?

Again, appreciate the update and input.

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Oh heck no. The KTM was designed to keep the weight low. It was a Dakar race bike first, so everything was designed around making it light and properly weighted for off-road riding. I recently just tried to balance a Tiger Explorer and thought I was going to hurt myself lifting it off of its side stand.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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My vote goes to Konflict motorsports and suspension, race proven suspension for the LC8's.
We recently got the chance to compare Konfict and superplush side by side. Before that I only knew Konficts setup was very good, know I know its great. Alex is the man.
Alex has lowered several of my vertically challenged friends 990's, including a few SE's
along with the lowering you will need valving and spring work.
The difference is huge. and absolutely transforms your bike whether your a street or dirt rider.

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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Appreciate the input and guidance

Thanks for the input all.

Looks like we can at least "think" about joining the Orange Crush side of the forum

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:23 PM   #9
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Love the Yellow Lights

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Great Picture of the yellow lights

We have had various versions of "Yellow" light on the past 4 ADV rides and will not be without them in the future.

Ride Safe

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:24 PM   #10
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Great Picture of the yellow lights

We have had various versions of "Yellow" light on the past 4 ADV rides and will not be without them in the future.

Ride Safe

They came in really handy at the 24hr last weekend, heavy fog and everyone else was riding by brail. Not me when it cleared a bit I pulled the covers off.
Now get yourself a nice 950..The best decision I have ever made
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:07 PM   #12
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Appreciate the input and guidance

Thanks All

The local motor cops just adopted Yellow Motolights as OEM on all new rides.

Appreciate the input on the KTM.

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Old 11-05-2013, 05:43 AM   #13
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Can anyone share the feasibility of lowering a 2005 950 so that an old guy with bad knees can enjoy the KTM experience.

Just coming off a Uly due to bad knees and short 29" inseam.

Had several of John Penton's dirt bikes back in the day when we raced Hare Scrambles in the Mid West.

Would like to have a KTM Big Trallie before the long ride into the ..........

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Thanks
Had several of the Penton's myself back in the day running Enduro's. I was Dual Sporting/Adv riding before they had a name for it.

Yes Sir, I know about bad knees.

Here on the East Coast they have been lowering the suspension for years especially on Enduro bikes. The rear shock is the only part that most have to send out if you don't have the tools. There is a good suspension guy in N.C. where my rear shocks go to when needed.

I'm quit happy with the stock suspension on my 2012 990 R.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:20 AM   #14
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Can anyone share the feasibility of lowering a 2005 950 so that an old guy with bad knees can enjoy the KTM experience.

Just coming off a Uly due to bad knees and short 29" inseam.

Had several of John Penton's dirt bikes back in the day when we raced Hare Scrambles in the Mid West.

Would like to have a KTM Big Trallie before the long ride into the ..........

Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Thanks
Before spending any money, do the following.
1) Set sag properly, front and back
2) Put something on the floor where your feet touch, so you can simulate a lower seat height. If we are talking for something of the order of 1-1.5 inches, then you could reduce rear sag and raise the forks in the triples by the same amount to achieve the needed height. In my opinion the rear shock works quite well at a reasonable range of preload, as long as geometry is right. That assumes your suspension does not bottom out.
3) You may gain another 1/2 inch by reshaping the seat, so all in all, 2 inches max can be had for a minor expense.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:03 AM   #15
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The gel seat will give you 20mm less seat height. It's like sitting on a 2x4 though

http://www.ktm-parts.com/60007040100.html#.Unj6KFKQHYY

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