It's looking kind of low, but it feels great. They cut 2 inches out of my kickstand.
After lowering the 2016 Yamaha WR450 two inches this is what it looks like. It looks a lot lower to me now and I guess that makes sense because it's about 4 inches lower than when I bought it. I haven't measured the seat height since I had it professionally lowered but I measured it a couple of months ago and it was about 36 inches from the ground so I guess it's safe to say the seat height is now 34 inches.
I think a 34 inch seat height is pretty much what it was back in the day. My memory is that when I was younger I could hop on anybody's dirt bike and put both feet solidly on the ground. I also remember going anyplace I wanted to go on a bike that tall.
The feel of the Yamaha WR450 now is more like sitting in the bike instead of on it. Before I started lowering it I felt like I was perched precariously on top of the motorcycle and the least little thing was going to topple me over. Now sitting on the bike with my knees bent and both feet flat on the ground I feel more solidly attached to the motorcycle.
Now I understand that I have traded off some things to get that solidly attached feeling that I've been looking for. And those things are decreased suspension travel and decreased ground clearance. For some folks that would be a bad trade. But for me I don't ride in a way or in places where I need huge amounts of suspension travel and 13 inches of ground clearance so I'm glad to trade those things off for the feeling of security that the Yamaha WR450 gives me now.
I ordered a FMF Powercore muffler for the WR450 in an effort to allow the engine to breathe a little better. The stock muffler it comes with really does choke up the bike and creates a lot of back pressure. But I guess that's what it takes to get past California's strict noise requirements. I'm hoping the new muffler is not too loud because I'm not looking for more noise I just want the engine to breathe better. It has a spark arrestor in it which is a good thing since I ride in the national forest a lot. It's supposed to get here tomorrow and I will post some pictures when I get time to put it on.
Matt, the owner of RG3 suspension, Denver Colorado. He looks far too young to know as much about motorcycles as he does.
My Yamaha WR450 [ El Diablo ] was taken apart today so that the shocks on both ends of the bike could be lowered by 2 inches. The Yamaha sure looked pitiful laying there in pieces, but I assured El Diablo that this was all for its own good. That it's kind of like neutering your dog, the dog certainly isn't going to like it but it makes it more likely that you will keep the dog around and give it a happy healthy life. And that's the way it's going to work for El Diablo, yes it won't be as tall as it used to be but it will be more likely that I will keep it around if it doesn't throw me off as much.
I'm glad I got Matt, the owner of RG3 suspension, to do this job for me. I've had a chance to talk to him for a while now and he's not only knowledgeable about motorcycles and how they operate but he cares about his business and wants people to know that everyone he deals with gets treated fairly and honestly and rides away not only a customer but a friend.
Yamaha WR450 with the shocks ready to be shortened.
My Yamaha WR450 in the shop and ready to be lowered.
I made it safely to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in less than 30 minutes since their was hardly any traffic at 10 o'clock in the morning. I got checked in, lead to my site and unloaded the Yamaha even before I unhooked and set up the Arctic Fox.
I Rode the WR450 down the street to RG3 Suspension, the shop that's lowering the Yamaha, and chatted with them a while explaining what my needs were. I was very impressed with the shop. From the outside it looks like not much of anything is going on but on the inside it looks busy, functional, and obviously has a lot of motorcycles coming and going through the shop. I was impressed that there was no up selling going on, trying to sell me things that I didn't need or want. In fact it was the opposite, they had ordered some springs they thought I would need but when they realized that my style of riding [ Low and slow ] didn't require those springs they removed the cost of them from the estimate. The owner Matt is the one that does most of the work which means to me that he wants the job to be done right because his name is on all of it.