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.