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YZ125 seat height, lower it to TTR230 height?

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Hi guys, I made a thread about finding a bike for myself to ride with my son about a week or 2 ago and it was recommended that I go with a TTR230 and that was my assessment too given the size of these bikes.  However, I have narrowed my choices down to 2 bikes in my area that both look very clean and both look almost new. 

2007 TTR230  $1800

2014 YZ125 $2700 

I have no idea why this kid is selling the 125 so cheap, but it's super clean and has a title, etc. 

How difficult is it to get the seat of the YZ down to the height of the TTR230?  I am aware of the geometry problems with lowering links and want to do this the right way, but I also want to get out riding asap.  I'm 5'3" with a roughly 28in inseam and I toe tap on the TTR230's 34.3in seat. 

Basically, will shaving seat, sag, and pushing the forks up in the clamps be enough to get where I want to be? 

I was told not to get a 125 to putt around with the kids on trails, but it's 60lbs lighter than the 230, so I'm very much contemplating getting it anyway. 

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All three are lowering tricks but.... The seat will feel like riding a brick, the sag and forks pushed up will mess with the way the bike handles, and true, a 125 likes to be ran like a chain saw. 

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Where is that 2014 YZ125 for 2700 located. I will go check it out and tell you if it is a good deal:)

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lol.  It's in PA that's all I can tell ya.  If it wasn't so damn nice for that price I wouldn't even be contemplating this, but if I can make this work and it's so much nicer and lighter.

It seems like it would be easier to make the 125 a woods bike than to make the 230 come anywhere close in the handling department. 

Standard sag is 1/3 of the total travel correct?  So, the bike should sink approx. 4in on that alone yes?

As for a 125 as a trail bike I've never had one but I see some people saying "no way" and other's saying they are the best trail bikes in the world with a flywheel weight? 

 

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I'm not saying "no way" for it being a 125 2 stroke trail bike. In an experienced set of hands it is easier "to be a trail bike'. Inexperience rider on it will be harder to maintain momentum and control for someone learning technique of "how" to ride a 125 in woods on trails. Yes, a FWW will be your friend. I don't know you or your riding experience so I caution to easy, gain confidence, than get a track bike to ride trails in the woods. 

So go get it already as that deal is very sweet.  

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To make your decision more difficult.  I have a 13' yz125, a TTR 230 and a couple 450's in my garage.  I do believe the 125 sits even taller than the 450s.  New riders love the TTR even though it is a pig.  The YZ they struggle with.  If the YZ wasn't such a good deal we wouldn't be having the conversation.  If you plan on progressing past following the kid around it is a tough one to pass up.

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