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Hi, for a KTM 500, anyone know what the ideal rider weight is for a stock suspension?

I'm not talking about the rider weight with all the equipment, but the actual weight of the rider?

I'm 6'1 and I weighted 205 and I don't want to modify my suspension so I'm working out to shed some weight. So far I'm down to 180, I figure I will lose another 10 to 15 but is it enough for the stock suspension?

The lowest I can go is probably 150-155lbs but that's around 8% body fat.

I'm guession my equipment with 2.5l in the camelbak must be around 20lbs.

So what's your experience with the stock suspension?

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15 minutes ago, fltplan said:

Most enduro bikes are set up for 180#’s I think.

I just weighted my equipment and it's much more than I anticipated, it's 36lbs

so if I need to have a rider full weight under 187lbs I need to weight less than 152lbs. That's very very lean for my 6'1 frame.

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2017?

Should have springs for 165. I set the sag in street clothes and I'm at 165. If you set up the bike in full gear with springs to match, it will ride like a buck board. For the trail bike I don't anything above body wt for spring resistance. 

For desert camping with 35 lbs gear on the back and 4.5 gallons fuel, I bumped springs up one notch both ends and set the sag with 1/2 the fuel and gear on the bike. No compensation for my gear.

If nothing else shed as much weight you can maintain, run a 15 lb load and check the sag. A lot of this depends on how hard you ride. If you crush it on whoops and jumps, you need more heavier srings, trail riding- a lot less.

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single best thing for suspension is to have the right springs for your weight. Springs carry the weight/holds the bike up, the shock controls how it goes up n down.

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1 hour ago, shingo said:

I just weighted my equipment and it's much more than I anticipated, it's 36lbs

so if I need to have a rider full weight under 187lbs I need to weight less than 152lbs. That's very very lean for my 6'1 frame.

Just go up one rate, front and rear with the springs or go online at a number of places, and use their chart for weight and spring rates. 

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7 hours ago, shingo said:

 

6ft 1 and want to be 150 lbs,  you might die of starvation.

 

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6ft 1 and want to be 150 lbs,  you might die of starvation.
 

Last time I was 150 I had about 14% body fat, it’s not that lean. My cousin same age as me who’s about 6’1 also is competing in downhill in nationals, he weight 140 .

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Read the manual. If you are within the weight specifications you are good, if not get the appropriate springs. Simple. 

Health and diet forum are across the road. 

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The exc's have slow trail bike suspension, so there's a different spring need, with trail bike, verses MX / desert of the same rider weight.

Example, stock suspension might work for a 120lbder on mx type lay out, but anywhere where near 200 lbs, its pretty inadequate

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i am 185-188 plus riding gear  , 6,1 also and ride camelback . i bought spring from stadium in montreal for my 2017 500 exc-f . they suggest 1 size up front and 2 size up back . the bike ride very very good for my riding stile witch is fast atv trail with '' whoops '' ,  wood and some single track . i  was very afraid of there suggestion but it the best thing . pre 2016 were ok at 1 suze up front and rear but 2017 up hare way to soft on back spring that why i went 2 size up on back . i also have fasway peeg at low setting that is a bit further back also . 

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I got my suspension redone on my 16' 500.  I think I just got a new rear spring.  Same as the 17'.  I'm 6-4 and 175, w/gear right around 200.  I was right on the cusp in the back, but he recommends stiffer spring for taller riders in general so we went up 1-rate.

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