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I just bought a 2009 yz450f and I need to lower it. I'm about 5'5". Anyone have any ideas? I know about shaving the seat down, which I plan to do, but I don't think that will be enough. 

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Hand the forks and shock over to race tech, they can lower it without compromising handling and making your as$ hurt with that 1/2 inch of seatfoam left. Otherwise as another short rider, heres a number of thats that help.

1. Don't make frequent stops, practice riding as slow as possible and making very tight turns without dabbing 

2.Stand up a lot

3.Learn to jump off when sh%% hits the fan, also learn to run and jump back on. 

What size rear wheel do you have on it? if it is a 19 inch an 18 inch will help. Also get the sag set well it helps a ton. I only lowered my XR because it was really heavy, i just got used to tall bikes. 

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Just curious to see what the gals have to say and ask about Moto and your post stuck out like a sore thumb to me.  SO I have to ask WHY would you buy a 450F at 5’5”???? And being a girl?  I HOPE your a heavy girl cuz ur gunna get hurt on a 450 if ur that small. OR I hope you have lots of experience and several other bikes!  I’m just saying? Hope u know what ur doin? Don’t get me wrong I’m all for girls riding I tought my niece how to ride and she rode with us many times. Our sport needs more gals.  
 

Shave the seat, you can add a lowering link, and just learn technique to mount and dismount the bike. Find areas were the terrain will allow for you to get ur feet down to stop.  

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I'm  also  5'5"  . I have owned All kinds of bikes . Just recently sold my  YZ 450F ,  And my KX 250 F .    I applaud you for getting a big bike , hope you enjoy .. Just remember ,  Ricky Charmichael is also our size ..  big bikes are not just for big people . I have been riding for over 60 yrs. And never grew any taller .. Never stopped me , just had to be a better rider .......  Good Luck ...

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