Blue Skies, I have this new 05 CRF 450-X and I weigh in @ 230 and with pants of 31" Its a challenge to reach the deck whilst trying to start on tight places. I purchased a CRF #3 from Norm at KOUBA http://www.koubalink.com and this work great for the CRF 450R but you need to wait until the CRF #4 is available for the CRF 450-X Norm notice major differences in the "X" model, He should have them available next week. He is a great guy to work with. I like to quality of the link Retail $ 140.00 he's in Boise Idaho. I also purchased a link for my wifes CRF 150F and its the same one for the CRF 230 as well. My wife is very short legged and it HELPED greatly. In fact I need to shorten the kick stand so to keep balance while parked. From the saddle Bill Shriners help children walk and run at no costs TO be a Shriner ask one.