I thought that lowering the wr would decrease handling but from looking at the general questions it looks like it may do me some good. I am 5'9" and I have a 450. Do you think lowering would help handling for me? I am 5-9 and had mine lower 1.5 inches to stop with the slow speed tip overs in the uber-technical stuff I seem to like to ride. Funny thing is that I really banged that skid plate on a lot of stuff with the lower bike. regarding handling, it does turn just a little better, however, the rear suspension will be an absolute mess. It will be bouncy and all over the place. You will trade your handling issues for a sore back, trust me on that. I had mine set back to stock and had the seat shaved just a little. Then, I had the suspension setup properly by a pro and dropped the forks in the clamps by a little. it handles great now. Regarding my low speed tip overs, I now try to avoid stopping in places where I can't get my foot down. Lowering the bike is not the answer to handling issues.