I just got a good deal on a 2003 525 EXC. The bike has had two previous owners and it appears that it has been well maintained and not abused. I am 6'2" and about 280 pounds. Even though I am a big guy I am an aggressive, experienced rider. I'm 46 years old and have been riding for most of my life. I decided on the KTM because of my size. I loved my DR-Z 400E but it was just a little shy on power for me. I gave the DR-Z to my son for Christmas. Anyway, I rode the KTM for the first time yesterday. The power of this bike was everything I expected plus some. Here are the couple of minor issues I found otherwise: Apparently the original owner was also a big guy and needed stiffer suspension. He swapped the stock EXC front forks with someone who had an SX. This same owner also installed Applied brand upper and lower triple clamps. I'm not sure what type of springs or what the spring rate is. When I rode, I did not bottom out but there was about 1 1/2"-2" of sag. During hard riding, the front end performed OK but it did feel a little heavy. When I hit small washboard whoops, the front end might as well have been solid. I actually had to slow down because the shaking blurred my vision. This washboard was small and I would not have even felt it on my DR-Z. I know nothing about the Applied brand triple clamps. It looks like the front end is raked out a little more than it should be. Is there something I can do to make the front end a little more nimble. Also, where do I start with the front suspension. I'm assuming that I will probably need new springs, seals and oil but I'm not sure how to get the stiffness I need and still do away with that washboard vibration. The second issue is the distance between the foot pegs and the seat could be a little greater. I feel like my knees are too high and it takes too much effort to stand. The seat is stock and might as well be filled with concrete. I found a tall seat made with comfort foam for about $100. I also found a set of adjustable foot pegs that can lower my footing by 3/4" or so. Any ideas?