Hey guys, we just picked up an '05 CRF230 for my Dad yesterday and I figured I'd chime in here to get the low down. Basically looking for any mods, advice, things to look out for, that kind of thing. A little info on my Dad, he's an old racer that had some skills back in the day, but his time in the saddle now is about 2 rides a year. He's lost a lot of his confidence and doesn't ride very fast. He's been riding a lowered DRZ400, but it's just not working out. He's never felt comfortable on it and it's too heavy, and top heavy, for him. He's 74 now, has one replaced hip and the other just worn out and a bad right knee. It's time for a more simple bike for him so he can just play ride. The bike we bought is very clean, but I only have an approximation on hours from the guy we bought it from. He's claiming about 20 hours, it looks like that could be legit. He enriched the carb tune, swapped out the skid plate for a Works Connection and put on hand guards, other than that the bike is bone stock all the way down to the original tires. It's had two previous owners that both used it as a Wife's bike, hence the reason it was never ridden. lol!! My plan of action is new tires and I have to do something with the suspension for my Dad's weight, he's about 240-250 pounds, and I want to get rid of the stock bars. I don't have any other plans unless you guys can tell me some things that really should be done. I was wondering about bar height, the stock ones seem a bit low, do most people go to a higher bar? They seem OK, but compared to my bikes they look very low. I was also wondering about the success people are having with just swapping out springs on the suspension. Is it fine if you're not hammering trails or the desert? Or is it necessary to get the valving redone even for low speed easy riding? Since we're making such a big jump in spring rate, I'm a little worried about the suspension valving being too soft. I contacted Hlebo Bros. and it would be $575 to totally rework the front and rear. Is it worth it, or could I get away with just springs? The only other concern I have is long term enjoyment for my Dad with such a lesser bike than he's had. I know this is a starter bike and the power is limited. With out breaking the bank, is there mods that can be done over time to keep the bike interesting? I know I can get a pipe, and probably a cam, but is there a significant grin factor pay off to the various parts available for the CRF230, or is it just spending money for a little gain. Thanks for any help.