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Old 02-27-2012, 03:14 PM
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Ok big rider here, 300lbs hey don’t judge me!!! I am working on losing weight.

We ride only MX, and I have been getting faster over the last year and a bit. But, I feel the suspension is starting to kick my butt. I know loosing 100lbs would help, that is in the works. Just quit smoking so the weight thing is hard to deal with right now, so I want to know can a MX bike be setup for a big guy like me?

I don’t jump very much, but I do like to corner hard and currently ride a 250 two stroke, but switching to a 4 stroke (450) as soon as I find the right one. Last year I only practiced, but this year I want to race in the +40 class since I am at the races with my son. I am finding myself low siding constantly and know that body position and technique play a huge part in cornering, but I wonder if my weight vs. suspension is also an issue.

A few years I was down to 280lbs and don't think that that is out of the question for the start of this year so I would be aiming at setup for 280lbs without gear.

And money is a problem, there is not lots left over for my MX parts/setup at the end of the day. Freaking kids!!!
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when you are undersprung and you get the bike leaned over and overcompressed in the springs, i have seen wheels literally squirt out from under a bike. like when they get the least little change to extend again they will. can you get the sag set right with the springs that are on it?
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:32 PM
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Springs will make a big difference, and that is where I would start. The correct springs for your weight DOES make a big difference.

They are a bit spendy -- ~$220 for both front and rear.

Are you wanting to get springs for your 250 or the new 450 you will be picking up?
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:45 PM
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Are you wanting to get springs for your 250 or the new 450 you will be picking up?
Always looking forward, it will be for the 450. $200+ is alot of money, but maybe worth it if it helps. I wonder if I should just spend on getting springs for 250lbs and shoot for that wieght by end of summer. Do you know of a manufacture that builds springs for the "hefy" guys?




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can you get the sag set right with the springs that are on it?
Holly crap, I laughed at that and milk came out of my nose...but I am not drinking milk </cartman>

Dude, I am lucky if any bike I get on is not a full bottom out when I just sit on it.
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It does help a lot IMOP.

The springs for 250lbs are going to be head and shoulders better than the stock springs even if you weigh more.

I think that's a good goal to get to 250 and buying springs at that rate.

If you know what bike you are going to get you can also scour the used spring market for some used springs, but I don't typically find used springs for sale much.

Personally, I like Factory Connection springs. I usually call them to find out what rates they suggest for my weight and bike (you will need to own your new 450 before you should get springs because they are not the same for all bikes) and then order them from motosport.com
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KV if that is the case, I am guessing you are about 50 lbs into denial. that is ok too though. afterall it is your own story. fyi i have a friend who is about 30 lbs shy of you and we were not all that far off on his sag settings. do you know about cutting springs?
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KV if that is the case, I am guessing you are about 50 lbs into denial. that is ok too though. afterall it is your own story. fyi i have a friend who is about 30 lbs shy of you and we were not all that far off on his sag settings. do you know about cutting springs?
I am way more than 50lbs into denial, I know it and I have to find a way to deal with it. I was 215lbs at 20 and quite fit. There is no reason that I now weigh 300lbs.

My downfall is self control/portion control, I know what the problem is, but am to lazy to fix it. Hopefull racing will help to motivate me.

Thanks for all the help on this. I guess I will have to buy the bike first, then source some springs.
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