2017 KTM 500 EXC 2″ Lowering Kit Test
Hello, and welcome to Moto Lab Dirt Bikes. Today we are going to review the 2″ Moto Lab KTM lowering kit for the 2017 KTM 500 EXC dirt bike.
We’re really excited to tell you about our Moto Lab lowering kits we recently launched. Availability includes KTM models from 2007-2017 in 5 different lowering lengths! (Up to 2023 models now!)
Here we have the 2017 KTM 500 EXC with the 2″ lowering kit and the Warp 9 KTM shorty kick stand. What we’re going to do is showcase the action of the suspension by going through the rocks, hitting a few kickers and so on, so you’ll get a sense for what it’s capable of. A big misconception is that if you lower the bike, it will ruin the action and performance of the suspension. This IS NOT the case.
By lowering your dirt bike, the center of gravity is also lowered. This greatly improves the handling, and that’s just one of many benefits. If you’re struggling to reach the ground, tip over often, or are having a hard time getting your leg over the bike, you’re not alone. The massively tall 38.2″ seat height is not for everyone. I’m not saying everyone should lower their bikes, but if you lack the confidence because the bike is too tall, or for any other reason, it may be for you!
KTM and Husky dirt bikes generally come from the factory with springs set for a rider who weighs 165-187 lbs max, with gear. I’ve found that 90% of that is out of the spectrum for our customers. What we always suggest is to first, get the bike sprung properly and set the sag. Doing this, will allow you to establish a baseline and see how the bike is meant to handle, and you’ll get a true sense for how the bike was engineered to handle.
If you’re an average rider doing average things, chances are it’ll be really quite nice. Now, if you’re over the 240 lb range, race competitively, or ride high speed desert…etc. you’ll need valving modifications to match your skill level and terrain.
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