2TALL RACING KTM SPACE KITS
I’ve always had issues riding low or physically tight machines with high pegs and a low seat height. Being
6-foot- 2 means that I’m not in the motocross mainstream,
and since the days when we actually lowered our CZs to
get them to corner better, I’ve struggled with ergonomic
comfort. The big change came as I neared the 40-year
mark. I had had a handful of knee surgeries and was trying
to qualify for the ISDE. I realized that I could not maintain
the proper knee flex to keep me forward on the bike for
six- to seven-hour stretches. Danny LaPorte helped hugely
when he said that most of the European riders he knew
that were tall all ran a taller saddle and bars. He told me to
look at the knee bend of a rider who is 5-foot- 8 and then
one my height. Their knees were cocked at a 90-degree
angle; mine were squished to maybe a 65-degree angle.
From that day on, I started building my own saddles that
were usually 20mm taller than stock, and I always used
very stiff foam (since I didn’t want it to sag and reduce my
knee bend). Companies like Guts and Enduro Engineering
that make taller foam kits have been friends of mine for
Very recently, I met Jan Doeksen at the Glen Helen round
of the Nationals. Jan’s my height and told me about his
company, 2Tall Racing. They make space kits for late-mod-el KTMs and, unlike my ongoing mods (taller seat, taller
bars and lower pegs if possible), the 2Tall space kit actually
raises the handlebars, fuel tank, radiators and subframe. At
the same time, you can use your stock handlebars, stock
saddle and stock footpegs. He offers two different kits, a
Stage 1 and Stage 2. The Stage 1 kit is for riders at the
6-foot-1 range and moves everything up 25mm. The Stage
2 kit targets riders who are over 6-foot- 2. According to Jan,
there’s little technology available to help taller riders adjust
their machines. With the additional 40mm height throughout the cockpit and saddle, tall pilots are raving.
By Tom Webb
If you’re over 6-foot- 2, your KTM is too small!
According to Jan, the average height of
the last 10 AMA 450 motocross champions
was 5-foot- 8.
2013, 2012, 2011 Villopoto — 5-foot- 8
2009, 2007, 2006 Stewart — 5-foot- 7
2010 Dungey — 5-foot- 10
2008, 2004 Reed — 5-foot- 11
2005 Carmichael — 5-foot- 6
The 2Tall space kit comes totally complete to equip
your KTM with an additional 25mm of room through
the cockpit zone. Subframe risers, tank and muffler
extensions, an airbox extender, and all of the hardware to pull it together highlight a kit that is definitely on the pricey side of ergonomic updates.
Our test pilot is 6-foot- 4 and is unusually long at the torso and
shorter at the leg length. You can see here on the stock KTM
a serious leg crunch and an upper body that’s very vertical at
the spine, which brings the head back.
With the 2Tall space kit, there is a shade less leg bind but
much more room through seat and bars, which allows for
a more athletic pose with his head forward and arms bent
equaling a more proper cornering gait.