Jeff, I'm about your size. I too was thrown off by the height of the KLR. After a couple days of owning it, I immediately ordered some crash bars, knowing at the least I might slip and tip over the bike. Then I found myself looking at lowered seats. I always wore thick soled boots to give me that extra lift, and when moving the klr around, I always scooted up to the front of the seat to give me just a little more. I always parked in a place that I did not have to back out of. After time, it was all second nature. If you attempt to adapt to the height, you will find yourself comfortable in time. And leaving all that added benefit of the ground clearance the KLR has to offer.