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post #1 of 10 Old 11-16-2006, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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bikes for the vertically enhanced..

hey guys, i just got my 2001 KLR a few months ago.. mostly because at 6.6 its hard to find many bikes that are comfortable for my 38" inseam. i see a lot of guys in here well over 6' and figured this would be a good place to ask for advice on comfortable bikes for tall people. i'm looking for a cruiser or standard.. something with more punch than the KLR but not terribly overpowered and heavy. i love my KLR for local rides and commuting, i'll never get rid of her, but i'd like something bigger for long distance trips.

i have looked at the V-Strom and Ulysses, but i'd like to hear what other bikes guys in the 6.4 and up range have ridden and found comfortable.

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At 6'4" I have looked again and again at both the KTM 950 adventure and V-strom 1000. However when it came down to buying I got a V-max. I already had the KLR and wanted to duplicat none of it's features. Well, the V-max definitly is the other end of the spectrum. However, I do find it a bit cramped in leg room for long trips, but I have found I can bumb back to the passenger seat to strech out. I have yet to see a truely good streat bike for tall people :sad:

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At 6'4" I have looked again and again at both the KTM 950 adventure and V-strom 1000. However when it came down to buying I got a V-max. I already had the KLR and wanted to duplicat none of it's features. Well, the V-max definitly is the other end of the spectrum. However, I do find it a bit cramped in leg room for long trips, but I have found I can bumb back to the passenger seat to strech out. I have yet to see a truely good streat bike for tall people :sad:
i'm looking at the V-Strom 1000 as well, and also the 1250 Bandit which i have heard is similarly sized. haven't had a chance to visit my Suzuki dealer and see them in person yet but thus far those 2 top the list.

from what i hear they are both great bikes.. but i'd love to have a few other options. ah well.. its tough being tall. ; )

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You guys are just tooooo tallll. You shoulsd have given some of the height to some of the vertically challanged.

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You're all just freaks of nature. I used to be of average height till I moved to Viking land! I hate you all!
Anyway, there are Highway pegs available for the KLR. Most of the big Hardleys offer a good amount of leg room. Corbin will custom build taller seats for the vertically enhanced (freaks). Some of you may remember Timbo (another freak of nature) who recently gave up riding and sold his KLR. He had a custom seat made for his 6'5" frame and he was quite pleased with it. You can get raising links for the rear but that won't help with riding position.

With most HDs and metric cruisers, forward controls are available in a wide variety of reaches.
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I'm a dwarf, only 6'1''. Problem with cars, trucks, and cycles is that they are usually built to an ergonomic profile, i.e. 5"7" 165lbs because that is what the average human works out to. Legroom and headroom are about always a problem with vehicles for me. My HD Roadglide fits me very well, even better after putting a Mustang seat on it that raised my kiester a few inches higher. Even on the KLR my knees are bent upward if I sit up near the tank which is where the optimal handling is. Us tall folks have a long row to hoe. Don't even mention the windblast from fairings designed for the average height rider. Or jackets & pants that fit right at a reasonable price. Tall people unite and demand parity!
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Tall people unite and demand parity!
We may never have vehicles build for the vertically enhanced but we do get to look down on everyone. :lol:

The KLR has really never bothered me and it's size is why it was the frist bike I got when I got back into riding. I am looking forward to getting a new rear shock to help with the off roading I do. That and a set of Paris Dakar Nerf Bars to help with the spills I take. ops:

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I once went to a carshow with an old buddy who was yet another 6'6" freak of nature. He kept climing into the back seats. After he did that a few times, I finally had to ask. He told me he needed a vehicle with headroom in the back seat so he wouldn't keep bumping his head when his wife was driving. I then asked if he had considered the passenger seat. He then told me that he preferred to be in the back so death would be a surprise rather than be in the front and have to watch it coming.
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I once went to a carshow with an old buddy who was yet another 6'6" freak of nature. He kept climing into the back seats. After he did that a few times, I finally had to ask. He told me he needed a vehicle with headroom in the back seat so he wouldn't keep bumping his head when his wife was driving. I then asked if he had considered the passenger seat. He then told me that he preferred to be in the back so death would be a surprise rather than be in the front and have to watch it coming.
One of my favorite evil things is to take my pickup when I'm out with friends. It has Nerf bars but I don't need them to get in, my friends are grabbing the hail mary bar and jumping. My moment of payback to the people who can fit in economy vehicles and small sports cars! :lol:

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You're all just freaks of nature. I used to be of average height till I moved to Viking land! I hate you all!
Anyway, there are Highway pegs available for the KLR. Most of the big Hardleys offer a good amount of leg room. Corbin will custom build taller seats for the vertically enhanced (freaks). Some of you may remember Timbo (another freak of nature) who recently gave up riding and sold his KLR. He had a custom seat made for his 6'5" frame and he was quite pleased with it. You can get raising links for the rear but that won't help with riding position.

With most HDs and metric cruisers, forward controls are available in a wide variety of reaches.
i'm not too crazy about foward controls unfortunately. on quite a few bikes that come with foward controls standard i literally cannot get my feet up onto the pegs without a serious effort. also.. i don't like the notion of trying to balance the bike at a light with my feet stretched out so far in front of me. i've never ridden a bike with fowards though so i may be worried about nothing.

i have highway pegs on my KLR and they are occasionally handy.. though most often i find myself not bothering to use them, the KLR is such a tall beast i am very comfortable on it. putting a few extra inches on the seat is on my list of things to do this winter, though.

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