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post #1 of 16 Old 03-17-2008, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Tall guy question: how good is the peg-to-seat distance?

I know the KLR is supposed to be good for tall guys. The usual stat given to support this is the seat height, which sounds about perfect for me. What about the seat-to-peg distance, though? Will I be cramped with my 36"-38" inseam? How far can I lower the pegs if I need to? With the soft suspension, will I be scraping lowered pegs on the ground during hard turns? I'd be especially interested to hear from guys near my own height, 6'6".

Also, is there any variation in stock seat height, stock handlebar height, or stock seat-to-peg distance across models or years? Or are they all basically the same ergonomically? Thanks.
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It can be a little tight for us long leggers..Biker Scout sells some peg relocators or you can make your own like I did. All years are the same..the '08 has something a little different with the brake pedal.



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Thanks, Larryboy. How far did you lower your pegs, and do you find yourself scraping the ground when you don't want to? That's my biggest concern, considering the bike's soft suspension.

Also, does this mod involve altering the frame itself in any way, such as by drilling holes in it? I'm hesitant to do anything that might lower the bike's resale value.

I Googled Biker Scout, and found this thread:

http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php?topic=6432.0

It doesn't look like I'll be buying peg relocators from him. Too bad, because by all accounts he made a high-quality product.

What was the process for making your own, and what sort of tools did you need?
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I'd hafta measure..have not thought about it in awhile..something like 1" down and 1.5" back. The back was the most important for me, it puts the foot controls in a better position with the bigger pegs. It helps with the big feet too.

I used 3/8" cold rolled steel, a holesaw to get a nice radius around the frame and a drill press to drill the holes. No mods to the frame, the bike remains intact.

I need to pull one off and make a pattern before I sell the bike..maybe I could send you a pattern?

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I need to pull one off and make a pattern before I sell the bike..maybe I could send you a pattern?
That'd be great. I'd sure appreciate it.

And yeah, if anybody needs more room for his feet, it's me. I wear size 14.

Though I did ultimately pass the MSF class, I sure sucked it up during most of my riding time, and I believe the biggest reason is that the bike, a Nighthawk 250, was too small for my body. My feet were so crammed up against the shifter I could hardly work it, the handlebars hit my knees on the tight turns (I still want to break things when I think about that figure-eight test), my butt was way up on the highest part of the saddle the whole time, causing me to hunch forward awkwardly--just !!!!! What's really funny is that the Nighthawk was the tallest, biggest-framed bike they had. Ooh, the traumatic memories are swarming back. Maybe I'll take the course again once I've had my KLR a while, just to prove to myself the problem was the damned bike and not me.
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I know the KLR is supposed to be good for tall guys. The usual stat given to support this is the seat height, which sounds about perfect for me. What about the seat-to-peg distance, though? Will I be cramped with my 36"-38" inseam? How far can I lower the pegs if I need to? With the soft suspension, will I be scraping lowered pegs on the ground during hard turns? I'd be especially interested to hear from guys near my own height, 6'6".

Also, is there any variation in stock seat height, stock handlebar height, or stock seat-to-peg distance across models or years? Or are they all basically the same ergonomically? Thanks.
I'm only 6'3", though it sounds like my legs are as long as, or longer than, yours (38" inseam). I have the same problem - on most bikes I feel as if my knees are up above the gas tank.

I recently rode a friend's KLR, and it fit me pretty well in the inseam department. You are correct to note that seat height is not the full measure of what we need. One or two crotch rockets look good on the spec sheet, but the high pegs put my heels right up under my ass. I'll probably never own a sportbike. As someone has already suggested, relocating the pegs could help with both legroom and shoe size (I wear 12-1/2). The upright riding position of the KLR was also comfortable to me.

The one concern I have is highway capability. I live in a big city, and much of my commuting and running around is high-traffic expressway. The KLR is pretty underpowered for that type of riding. I weigh 180, and sitting up tall I probably push a lot of wind. From 70 MPH, I don't think it would be a safe maneuver to try passing cars with this bike. You'll roll on the throttle, the exhaust will get louder, the rearview mirrors will dance like crazy, and a little while later you'll begin to speed up. Owning this bike will require a really conservative riding style in high-speed traffic.

A really good thing is that, since there seems to be an inventory of unsold 2007s around in showrooms, marked down to around $4,150 + TTL, late-model used bikes are also moving slowly. You should be able to negotiate a fine deal on a fairly-new machine.

For completeness (and since I'm almost !00% street-oriented), I'm also looking at the Buell Ulysses (2006 has the most legroom), the Suzuki DL1000 (V-Strom), and a couple of forward-controls cruisers like the 1800 VTX. Of course, if you plan any off-roading at all, the KLR is the only real choice.

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I know the KLR is supposed to be good for tall guys. The usual stat given to support this is the seat height, which sounds about perfect for me. What about the seat-to-peg distance, though? Will I be cramped with my 36"-38" inseam? How far can I lower the pegs if I need to? With the soft suspension, will I be scraping lowered pegs on the ground during hard turns? I'd be especially interested to hear from guys near my own height, 6'6".

Also, is there any variation in stock seat height, stock handlebar height, or stock seat-to-peg distance across models or years? Or are they all basically the same ergonomically? Thanks.

Cabron,

I am the same height as you,but at 34" a little less in the inseam than you.You are correct the distance from seat to peg is more important for comfort than seat to ground for us taller guys.
I have a 2005 KLR,and the first time I rode it I knew I had finally found a bike I could ride.It was the main reason I chose the KLR over a DR. Felt pretty good bone stock,but since I have added 1" bar risers, eaglemike 1" raising links,and made peg lowering brackets similar to larryboys,which made the "fit" even better. For offroad, I cannot ride standing up on the pegs without leaning a little too far foward though,that would require raising the bars a LOT,and/or changing out the bars.

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Im 6'5 here and the 08 KLR fits super, now there is very little room for a passenger on the back due to moving back on the seat to make it comfy, but who needs a passenger anyways.
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I'm 6'4" and that's the reason I own the KLR. About the only thing I need to do is put a riser on the bars, the rests fits fine for what I do. I do have an engine guard with highway pegs -- looks cheesy but let's you relax from time to time.

An I agree with the above -- the KLR is no way a highway cruiser. Got a hemi Ram for that.
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it looks like that only lowered the peg about an inch. Is that right or am I not looking at it right in the pic?



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