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Old 06-08-2006, 04:23 AM   #31
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Comfort is relative, no matter what your size. I have ridden small bikes I was comfortable on and big ones that sucked. Riding style and distance will play a big role in what you get. Gotta sit on and ride as many bikes as you can before you will find the right one. Searching out the right bike is the fun part. There is no right bike for everyone, but there is the right bike for you. Just gotta find it.
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:36 AM   #32
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6ft is not that tall. Certainly not too tall to worry about fit on the majority of bikes. I think the problem is that cruisers are just uncomfortable for you. I'm about 6'3" with a 34" inseam, I've ridden various bikes, and I didn't find any of them too cramped:



'85 Honda Nighthawk

'86 Honda VFR700

'97 Honda VFR750

'03 Suzuki SV650 (track only)

'96 Kawasaki ZX-6R (track only)

'04 Honda CBR600RR (track only)

'00 Triumph Daytona (current bike)

'00 Suzuki DR-Z400S (current bike)



Except for the track-only bikes, I've ridden all the others for long distances. OK, the DR-Z is uncomfortable on the highway, but not because it's cramped.



The cruiser seating position just sucks. It puts too much stress on your lower back in a bad position (spine curved) and pushes your hips forward. Try any non-cruiser bike and you'll feel much better.
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:45 AM   #33
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I think forward controls are the problem for him, not the solution. Sitting with your legs forward rotates your hips forward and curves your spine in a way that's actually very bad for your lower back. The opposite position (legs under you, spine curved so your back is concave) is the most ergonomically correct posture for your back. You know those kneeling chairs that are recommended for people with bad backs? That's how they force you to sit.



If long legs are an issue, he needs a tall bike, with a long distance between the seat and footpegs. But no forward controls. Large dual-sport bikes would fit the bill, as others already said: V-Strom, 1200GS, KLR650, etc.
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:52 AM   #34
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Good analogy with the horse, I hadn't thought of that. Can you imagine cowboys riding horseback in the typical "cruiser" position? You'd get your spine and tailbone pounded into jelly in no time! Heh...
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Old 06-08-2006, 10:00 AM   #35
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It looked like you needed some more advice . I have only ridden cruisers so I can't comment on how much more or less comfortable they are vs sport bikes. I am 6' with long legs. Was comfortable and enjoyed immensely an HD Ultra Classic we road on very long trips over 30,000 miles with 2 up. Recently bought a Triumph Speedmaster and the position is more forward, takes some getting used to, but so far ok. One suggestion, test ride bikes - Triumph, Victory, Yamaha and HD dealers will let you do this. Also, the local HD dealer has a Ride 4 bikes for $69 deal on Wednesdays. The more you can ride different bikes the better you'll be able to decide. Also, don't forget, seat, risers, forward controls can all make a difference for how the bike sets up.
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Old 06-08-2006, 12:26 PM   #36
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The Sportster I am riding now has forward controls and what you are saying about the back makes sense. I have a bad back to begin with, and the sitting position is probably what is beating me up. I had the same issue with the Magna, wanted to put highway pegs on it thinking that would fix it, but imagine it would be the same issue. I am a cruiser guy, and am having a hard time looking away from the Harley/Victory/Star world. I think Harley did a nice job with the new Street-Rod, giving it the foot under design, but just can't spend that money for it. Will need to wait a few years for used or a raise. I fell in love with the V-Strom yesterday and am reading everything I can about that right now.
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Old 06-08-2006, 12:31 PM   #37
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You hit it on the head. I am worried about the crap I will get from the family and the groups I ride with. My neighborhood is full of cruisers. That won't stop me from getting something different but unfortunatly is causing me some stress.
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Old 06-09-2006, 01:10 AM   #38
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One person said the BMW R1200GS. I could not agree more. What a GREAT BIKE. Very comfortable. I am a "corn fed" lad myself and tall, 6'2". I also loved it in tight canyons. The bars give great leverage. And they do it all. You can add hard luggage and a tank bag and go around the world. And not bad 2 up either. It will also wheelie with the best of them. And the seat is adjustable. They are pricey, but last forever. And they average about 40 or more to the galln so you have some decent range.

Fortunately it sounds like you did not get hurt when you totalled your other bike. Glad to hear it. Also, BMWs are almost never stolen. A real plus.

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Old 06-09-2006, 01:18 AM   #39
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One guy mentioned the KTM950. I think they have a horribly uncomfortable seat. And I do not trust a Buell's reliability. My friend's had earlier ones and they had mechanical problems and some cracked their swingarms. BMWs are very reliable. And a ST1100 was mentioned. Very comfy amd bulletproof. The cops use them in Europe. Here the escort riders for the King of Thailand use them and love them. They are a little weak on weather protection, but fixable. I do not know what sort of weather you will be riding in. Touratech makes all sorts of goodies for them, like larger windshields.
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Old 06-09-2006, 01:21 AM   #40
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I hate Harleys do to reliability issues. But I would buy a V-Rod. I think they look great and are supposed to have good motors. I am partial to the one with the 5 gallon tank. And some cruisers handle very nicely
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