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Old 08-02-2006, 06:22 AM   #11
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I too have a vertical impediment (6'3" with a 34" inseam) when it comes to bikes. I too have owned two BMWs before I purchased my Triumph Daytona 955I. It fits tall riders, and has proven itself very reliable, comfortable, and extremely agile. I have logged 8 hour trips with tail and tank bags, with ease and comfort. Great styling, single sided swingarm, awsome exhaust note, and still rare enough that there won't be a sea of them at your local bike night. The only drawback I can think of is since Triumph is far from the revenue mainstream of the Japanese motorcycles, you have to hunt a little for aftermarket accessories. Other than that, check out the MO article on the Daytona 955i, and check one out at your local dealer!
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:41 AM   #12
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+1 for the Daytona 955i. I'm 6'3" w/ 33-34 inseam and 200lbs. I did put some cycle-cat bar risers on. I find the bike to be comfy, however, if you wear liners in your leathers or jeans under an aerostitch you will find the bend at the knee a bit tight. I put 3/4" of memory foam in my stock seat and it helps a bunch. I suppose a sheepskin pad would do the same.

The Buell Uly is also a kick and tons of leg room.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:43 AM   #13
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You need a RT for weather protection in SD with all that rain last week-end. Friday brunch at the cottage in La Jolla was perfect, weather and all.
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Old 08-02-2006, 08:07 AM   #14
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Ha I win! I am 6'9 255 pounds sporting a 38' inseam.



I ride an Aprilia Futura, stock with no mods and fits perfectly. More leg room than the FJR.



Notes on other bikes:

+05 Triumph Triples = Sprint didn't work for me, the fairing bumps the knees. Speed Triple rocks but needs new handle bars (felt like a wheel burrow).



V-Stroms = So confy but a little ugly, both 650 and the 1000cc would work. Hell the SV650 isn't bad either. SV1000 is hard on the legs.



ZRX1200 = Works well, no longer made



Z1000 = Good fit, go with Speed Triple instead.



Fz1 = old ones are very nice, I did not fit on the new ones (fairing knee rub)



ZX1400 = slight knee on fairing, you would fit but I would wait for the touring one unless you like having every crotch rocket wanting to race you.



Busa = fit good



BMW K1200 = confy and fit on the naked and the one with a fairing (R and S)... I would wait for the tourer one ($$$)



Aprilia Tuono = Old one my boot would hit the exhaust, I have not sat on the new one.



VFRs = Fits well, I would be tempted to wait for the update (that may never come). Honda 919 is good but a little blah for my taste.



KTM = Adventure is a great fit, and so is the new Supermoto. Get the supermoto if range is not important.



Buell Ulysess = Nice fit, I wanted to like it but I can't get over the lack of top end on the engine. I hit the Buell long on the rubber frame nubs. Try it before you buy it.



Ducati Monsters = good on the arms, too cramped on the legs.



FJR1300 = works well, I like my bikes smaller however.



If you want to stick with beemers go with a R1200, I haven't tried it but I bet it's a good fit. Best looker of the Beemer bunch.



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Old 08-02-2006, 08:50 AM   #15
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I went riding on the Duc last weekend in the rain and got stranded on hiway 94 in the boonies when my brand new slave cylinder gave out. Hopefully it ends a stretch of bad vehicular luck!



Two weekends ago I pummeled a raccoon in my BMW and tore out the front air dam. On the way back from Phoenix, a rock hit the windshield of my truck and cracked it and now the Duc deal. Oi!



I'll be in an airplane tomorrow so cross your fingers for me.
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Old 08-02-2006, 08:53 AM   #16
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I'm 6'2' with a 36" inseam. i have a Ducati Monster with the ride height set to max. Fits me fine. I've ridden a Buell Ulysses, Lightning Long, and Speed triple. all those fit good too. I would also recomend the new Triumph ST.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:14 AM   #17
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I would totally look at a KTM 950 twin, either the Adventure or Supermoto. Read Gabe's test, he loved it.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:17 AM   #18
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I'm 6'3 with a 34" inseam, I'm skinny has heck, and my sv650s fits just fine. However, I fold up real good.



I have a 6'5" friend who's 210 lbs or so with a K1200R and he loves it.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:29 AM   #19
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Dude, You like Bmers...so get an HP2. Is even taller than a GS, plus lighter and faster, and street legal etc . Good luck.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:01 AM   #20
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My wife has been trying for years to fatten me up. I haven't ridden any of the new K bikes. I'll give em a try. Thanks.
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