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Old 11-02-2008, 03:25 AM   #1
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Alright guys I'm looking into swapping over from a cruiser to a sport bike, problem is i'm 6'6''. what kind of sport bike would you suggest swapping to and what kind of difference is there in riding?
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Old 11-02-2008, 04:36 AM   #2
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Never ridden one? You might hate the riding position and frankly you are probably too big for the race replicas.

The term "sportbike" is a misnomer anyhow. You would find a bike like a Speed Triple or a Street Triple to be as fast as any sportbike under real world conditions and you wouldn't have to put up with clip-on handlebars and the other disadvantages. Better to try and get some rides on different ones before deciding. Ducati's Monsters are a good alternative as well.
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Old 11-02-2008, 04:45 AM   #3
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Get a Hayabusa or ZX-14. They are reasonably comfortable for a big guy. Of course, just hand over your license early to the local sheriff and have him reserve you a spot at the Graybar Hotel if you get one of those beasts. They will corrupt you like you won't believe.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:53 AM   #4
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If you want a sporting ride but don't need a racey look, you can look at a Triumph TIger, Ducati Multistrada (or Hypermotard if that's your thing), or even the Kawasaki Versys. If you want a "normal" sportbike, you might find yourself cramped depending on where your height comes from...
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:34 AM   #5
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Alright guys I'm looking into swapping over from a cruiser to a sport bike, problem is i'm 6'6''. what kind of sport bike would you suggest swapping to and what kind of difference is there in riding?
Well first I would ask how long have you been riding before I just throughout a GSX13 or ZX. Anyone and everyone can point you to the obvious, thats easy.

What kind of riding are you going to be doing? Commuting?
Weekends?
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:48 AM   #6
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Get an 82 Honda CBX. or a 93 Yamaha FJ1200abs. or a 2009 Suzuki Bandit GT. or a 2005-2007 BMW K1200S. or a Moto Guzzi Centauro or Griso or Norge. or Ducati 1000ss. I can go on for days. Give some variables. Every bike I listed is unique and cheap to insure. Want an open class GT bike like the Busa be ready for sportbike prices in the insurance world.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:48 PM   #7
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If you want a sporting ride but don't need a racey look, you can look at a Triumph TIger, Ducati Multistrada (or Hypermotard if that's your thing), or even the Kawasaki Versys. If you want a "normal" sportbike, you might find yourself cramped depending on where your height comes from...
Don't forget the Buell Ulysses. I'm 6'5" and it is quite comfortable for me (as is the Kawi ZX-14).
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:47 AM   #8
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So you are going to use the words 'practical' and 'motorcycle' in the same sentence??
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:47 AM   #9
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Don't forget the Buell Ulysses. I'm 6'5" and it is quite comfortable for me (as is the Kawi ZX-14).

The only thing I didn't like about the Uly I rode was that I felt like I was sitting on the forks. It was a fun bike and I imagine I'd get used to the compact design in a short while but it was unnerving at first. The Suzuki Bandit, ZRX, first edition FZ1 or a VStrom all work for tall riders and are all more practicle for the street than a Hayabusa or ZX14. The Uly is a pretty cool bike.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:38 AM   #10
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The only thing I didn't like about the Uly I rode was that I felt like I was sitting on the forks. It was a fun bike and I imagine I'd get used to the compact design in a short while but it was unnerving at first.
One of the things I like best on the VStrom is the feeling of sitting "in" the bike rather than "on" it. You've got a nice expanse of fairing, windshield, and dashboard out front. I like to see what I'm riding on too.
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