Top 10 Motorcycles For Tall Riders – Adventure Bikes

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9. Ducati Multistrada

Ducati Multistrada

If we were forced to have only one motorcycle in our respective garages, none of us would be disappointed with the Ducati Multistrada. It’s a great all-around motorcycle with plenty of grunt, all-day comfort and cargo capacity to spare (if you order the saddlebag-equipped S model). It can even handle some light off-road duty, too. New for 2013 are semi-active suspension and a revised DS, or Dual Spark, engine, providing a cleaner burn resulting in more power and better driveability.

With this sort of do-it-all personality comes a 33.5-inch seat height, upright bars with virtually no forward lean on the rider, and pegs set to bend the knees only 83 degrees, according to Cycle-Ergo.com. The Multistrada is a bike for all purposes, but also for all body types, too.

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10 Comments

  1. Cam
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Not the BMW F800GS with its 34-inch seat height? That’s taller than most in this listing.

    • james lagnese
      Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I thought of that too. What about the triumph Explorer XC? It’s ergos are better than the Ténéré.

  2. Geoff Wood
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    So, basically all of them then.

  3. james lagnese
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Seat height isn’t everything. It’s the distance between the pegs and the seat as well as the height of the bars and the distance to the bars. They call this the rider triangle. The other thing is, what parameters did the author put in for those numbers? While we can go to Cycle Ergo and put our own numbers in, it’s good to know from what the judgement is being made. Tall people aren’t all built the same and not just longer legged versions of shorter people. Inseam could be longer, torso could be too, arms too and then there is the thickness and width of the body and body parts which can throw things off as it affects position on the bike. So what I am saying is that cycle ergo is a start. Test riding is the next step and not a 4 mile loop the salesman dictates. The one thing I like about some BMW dealers is that they will let you ride the bike a bit. if the bike is that good, it will sell itself on an extended ride. Lastly, the KLR is a great utilitarian bike, but wouldn’t be my first choice due to lack of power and stopping.

  4. jose
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Interesting. The Tiger Explorer is not in this list. I ride one. I’m a rather short guy. With the standard seat in the low position my reach to the ground is barely adequate. When I put my seat pad for long trips reach is just marginal. However, seat to peg distance is so good that I’m reluctant to get the low seat. For really tall folks there is even an OEM high seat. I also had to install a set of bar risers to get into a true upright position. A friend of mine that is 6’3″ said that the TEX is really a tall people bike. He does not know how I can handle it. I guess I’m used to tall bikes.

  5. A.C
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Why Kawasaki just don’t do of the KLR a better machine ? Come on Kawi take a versys 650 motor (shouldn’t expensive the motor is developped and tested) and drop in the frame of the KLR. Bang you got something near the BMW or better. Why they don’t do that ?? Just try Kawi it will work you’ll see.

  6. Brian
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Wr250r has a 36.6″ seat height, and quite generous seat to peg ratio, AND it out performs the klr 650 at everything except fuel range… But an IMS large capacity fuel tank takes care of that…..

  7. Vrooom
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I think you could leave this list at simply any dual sport. I have a 36″ inseam, and the KLR and V-Strom fit me great, as have GS’, KTMs, Tigers and other DS bikes.

  8. thomas nanninga
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Interesting that a 33 inch seat height is the only consideration. Actually, it should be only a portion of the evaluation equation. With a 38″ inseam I am not able to fold up my legs in the four places necessary to actually get my feet on the pegs, avoid cylinder heads, and body parts, while attempting to operate foot controls with size 15 boots. Consider this the fore mentioned “Rider Triangle”. Another issue is the total weight and body mass. At 6’7″ I am not skinny lil been pole, nor is my 6’1″ wife. With leathers & luggage total combined weight can break the 500# barrier. Riding 1800 to 2000 miles on a week long trip, the bike better have some ergo features also.
    I’d highly recommend a cross section comparo that includes Kawasaki Concours, Harley FLTRU Road Glide, a Metric Cruiser, a Sport Touring entry. Not all riders are drawn to Dual Sport bike riding.

  9. Eslava
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I think the tallest is the tenré 660

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