Top 10 Motorcycles For Tall Riders – Adventure Bikes

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5. KTM 1190 Adventure R

KTM 1190 Adventure R

After riding the new KTM 1190 Adventure R, E-i-C Duke came away very impressed with what KTM has done to rebuild its perennial contender in the adventure category from the ground up. The new 1195cc V-Twin is a powerhouse, paired to an impressive electronics, chassis and suspension package capable of handling whatever terrain comes its way, dirt or street.

For this list we’re going to stick with the R model, as its accommodations are better suited for tall riders. You’re giving up the electronic suspension and two-position seat of the standard model, but that’s no cause for concern. The R’s 35.0-inch seat height is taller than the standard’s tall setting of 34.4 inches, and the analog WP suspension is more than capable for any terrain. Handlebar clamps offer two positions, while levers and pegs are adjustable as well, meaning many body types can find their happy place aboard the KTM. According to Cycle-Ergo, the rider’s knees are bent at 87 degrees. Compared to its 990cc predecessor, the 1190 might appear a smidge more aggressive, but the new Adventure actually relaxes the knee bend by two degrees over the old bike. Depending on your preference, either Adventure model offers a comfortable position. Of course, hard luggage is available for either bike for true long-distance adventures.

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  • Cam

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

    • james lagnese

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

  • Geoff Wood

    So, basically all of them then.

  • james lagnese

    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.

  • jose

    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.

  • A.C

    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.

  • Brian

    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…..

  • Vrooom

    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.

  • thomas nanninga

    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.