Which Cruise (not a harley) for a Tall person

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Which Cruise (not a harley) for a Tall person

#1 Unread post by kjango » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:44 pm

Truthfully, I can't afford a Harley so am looking for a cruiser that works for 6' 5", long legs. I have sat on several bikes but would like to know which ones I should be really looking at. The problem is my knees hit the handle bars with turning. I need to get my knees out of the way. Can the handle bars on bikes be turned up or should I pay for the forward controls?????
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#2 Unread post by VermilionX » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:44 pm

M109R! :laughing:

seriously though... check it out.

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#3 Unread post by Bachstrad37 » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:49 pm

VermilionX wrote:M109R! :laughing:

seriously though... check it out.
Yeah...what Verm just said. That thing is a beast. If it's still not getting your knees out of the way, save some dough for some forward controls. I seriously think that the Suzuki M109R will do it.
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#4 Unread post by VermilionX » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:51 pm

or do something like this... :laughing:

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#5 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:51 pm

Someone I know had his controls simply moved forward to allow for more leg room. Less expensive than purchasing new forward controls.

Maybe some mini ape bars and some risers would help with giving you more knee room. There are quite a few options as far as handlebars go so that you may not have to have stock ones.
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#6 Unread post by KingRobb » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:56 pm

The Vulcan 1500 gives lots of room too.....for that matter the 900 vulcan looks pretty rooomy as well.
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#7 Unread post by Bachstrad37 » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:58 pm

Jesus, Verm. With those ape hangers, he could stand on the seat and have a hard time reaching the throttle. :laughing:
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#8 Unread post by ZooTech » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:07 pm

VermilionX wrote:M109R! :laughing:

seriously though... check it out.
Big HP numbers do not automatically mean big ergos. Sitting on an M109R feels very much like sitting on a stock Mean Streak. Most big bore cruisers are set up for the average guy and, therefore, pretty much all of them will need to be fitted with aftermarket forward controls to accomodate taller riders.

Buy whatever bike speaks to you, kjango, just be sure to factor in about $450.00 for a good set of forward controls (I like Jardine).

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#9 Unread post by m1a1dvr » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:49 pm

Im not much of a crusier guy. But I love the M109
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#10 Unread post by jmillheiser » Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:45 pm

cruisers with pegs tend to have the controls more forward than cruisers with floorboards. Power cruisers like the M109 and mean streak being the exception.

check out the honda VTX1300C (the C model has its controls pretty far forward). also check out the V star 1100 custom, shadow sabre and shadow spirit. if none of these work I would look into aftermarket forward controls for whatever you happen to get.

the bikes I have sat on that had the longest reach to the pegs have all been HDs. Both the softtail and the V-Rod have considerable reach to the pegs, as does the sportster 1200 Custom.

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#11 Unread post by drevil » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:14 am

I guess I'm partial to the Warrior cause I have one but you might want to consider it from not only the standpoint of what it has on the stock bike but also the aftermarket parts available - but watch out, the mod bug is sure to bite. Every single time I take her for a spin and have someone next to me with their window rolled down, I get questions and compliments. Makes me feel good about my decision to buy it. Less than $100 will move the foot controls 2 inches forward. And it's a blast to ride! Good luck deciding!
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#12 Unread post by grymlocke » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:42 am

as a "tallguy" (6'6", 34+ inseam) I ride a 1996 shadow 1100 ace, to accomodate my frame I loosened the bars and rolled them up to get the ends past my knees (the result, the grips are parallel to the ground, like and old classic indian or something...), then, I replaced the stock pegs with offset peg adapters ment for the tourer/gl1500 (they fit like a glove onto the braket...) added kuyakyn(sp?) ISO wings and tadah!! and extra 1 1/2-2" of leg room without needin to change the control other than a up/down adjustment...know i'm peeling back the stock seat cover and carving off some of the foam to give my rear some space....(I seen the prceedure listed at unitedbikers .com)

relatively cheap and easy mods (esp. if you catch the parts on sale...)

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#13 Unread post by jstark47 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:55 am

KingRobb wrote:The Vulcan 1500 gives lots of room too.....for that matter the 900 vulcan looks pretty rooomy as well.
I sat on the Vulcan 900 recently and it felt much bigger than the 800 Classic it replaced in the line-up. Not a bad price either. Check it out.
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#14 Unread post by kjango » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:28 pm

Thanks every one for the help on Bikes for us longlegged guys!!

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#15 Unread post by Jefferson » Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:26 pm

KingRobb wrote:The Vulcan 1500 gives lots of room too.....for that matter the 900 vulcan looks pretty rooomy as well.
I've got a 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500.

I'm 6'1", 225 lbs and I have ALL KINDS OF ROOM.

I think you'd like the cycle - which I purchased brand new for under $9,000.00.

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#16 Unread post by bok » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:21 am

just as an add-on to this whole thread. if you can get a bike for MSRP or close to it, the 750 shadows are actually about 300* more than the sportster 883 so don't immediately discount HD either.

if you move up to larger CCs the prices are still comparable.

with just basic one colour paint, and no add ons:
the 1100 shadow MSRP is $11,599.00*
the 1300 shadow MSRP is $13,699.00*
the 1200 sportster MSRP is $12,359.00*

*Canadian prices, your prices may vary
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#17 Unread post by norsseman » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:26 am

I'm 6'4" and am riding a new cruiser with one of the highest if
not the highest seats, a KAWASAKI VULCAN 750, 68 HP.

The ideal bike, Shaft drive, Hydraulic Lifters(no valve adjustments), and
Liquid cooled...and the bonus it has a Gas gage unlike the Honda
Shadow Spirit 1100cc which has all of the above features except a Gas Gage.

The Vulcan 750's seat height is 28.9", if you still need more leg
room highway bars can be installed.
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#18 Unread post by Lunchbox » Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:56 pm

I am 6"6" and abouts 250#
One of the reasons I like the Indian brand so much is how much room you get stock. Once you ride one you will not feel comfortable on anything else.

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Re: Which Cruise (not a harley) for a Tall person

#19 Unread post by ShawnKing » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:45 pm

kjango wrote:Truthfully, I can't afford a Harley so am looking for a cruiser that works for 6' 5", long legs. I have sat on several bikes but would like to know which ones I should be really looking at.
I'm 6'3" and very comfortable on my Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe.
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