BIG people’s bikes
August 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm #1993ReindeerParticipant
OK, I know this question has probably been asked a few times, but I’ve really got to ask it anyway. What are some good bikes to look at for the Big and Tall?
I stopped by to visit a bud yesterday, and he had an old Honda 750 he was working on. Had a chance to sit on it, and the bike was TERRIBLY cramped for me! I mean knees in my chin and hunched over in such a way it looked like I was out to kill the poor thing! Or put another way, with slightly longer bars, I could have sat comfortably in the queen’s position.
FWIW, I’m 6’1″, 38″ inseam, and 300lbs. Think John Goodman!
I’ve already had 4 experienced bikers tell me that I should be looking for at least 500cc, and could even get away w/ 750cc. Seems like a lot though, especially after reading some of the articles. Then again, comfort is going to be a big thing for me, and I don’t want something where I am going to look like a gorilla on a pogo stick! LOL!
Without having sat one one, the Suzuki SV650 is looking very appealing right now… Anyone think I would have a problem getting on one? Are there mods that could be done to make the bike more comfortable?
Appreciate your thoughts and input!
P.S. If anyone suggests the Gunbus, I’m going to make it a point to drop in for a visit! LOLOL!August 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm #11378
Long legs – the SV won’t be any better for you than the CB750.
What you want is a Dual Sport or Tall street bike.
A 250cc dual sport is a great learning bike to teach you the ropes.
The 650 dual sports are pretty easy to ride from all I’ve heard, but I can’t speak from experience.
There is also a Suzuki 400cc dual sport with a number of people absolutely love.
Other tall choices include the Suzuki V-Strom 650 (DL650) and Kawasaki Versys. Both sit you more upright and have taller seats than other street bikes but less than a 650 Dual Sport. While both friendly bikes, they aren’t truely beginner bikes and you will find yourself less at ease on them than you would a 250cc Dual sport (or even a 650 dual sport, so I’m told).
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm #11376
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm #11387BoOZe P-ti MotardParticipant
agreed…try some KTM!!
Solomolo RiderAugust 29, 2008 at 7:26 pm #11395
Okay, let me change part of my statement – not ALL dual-sports are easy to handle machines.
KTMs are hardcore bikes, they don’t make beginner friendly street legal bikes. They make hardcore hooligan / adventure / enduro bikes.
And a BMW F650GS is a damned fast bike as well (60km/h -> 110km/h in the time and with the amount of throttle it takes me 250 to do 60km/h->80km/h).
But if you stick to a KLR250, KLX250, CRF230L, WR-250, DR400, KLR650, DR650 (basically any of the japanese Dual sports) you’ll be fine.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm #11396BoOZe P-ti MotardParticipant
agreed… try some KTM.. if ye’re experienced…
i suggested ktm because of their seat heights, generally higher than the rest.. but the guy did not mention on what scale he was.. imean experience.. did he?ey
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