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Too Tall for a Sport Bike??

Im 6'7" and looking for a sport bike to purchase. I went to a Kawasaki dealership and they said I would be uncomfrontable driving the 600cc or a 1000cc ninja. But they had a left over 1400cc ninja the said would fit me good. Any one have any input. Im really not looking for a 1400cc 500lbs rocket. Im not just limited kawasaki.
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Re: Too Tall for a Sport Bike??

Yeah, your too tall for them bikes. I'd try a gold wing, bmw cruiser or yamaha cruiser. Them bikes are pretty nice. I'm sure that's probably not what you want to hear. I'm 5'8" and I have to adjust my legs every so often to be comfortable. I can't even imagine being over 6 feet tall and try to ride a crotch rocket but everyone is different. I've seen a guy that was about 6'5" ridding a crotch rocket but he didn't look very comfortable.

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Re: Too Tall for a Sport Bike??

Just because you have the potential to go 200 mph doesnt mean you have to right? If you are in the market for a sport bike....just go sit on a Busa or a ZX14. You prolly wont find anything more comfortable for you in that class. You could step to a more upright bike like a FZ1 or a Z1000, etc. They have a more upright stance than the others and still carry the same motors basiclly. I am almost a foot shorter than you and i had to get rid of my ZX6RR because i couldnt handle the stance. I went to a FZ6 and it is much better for me.
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Re: Too Tall for a Sport Bike??

I feel your pain...I'm 6'7" as well. Your best bet is to just adapt. I've been riding ATV's since about age 14 and after some time spent being cramped on one, your body adjusts and you adapt to it.

FWIW, I've been looking at bikes too, cruisers though, and having the same issue. I've never had a street motorcycle before and I'm a bit leary diving right in and getting the largest one made, just so I can fit on it. Same thing, I feel, should apply to you. It sounds like you're inexperienced and a 'busa is not a good 'starter' bike, no matter what anyone tells you.

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Re: Too Tall for a Sport Bike??

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Im 6'7" and looking for a sport bike to purchase. I went to a Kawasaki dealership and they said I would be uncomfrontable driving the 600cc or a 1000cc ninja. But they had a left over 1400cc ninja the said would fit me good. Any one have any input. Im really not looking for a 1400cc 500lbs rocket. Im not just limited kawasaki.
nah u arent too tall, Im 6'6" and i find that suzuki has the most comfortable bikes out there, all of their gsx frames are the same size but you'll prolly feel more comfortable on a hayabusa. biggest bike and has a long streach, plus id take suzuki over kawasaki any day
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I feel your pain...I'm 6'7" as well. Your best bet is to just adapt. I've been riding ATV's since about age 14 and after some time spent being cramped on one, your body adjusts and you adapt to it.

FWIW, I've been looking at bikes too, cruisers though, and having the same issue. I've never had a street motorcycle before and I'm a bit leary diving right in and getting the largest one made, just so I can fit on it. Same thing, I feel, should apply to you. It sounds like you're inexperienced and a 'busa is not a good 'starter' bike, no matter what anyone tells you.
LMAO......ok. Like there is some big difference in a 600 vs. a 1400 when you get down to it in terms of speed? They all do 170+ all day long.

I am sure some people can show some self control while riding a sport bike. At your height you just wont be comfortable on a smaller bike period. Sounds like you want a sport bike, so the posiblities are kind of limited for someone of your size. The GSXR 1000 is great bike as well. It's not uncommon to see racers at the height of 6'5'' riding and racing those.

Maybe you should just go buy a Vespa since some question your abilities here.
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YEA, all bikes are quick, just on the bigger ones dont roll back hard on the throttle and everything will be aight. if ya do, you'll prolly end up sittin on the ground
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LMAO......ok. Like there is some big difference in a 600 vs. a 1400 when you get down to it in terms of speed? They all do 170+ all day long.

I am sure some people can show some self control while riding a sport bike. A.
I've been riding for 35yrs, the last 25 on the street, and I still can't. The bike doenst come out unless it hits tripples a least a couple of times (unless one of the kids are with me). I'm 5'8" and I'm still cramped on Ducatis. For your size, the Busa is going to be one of the best choices, insurance isn't usually cheap though. Rob had a BMW K1200RS that had tons of room. Hondas ST1300 and Yamis FJR1300 are sport tourers with a decent amount of room. The Wing, at least the GL1800, is surprisingly sporty and tons of torque.....but HUGE. You might look at an adventure bike like the BMW R1150,strange front fender though, Triumph Tiger, or my Favorite, the Suzuki Vstrom 1000. You also might look at the Suzuki SV1000S, originally a naked bike, they make a version with full plastic, its a good size bike with sport looks and no slouch on performance.. My neighbor has a ZX14R. I've ridden it and much prefer the Busa. The 14R is a much smaller setup, which is fine for me, but if you aren't comfortable your not going to ride....so then whats the point?

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I feel your pain...I'm 6'7" as well. Your best bet is to just adapt. I've been riding ATV's since about age 14 and after some time spent being cramped on one, your body adjusts and you adapt to it.

FWIW, I've been looking at bikes too, cruisers though, and having the same issue. I've never had a street motorcycle before and I'm a bit leary diving right in and getting the largest one made, just so I can fit on it. Same thing, I feel, should apply to you. It sounds like you're inexperienced and a 'busa is not a good 'starter' bike, no matter what anyone tells you.
Im far from inexperienced, I have driven V65 Magna, Harley Fat Boy, Honda 250, DR350, and a Harley Ultra Glide. But when it comes to the sport bikes I lack riding time. If a Sport bike ends up being too uncomfronable Im going with a V-rod or something in that class.

As for the FZ1 my fiance likes its but I didn't like the looks that much. From what I hear I need to look at the suzuki.

How are the Honda's in relation to the Ninja, and GSXR?
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Don't let some azzhat salesman tell you what you're going to like or not like. Ride a few and see what you like!


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The sad part about being in the market for a bike is you cant test drive them to REALLY get a feel of it. You can sit on it all day long in the showroom and make little noises like you are riding. Best thing to do is find someone willing to let you test ride their setup. There are lots of "sporty" alternatives to the "crotch rockets", you just gotta get to a dealer and sit on a few. Seeing as the bikes you mentioned(that you owned/driven) you shouldnt have any beef with a more standard bike in terms of power. Like stlblues mentioned....if you buy one that doesnt suit your needs you will more than likely not ride it enough to enjoy it, so whats the point? Unless you are one who is purely driving a bike for gas mileage.
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I ride a Triumph Speed Four. Its now discontinued but I like it because its different. It has now been replaced by the Street triple and its pretty cool. The Speed Triple is the 1050CC version and thats a cool bike. I know my local Triumph/Ducati dealer has demos but there arent many dealers that do. When I was looking around at the 600 sport bikes the Honda was the smallest.

My suggestion is to make a list of the bikes you are interested and call your insurance comany BEFORE you buy one. That could be the deciding factor for you.

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Im far from inexperienced, I have driven V65 Magna, Harley Fat Boy, Honda 250, DR350, and a Harley Ultra Glide. But when it comes to the sport bikes I lack riding time. If a Sport bike ends up being too uncomfronable Im going with a V-rod or something in that class.

As for the FZ1 my fiance likes its but I didn't like the looks that much. From what I hear I need to look at the suzuki.

How are the Honda's in relation to the Ninja, and GSXR?
They are all dependable and fast, I prefer the ergonimics of the Suzukis, and every Suzuki I've owned has been bullit proof. I've had electrical bugs with the Yami's I've had, but that was back a few years. If your going to seriously thrash the bike, definately look at the Suzukis.

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Re: Too Tall for a Sport Bike??

I'm 6'4"/34".

I have ridden sports bikes all my life, most recently a Kawa ZRX1200. While fun, I did have the 'dog humping football' feeling on it :-)
Got tired of small bikes and bought the roomiest I could find: BMW R1200 GS Adventure. Love it: fits my frame (although I am still going to lower the pegs)
Pricey, but less than a Titan :-) The Kawa (which I kept), feels like a pocket bike now.

If you're just riding bikes on weekends and such, I wouldn't worry too much about size, you won't ride enough miles to care. There's a list on the net somewhere that lists bikes by seat height, that would be a good place to start.


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Rvandam.....that beemer looks like you should be flying across the desert delivering a monkey's heart for a transplant!!! That bike and the luggage looks like something out of the Baja 500!!!!

Both are nice bikes!!! The BMW is way too big for me from the looks.
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