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    Registered User Array Squint's Avatar
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    Little bikes for tall guys

    I'm considering selling my beloved VFR and getting something in the 250-300 CBR/Ninja range, its just a better fit for the riding I'm doing right now.

    I'm a reasonably tall guy, 6'2", not heavy but the smaller bikes I've sat on (haven't ridden one) seem a bit cramped.

    Anybody have any feedback on this? I'm not looking to do long multi-day trips, more track days and general running around.

    Any opinions appreciated.

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    drz 400 is the biggest 'little' bike. none of the sport options compare.

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    yeah.. supermotos..

    there's a few xr650's on cl at the moment.

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    I would, but I already joined the circus years ago, it didn't work out.

    The SM option is interesting, but they seem to be as easy to find for a reasonable price as unicorns. Whereas small sport bikes, while some are well deserving of our Cl ridicule thread, , are plentiful for a range of prices. So that's my first choice at this point.

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    CB500x. Seriously stupid fun, amazing on gas, cheap, reliable.

    https://rideapart.com/articles/ridea...w-honda-cb500x

    Yeah... it's an RA article but it's also one before they went really bad. My partner has one and I ride it often - if ridden appropriately, it can keep up to the quick boys on their fancy bikes.

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    Im 6 feet tall and fat as fuck... no problems with my r3

    hondas 500s are a bit bigger maybe look at the cb300f, duke 390 maybe an fz07?

    or you can just man up and grab a hayabusa!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squint View Post
    I would, but I already joined the circus years ago, it didn't work out.

    The SM option is interesting, but they seem to be as easy to find for a reasonable price as unicorns. Whereas small sport bikes, while some are well deserving of our Cl ridicule thread, , are plentiful for a range of prices. So that's my first choice at this point.
    the upside is that their price stays the same. It's one of the few bikes you can ride for 2 years and sell it for what you paid for it.

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    FASTn50 is taller than you and rides a 250 at the track. He added a couple of inches of height to the seat to gain more legroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squint View Post
    I would, but I already joined the circus years ago, it didn't work out.

    The SM option is interesting, but they seem to be as easy to find for a reasonable price as unicorns. Whereas small sport bikes, while some are well deserving of our Cl ridicule thread, , are plentiful for a range of prices. So that's my first choice at this point.
    I guess it depends on how much you're willing to pay for fun and fitment..

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    The big issue for taller riders riding small bikes is to wear the right colored gear to avoid looking like a flea riding a dog.

    Some suggestions, none of which are in your cc wish list

    Honda NC700X, Kawasaki KLR650, 650 Wee Strom


    What you may spend on ergos, seat etc may make a used model that fits you better cheaper in the long run.
    BCSB had mountains of experience with a lot of things. #1 on that list is pouring out bullshit to dumb questions by the Gigabyte. (TripleTime, 12-10-2014 03:19 PM)

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    I am 6'2" and 200lbs. I have no problems putting several thousand kms on a CBR500 and I am 1000kms into my R3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squint View Post
    I would, but I already joined the circus years ago, it didn't work out.

    The SM option is interesting, but they seem to be as easy to find for a reasonable price as unicorns. Whereas small sport bikes, while some are well deserving of our Cl ridicule thread, , are plentiful for a range of prices. So that's my first choice at this point.
    Tell me about it, been trying to nail down an SM for almost anything but new price for almost 2 seasons now....good luck.

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    Ah the R3 is a good suggestion, I've heard good things about them. And the CB(R)500 is interesting.

    Really right now it's about cheap and cheerful, throw it in the truck for track days, have some fun, maybe learn something by having to ration less power. Funds are a consideration and I'd rather get a newer bike for the money than a larger engine. I'll upgrade again in a few years when it makes sense.

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    I'll sell you my '90 VTR250, you can get the size you want and still have an Interceptor! I'm 6'2 as well and actually find it pretty comfortable.
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