Best model for tall rider

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by phillyjoec, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. phillyjoec

    phillyjoec New Member

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    What are the opinions of which bike is best for a tall rider. I'm 6'3" with long legs - whenever I sit on any model, either softail or touring, that has floorboards I just don't feel comfortable. Legs feel cramped and I'm sure I wouldn't be able to, or want to, go very far without stopping to stretch
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    I currently have a Softail Std. with forward controls and it provides fairly ample legroom but I want to step up to something more comfortable in other ways for long trips.

    Anybody have any suggestions?
     
  2. USMCCWO5

    USMCCWO5 Junior Member

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    For comfort you may try the touring line:
    Add a tall-boy seat and highway pegs on your engine guard, that should let you stretch out.
     
  3. brderj

    brderj Active Member

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    I know what you mean. I'm 6'2. I like the crossbones because the seat is higher than anything else, yet I still am flat footed on stops. The floorboards are far enough forward that I can really stretch out without putting on highway pegs. Worth a look.....
     
  4. Moose

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    A friend of mine who is 6'5" drives a Road Glide. He flipped the stock handlebars upwards so that they aren't so far pulled back to get a more comfortable ride. He also added highway pegs to the engine guards and removed the heel shifter for more foot room on the floorboard.

    At 6'7" I can't stand floorboards. The fairings on touring bikes make me feel crowded as well. Personally, I'd just slap a touring seat and windshield on your softail with forward control extensions. Easy to strip on and off.

    Brderj's right about the Crossbones, I recently took a ride on one. Seemed roomy but the elevated seat made me feel and look taller then I already am. I looked like a bear riding a tricycle at the circus.
     
  5. Sharky1948

    Sharky1948 Junior Member

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    I think you have your priorities wrong. Just pick the bike you love and then have your legs shortened! :bigsmiley12:
     
  6. brderj

    brderj Active Member

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    Those are the funniest posts I've ever read, lol
     
  7. The Bad Man's Angel

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  8. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I didn't know the deuce was a long legged bike. Hmmm, guess that's why hubby likes mine too. I guess I'm lucky for the most part, kind of long legged & long armed. Only vertically challenged when trying to work in hubby's shop, he's 6'4" & I'm only 5'7", I have to jump to reach the air hose, climb up on the stool to turn on the stereo or look in the top of his tool box. :( But that's okay, he is pretty handy to have around. :s
     
  9. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Best model for tall rider.....

    Heidi Klum or Naomi Campbell:naughty
     
  10. ldavis16

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    i am 6'3" and have an 06 Deuce, i had to get a mustang day tripper seat (moves you down 1" and backj 2.5") drag bars and foward controll extentions to be streached out at all. when it was stock, i was one uncomfortable guy.