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Old 02-03-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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Which bike should I get? Imput needed!

I'm 6'3 180lbs and have I have been riding dirt bikes for years now and am wanting a street bike. What I'm interested in is something comfortable but is still sporty. I really like the naked/ standard bikes, but haven't had very good luck finding any used for sale. What make makes a good standard bike? I kinda like the idea of a bobber, sportster, or mid sized cruiser too. I'm still undecided on which I should get. Let me know your imput on standard vs. mid size cruiser. Or what make of bike I should be looking for. I'm looking for a used bike. Any advice is well appreciated. Thanks
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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I think you might change your mind about a Sportster if you sit on one at the dealer....even with forward controls you might be cramped up at 6' 3".

As far as a standard on naked....I've always liked the Yamaha FZ1's.....good amount of leg room for a "sporty" set up.
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I think you might change your mind about a Sportster if you sit on one at the dealer....even with forward controls you might be cramped up at 6' 3".

As far as a standard on naked....I've always liked the Yamaha FZ1's.....good amount of leg room for a "sporty" set up.
X2 sat on a fz1 and im 6 '2 and was fairly comfortable also I dont know if honda still makes the bike but they made a stander style bike of the cbr.
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Suzuki TL1000s or a Honda Superhawk would both be a lot of fun. The v-twins would be a lot of fun for you coming from the dirt bikes.
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FZ1 or SV series suzuki gets my vote.
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A Sporty is not a 2 person bike. i do it but we only run short 25 mile rides. I'm comfortable as hell. Her not so much. I'm 5' 11" and I'm very comfortable with forward controls. 6'3" might be pushing it. And i think it would look like a mini bike with you on it. To me, at this point in my life, if you have a windshield etc it's not a bike. Drive a car. Naked all the way. There are lot of bikes that ride better and are faster than a Sportster. But, I love mine. When you find the bike for you, you'll love it too no matter what it is. Try them out and be realistic with your goals.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:29 PM   #7
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Suzuki Bandits (600/650, 1200,1250) , Honda 919, Kawasaki Z1000 are several more nakeds.


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A Sporty is not a 2 person bike. i do it but we only run short 25 mile rides. I'm comfortable as hell. Her not so much. I'm 5' 11" and I'm very comfortable with forward controls
Tacoma Mike, is your Sportster a 2000? Very nice! I had a 2000 1200 XL Sporty for years. My wife and I rode double all the time, several trips over 500 miles. It helped with a Mustang touring seat and sissy bar. Also helps that we are short! 5'8" and 5'2"!

Also, Spencers Seat Mod greatdaytoride.com/Home_Page.php will help with seat comfort. He does nice work to the stock seat for a reasonable price.
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Really depends on what type of riding you want to do.

If you want to just cruise, or ride 2-up with the 'ol lady, look into a cruiser. Since you have some dirtbike experience, I would recommend looking at an 1100cc cruiser.

If you want to hit the twisties, look at the SV or similar standard. As far as what size, in the sporty/standard style, I would recommend 600-750 cc. Please do not get a liter bike if this is your first street bike.

Also, take the MSF class if you have not. If you pass that, you automatically get your M indorsement, and no silly DMV riding test to take.

Best of luck. Riding is one of the best things to relieve stress, besides modding the taco of course.
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Tacoma Mike, is your Sportster a 2000? Very nice! I had a 2000 1200 XL Sporty for years. My wife and I rode double all the time, several trips over 500 miles. It helped with a Mustang touring seat and sissy bar. Also helps that we are short! 5'8" and 5'2"!
Yes it is a 2000. Have a quick attach hi sissy bar for the wife. but she is sensitive to the vibs and has a little restless leg syndrome. So it's hard to go that far.

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sportsters are an ok bike but im at 6'2" and i felt cramped on it when i rode a friends. i when with a heritage softail and its a great bike imo but everyone is different. if i had to do it over again i would get an ultra glide
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Really depends on what type of riding you want to do.

If you want to just cruise, or ride 2-up with the 'ol lady, look into a cruiser. Since you have some dirtbike experience, I would recommend looking at an 1100cc cruiser.

If you want to hit the twisties, look at the SV or similar standard. As far as what size, in the sporty/standard style, I would recommend 600-750 cc. Please do not get a liter bike if this is your first street bike.

Also, take the MSF class if you have not. If you pass that, you automatically get your M indorsement, and no silly DMV riding test to take.

Best of luck. Riding is one of the best things to relieve stress, besides modding the taco of course.

Excellent info
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Thought about the Kawasaki Versys? Rode one and liked it. Has the standard ish type of styling and would definitely accomodate a taller person. Likely not the best for 2 up riding.
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If you're looking for a Cruiser I'd recommend a Star (Yamaha), Road Star. I had one for a couple years before I went with a touring bike. In my personal opinion it's the best cruiser out there.
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