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Old 03-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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How to: Making bike more comfortable for the taller rider

This coming summer will be my second season on a motorcycle. I have a KLR650, and am 6'6''. I wished most of last year that it was just a little bit taller, as I was having to slouch, and I was having some back pain.

As a long adventure trip is in the works for this upcoming Winter, I would like to rectify this.

Any ideas are welcome, please keep in mind I have 0 knowledge about bike tampering and the related lingo. I don't know if what I need is a bike lift kit (if such a thing exists) or maybe just raise the handlebars somehow so that I'm sitting straighter.

Thanks.

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Old 03-08-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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First off get some bar risers like these:
http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/ca...?subcat_id=268

If the bars are still too low then look for some atv bend handlebars as they are higher.


I'm 6'3" and risers helped a ton on my drz400.

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Old 03-08-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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What he said, also you might like a setup with some type of highway pegs to stretch out the legs once and a while. Big size probably means bigger weight also and the stock seats on most bikes suck. Id suggest looking into a aftermarket seat for cheek relief and also consider having it made a tad taller to give the legs some relief..
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:18 AM   #4
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First off get some bar risers like these:
http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/ca...?subcat_id=268

If the bars are still too low then look for some atv bend handlebars as they are higher.


I'm 6'3" and risers helped a ton on my drz400.

-Dan
Did you run into any issues with cables, wires, or the brake line then pulling tight because of the handlebars being a little further away from everything else?
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #5
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I'm only 5'11", but I find that I need a significant amount of bar rise on all my dirt bikes to make them comfortable while standing. A lot of the same probably applies for you.

On my Husky, I am running some obscure set of Husky high bars. The key here is that they have a TON of rise, probably like 5 inches, maybe more. If I could find a good source for bars this tall, I would buy a few of them. This setup is my metric for off-road comfort.

On my KDX I switched to the tallest bars I could find, they are some 7/8 inch aluminum renthals for a mini. Supposedly they have 100-ish mm of rise, but it wasn't enough. I added another 1.5 inches of ROX spacers, and it's pretty close now, although I wish I had a little more height.

A set of risers is a good, cheap way to add an inch or two and see if it helps you. I can't say for sure, but 1-2 inches can probably be tolerated with stock cables (not sure about a KLR, but it was fine on both of my bikes).
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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I'm 6'7". I have KLR too. I have a Corbin flat seat, rox anti vibe risers, bigfoot shifter, and 1" peg lowering brackets. I fit fine. PM me if you need specific help.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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I'm 6'7" too I made my own peg lowering bracket,bar risers and what I found that helped on my long trips was a set of hi-way peg's
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:19 AM   #8
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Thanks everybody for the advice.
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