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Old 06-25-2013, 06:22 AM   #9436
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Guys, I'm seriously considering buying a 2013 690. Problem is there aren't any dealers with a demo bike anywhere near where I live.

Are there any tall guys here that can tell me how the seating position is? Do you sit like a jockey? I'm just over 2 meters, which google tell me is:
203 centimeters = 6.66010499 feet (6 feet 759⁄64 inches)

Edit: It's 690 Enduro R that I'm considering, just to clear that up
2 meters = 6'6" tall for those of us in the land of useless units. I am 6'3" tall (1.905 meters) and I have a 2008 690 with stretched suspension and I run the fastway lowering footpegs. I have a 100mm riser and taller bars on the bike and its an ok seating position. The stock riding position is kind of strange compared to many other bikes. The seat is almost level with the bars and the peg position to seat distance is very cramped for us taller riders. I have always dreamed of making some custom foot peg mounts but have yet to do so. The newer bikes are shorter in the suspension department and share the ergoonomics with the other previous years.

This is a good photo of myself on the bike during a rally. I weigh about 95.5Kg before all of my gear. The bike looks small when I am on it




If you can get your footpegs down a bit either with special pegs or with a different mount this helps improve sitting comfort and helps greatly when standing as you can run less of a riser. It also helps keep your overall center of gravity a little lower.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:07 AM   #9437
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Sad to hear, I really had my heart set on a 690 :(

Couple more questions, though

Are there higher seats to be bought?
I'm not sure how high the tallest bar risers are, but is there enough cable length to raise them considerably?
Has anyone tried the swmotech footpegs that can be lowered by 25mm?
Are there links for the rear suspension to be bought that raise the bike perhaps?
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:30 AM   #9438
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Sad to hear, I really had my heart set on a 690 :(

Couple more questions, though

Are there higher seats to be bought?
I'm not sure how high the tallest bar risers are, but is there enough cable length to raise them considerably?
Has anyone tried the swmotech footpegs that can be lowered by 25mm?
Are there links for the rear suspension to be bought that raise the bike perhaps?
Do you have longer arms? if so you might not need much of a bar riser. Sitting on the bike is more a matter of a taller seat and lowering pegs.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:35 AM   #9439
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Sad to hear, I really had my heart set on a 690 :(

Couple more questions, though

Are there higher seats to be bought?
I'm not sure how high the tallest bar risers are, but is there enough cable length to raise them considerably?
Has anyone tried the swmotech footpegs that can be lowered by 25mm?
Are there links for the rear suspension to be bought that raise the bike perhaps?
There are taller seats, lower footpegs, risers etc. But...I'm 6' 4" and think the stock seating position is great. The only thing I may do is add a little rise to the bars for standing. As for links to raise the entire bike up, I'm not sure why you would need to do that. The bike is already pretty tall.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:06 AM   #9440
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There are taller seats, lower footpegs, risers etc. But...I'm 6' 4" and think the stock seating position is great. The only thing I may do is add a little rise to the bars for standing. As for links to raise the entire bike up, I'm not sure why you would need to do that. The bike is already pretty tall.

Raising and lowering the suspension won't improve ergonomics on the bike. You need to adjust the riding position on the bike instead.

I am tall but have shorter arms..if you have a little longer arm then you might not need to do much in the bar area for a good fit.

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Old 06-25-2013, 01:03 PM   #9441
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Uni vs. Twin Air

So whats the difference? One flow better than the other? Any pro's or con's against each other? This is on a 2012/2013.

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Old 06-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #9442
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Lower footpegs and bar risers it is. I guess I'll still be keeping my eye on the 690. Thanks for the info!

Out of curiosity - are there any bikes in this weight class that would suit people of my size?
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #9443
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Lower footpegs and bar risers it is. I guess I'll still be keeping my eye on the 690. Thanks for the info!

Out of curiosity - are there any bikes in this weight class that would suit people of my size?
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:15 PM   #9444
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I tried to and lower my pegs with Fastway pegs but they did not fit my 2013 690E
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:58 PM   #9445
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I am 6'3 275lbs and my 690 is great!!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #9446
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Are there higher seats to be bought?
I'm not sure how high the tallest bar risers are, but is there enough cable length to raise them considerably?
Has anyone tried the swmotech footpegs that can be lowered by 25mm?
Are there links for the rear suspension to be bought that raise the bike perhaps?
Seats? Yes custom via Renazco or others who do custom seats.

You can get longer cables which are used when owners install rally fairings.

Kouba makes lowering links so it stands to reason that rising links could be made? Not sure by how much.

If this bike does not fit a tall rider, what would... ?
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #9447
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I tried to and lower my pegs with Fastway pegs but they did not fit my 2013 690E
The fastways don't fit the 2008 either but I made them fit. I had to remove a little of the aluminum on the peg mount to get them to go on but it had no effect on the mounts strength.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:59 PM   #9448
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Are there any tall guys here that can tell me how the seating position is? Do you sit like a jockey? I'm just over 2 meters, which google tell me is:
203 centimeters = 6.66010499 feet (6 feet 759⁄64 inches)
This site can be useful...
http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:18 PM   #9449
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i went from 625 sxc to a 2013 690e and i found it strange right off the bat. the seat is more even or in line with the front end. the wind seemed to be hitting me in my lower ribs instead of my chest and i am only 6 ft tall. so i gotta change something- seat/small windshield because i will do alot of on road riding and offroad. i barely flat foot but stand to one side at a light- the side without the exhaust...the seat still sucks anyway or i just have no butt so i will be looking to change it anyway...
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:40 PM   #9450
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I tried to and lower my pegs with Fastway pegs but they did not fit my 2013 690E
What was the fit problem? I put my Moose pegs on my '12 690 and only had to grind the inside radii of the mounts a little to allow them to pivot enough.

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