ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > The perfect line and other riding myths
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
Thanantos OP
Ride hard.
 
Thanantos's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Michigan
Oddometer: 3,559
Small (displacement) bike for a GIANT?!

My brother in law is big, real big.

Even for a Dutchman he's big.

He stands 6' 9" and weighs in around 260 I'd guess.

He's looking for a bike to play around with and doesn't really care what he gets except for these 3 requirements:

#1. He prefers a small displacement bike as he is a smart, new rider.

#2. He wants something that will be reasonably comfortable for a giant.

#3. He has $2,000 to spend.


I currently have a DR350 and we're gonna try him out on that. I think with a tall seat and bar risers it might be perfect, but I'd like to hear what suggestions the collective might have.

Thanks in advance!


EDIT: Any style of bike will do. He plans to ride mostly street, but as long as it's street legal it doesn't matter.
__________________
1999 DR350SE

2013 V-Strom

Thanantos screwed with this post 07-20-2013 at 03:07 PM
Thanantos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
viverrid
not dead yet
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Western Mass
Oddometer: 30,482
You want this to be for dirt, dualsport or road?
__________________
Advanced pancreatic cancer found 04/2010. Have outlived +/- 97% of patients with this diagnosis, but 08/2013 cancer now in liver, vascular system and lungs with 20+ lung tumors. Sick/weak sometimes, not riding much. No more treatments & now under Hospice care.
viverrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
Thanantos OP
Ride hard.
 
Thanantos's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Michigan
Oddometer: 3,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by viverrid View Post
You want this to be for dirt, dualsport or road?
Matters not.

Although a long travel suspension bike would more naturally be comfortable for a taller person.
__________________
1999 DR350SE

2013 V-Strom
Thanantos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 03:10 PM   #4
SloMo228
World Class Cheapass
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: SE Michigan
Oddometer: 1,389
I'm short compared to your brother-in-law but tall compared to most at 6'3", and I find the DR350 a little cramped in stock form. I had to fit considerably higher bars (I went with the 400EX ATV bend), and I would still like a taller seat and lower pegs. But I think it could be made to work reasonably well for someone that tall.

Just about any small-displacement road bike is going to make him look like a circus bear on a tricycle, probably. A tall dual sport is probably the best way to go.
__________________
--------------------------- Steve----------------------------------------
'93 GL1500 frankenbike basketcase in progress
'96 DR350SE
SloMo228 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #5
Eddie G
Adventurer
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Oddometer: 35
I'm 6'9" and 260lbs. I have a 2012 DR 650 with Power Madd bar riser, Seat Concepts tall seat, heavy shock spring, heavy straight rate fork springs and lower foot pegs. I set the sag, front and rear, to 3.25" and the bike is very comfortable for me. I had been riding a KLR 650 with similar mods and I find the DR more comfortable. I looked at a DRZ 450 and just couldn't see it working out for me. When I pass a store front and see my reflection I still look like I'm on a 250.
__________________
Be the bullet...
Eddie G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
Thanantos OP
Ride hard.
 
Thanantos's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Michigan
Oddometer: 3,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eddie G View Post
I'm 6'9" and 260lbs. I have a 2012 DR 650 with Power Madd bar riser, Seat Concepts tall seat, heavy shock spring, heavy straight rate fork springs and lower foot pegs. I set the sag, front and rear, to 3.25" and the bike is very comfortable for me. I had been riding a KLR 650 with similar mods and I find the DR more comfortable. I looked at a DRZ 450 and just couldn't see it working out for me. When I pass a store front and see my reflection I still look like I'm on a 250.
Ahhhh, this is perfect info. Thanks!
__________________
1999 DR350SE

2013 V-Strom
Thanantos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 04:10 PM   #7
joexr
Banned
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: S.E.
Oddometer: 3,773
XR650L's got a 37'' seat height. I'm 6'5''.
joexr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
TheLoiteringKid
n00b
 
Joined: Mar 2013
Oddometer: 8
6'2" 290 here, i have and ride a Plated 91 DR350s,
I find the seat to be just about the right height for me,
pegs are a little high, but not enough to be a problem.
bars need a riser for sure if you plan any peg standing unless you like hunching over.
some new proper rate springs are in order
once the new springs are acquired and sag set i may have a differing opinion on the seat height.

the stock seat is quite uncomfortable for longer rides.

I'd defiantly let him get a feel for the dr350
The DR350 is a great learning bike, it is very forgiving for a new rider, and has taken me places I never thought it would like a champ.
TheLoiteringKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #9
DirtyOldMan
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2006
Location: Banjoland
Oddometer: 1,875
A honda 650L is a tall dual sport as well. I'm 5'8" with 30" inseam. Makes for a real balancing act on the 36" seat ht. dirt bikes. I've amused many folks over the years with low speed tip-overs.

On another note, I had a gold wing overtake me while driving my truck on the interstate. I watched him approach in my mirror thinking something was odd about the bike. It looked like a GW except smaller, a lot smaller. I'm wondering what is this, has honda come out with a mini gold wing?
Finally he passes me and the bike is being ridden by the biggest damn human being I've ever seen in my life. The guy's got to be 6' 17". Feet hanging off the floorboards and his head was way up over the windshield. Made the wing look like a mini bike. Plus it was white and he had a white helmet, everyone thought he was a cop. Amazing how the road clogs up when everyone does the speed limit.
__________________
Sandy Jackson
04 250 RFS

13 650 Terra

96 R1100R
DirtyOldMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
viverrid
not dead yet
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Western Mass
Oddometer: 30,482
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thanantos View Post
....a long travel suspension bike would more naturally be comfortable for a taller person.
Not if the suspension compresses.

His height doesn't call for long travel, it calls for a high seat and long seat-to-pegs distance.

Or put another way, for his height he could ride a bike that was rigid, as long as it was built high enough.

But yes he is likely to start with a dualsport since they can be tall. But if he's also heavy, it would be better if he got stiffer springs for it, too.
__________________
Advanced pancreatic cancer found 04/2010. Have outlived +/- 97% of patients with this diagnosis, but 08/2013 cancer now in liver, vascular system and lungs with 20+ lung tumors. Sick/weak sometimes, not riding much. No more treatments & now under Hospice care.
viverrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2013, 08:05 PM   #11
Barnone
Beastly Adventurer
 
Barnone's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: WNC SWFL
Oddometer: 3,652
You guys with your suggestions are forgetting about "#3. He has $2,000 to spend."
Ain't gonna happen.
__________________
Vince @ SWFL or WNC
2001 Kawasaki W650
2012 Ural Yamal
2012 Dong Fang DF250RTB
Barnone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 02:40 AM   #12
Vertical C
Beastly Adventurer
 
Vertical C's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: On the road in Americas
Oddometer: 1,751
Would be looking for a old (early 2000s) 250 dual sport, klr250, drz250 xr250 etc
Vertical C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 04:38 AM   #13
Bill Harris
Confirmed Curmudgeon
 
Bill Harris's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: backwoods Alabama
Oddometer: 6,107
This is going to be difficult. He has specialized requirements on a low budget.

Maybe the Service Organization route?





--Bill
__________________
'73 R60/5 Toaster
Luddite. Not just a philosophy, a way of life...
Bill Harris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 11:31 AM   #14
Thanantos OP
Ride hard.
 
Thanantos's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Michigan
Oddometer: 3,559
Lol, well...I'll pass along the SO recommendation.

In don't know where you guys live, but any of the bikes listed here could be had for $2,000. May not be easy to find and you may not get a 2013 with no scratches, but it can be done.

Let's not forget that all of these bikes have been exactly the same since the mid-90's.
__________________
1999 DR350SE

2013 V-Strom
Thanantos is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2013, 01:18 PM   #15
Barnone
Beastly Adventurer
 
Barnone's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: WNC SWFL
Oddometer: 3,652
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thanantos View Post
In don't know where you guys live, but any of the bikes listed here could be had for $2,000. May not be easy to find and you may not get a 2013 with no scratches, but it can be done.
Well if you know that then why the question in the first place?
__________________
Vince @ SWFL or WNC
2001 Kawasaki W650
2012 Ural Yamal
2012 Dong Fang DF250RTB
Barnone is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 03:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014