Any tall guys ridden a Bonneville?

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  1. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    I love the looks of the Triumph Bonnevilles but I think I will be too tall for one. Anyone here over 6' that has ridden one or currently owns one? If so, what's your take?:ear
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  2. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Was given one as a loaner while a bike was in the shop. 6'4" and I was fine on it.
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  3. Aerodynamic Head

    Aerodynamic Head n00b

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    I currently have an '07 Bonnie Black. I'm 6'2", 34" inseam, 220#. I find it odd. My knees are at about the angle I have had on "soft" sportbikes. A tad more folded up than on a new Bandit. But then the pegs themselves are pretty far forward, and the foot levers force your foot to parallel with the road--too much up-bend in the ankles to be really comfortable. The reach to the bars (my dress shirts have 35-36" sleeves) isn't too far, but it feels to me like it wants to be lower. Not that I want the bar lower, but it wants to be, if that makes any sense.

    That said, it's a really nice feeling engine, sounds good even with just the Triumph brand offroad pipes, and pretty smooth. But at my height, there's not enough real estate on that seat for my wife. We'vee just this weekend decided to trade: can't decide between a Kawi Versys and a a DR 650. Had I to do it again, I'd get a Thruxton, for second or third bike.
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  4. Cos

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    Triumph encourages test rides. Go take one out and see for yourself.
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  5. modre

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  6. dave1068

    dave1068 Been here awhile

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    I have a 2001 Bonne and I'm 6'2, 205, also w/ a 34" inseam and have ridden about 5000 miles in 3 mths.

    You;ll read about guys buying new bars, new shocks, new forks, etc. I recently bought a solo seat that has more padding than the stock "ironing board" type seat and i think that'll only enhance the comfort.

    The thruxton have the rear sets which might make things more comfortable for long legs but they have the clip on bars which I read people complain about sore wrists and back,

    Go w/ a Bonne and I dont think you'll be disapointed, take a test ride 1st if you can. You'll be amazed how smooth the ride is and how it handles in twists,

    Good luck,
    Dave
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  7. Foxy

    Foxy Been here awhile

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    Half the reason I sold mine was that it was fairly cramped, made worse when two up.

    But then I still happily do 400 mile days on a Bullet :huh
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  8. rider33

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    try the scrambler, a couple of inches taller. You can fit on a basic bonnie if your north of say 6'2" but it's going to feel small and tight, at least it did for me (sigh).
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  9. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    I have had 2 Bonnevilles and a Thruxton. If I buy another it will be a Scrambler. Much more comfy. I am 6'1" and felt cramped on the Bonnie but not on the Scrambler.
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  10. vol245

    vol245 Been here awhile

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    I'm 6' with a 33" inseam and I had a '04 T100 for about a year and put 6500 miles on it. I didn't like the bolt upright position and put Norman Hyde M bars on it. They were fantastic, but I felt more cramped on it with them. I was riding with my feet on the passenger pegs whenever possible. The previous owner had the seat refoamed by Sargent and I found it to still be very uncomfortable. Mine had Ikons fron and rear and Staintune pipes. I loved it at first, but got tired of it feeling cramped so I sold it.[​IMG]
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  11. Orpheus

    Orpheus more like fool sport

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    I have a T100 and am 6'2" with "average" proportions. I've done over 600 mile days on it, but yeah it's cramped. I have a solo seat with rack (from Triumph) that's at least an inch thicker up front. That helps. I've also purchased some lowering pegs from Classicbike Raisch that should be arriving soon. Others have said they work well.

    Or you could buy modre's lowering links and make a kickstand out of a bunch of them!

    And as others have suggested, the Scrambler does give a bit more breathing room both because the pegs are lower on the bike and because the stock seat is thicker than the Bonnie's stock seat. Hope that helps!
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  12. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    Just what I mean! These are beautiful motorcycles. They have got to be the most symmetrical motorcycle design. Just perfect, how I wish I was 5'10".....sometimes. :D
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  13. BubbaZanetti

    BubbaZanetti for a corrector life

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    my 6'5" friend looked a big gigantic on his 04' Thruxton:lol3
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  14. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    A 6'5" guy is a big gigantic no matter is he's on a Bonneville or a Hardley Ableson.:rofl
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  15. rider33

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    'nope, 'looks right at home on a KLR from what I've seen. Tall dual-sports, the mount of choice for giants.....
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  16. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    That's why I'm on a 1000 VStrom, at 6'3" it fits me good, but it just doesn't make me want to go out in the garage and look at it like a Bonny would. Why can't I be rich?
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  17. modre

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    you CAN have your cake and eat it too
    $50 for the set + $6.25 Priority Mail.

    Here's the feedback:

    I have received the lowering brackets and installed them tonight. They are awesome! They really make a world of difference in the comfort of the ride. Especially if you are tall, have a long inseam and your girth around the middle makes it a little more uncomfortable to ride in a more "folded up" riding position. I am actually riding today and can't believe how much more comfortable it is.

    Mounted the ModrePegs on my Bonnie yesterday.
    The 2" lower position makes quite a difference!
    If you're looking for a little more leg room, this is the "dog's bollocks."
    Absolutely no clearance issues. Riding impression: outstanding! I've very happy with this mod.

    I just received and installed a set of Modre's extensions and they are great, thank you Modre. I am only 5'9" with a 29" inseam, but after severing 3 right knee ligaments and now waiting for a left total hip replacement, these extensions remove a pain factor I have been riding with since I got my 2003 Bonnie 6 months ago. The extensions do not change the riding characteristics, but provide an amazing difference in comfort for me.
    I gave the bike a spirited run through Bouquet Canyon after installation
    and finally got the pegs to drag, but only at an angle that I would not normally exceed by choice. If I wanted a knee-dragger, I would have bought one. The installation was easy enough, good directions & photographs, taking my time it took about 1 hour.
    Thanks again to Modre,

    Now that I've got the Modrepegs, I like the new position so much that my Hyde rearsets are in the classifieds...
    Thanks, Modre!

    Got them on yesterday. The installation was easy, your directions were excellent. I wanted the brake lever a bit lower than what most people probably will so I took a bit off the lever itself along with the bracket.
    There's plenty of meat there so I'm not concerned. I shortened the rod connecting the lever to the master cylinder by about 1/4" too.
    First impression was wow what a difference ! It is so much more comfortable. They are well made, look like they came with the bike.
    Good job !

    and this just came in last nite:

    I got Modre's peg lowering kit today. It is installed and so far I really like it. I don't think that I would ever corner aggressively enough for it to be a problem. It is a VERY well made kit. I only rode a couple of miles, and haven't ridden it since my final adjustments, but it is MUCH more comfortable. I am 6'1" with long legs and a 32" inseam. I think this is going to be the best bang for the buck of all modifications. Great stuff. Best modrefication so far.

    you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

    modre@verizon.net
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  18. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    you guys are a bunch of wankers! I ride my girlfriends CB400F at least a couple times a month and that thing is tiny. Its not all THAT bad, though and im 6'4, 230.... the poor thing struggles with me on it, though...

    :dunno
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  19. Wookee

    Wookee Y! bike is all tall

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    I rode a buddy's bonnie and it was hilarious. At 6'6" it feels like almost like as narrow as a dirtbike and was fun to put around on. Couldn't own one. I'm sure I looked like a bear on the tricycle.
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  20. Pelon

    Pelon Dia Por Dia

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    I am 5'4" and thinking of buying one. Do you think I am too big for it? :lol3 Actually, being short DOES have its advantages. I feel comfortable on just about any bike. Currently, I have a 990 Adventure and a 450 EXC, which are both tall bikes, and I have no problem riding them. Others have complained about the 990 being a bit cramped, but it feels like the bridge of an aircraft carrier to me. I am thinking of picking up a used Bonneville for commuting and screwing around on. I've always liked how they looked, and I've owned just about everything out there at one time or another except a Triumph.
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