Best Dual Sport for Tall Rider

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Eddie G, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Eddie G

    Eddie G Adventurer

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    I'm 6'8", 250lbs, with a 36" inseam. I rode a 2005 KLR for several years (still have it) and switched to a DR650. I have about 20,000 miles on DR650's. I changed fork springs, rear shocks, new seats, lowered pegs and raised bars on both the KLR and DR650 to get a little more room. I like the DR better than the KLR; it seems a little more agile off road and has a little more power.
    Question is, is there something out there that is better than the DR650 for a tall rider? Most riding is off road so weight is a big concern. More HP would be nice, less weight would be nice.
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  2. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    The answer to your question is the Big Red Pig! Honda XL650
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  4. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    The Honda XRL650 is a taller bike than the DR650, but otherwise similar.

    If you really want a big beast with enough horsepower to throw your large self around, check out the now discontinued KTM 950 Superenduro R. They are somewhat rare, so it will take some looking to find a well preserved one. 36" seat height. 98 horsepower V-twin. Bam!

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    Baconologist Been here awhile

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    GiddyThump Been here awhile

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    I am 6'6", 34" inseam and about 250# as well.
    KTM 690 or Husq 701 would be a nice fit.
    I have the 690 Enduro and it is tall.
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    I am 6'-6" with a 36" inseam and have been as heavy as 280 (230 now).
    I LOVED the Super Enduro for fit and on the road, but it's a beast of a bike off road.

    The KTM 640's are easier to deal with off road (if you can take the vibrations) and still fit big guys very well.
    As noted the newer 690/701's are good too, but they are not quite as roomy as the 640's.
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  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Actually about any of them will do the job if you modify two things -
    1. Reupholster the seat making it a couple inches taller
    2. install higher handlebars (ATV) and/or a set of bar risers
    Tailor the bike to suit your height. From what I've seen in pictures, that is what Rik Smits, 7'3" former NBA center, does to race his vintage motocrossers.

    Some actually rework foot pegs dropping them a bit, but I don't think that is advisable. I wouldn't want to hang my toes any lower.
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  9. Two Plugs

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    Well @Eddie G ... Here I am. What is your main purpose with the bike?

    The obvious choice is the Honda XL1000V Varadero. I'm currently on my 4th since 1998 (see topic mentioned by @Andrew for more pics) but I assume you are in the US? That would make it a tad more complex... The last build serie (SD03) was available through Canadian Honda Powerhouse Agents.

    Pics tell more than words:
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  10. Two Plugs

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    For the future I'm putting my money on the new Africa Twin CRF1000 Adventure Sport. The stock CRF1000L is simply too... Small.

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    PS: Forget KTM. Great bike, but simply no room for your knees.
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    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    As someone with plenty of experience on those bikes, do you have an opinion of how the new CRF1000 Africa Twin compares?

    edit: I guess you answered that question. :lol3
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    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Speaking of bikes that come in more than one size; have any of you tall guys ridden the Ducati Scrambler "Desert Sled"? I test rode one at a local race, and found it felt much larger than the standard Scrambler. I am 5'10", and the bike literally felt too big for me. It was like I was 12 years old, riding my big brother's bike.

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    I'm helping out my Honda / KTM agent with a KTM test demo day this weekend, so I'll be able to testrun quite a lot of those Austrian Oranges, lol...

    Have been riding the stock Africa Twin CRF1000 to; both manual as DCT (which I love!). But with 6,8 / 2,04m and 110kg it simply dwarfs if I sit on it.

    The new 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sport' seat is more than an inch higher and the feultank is a lot bigger (24 liter to 18 for the stock Africa Twin). Love it, but for the moment, it can't beat the Varadero for me being a long distance tourer (last year: Russia, 7.000km / 2,5 weeks; last May: Andorra, 4.500km / 11 days)

    Consider a good knee angle (not too tight) and legspace more important than a comfy seat! ;)

    Big plus of the Varadero: its a heavy beast! (283kg)
    Big plus of the Africa Twin: its a playfull featherweight...



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  15. Owen Snell

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    I have a 36 " inside leg and currently ride a Husqvarna TE630 with lowered pegs and there is plenty of room on it. Do you get the SWM Superdual 650 in the US? Same basic bike as the Husky, so should fit fine.
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    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    I have a TE630 and my mate has a superdual. The superdual doesn't have the same spacious feel of the TE.
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    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    See if any of the suggestion are on this web site. You can enter you height and inseam and you can compare the result to what you have ridden.
    http://cycle-ergo.com/
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    I’m 6’5” @250lbs. 36” inseam. Currently riding a 2017 AT DCT with 2” bar risers, 1” lowered Knights Design pegs and a 1” taller Euro Honda seat. Fits me like a glove now.
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  19. Eddie G

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    Great info. @Two Plugs, thanks for the replies. Yes I'm in the US. Right now, I'm more off road but thinking of something that can handle the highway a little better than the Dr650 for the future. I need to check out the Africa Twin sometime. Before I modded the DR650, it felt tiny. Now it feels normal.
    Always been intrigued by the KTM Supermoto and would have one if they were still offered.
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    I had a DR650 with a tall Seat Concepts seat, lowered and rear pegs and the tall Adventure bars from Procycle. Those tall ADV bars were like ATV bars and almost too tall. It took a while to get used to them. Once I did I was able to stand with a straight back though which is amazing.
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