How to: Making bike more comfortable for the taller rider

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BrynSki, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. BrynSki

    BrynSki n00b

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3
    Location:
    Fernie, BC
    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.

    Bryn
    #1
  2. DanAllen

    DanAllen ha-HAA

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    80
    Location:
    Alaska
    #2
  3. scapegoat

    scapegoat Pushin forward back

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2005
    Oddometer:
    3,005
    Location:
    The Left side
    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..
    #3
  4. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,380
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    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?
    #4
  5. kpt4321

    kpt4321 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,671
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    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).
    #5
  6. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    Oddometer:
    985
    Location:
    Hollywood, FL
    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.
    #6
  7. hacksaw55

    hacksaw55 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Oddometer:
    166
    Location:
    Mass confusion
    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
    #7
  8. BrynSki

    BrynSki n00b

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3
    Location:
    Fernie, BC
    Thanks everybody for the advice.
    #8