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Tall Riders - What Have You Done?

As the title suggests, tall riders tell us your hight and what you have done to your V so it works better for you?

I'm 6'4", just took delivery of my V on Thursday and had planned to spend the weekend fiddling with it to get it just right (and doing LOTS of test riding). Unfortunately some family commitments got in the way and I didn't get a chance to do anything (a weekend with the in-laws is even less enjoyable when you have a new toy at home you could be playing with!!!)

First thing I need to get sorted is the screen - wind noise and buffeting is terrible at its highest setting. I don't like the look of the larger touring screens so I will drop the original to the lowest setting to try and get my head in some clean air, or remove it completely if this doesn't work.

Second thing on the list is to get the bars in a good position. At the moment I am getting pain in my shoulders/mid back so I think I need to get the bar a little higher. Anyone else experience this - what was your solution?

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5'10" not that tall I suppose ,but Speedy Foot Lower Pegs is a must for 6' guys.

i felt a world of difference with Speedy Lowering for Foot Pegs.

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5'10" not that tall I suppose ,but Speedy Foot Lower Pegs is a must for 6' guys.

i felt a world of difference with Speedy Lowering for Foot Pegs.


Before I got the bike I was planning on getting these but I have found the standard peg position pretty comfy so far (I came from a little 250 so anything would be an improvement). I'm yet to do a ride longer than 40 mins, so maybe after next weekend when I get a big ride done I might think differently.


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Putting in some extra mileage on the bike will give a better direction on which way to get the bike set up to your liking.

and enjoy your ride.

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Hey TBass try flipping the stock screen upside down A lot of members here found that to be an improvement.
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Hey TBass try flipping the stock screen upside down A lot of members here found that to be an improvement.
I just flipped mine upside down this weekend and it seems to help, plus, it looks pretty cool! BTW, 6'2", pegs seem to be in a pretty good spot, so I doubt I will mess with them right now. I just want a different seat!
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If you need to raise the bars you could go with some rox risers, they are fully adjustable, and they also make some with A rubber damper for A few dollars more which should cut down on vibrations. I am thinking about buying A set with the dampers just to cut down on the buzziness.
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I put on a Baldwin tall seat.

I'm 6'5" and mostly legs, so it gives me much needed leg room. I like the screen and bars fine. The screen does a good job of keeping windblast off my torso while keeping my helmet in clean air.
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I got the footpeg lowering kit, and have a Baldwin tall seat on order. For now, I have an Alaskan Sheepskin with some sleeping bag pad foam underneath, tapered towards the back, 1" to zero. It helps a lot with the nut crush phenomenon. After the new seat arrives, I will see about the bars.
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i'm 6" and found that a corbin seat and speedys peg lowering kit helped a lot. The seat moved my butt back a few inches and the pegs help the knees. try the pegs first, they are cheaper.
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Lowering Pegs

In addition to lowering the pegs, the lower pegs allow your knees to tuck tighter into the gas tank. For me that gave a whole knew "feel" to the machine. At 6'3" I also had to add about 1.5" of foam to the seat. As far as the windshield situation, I'm still fiddling with that. Most recently I added the Madstadd bracket, I'll let you know how that works out.
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Added Givi windshield, lowered pegs, raised front seat latch, added material to front of seat.

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Tall windscreen, new seat, peg lowers, highway pegs.

See here (if my computer's on)

http://www.tontodonato.com/Versys_Farkles.htm
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Wow, lots of different approaches to similar problems, so it looks like I will have plenty of things to play with soon. I have been pleasently surprised at how comfy the seat is, although my frank and beans copped a fair pounding from the last bike so I might be a little desensitised. For now I think I need to get some more miles up and see how my body adjusts to the new riding position before I make any major changes.


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Hey TBass try flipping the stock screen upside down A lot of members here found that to be an improvement.

I had heard this before however I have a 2010 V and the screen mounts completely differently so this is not an option. Got a chance to drop it to the lowest setting this morning and it made a bit of a difference. Will remove it completely tomorrow and see what thats like.


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I'm 6'5", 36" inseam.

Here's what I have done to my mostly-commuter bike:

Footpeg lowering kit, CalSci Large windshield on a Madstad (adjustable) bracket, gas in the tank.
Oh, and for the longer days (500+ miles) an Alaska sheep skin pad.

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I'm 6'2" and installed the Anti-Vibe Rox Risers. The stock position was just too far forward for me. I couldn't sit with a curve in my spine unless my arms were full forward with elbows locked. Now I can sit with good posture and have my arms relaxed. The risers cut down on handlebar buzz and prevent my barkbuster hand guards from touching the givi windscreen. Altogether I killed 3 birds with one farkle and I'm happy with them.



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Did you adjust your shifter after you lowered the footpegs? I just lowered mine, I am 5'10 and like it on the right but feel the shifter is too far away now. How can I adjust the shifter?
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Did you adjust your shifter after you lowered the footpegs? I just lowered mine, I am 5'10 and like it on the right but feel the shifter is too far away now. How can I adjust the shifter?
There is a 2-3 inch silver metal bar that connects the shifter to the tranny. It is threaded on both ends.
Loosen the nuts that lock it in place.
Spin the bar (I forget which direction) and the shifter will lower or rise.
Tighten up the nuts, and go for a test ride.

I had to lower my shifter when I lowered my pegs, and then had to adjust again when I switched from sneakers to riding boots.

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6'3" - Lowered the footpegs and bought a baldwin tall seat - Perfection!

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madstad bracket
drilled extra holes in Mikes shield
High position, but with a LOT of angle
OEM screen also on the lower portion of the bracket for chest buffeting.

Works almost perfect


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