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Hi!

I'm Mike and I'm from the UK (Portsmouth to be exact).

I'm taking my first steps into biking (actually doing my CBT this Saturday).. so I don't own a bike yet.

I've done a fair bit of research on bikes for taller folk (I'm 6ft 10) and the Kawasaki KLR650 is mentioned as a bike for tall riders (35" seat height?) and I'm assuming the Versys is something of a newer version of this? The seat height looks a little lower (33").. but I was wondering if it would still be OK?

Obviously the best thing is find one and try it out :) but I thought I'd ask here first...

Any tall riders on here? Is the Versys a good bike to start with??

Cheers

Mike
 

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I'm 6'1"...Installed a peg lowering kit (lowers pegs about 2") and the V fits me perfect...Good luck
 

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Pick up my 09 V a month ago

6'2", 31" inseam

I'm coming from a 09 KLR, and must admit that the V is a little cramp compare to the KLR (partly because the KLR doesn't have the dish seat, so you can back-up on it and increase your legroom)

But the KLR is not the same style of bike and not perfectly up to the task at higher speed

BUT

Like Contractor says, lowering the peg AND getting some sort of raise seat (or DIY) will be very much the best for you as far as height and roadability are concern (I'm fidlling with the seat these day and aiming to eliminate the dished portion of the seat by raising it up to the pillion level, or at least as close as possible ... will try to post pictures)


An hour test drive should be a good clue for what's coming

Let us know how it end's up

Ciao

LOP
 

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Excellent! Thanks for the quick replies... it looks like the higher seat and lower pegs might be the answer :)

I'll check out the KLR too - thanks for the tip.

I'm 35" inside leg btw... I think I'm going to struggle with any bike tbh!?

Thanks again.
 

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I'm 6'4" and don't have a problem, mind you my inseam is IIRC 31".

If I were you I'd wait till you've done your DAS before deciding on a bike, ask the person doing the training what they'd suggest

think clearly about what you want from a bike, where you want to ride, what you want to achieve. if its speed, peer approval, lookign 'cool' and so on , then the Vee may not be the right choice. its an ideal bike for thrashing, sorry riding, around the A & B roads. its not a race rep, it will never win a drag race. if you want to enjoy riding around the country the Versysy is a good choice. to answer you question as to whether it'll fit go sit on one. don't rule out the VStrom. personally I think the tiger 1050 may be too big/too powerfull, but the previous generation 999i may be appropriate. the one downside of the Versys is that its not been around to long (since 2007) so there aren't as many older examples out there.

make certain that riding a bike is for you before you lay out the cash on all the gear. use the knowledge of the DAS instructor

the CBT should be a piece of pish, the new generation of tests (module1, 2 & the practical can be a bit tricky).... if you are a a car driver then the theory test and hazard perception tests are pretty simple too. best of luck with them all matey.. see you around either here, on a rideout or on the versys.co.uk site
 

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think clearly about what you want from a bike, where you want to ride, what you want to achieve. if its speed, peer approval, lookign 'cool' and so on , then the Vee may not be the right choice. its an ideal bike for thrashing, sorry riding, around the A & B roads. its not a race rep, it will never win a drag race. if you want to enjoy riding around the country the Versysy is a good choice.
I'm just looking for a comfy bike to learn how to ride on really. I'm not too concerned about speed or 'looking cool' just yet :D

It's probably going to a bit of a weekender tbh.. and possibly a commuter when I get more confident.

to answer you question as to whether it'll fit go sit on one. don't rule out the VStrom. personally I think the tiger 1050 may be too big/too powerfull, but the previous generation 999i may be appropriate. the one downside of the Versys is that its not been around to long (since 2007) so there aren't as many older examples out there.
Suzui VStrom and Triumph 1050 added to the list to check out! Thanks.

make certain that riding a bike is for you before you lay out the cash on all the gear. use the knowledge of the DAS instructor
Absolutely :)

the CBT should be a piece of pish, the new generation of tests (module1, 2 & the practical can be a bit tricky).... if you are a a car driver then the theory test and hazard perception tests are pretty simple too. best of luck with them all matey.. see you around either here, on a rideout or on the versys.co.uk site
Thanks for that - I'm a car driver (I have a Toyota Supra, hence the name).. so I'm hoping that experience will stand me in good stead.
 

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I am 6'4" with bad knees. The V is great for about an hour then my knees start acting up. At 6"10" if you are going to get a V i would recommend highway pegs so you can move your legs around every once in awhile. Lowering the stock pegs eliminates how deep you can lean into turns so that might be a turn off for you, def was for me. I wouldnt recommend a tiger if you are getting your first bike ($11999 pricetag and 113 hp!) you will drop it or at least f*** it up in some way.

You might want to look at some cruisers too. the suzuki m50 is pretty sexy.
 

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I'm 6'3 with a 34" inseam. I put peg lowering blocks and replaced my seat. You can also sit on an AirHawk pad to raise you up a bit.

Make sure you check out what highway pegs will fit the crashbars you want to buy. I had a hard time buying the crashbars first and finding highway pegs that would clamp on the odd-sized tubing.

My most comfortable ride was a Harley Electra Glide. I put highway pegs low on the crashbars and could actually lock my legs straight if I wanted. A 700lb bike isn't for newbies.

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After the first Versys appeared at the end of 2006, sales weren’t quite as strong as Kawasaki was hoping, especially after the good reviews it garnered.
The marketing men decided this was because they’d claimed too much for the bike, suggesting at the time it would suit anyone from commuters to super bike riders.
It’s more likely that its lolling-tongue looks worked against it, and while plenty of riders are becoming convinced by large-capacity adventure bikes, the middleweight versions of these “tall-rounders” still have some work to do to become fully accepted.
The losers weren’t just Kawasaki, but a raft of riders who would have got more out of a Versys - and probably for less money - than the bikes they eventually bought, as it was always a cracking good motorcycle.
 

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Jeez 6'10 you a big ol boy.

I'm only 6'1 240 lbs, after the sliding forward seat mod, the bike and seat is a perfect fit and ride for me.

IMO, the size you are i wouldn't buy a versys let along any other bike unless i at least test drove one for 50 miles.

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Highway pegs made all the difference for me on day rides,the variety gives your rear end and legs a break.Try these before changing or altering your seat is my experience now,I changed my seat first.A little nervous about having my foot away from the rear brake though,had a few deer on the side of the road as I approached.Animals always seem to jump into the open when startled.You need to be aware when you use the highway pegs when its not straight up highway..
 
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