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post #1 of 25 Old 11-02-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Rode today.....question for taller riders..

Hi folks
had a chance to ride today
first longer ride since I bought the wee. fun bike.
I have to ask tho how do you taller riders deal with the short peg distance
as in leg room.
I felt a little cramped for leg room after 30 minutes or so.

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post #2 of 25 Old 11-02-2012, 10:04 PM
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I dealt with it by adding a Richland Rick's peg lowering kit.
Otherwise its a bit cramped.

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I bought a set of GL1800 Gold Wing foot pegs from a gold wing rider forum, they sit about 3/4 inch lower, (and are wider) which is noticeable, and if I ever spot a couple hundred bucks lying around with no intended use, I may pick up the Suzuki Tall Seat. I'm 6'2", and appreciate the added leg room too. I banged up a hip years ago on an ice rink, and it locks up on occasion, and almost forces me to stop the bike and get off to walk around. It's rare that I drag pegs on this bike, so I don't miss that clearance by using the lower pegs either. Welcome from another in Oregon, we're forcast for partly cloudy and 70 by Sunday, maybe we'll wave at eachother.
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Wow, four Oregonians in a row! Welcome to the club.

I'm 6'3" and find that I just have to tough it out. I stretch out as I ride but I think your best bet is to get Richland Ricks peg lowering kit and some highway pegs.

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Like the lowering kit for the pegs........

tomorrow or sunday may need to ride up the clackamas.....

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I think your best bet is to get Richland Ricks peg lowering kit and some highway pegs.
This is the set-up I'm running at 6'1", works for me. Added benefit of some leg warmth with highway bars.

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For longer rides I install this pad. It is black on the other side. it is this way so simply so it can be seen better. I took this picture the day I bought it. It is a tree stand pad for hunters sold at Walmart for around 6 bucks. It raises me up about one inch and helps with knee room as well as butt pain as long as it is installed before the long ride and not after it starts to hurt. I don't use it in town as it makes me a little less sure footed in traffic but on the open highway it does move my rear about an inch farther away from the pegs.


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I found that raising my seat by over an inch did not make my knees feel any better. For me, relief comes only with highway pegs. I have those made by Yan (Narcosis junky on this site) and like them.

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I dealt with it by adding a Richland Rick's peg lowering kit.
Otherwise its a bit cramped.
Same here. Not very expensive. Easy to install. You will be much more comfortable.
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6'4". I have Richland Rick's peg lowering brackets, too. They make a noticeable difference - and then after a while you get used to them and still feel cramped.

Also have the tall touring seat, and now a ridiculously tall Russel Day Long saddle (I made the mistake of telling them "there's no such thing as too high" - it feels like it must be about +4"). With the RDL I have plenty of leg room - but can no longer flat-foot the bike. I feel like I'm sitting "on" the bike instead of "in" it. It's well-worth it for comfort on long rides, tho.

My point: everything is a trade-off. Lowering the pegs reduces cornering clearance. Raising the seat changes your ground reach, the overall feel, and the aerodynamics of the windshield (you're sticking up in the air higher).

Compromise and do a little of both, maybe. My next ergo change will be highway pegs to stretch out on long rides. Ideally (like the RDL) they would be something I could quickly take on and off for commuting vs. touring.
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