Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Citizen4 I was a lot like you until a year or so ago. Long story short--if you're 6 feet tall or over, forget it!
For a long time I thought that if ever the chance came, I'd be on a K1600GT so quickly it'd make your eyes water. Then came the day of reckoning....
At last year's bike show on the Gold Coast I had the opportunity to try one on for size and to my disbelief, the thing's too small, and way too small at that! I'm 6'4" with a 34" inseam and there was no way I could sit on this bike comfortably let alone try to ride it. When I bought my Vee I put some Renthal bars on it and had the seat raised 2" to provide more leg room. Simple easy fixes, and I've since done many comfortable long distance rides.
When I sat on the Beemer my arms were cramped and my knees were almost touching my elbows. I asked the salesman if this particular bike had been pre-sold and had somehow been adjusted for a much shorter person (although I couldn't see how the Beemer's bars could be altered or replaced with after-market items). He just looked at me strangely... I always thought that the big touring Beemers were made for large-framed Germans and Americans so I was extremely disappointed that the K1600 had to be scratched from my lust list.
I was passing the BMW stand later in the day when I saw another guy on the K1600, sitting back on the pillion seat, saying "this is where the rider's seat should be!" (the same salesman was looking on --not amused) so obviously it wasn't just me having trouble with its seating position. Two days later, being something of a masochist I suppose, I called in to the local Beemer dealership and spoke to one of the sales people about the K1600. Immediately she told me I'd have no chance of fitting onto it, which I again proved with their display bike.
Pity... There are so many Italian bikes that are way too small for me that I'd love to own, like the Stelvio where its cylinder heads and my knees compete for the same space. I really thought the K1600 wouldn't be in that category. My 1000 is getting on and I need to consider another brand's touring replacement seeing Suzuki seem determined to only offer superficial cosmetic upgrades on the Vee. It's a shame to have to switch makers but even though I don't ride dirt any more, the Triumph Tiger or Explorer, or even a Multistrada--which does fit--for their upright DL-style seating, may have to come into calculations.
Whatever I decide, it won't be a K1600, sadly.
Maroon K6 Vee.
Last edited by Donunder; 12-14-2012 at 08:28 AM.