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post #1 of 18 Old 06-20-2016, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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6'4" and over

I have a 2002 dl1000 and love it, the looks of the new 2014 and up dl1000 is starting to grow on me. So my question is to the big boys who are 6'4" and over who went from the first generation V Strom to the new model. How is the comfort, do you feel like a monkey on a football when riding it compared to the old one?? What do you like about the new one compared to the old one??? Tell me everything, etc, etc...

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-20-2016, 11:59 AM
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Adjustments are needed to make the bike comfortable.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-20-2016, 12:18 PM
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I love the bike but it is killing my back. I need to look into a seat.

I feel it can be setup to suit your height but farkles are needed.
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-20-2016, 02:07 PM
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truth be told if i was that tall i'd buy the ktm 1190

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post #5 of 18 Old 06-20-2016, 02:36 PM
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Is 2013 the "NEW" model ?

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.. So my question is to the big boys who are 6'4" and over who went from the first generation V Strom to the new model. How is the comfort
I'm 6'4 and really long from the seat up (w/short 32" inseam). Never rode the "old" VEE and this is my first, the 2013. Is the 2014 a 'newer' model, I don't know.
Have a look at my 'profile' where there is a PIC of me on the bike. It "fits" well and I feel fine riding my machine. I ve read threads about airflow and buffeting but with my GiVi TALL windshield, I dont find any of that. My main problem, along with a lot of others here is with the OEM seat.
I just picked up an AirHawk2 inflatable "air" seat but will have to try it on an "All Day" ride to see how well it works.
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-21-2016, 10:49 AM
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There are a few things taller guys with longer legs can easily do to improve the fit of the Vee2. Seat Concepts has a taller seat option. I think there is some information on it in the forum.


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post #7 of 18 Old 06-21-2016, 10:45 PM
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6'3", 34" inseam. Aftermarket seat, Ricks peg lowering kit, bar risers. Couldn't be more comfortable.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-22-2016, 02:54 AM
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Im only 6 ft but I needed the peg lowering kit and 1 inch bar risers and a seat (shad). The seat is no better than the oe so avoid this one. At your height you'll need a tall seat of some make as even with the peg kit theres just not enough leg room.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-22-2016, 05:40 AM
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I'm 6'4" long torso 33 inseam.
I'm comfortable on it .Not quite as comfy as my first gen 650 and 1000 (its seems a bit smaller)but the brakes, overall handling, better power,abs,traction control more than make up for it.
95% of bikes feel way too small to me unlike this one.
I have Ricks peg lowering kit and gearshift extension.Installed rox 2" riser recently but not sure if I will leave it on.
I plan on getting a taller seat from Terry Adcox in the near future.Overall, there is no way I would trade my V2 for a first gen bike.
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-24-2016, 08:37 PM
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Needs mods for tall guys

I've only had the 2014, but here's what I found. At 6'4" with 35" inseam, I needed to get the tall OEM seat and a taller screen. Givi Airflow was my choice for screen, but it's not perfect--still have some rough air at the very top of my helmet, and an updraft that comes up the sides of the fuel tank.

Peg height is okay with the taller seat, though a little more seat-to-peg room might be nice. The reach to handlebars is long, even with my monkey arms. I haven't installed risers, but I may do that at some point.
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