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post #1 of 8 Old 11-20-2019, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Arizona! I will be looking for a 650 soon in the 2008 range.

I have been riding a Honda ST1100, arguable the best asphalt runner available on Earth with a few mods. For trips i have coming up, an asphalt only machine will not do.

I hate to sell it, but I can only have one bike.

The Honda ST1100 site has been invaluable to me, and I am excited to be a part of, and have this Forum available to me.

I havent found a "for sale" section on the forum in my short carousing of the site.

And I have a question, the same question I developed when I purchased the ST....for what size person was the 650 designed for? height, arm length, pant length, and weight?

It appears that most people have to install some type of riser; likewise the ST. Isn't it surprising the engineers did not deliver these bikes with an adjustment function in the head set after all of these years (ST's ran from 1991 to 2002)?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-20-2019, 07:08 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Breeze.


I ride a 2006 DL650 (Wee). I am 6', 209 lbs with full gear & helmet, sleeve length is about 34-35", inseam is 32" (though I get longer in motorcycle pants), 34" waist, and 10.5 to 11 US boot size.

I replaced the OEM handle bars as I found their sweep or pullback bothersome, with soreness and discomfort in the wrists. Since I was replacing anyway I added some rise too so I could rotate them back towards me slightly creating a more upright position.


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post #3 of 8 Old 11-20-2019, 07:21 PM
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Oye, it's a one bike fits all sizes kind of thing. I'm 5'7" with a 29" inseam and look nice in the mirror. I use an air hawk on the seat and put 1" bar risers cus I found the cheap on the for sale section of the forum.
To find for sale, look at the top of the page for the Forums, next to the Home button on the left. It's call Trooper marketplace.
Ad Hunt'r - Classifieds Search Engine will find all the Wee's you could hope for. It's also good when looking for parts to fix the Wee you just crashed. How do I know that?
Bikes are not made adjustable from the factory because then there would be no aftermarket market. That would make people who specialize in a niche market unhappy.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-20-2019, 10:40 PM
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Where in AZ are you at? You can come by sun city and sit on my dl650 with 30mm handlebar risers, lowered foot pegs and highway pegs to see how they fit you.

Adjustable bars would cost a little more to make, so they can't do that. the bean counters have the last word.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-21-2019, 02:15 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. My advice is to draw up a list of expectations, in a tick sheet format, of what you expect from your new ride. Test ride as many different models as you can. Make notes after each test ride, on the pros and cons of each ride. Now you are in a better position to see which model ticks all your boxes / meets your expectations. This is all part of the adventure in selecting a new ride. Good luck.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-21-2019, 04:43 PM
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Welcome. You are on the right track with the 650. There store lots of aftermarket stuff for them to make you comfortable.


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post #7 of 8 Old 11-21-2019, 06:16 PM
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Where in AZ are you at? You can come by sun city and sit on my dl650 with 30mm handlebar risers, lowered foot pegs and highway pegs to see how they fit you.

Adjustable bars would cost a little more to make, so they can't do that. the bean counters have the last word.

Cheers

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Sun City! Wow! I was there a couple of years ago when I did my Iron Butt ride. I did 6,000 kms in 7 riding days (took a day off in Sun City). Mind you, only the first 1,620 kms were the Iron Butt part. My long time friend has a condo there for winters. He has this motorcycle affliction, too, and has had a couple of KLR 650's and Wee Stroms along the way (sometimes the same bike sold and bought back again!). I loved Sun City.

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Slovakia - 2004 Rover 75 CDT Tourer w/ Tuning Box
Past - 1977 Honda 400/4 Supersport, 1982 Honda CB900 Custom, 1984 Honda V65 Sabre (TWICE), 1996 Kawi GPz1100, 1990 Honda VFR750F
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Here is some advice for taller and shorter riders, but the V-Strom is known for being easily adapted to the rider. Once set up for the rider it becomes one of the most comfortable motorcycles out there, while still being very sporty and versatile. And it is not bad in stock form either.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/shortertaller-riders.html

Also there are a LOT of ex- and current ST owners here.
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