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I have read the threads with other larger men, but most of them are skinny (or at least fit). I'm built like an offensive lineman.

I'm 6'6" and am pushing about 350lbs.

Am I going to look ridiculous on this thing? Would it be better to have the hard sided and trunk top bags on it to make the bike took bigger?

Does anyone have any pictures of men my size or thereabouts on a v-strom?
 

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Sorry if it sounds offensive, not trying to be. But that conjurs up images of a monkey riding a mini bicycle in a circus, can't help myself :green_lol:

But seriously, you'll make any bike look tiny, ride what you like and can fit on without being a contortionist (back at the circus again) or look at a big cruiser bike, VZR1800, H-D, Kawasaki Voyager and the like, unless you've explored that avenue?
 

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... I'm built like an offensive lineman. I'm 6'6" and am pushing about 350lbs. Am I going to look ridiculous on this thing? Would it be better to have the hard sided and trunk top bags on it to make the bike took bigger?...
6-4 here and was 305 (now approaching 260, I'm happy to report) when I first got my Wee. I thought I looked fine on it, and my wife thought I did too (I'd come off a DR350 and had been kidded about riding a bicycle...). Hard bags came with my bike but I immediately removed them and they've not gone back on (I do use the tail case all the time).

I think you'll be fine. If you plan to remain at 350 though you might consider the 1000 (Vee). My 650 (Wee) had adequate power when my wife and I were on it together (total weight ~450) but, depending on how much you like passing power, you might want to consider the Vee. As far as frame / body size goes, I believe Wees and Vees are the same size, or they are for all practical purposes.

I think these are perfectly sized bikes. Not too small. Not too large. Seems to me lots of big / tall guys like us find our way to them.

Good luck.
 

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My Brother is 6' but 350. He rode my Wee for 2750 miles over a week for a trip. I'll see if I can dig up any photos of him ON the bike. He had no complaints, and didn't look "goofy".

If you're worried about what you look like while riding, go buy a Harley. If you want to have fun while riding anywhere/everywhere, get a wee and don't worry about what you look like.

You WILL Have to address the wee suspension. You'll need a new rear shock and a the front forks will need new springs and thicker fork oil, and depending on your personal preference, emulators/intimators.
 

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It's not that I'm naive and really care what people think, but I'd also like to avoid being the next internet meme. :)

I looked at Harley's, and while I still might be a Dyna or Soft tail, I really like the dual purpose bikes too. As you've said, they are fun to ride around.

Random, if you can find any pictures that would be great. Just want to get an idea of what I might look like on the bike.
 

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This is something my wildlife camera caught when I was putting my bike away. I'm 6' 3" and pushing 350 also. This is right after I got it, so it's naked. I normally ride around with a tank bag and tail bag. The second picture is without me, but shows the way the bike is most of the time when I ride it. I don't always have the soft luggage on it, but always have the tail/tank bag.

I also included a picture from a video I took of me on my KLR when I was deciding what suspension adjustments I needed. I was fortunate that my KLR already had the suspension tweaked and I only needed to add raising links and back off the rear shock pre-load a little.

I have always been a big guy and you will always be a big guy. Even if I got to my skinniest I would still be a big guy over 200 lbs. Adventure type bikes are the best bikes for big guys.

The most important is what are you comfortable on. A good way to help judge both how you might look and what your comfort level could be is to use the motorcycle ergonomics site. I have found helpful when comparing by comparing to bikes that I have been comfortable on for long periods of time. The hip angle and knee angle are pretty useful. You can set your height and inseam.

http://cycle-ergo.com/
 

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Awesome Bruce, thanks! It doesn't look too small at all.

Did you make any modifications to make it more comfortable? Seat, pegs, raise the handlebars?
 

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I added 5/8" raising links and I never drag anything but my foot. I have only adjusted the control positions. I have left the stock handlebars on and in the same position as it was when I got it. I had to put mirror extenders on so that I could see behind me.

I am fine with the foot peg position also. There are footpeg lowering kits available if you find it cramped. For me the Vee has been the most open riding position of any bike that I've owned. Leg comfort has not been an issue at all.

The seat is another story. Pretty much any other bike I have owned I have never been happy with the seat and the Vee has actually been the best seat comfort wise compared them. That isn't saying much though. Comfort wise I am good for a 2 hour stint, followed by a 90 minute stint and then for the rest of the day it's 60 minutes or so at a time. I really wish I could have a seat that I could just forget about. The main problem that I have with the stock seat is that it forces you to basically one position. If I could move back and forth a little I think it would be fine.

This spring I bought a gel seat at a good price. I figured I would send my stock seat away to Seat Concepts and get it upgraded. The gel seat I found less comfortable, so I put the stock seat back on. I'm still experimenting, so I think since I made it to August I will be getting the gel seat done over by Seat Concepts this winter.
 

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New forum member here, love adventure bikes and am very keen on the V as a first motorcycle. I'm a big guy as well, and appreciate all the info, thank you!!

The modifications that people are talking about for us big guys (springs, forks, etc) is that something most bike shops can handle doing well?
 

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As stated above by mill right, we (the community) can help you get the bike fitted to you. the bike and rider look better that way too, but most importantly, the rider is happier that way.

Stiffer springs (Wilbers in the back, Sonic Springs up front)
+1 or +1.125" raising links,
foot peg and peg lowering kit,
mirror extenders,
shifter relocation kit (you didn't mention your shoe size, but a I assume it's bigger than average),
Taller windshield

Just modify it until it feels like it was made for you. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either.
 

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As stated above by mill right, we (the community) can help you get the bike fitted to you. the bike and rider look better that way too, but most importantly, the rider is happier that way.

Stiffer springs (Wilbers in the back, Sonic Springs up front)
+1 or +1.125" raising links,
foot peg and peg lowering kit,
mirror extenders,
shifter relocation kit (you didn't mention your shoe size, but a I assume it's bigger than average),
Taller windshield

Just modify it until it feels like it was made for you. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either.
Great to know, thank you!

I'm 6', currently 371, was 423 :yikes: six months ago, and looking to "reward" myself with a bike when I'm closer to 300. It's been (and will continue to be) a long journey but I find a little carrot at the end of the stick to be a nice motivator. :hurray:

Living in rural Vermont, a V seems like a good bike for me to explore the back roads.
 

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6'4" , hover in 300lb range +/-. I upgraded my fork springs (1.1), put a 1" lift on the rear , changed the bars to a taller unit (ATV Hi) , got a good seat (Corbin is my choice) ,& peg lowering kit. I did a lot of upgrades to the bike , but those items in particular helped me and her gel a little better.
 

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Great to know, thank you!

I'm 6', currently 371, was 423 :yikes: six months ago, and looking to "reward" myself with a bike when I'm closer to 300. It's been (and will continue to be) a long journey but I find a little carrot at the end of the stick to be a nice motivator. :hurray:

Living in rural Vermont, a V seems like a good bike for me to explore the back roads.
Good for you on the weight loss. Congratulations. I've lost a similar amount (from 305 to about 260). My Wee did fine with me at 305 but I knew I had to lose weight or really bad things would be happening (to me) soon.

I too have been thinking of a reward. I think some about Vee2s. I think some about a new (budget level) Camaro. I think some about a new Altima. Might do one of these if I can get to 200.

I've never been to Vermont but Stroms seem made for the area, based on what little I think I know about that state.

Good luck with the weight and the bike.
 

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Great to know, thank you!

I'm 6', currently 371, was 423 :yikes: six months ago, and looking to "reward" myself with a bike when I'm closer to 300. It's been (and will continue to be) a long journey but I find a little carrot at the end of the stick to be a nice motivator. :hurray:

Living in rural Vermont, a V seems like a good bike for me to explore the back roads.
Sporin, you're absolutely right, the Vstrom is a great bike for Vermont!

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Great to know, thank you!

I'm 6', currently 371, was 423 :yikes: six months ago, and looking to "reward" myself with a bike when I'm closer to 300. It's been (and will continue to be) a long journey but I find a little carrot at the end of the stick to be a nice motivator. :hurray:

Living in rural Vermont, a V seems like a good bike for me to explore the back roads.
Nice job on the weight loss! :thumbup: I have a similar goal. I am 6'1" 254 lbs today. My high was 330 lbs. My wife doesn't want me to get a new bike, but she said if I can weigh in at 220, she would not object. It's been a long journey and a few hiccups along the way. I was very briefly was down to 227 but life got in the way for a little bit. I am back on the down swing now and hope to be there in the spring time. :hurray: I'm looking very seriously at the 2012+ V Strom 650.
 

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I'm in the process of letting go of some weight right now. I don't like to say losing because something inside of me says, "You lost something? I bet I can find it."

I did it once before and relapsed. Diets don't work long term. A lifestyle change can. I have to keep it simple. I gave up sweets, real and artificial. It's simple but not easy. Sugar is an addictive drug, not so much a food. Sweets are not only high in calories and low in nutrition, but also trigger an urge to eat. If I have an urge to eat sweets, I know it is the addiction, not real hunger.

I've gone from a snug 40" waist to a relaxed 38" waist since mid July. I don't own a scale but weighed in at 218lb in a July doctor visit. That was too much. My arthritis makes it difficult to exercise but the big thing is I don't like exercising for the sake of exercising so don't do it. It's a great idea for those who can include it in their life style.
 
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