The forum there came back resoundingly: look at dual sport bikes. The ergonomics work for tall folks. So, that brings me here.
, yes, though I am short of leg, and have no reason to have tried.
2. See above. I'm quite happy getting "beaten up" by the factory piece, but that's just me. I grew up riding a Honda XL 185, and there was simply no wind protection worth mentioning on it, so I guess I'm just used to it.
3. As was mentioned, most people mention approx 10 MPG difference. I have been getting a regular 48-54 on the highway, dipping down to 43 in town when the tank is consumed on short trips only (3 miles or less each trip). I can see the Wee having tires/chains and sprockets lasting longer, as there is less power that si being pushed through them.
4. I've been as high as 270, well before ATGATT, and commuted with a larger backpack 103 miles each way for a while, not a problem. Not sure that I would want to throw 2 of me on the bike for those sort of distances, but you could.
5. Who wants to get rid of it? Not I.
6. Not terrible, keep the chain lubed and you should be good. Oil changes are fairly easy, valve adjustments can get involved, but that's what owning a motorcycle is all about. Still easier than working on either my Miata or my Jetta TDI.
7. Tall in the torso, short in the leg.
8. Never really rode cruisers, as I prefer to be upright as opposed to leaning back, puts me to sleep.
Where are you in the midatlantic? I'm in Charlottesville, VA.