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post #1 of 30 Old 08-13-2014, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Big guy thinking about a v-strom

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

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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post #3 of 30 Old 08-13-2014, 11:43 AM
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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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post #5 of 30 Old 08-13-2014, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #6 of 30 Old 08-13-2014, 02:41 PM
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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.

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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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6'4, was 330lbs...now 300lbs.... love the Vee.... added the AdventureTech peg lowering kit, 1.0 springs up front, mirror extenders... and haven't looked back

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