Stretch Out: 10 Best Motorcycles for Tall Riders

Aug 30, 2018

Category: Rides

Few things are more frustrating than feeling like your size is inhibiting you from enjoying what many other average-sized folks take for granted. Yes, that’s right, being tall has its disadvantages as well. Especially in the world of motorcycles. And like their shorter-sized brethren who may have issues with standard sleds, the taller folk out there oftentimes find themselves just as limited given that, like clothing, most available production options cater to the average-sized rider.

Now, there are specialized aftermarket adjustments you can make to help up your comfort level on a standard bike as a larger rider. Adjustments such as taller handlebars, forward foot controls, or integrating any one of several accessory items like highway pegs can help from time to time. However, if these sorts of modifications aren’t for you, we suggest narrowing your search to those stock options catered to lankier riders. In fact, here are 10 that get the job done quite nicely.

Suzuki SV650

As a sportier version of their iconic motorcycle, Suzuki upped the performance and diversity with the SV650. And lucky for those taller riders, this remodeled ride now caters even more to those six foot and over. Key features include great fuel economy, a lightweight chassis, a new Low RPM Assist setting that adjusts engine speed takeoff and low-speed running to help eliminate stalling, and it’s all powered by 654 cc V-Twin protected by a high-strength steel frame. Time to take to the asphalt with confidence.

Seat Height: 30.9 inches
Weight: 429 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 3.8 gal

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BMW R1200 GS

Here’s a tip from the top. For tall riders, adventure bikes are more often than not your best starting point due to their natural stance. Luckily, the BMW R1200 GS can handle both off-road and city riding with ease thanks to a 1,170cc twin-cylinder boxer engine pushing 125 horses and several riding modes including Hill Start Control and Dynamic ESA for enhanced stability, safety, and performance. This is also a bike positioned for riders who choose to stand from time to time, and is highly customizable based on individual preferences and intended uses.

Seat Height: 34.6 inches
Weight: 538 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal

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KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

An adventure bike with some dual-sport flavor peppered into the mix, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is one highly capable sled built to handle taller riders looking to traverse the backcountry trails less traveled. Here, KTM packs a 1,301 cc engine complete with 160 hp into the ride for your disposal. It’s ready to carve, shred through sand dunes, or just take you to work after a weekend in the wilderness since the bike is also street legal.

Seat Height: 35.04 inches
Weight: 478 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 6.08 gal

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Ducati Multistrada 1200

What’s better than knobby tires, a large fuel tank, long travel suspension, and side guards on a motorcycle that suits your tall statue? How about one that’s sleek and legal for city commuting as well. That’s where the Ducati Multistrada 1200 comes into play — working to redefine the concept of adventure thanks to a powerful 152 horsepowerp Ducati Testastretta DVT engine, 64 lb-ft of torque, and several riding modes and features for ergonomic and performance-enhancing purposes.

Seat Height: 34.25 inches
Weight: 496 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 7.9 gal

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Yamaha XSR 900

Blending retro styling with a sporty frame and performance, Yamaha knocks it out of the park with this fine commuter bike. At its core, this is an honest motorcycle positioned for tall riders who have a soft spot for the timeless and trusted Yamaha brand. Here, performance is granted via an 847 cc liquid-cooled three-cylinder engine, cutting-edge electronics including a YCC-T engine control, D-MODE throttle response, and an adjustable Traction Control System while its narrow aluminum frame offers light and nimble handling. For the classic-conditioned rider.

Seat Height: 32.7 inches
Weight: 430 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal

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Kawasaki KLR 650

Built for adventure yet civilized enough for the city streets, Kawasaki’s KLR 650 has what it takes to be your next go-to rider any day of the week. With the KLR, enjoy fantastic fuel economy alongside your standard dual-purpose capabilities thanks to a little help from the torquey 651 cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine, a long travel 41mm fork, sturdy cargo rack for camping, and a large windshield to help reduce wind buffeting. Can’t go wrong here, even if you only plan on taking her off-road a few times a year.

Seat Height: 35 inches
Weight: 432 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 6.1 gal

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Suzuki V-Strom 1000

It’s been 16 years since the V-Strom 1000 was first introduced. Needless to say, nearly two decades of production allowed Suzuki to really get this bike damn near perfect for their latest 2018 release. Now, not only enjoy great fuel economy but heart-throbbing engine performance with a slight hint of adventure peppered into the design to help round things out. Notable features include a reliable 1037 cc V-Twin engine, an innovative Motion Track Anti-Lock brake system, multi-function illuminating instrument panel, and a sturdy chassis for touring on the pavement or off the road.

Seat Height: 33.5 inches
Weight: 511 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal

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Ducati XDiavel

Typically, when we think of Ducati, thoughts of aggressive sports bikes or durable adventure rides pop into the mind. However, that all changes with the help of the XDiavel cruiser bike. Purposed for relaxed low-speed riding, this laid-back yet unsurprisingly powerful motorcycle caters perfectly to long-armed lanky folk. Features here include a casual 40-degree lean angle, key riding modes ideal for different experiences, Ducati Traction Control, a full LED lighting system with a daytime running headlight, a Bosch Brembo braking system, forward footpegs for comfort, and a twin-cylinder Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine.

Seat Height: 29.72 inches
Weight: 485 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 7.75 gal

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Indian Chief Classic

Not surprisingly, the Chief Classic is one of Indian’s most decorated and iconic bikes. A statement that’s easily supported by the timeless style of the ride in conjunction with the manufacturer’s legendary power. We’re talking the award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine offering upwards of 119 ft-lbs of torque, a lightweight cast aluminum frame, ABS brakes, dual exhaust, and modern instruments with a timeless aesthetic. No matter who you are, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Seat Height: 26 inches
Weight: 790 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal

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Harley-Davidson Breakout

Tall riders and choppers just make sense. And thanks to the likes of Harley-Davidson, this combination can live on fruitfully and prosperously. Built out as a muscular modern chopper, the Breakout has it all wrapped in one reliable package. For instance, it’s powered by a strong and smooth running 1,746 cc Milwaukee-Eight Big Twin engine, features a large 240mm rear tire, wide digital instrumentation, a softail frame for a responsive ride, and a high-performance front suspension for racing-style vibes to help round everything out.

Seat Height: 25.6 inches
Weight: 648 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 3.5 gal

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The Best Motorcycle Gear for Every Rider

No matter how tall you are, gear is gear. And if you’re an avid rider, quality gear is a must-have. So, be sure to check out this guide to the best motorcycle riding gear for every rider, and scoop up some essentials.

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