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Taller than 5 ft 11 and you may struggle to find a bike that accommodates you. The majority of motorbikes on the market are built and designed to suit riders with a height range between 5’7” and 5’11”.
Most tall riders would be advised to go for an ‘adventure’ styled bike when looking for their set of wheels, but this style of bike isn’t to everyone’s taste so it’s good to keep your options open to your preferred style.
The most critical thing to look at is not the seat height from the ground, but the distance between the seat and the foot pegs. Tall riders need to get out and try different bike on for size – you’ll be surprised what does fit and what doesn’t.
Tall riders can adjust an existing motorbike to suit them better, such as adding taller handlebars and forward front controls. Accessory floorboards and highway foot pegs will also allow the rider to stretch their legs and a handlebar riser allows adjustment of the existing handlebars so they roll forward an inch or two.
The best way to assess the motorbikes suitability is to look at what is called the “rider triangle” – this is the relationship between the rider seat point, the handlebar point and the rider foot rest point.
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#10 – Honda Fury
One of the best-looking cruisers on the market and the rider triangle will allow taller riders to stretch out more. The seat is higher off the ground than it looks.
The Fury’s handlebar sits higher and the forward controls are directly under the grips making this motorbike a top competitor for keeping the rider comfortable all day long.
“6’2” and I ride a Honda Transalp – I have a 36” inside leg so I am probably at the extreme of tall. I do find my wrists get a little sore on longer rides but hey my feet touch the ground.” Evie Harley
#9 – Victory Judge
This bike has a forward handlebar placement and a 25.9 inch seat, allowing the rider to stretch out. The floorboards are larger than average providing room for the rider to put their feet up. This bike is ideal for a rider with long arms and legs.
#8 – Triumph Bonneville
The Bonneville isn’t as recommended as some others on this list but it still qualifies because it has a long flat seat allowing riders to sit further back on the saddle, keeping their legs straight and their arms extended.
“Triumph Tiger 995i the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden, I was too short for it but a tall person around 6ft 6 or so, they are great!” Chris Sarson
#7 – Suzuki C5O Boulevard B.O.S.S.
This new 2014 model is the smallest of the B.O.S.S. models and is one of the 3 new blacked-out versions of the Suzuki Boulevard line.
It has higher bigger handlebars and bigger floorboards to stretch the legs making it a far better ride than its predecessor. This motorbike is ideal for tall riders who don’t need or want a heavy, high-cc cruiser.
#6 – Harley-Davidson Breakout
This American-made cruiser is a comfortable ride for tall riders with a 119 degree knee-bend. The forward controls and drag bar are within easy reach and the Breakout’s large rider triangle is ideal for the lanky biker.
“6ft 3 and ride a GSXR K1, not too bad comfortable wise after a long days ride though it weren’t my legs but my clutch wrist that was giving me grief, apart from that good bike for taller riders.” Dan Cox
#5 – Yamaha Star Raider
This Raider is another American-made cruiser that is a high competitor with the Harley-Davidson Breakout. It has a knee bend angle of 132 degrees that requires a long straight foot stretch and a vast rider triangle with high reach handlebars.
The deep dish seat that comes as standard may cause some problems as it gives limited manoeuvrability but there are 4 other seats to accessories with to find the best match. Ideally this motorbike is best suited to riders 6’ and taller.
“I’m 6ft2, my old Goldwing was awesome. I now ride a VN900 Kawasaki, and renovating an old GT3 1000.” John Pegg
#4 – Indian Chief Classic
This motorbike has plenty of room to move with long, wide handlebars and floorboards and has added comfort with a large plush seat. Although this seat is low at only 26 inches.
The low seat and high handlebar means the riders knees are unlikely to get knocked with a knee-bend of 101 degrees.
#3 – Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special
Ideal for lanky bikers, this cruiser has a long reach to the handlebars and foot pegs and the riders are practically straight with a 130 degree knee angle.
These bikes are the future of Harley-Davidson with 125 horse power, performance and attitude allowing the rider to ride in style.
#2 – Vulcan 900 Custom
Designed by Kawasaki, this mid-sized cruiser is a good motorbike for tall riders who aren’t ready for a huge motorbike.
The foot pegs are forward mounted enabling the rider to stretch out and a long seat provides lots of room to move around.
“I ride a Harley Davidson Road King. Hired one in the US and it had a tall boy seat fitted along with highway pegs – nearly 3,000 miles later and I was still happy. So I have just bought one – so far so good. I’ll get a tall boy seat fitted to it as I could do with that extra stretch for longer journeys.” Evie Harley
#1 – Harley-Davidson Wide Glide
The number 1 best cruiser motorbike for tall riders goes to the American Harley. It is commonly regarded as one of the most comfortable cruisers. It has a wide flat seat (enabling the rider to sit high compared to other chopper-style cruisers), forward controls and drag bar and a 135 degree knee angle making it the ideal bike for riders 6’ and taller.
All this combined is why the Wide Glide is chosen as the number 1 motorbike.
Other style of motorbikes, not mentioned here, may be suitable for tall riders and it all comes down to the personal preference of the rider. Shopping around and doing lots of research will enable tall riders to find the style of bike they desire along with the best rider triangle for their physique.