Tall Rider Stuff

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I'm 6'0 and have pretty long legs and an average torso. I weigh about 185 with gear, so I'm pretty slim. My 200 seems to low to grip with my legs, so i'm going to get the tall seat foam soon. I'm not sure what bars to get though. The stock ones were tough enough, but too low. If I go higher, will it be harder on my skinny arms in a long ride/race, or will the taller bars not effect anything when used with a taller seat? Thanks.
 

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I've decided to go with the Renthal Fatbars and with the 971 model (the RC bars). They're a little taller than the Doug Henry bars with little less sweep. This should help "spread" me out a little more when standing. I called Scotts Performance because I needed bottom handlebar clamps to adapt my damper, and I discussed handlebars while talking with Steve. He said their tall riders were very happy with these bars, so I'm going to give them a try.

Mike-200, the taller bars and taller seat might offset each other when sitting, but you should feel a difference when standing. You should feel less hunched over.
 
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I'm 6' 5" I just bought a new pair of bars that I really like. They are very tall but don't have alot of sweep. I don't have the exact measurments but they are 'MINI HIGH" from renthal.
 
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I just put a set of FMF 909 Mini bike bars on my 200 MXC along with EE tall seat foam and LOVE the new feel. Most of the regular bike bars are only a little bit taller. With the Mini bars they are a LOT taller. It also give a lot more room for my Scotts dampner. When you stand up the bars are up there with you you don't have to bend over. The tall seat foam gives you good grip between your knees.
 

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standing up

how many of you tall guys stand up? i am 6'4" and have never been able to feel comfortable while standing. on a previous bike (95 xr 600) i tried cr hi bars on risers and it still didn't feel natural. i think i have a longer torso then legs, and i always feel like i am going to go over the bars when standing. i have about given up learning to stand, but i know i need too to increase my speed at certain races.

i have an 01 300 now, any suggestions on techniques, etc.?

thanks
 
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I'm 6'5", and I stand up quite a bit. I have a '99 380 EXC, and the only 'tall' modifications I have made are as follows:

1. An extra inch or so of seat foam added to the stock seat. I just took it down to the local upholstery guy, and for $20 he removes the cover, adds and inch or two of foam, then puts the cover back on. Makes the seat taller AND softer.

2. I built some bar spacers that raise the bars an inch. I'm still using the stock bars and triple clamps, just an inch higher. Works great for me.

Burt Lamborn
 

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Thanks for the responses.

RDA, here's my comments on being tall and standing...

I ride a mountain bike and I stand for all the technical sections. I grip the seat with my thighs and I only sit when I'm climbing. It is my most comfortable position on a mountain bike. However, it was difficult for me to do the same on a motorcycle. After much thought, I attribute the problem to two things...

1) Transitioning. The transition from seated to standing is a big issue. My mountain bike seat is very tall and standing is hardly any issue at all. I can ride hard for an hour straight and I'm not worn out like the sitting/standing does to me on my motorcycle. Because of this, I'm ordering the EE extra firm tall seat foam to get me up a few inches.

2) Balance. It's easier to balance on a mountain bike because of where my feet are positioned (one forward and one back) and because my feet are clipped in with cleated shoes. Also, you don't have to balance under extreme acceleration or braking like you do on a motorcycle. This comes with experience. By the end of this last race season, I was standing much more than in the beginning. I can better coordinate the controls (brakes, clutch, and throttle) while standing. I also can better lean to counter the effects of acceleration and braking. This is where riding skill shows the best. I'm learning that you want to be as neutral and square as possible in all situations.

GWO
 

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standing up

thanks guys,

gwo, i ride a mountain bike too, your right, standing up while riding it is no problem.

to bad they don't make differant size motorcycle frames like they do bike frames.