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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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How long have you been on your 650

I'm just trying to get a feel for how long on average you've been riding a 650cc. I'm a big guy 6'1, 230lbs and everyone says I'm going to outgrow my 650 in a year.

However, I've been riding a 50cc for 7 years, so compared to that 650 is alot of bike.

I'm thinking about riding it for about 8 years. Then my son will be old enough for a bike and I'll trade up. Is that a ridiculous thought?

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5'8", 215lbs, 4-1/2 months. 4,000 miles.
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5'8", 215lbs, 4-1/2 months. 4,000 miles.
So are you planning on moving up to an 1100? or sticking with it?
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So are you planning on moving up to an 1100? or sticking with it?
I figure I'll trade up in a year or two.
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Why is that?

Bike dimensions? Power? newness?

Pressure because you're supposed to? Which is a real thing.
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Man, you're asking all the hard questions!
Not because of pressure. I'm sure I bought it for my own motives, and will eventually trade up for my own motives. Actually I was about to buy a larger Boulevard from the dealer, and watched a young guy sit on it, and say he'd take it. So the 650 was the fall back.

I'm doing quite a bit of highway riding, and expect that to continue. I think a larger bike will be better for that. I'm practicing u-turns in the road, and other low speed maneuvers every time I ride, and I expect that will equip me for a bigger and heavier bike.

Otherwise, I have no idea why! But thanks for making me think about it.

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My biggest reason for a trade up would be dimensions. My legs are just a bit to long or too big around or both. I use mine as a commuter mostly and for that it's not bad.

I figure I'll get highway pegs on the crash bars so I can stretch out on the highway. It just seems like every says you will trade up or skip the 650 range completely.
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My legs are a bit of an issue. Some times my hips will cramp, and it feels I'm having to raise my feet too much to get on the floor boards. I tell myself it's from doing a lot of bicycle riding, but maybe I'm fooling myself!

The seat is original (I believe). I've used a pad, and being up a little higher is more comfortable. From what I've read, Mustang seats etc generally are lower, which would seem to be worse on my legs.

Would a bigger bike feel better? I have no idea.

By the way, B.C. must be pretty deserted in the winter. Southern Arizona fills up with B.C. plated cars all winter!
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Yeah, the snowbirds fly south for the winter. It's not that bad here actually, pretty rainy but barely any snow.

I sat on a kawasaki 900lt and it felt pretty good. Compared to my vstar the foot controls like it was a mile away. Which would be good for longer rides. Def. in reach though.
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I'm 5'9 and 270lbs. I got my 650 last august and put over 2700 miles on it since. I use it to commute 25 miles each way to work, then sometimes go riding the back roads in free time.

I do plan on getting the floorboards and controls moved forward about 4".

I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon due to budget/price. I can't talk the wife into any type of payments on anything at this time. Maybe in the future I will find a nice used 950, but I was riding a 1981 honda and keeping it running for the last 10+ years, so my 2004 should last me a good while.
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