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Author Topic: Does Size Matter?  (Read 996 times)

sirdante

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Does Size Matter?
« on: July 25, 2012, 05:05:02 PM »
I currently ride an '08 Ural Patrol and though I love it, I am also interested in a solo bike.  Like the Ural, I won't use it primarily for freeway rides though in So. California at times it is a necessity.  My question is this: At 6' 1" and 240 lbs., am I too big for a C5 Special? I am absolutely sold on the retro looks and really want one, but will I be able to maintain freeway speeds of 65-70 mph? I have read threads here about riding on the Interstates but didn't see how big the riders were.  Are there any bigger riders out there with some input? Thanks.
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Ayers Garage

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Re: Does Size Matter?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 07:43:49 PM »
I'm 6'4" and 250 pounds. The bike fits me fine, but it is pretty much tapped out when I get up close to 70 mph though. I don't like to hold any engine at full throttle for long and damn sure not an Indian made engine. It's no Honda.
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sirdante

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Re: Does Size Matter?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012, 10:13:58 AM »
Your words are encouraging, especially since you are bigger than I am.  I have no illusions about maintaining high freeway speeds for long periods, but I also have no real need for speed.  I just want to be able to ride in the right-hand lanes safely as I do on my Ural so I can get to the places I really like to go and enjoy the experiences of leisurely rides in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Thank you for your thoughts.
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LarsBloodbeard

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Re: Does Size Matter?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2012, 05:09:34 PM »
The C5 is definitely made for taller people.  Most of my immediate family are 5'6" - 5'8" and have trouble riding my RE because it's too tall for them.  I'm 5'10" and I'm thinking of lowering the seat just a tad.