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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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I am new here. As a 60 year old lifetime motorcyclist I am looking at will probably be my last new bike. Over the years I have owned a number of Honda 4s, a Harley Road King, a Ducati ST4, Kawasaki ZX 11 and various others including my current 1976 Honda Gold Wing. I love the Street twin and am seriously considering one. I am 6' tall and 200 lbs. Size wise is this a good fit?

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 10:29 AM
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"Will I fit on a Street Twin" seems to need its own sticky thread, lots of people asking this same question.

The only way to know if you like it is to test ride one. Which you are certainly going to do anyway on a purchase of a new unit from a dealership.

You can add a higher bench seat, aftermarket low pegs, and bar risers to allow for more room, too.
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Here are two angles of me sitting on a Street Twin. I'm 6'-0", 190lbs with about a 32" inseam. I find the bike suits me fine. Easy to reach the bars, knees end up right in the tank indentations. I think a lot of people get lost with the tendency of bikes (and cars) getting larger and larger. A big bike used to be 600-750cc, now the 900cc ST is considered "small".

I like the smallish stature of the ST. Big bikes just don't do it for me. Anyway, take this for what it's worth. You'll only know for sure if you test one out. Good luck!



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It depends. Are you 60 and feel like you're 75. Or one of those that feel that 60 is the new forty. If you're the latter i would wait a year or two and see what comes out of the land of the rising sun. I own a street twin, in hindsighting, i would not do it over.
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It depends. Are you 60 and feel like you're 75. Or one of those that feel that 60 is the new forty. If you're the latter i would wait a year or two and see what comes out of the land of the rising sun. I own a street twin, in hindsighting, i would not do it over.
What don't you like about the ST?
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@chipbutty I agree, I prefer smaller compact bikes. So many bikes now are monsters when it comes to size and weight. The ST is perfect for me, though the stock seat is a tad low but that's an easy fix, the Thruxton was also a good fit.
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It depends. Are you 60 and feel like you're 75. Or one of those that feel that 60 is the new forty. If you're the latter i would wait a year or two and see what comes out of the land of the rising sun. I own a street twin, in hindsighting, i would not do it over.
What don't you like about the ST?
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I'm 5'11" and love my ST. My legs get a little cramped on longer rides, but nothing unbearable. Like miglan20, I prefer smaller bikes. When I had a sportster 1200 the first thing I did was ditch the huge bars and forward controls for lower bars and mids, and that thing was way more cramped than a street twin.

On the other hand, if I planned on touring, I'd probably go with a T120 or a different bike all together.
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im 6'1" 195lbs. I found that my legs cramped up with the stock seat a bit, but with the bench seat I have had no issues and am quite comfy.. Probably because it allows me to sit back a bit farther.

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At 5'11" and quite a bit older than you I find the Street Twin easy to handle and no more uncomfortable than any other bike would be after a few hours stuck in one position. Like many bikes there isn't much room to move around once seated. You should also consider what kind of performance you are looking for compared with your previous machines. The 900 engine has plenty of torque but is not very powerful. This means there are less gear changes required as you cruise around but ultimate performance for overtaking is not that good. I bought mine with eyes wide open but I still occasionally miss the zip of more sporting bikes I have owned in the past. If you want to take the load from wind resistance off your upper body then you should know that the so called touring screen is not tall enough and only redirects the air to your neck and head. I have extended mine by about 3 inches to correct this. Might have been better with a third party one.
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