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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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any discomfort being a taller rider ?

Hi , I am still trying to decide if the Gold wing is going to work for the wife and I . We are bigger folk. I am 6ft2 260.
She is a larger lady as well. My question is how will the bike fit us ? My inseam is 32inches. I am ready to buy a 2017 that my dealer has that's a left over. Price is right but I want to make sure the bike will be ok. Also looking at a Harley ultra classic. But I would prefer the wing. thanks !
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 05:35 PM
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at least put one on the center stand and both get on and set for a spell
I am sure they would let you set there all day if it would sell a bike

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I am 6-3 and 260 and I feel cramped on my 86. For long hauls forward pegs are a must for me.

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I'm 6' 1" with a 32 inch inseam, I can stand flat footed while sitting on my 2012 Wing. I do get a little cramped on the bike but that is why I have pegs.

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I have a 2005, 6'2" and 250 with a 34" inseam. Also have highway pegs.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 05:39 AM
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For me I find the 1500 wing is a better bike for tall people. I have a 1800 and it's a great bike but it is a little tight for tall riders and there is less room for luggage. On my 1800 I installed risers to help me sit up straight with a back rest and highway pegs which did help . I know the 1800 is a better bike but the 1500 is more roomy.
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I'm 6' and also have a 32" inseam. I made three mods to my bike that made a big difference in the comfort. The first was installing a Roadsmith Comfort kit and here is a post on that mod. (

I also added a Kuryakyn Goldwing Handlebar riser kit and here is that post:

The final mod that I made was to add Mic O Pegs.

I also use the Airhawk seat cushion which does lift you above the seat just a little bit. I use that more for comfort and ventilation than an issue with height.

This has made a huge difference in my comfort level on the bike. I think the handlebar riser kit and Mic O pegs were the biggest increase in comfort though.

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The seating position for a Wing is very different than a HD. The suggestion to at least sit on one is a good one, but it would be best to take one for a ride, if possible.

Mostly every tall person I know have been a bit cramped. The mods that have been spoken about and a Backrest too are fairly important. Heck even us shorter guys put on highway pegs, backrests, and such.

Best of luck with your decision.
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The other option is a custom seat, but that's delving into a hefty price range. Crownfire is a taller fellow and he went that route if memory serves, and he also installed risers (Heli?) I believe.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 12:24 PM
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Almost any rider over 6ft will complain about the peg placement.

I agree with Luv2fish/Steve. Those three changes will probably satisfy. But I would have thought the Roadsmith forward controls would have given the biggest benefit.

Go for that test ride. Try to take a used 1800 with highway pegs.

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