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Big guy on a CB1100
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spechg Offline
Break-In Period

Ireland
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Big guy on a CB1100
Hi, I’m planning to start motorcycle training next spring, having not ridden a motorcycle since 1984 (Honda 250N Superdream). I got to sit on a CB1100 last year while at the Birmingham bike show in the UK. Being 6ft 1” I did feel as though the bike was a bit low for me. How do other tall guys feel about the CB1100?

Thanks,
Simon
02-13-2018 01:31 PM
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LongRanger Offline
Road Warrior

Evergreen, CO
Posts: 1,911
Joined: Aug 2015
Post: #2
RE: Big guy on a CB1100
Hi Simon, I'm 6'6" (36" inseam) and am comfortable on my '14 DLX. It's not a bike I could ride 1000 miles in 24 hours, but for shorter days (300-400 miles), I find it to be lovely and just about perfect. Recognize that I avoid high speed motorways like the plague and prefer to keep to two-lane mountain roads.

'14 Honda CB1100 DLX #000094
'15 BMW R1200RT
'13 BMW F800GT
'98 BMW K1200RS
'06 Ducati Monster 620
02-13-2018 01:58 PM
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Houtman Offline
High Mileage

NC USA
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Joined: May 2013
Post: #3
RE: Big guy on a CB1100
At 6 ft I know what you are talking about but a slightly higher seat and lowering the foot pegs it is fine.
02-13-2018 02:28 PM
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obleo Offline
1st Service Completed

Memphis Tenn
Posts: 134
Joined: Aug 2013
Post: #4
RE: Big guy on a CB1100
The best way to test the fit is go sit on one for at least a half hour. Iam 5'10" with 30" inseam, can't seem to get last more than 30 minutes without having to get off and stretch for 15 minutes. That is after buying a $600.00 seat from Samurider that's supposed to be higher.
02-13-2018 06:49 PM
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Slow Poke Offline
Break-In Period

Marysville
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Joined: Sep 2017
Post: #5
RE: Big guy on a CB1100
I'm 6ft with a 32" inseam. My 14 is very comfortable, except for the seat. But that's not an ergonomics issue, I just need a seat that is a little more firm. By the time my butt is tired and I need a stretch, It's close to fuel time anyway; so it all works out.
02-13-2018 07:33 PM
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EmptySea Offline
Been There

Chicagoland, USA
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Post: #6
RE: Big guy on a CB1100
6’1” 230lbs 34” inseam. Have not had many problems in my 40,000 mikes or so on this bike. I am looking for a taller seat (k&h makes a great one) because I’m doing more distance riding —Iron Butt type stuff. Otherwise, I’d be fine with the stick seat. Hope that helps Smile

MTC


2013 CB1100 non-abs
2013 CB1100 abs
02-13-2018 08:51 PM
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Cormanus Offline
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Queensland, Australia
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RE: Big guy on a CB1100
(02-13-2018 08:51 PM)EmptySea Wrote:  ... the stick seat ...

Now, ain't that the truth! ROFL
02-13-2018 08:54 PM
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Mscb1100 Online
1st Service Completed

Mississippi
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RE: Big guy on a CB1100
(02-13-2018 08:51 PM)EmptySea Wrote:  6’1” 230lbs 34” inseam. Have not had many problems in my 40,000 mikes or so on this bike. I am looking for a taller seat (k&h makes a great one) because I’m doing more distance riding —Iron Butt type stuff. Otherwise, I’d be fine with the stick seat. Hope that helps Smile

Matt
If you haven’t bought a K&H tall or had a chance to sit on one I’d be glad to let you try mine in KY this summer,
I’ll be swapping between that one and my Laam seat to see which one is best for longer distances
Mscb1100

Looks fast sitting still
02-13-2018 09:29 PM
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EmptySea Offline
Been There

Chicagoland, USA
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RE: Big guy on a CB1100
Thanks Mscb. I have a line on a taller seat, but it’s not a KH. Even if I get this one, I’d probably still be interested in trying the KH. Smile

MTC


2013 CB1100 non-abs
2013 CB1100 abs
02-13-2018 10:06 PM
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pdedse Offline
Running Like a Top

Oregon
Posts: 553
Joined: Dec 2013
Post: #10
RE: Big guy on a CB1100
$500 from wherever was way too much for me for a seat, so I used a couple of Dick's bleacher pads (black) at $5.99, kept in place by straps going on top and under the seat. But I own a KLR650 so that might explain the frugality.

Bar risers balanced everything out. Did some long riding with this setup, but also put on engine guards which gave me some room to install a $20 pair of hiway pegs--they looked fine and did the purpose. Didn't use the outstretched leg position much, but it felt great to have that option during long 10 hour+ days.

I'm 'bout 6'4" with 34" seam
(This post was last modified: 02-13-2018 10:31 PM by pdedse.)
02-13-2018 10:30 PM
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