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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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So i'm 6'7 and have my eye on a new XR this spring. Any tall riders out there with the bike? How does it "fit"? I am getting rid of an old Suz Intruder that i modified to fit me better. I know a test ride will suit me better, I just want to know that there is hope for me before i go to test ride it!
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I'm only 5'11" so my comments will not be too helpful to you. As you figured, a test ride will answer your questions. I can tell you that I cannot stretch my legs long enough to the front ends of the boards, so yes, there is hope for you - also it has adjustable controls which slide nicely back and forth to accommodate everyone, from short to tall. The XR is a big bike. Schedule a test ride and see how it fits - make sure you test it with a tall windshield (medium's perfect for my height, so tall should work for you).

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adjustable controls? great news. Once the weather breaks I have to get the test ride in and hopefully pick one up.
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adjustable controls? great news. Once the weather breaks I have to get the test ride in and hopefully pick one up.
Yes, make sure you ask them to slide the foot controls all the way forward for you in case the salesman forgets that detail. Let us know how the test ride went.

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Yes, make sure you ask them to slide the foot controls all the way forward for you in case the salesman forgets that detail. Let us know how the test ride went.
will do and thanks for the help, unfortunately i'm sitting on the east coast looking outside at about a foot of snow. I have about 2 more months
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will do and thanks for the help, unfortunately i'm sitting on the east coast looking outside at about a foot of snow. I have about 2 more months
Ahhh. This is a good time for online research over a cup of coffee or tea. If you have time, a visit to your local dealer might not hurt to just touch the bike, sit on it, and see how it feels. The early field work might also help you establish which dealer will end up earning your business. I don't think you can do too much research prior to getting a bike. The months I've put into absorbing every review and considering everybody's opinion have given me the confidence of making the right choice.

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talked to one of the three dealers i contacted yesterday. I sat on the bike and i definitely fit just from sitting. I came from a 1997 Suzuki Intruder 1400 and holy shit is this bike big. I love it. Got a quote, they are selling it for 750 under MSRP, is that good/bad/indifferent? I was perusing the XC price thread but couldnt find a good answer on a XR
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talked to one of the three dealers i contacted yesterday. I sat on the bike and i definitely fit just from sitting. I came from a 1997 Suzuki Intruder 1400 and holy shit is this bike big. I love it. Got a quote, they are selling it for 750 under MSRP, is that good/bad/indifferent? I was perusing the XC price thread but couldnt find a good answer on a XR
Yes, it's a big, healthy horse. I love riding mine!

The price depends on how much time you want to put into negotiating. If you have 3 local dealers, it's a good idea to have them compete for your business. If the first dealer is taking $750 off, ask the 2nd dealer by how much they can beat it to earn your business. Then proceed to the 3rd dealer. Once you have a quote from each, give the other two a chance to beat the lowest quote.

How aggressive a bike gets discounted depends on many factors (inventory, market conditions, dealer's financial situation, and many, many more). So it's always a good idea to do your foot work, and allow the dealers to compete for your business. That will ensure you buy for the lowest price available at that time.

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yeah, i told the first dealer that i'm waiting to hear back from two others and he had asked if i had gotten quotes yet, so i am definitely going to go back and forth, it gives me something to do in these cold months. Had a good deal on a 2010 Black XR, 400miles with hard bags, windshield, stage 1 and crash bars for $14900 out the door (that includes taxes)
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yeah, i told the first dealer that i'm waiting to hear back from two others and he had asked if i had gotten quotes yet, so i am definitely going to go back and forth, it gives me something to do in these cold months. Had a good deal on a 2010 Black XR, 400miles with hard bags, windshield, stage 1 and crash bars for $14900 out the door (that includes taxes)
A dealer will spend more time with you on a rainy (or snowy) day than on a busy summer Saturday, when everybody and their momma's there for the free hot dogs. And the more time they spend with you, the more attached they get to you as their potential customer. Spend some time there, so they know you're serious and they will be happy to discount the bike. Each dealer's in competition with the dealers around it, and selling you a bike not only gives them an extra unit sold, but takes one away from their direct business competitor.

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