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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).

Also, here's a recent review of the 2011 Cross Roads by Motorcycle.com.
 

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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 **** 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 **** 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! :D

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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so change of plans. Changing to black from red, i like red slightly more but i still love the black, and the dealer i visited today offered me a new 2011 black that was in stock for 13k which included freight, etc. 2k for everything else... front and rear tip over, tall windshield, leather bags, stage 1. I had to use the buying in march excuse to leave because i was shocked by the price and didnt want to seem too anxious.
 

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I am 6'3" and have a 34" inseam. I have always felt cramped on any bike and always ended up putting on forward controls of some sort.

Until now.....This bike is made for all riders. For the shorter riders there is the adjustments in the controls to bring things back. For those of us who are taller there is plenty of room to stretch. While riding I can just set my heels on the floor boards and my feet will rest against the crash bar. I would imagine that if you (being 4" taller) wanted more room you could have the seat carved out and get at least a couple of more inches of room. When I parked the XC next to a HD Ultra the other night it was very obvious who had the leg room.

Just the opinion of a guy who loves his new bike.:D
 

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i'm 6'6'' and tried both. the vision is just more comfy for the bigger guys. if have the funds, go with the vision. you won't look back.
 

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i never came back to update, bike got delivered to me last week. Lucked out that a good rainstorm came through the area a few days back and cleaned the roads a bit and its in the mid 40s, will be leaving for the first extended ride in a few.
 

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i never came back to update, bike got delivered to me last week. Lucked out that a good rainstorm came through the area a few days back and cleaned the roads a bit and its in the mid 40s, will be leaving for the first extended ride in a few.
Congrats and welcome to the club. thumb up

Ride safely! cheers
 

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Congrats! Let us know how it rides, whether or not the wind affects you and how the seating/legroom is working out. You may be the tallest person to purchase a CR so far so your input could help other tall people who are considering buying a CC/CR.

It would probably help if you post any changes you had done to the bike to make it fit; i.e. tall windshield, lowers, adjustments to the foot controls. Also the type of tip over protection you chose -- some seem to think that the forged highway bars are the cause of some of the wind disturbances they are experiencing.
 

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took it out today to get a decent ride on it, boy is it a different ride from my old bike (97 Suzuki Intruder 1400). Initial shock on the heft, but got used to it quick. Definitely a fantastic and much smoother ride.

I have the tube highway bars, not the forged. The controls are all the way forward, and a tall windshield which was much better than the mid height. Didn't notice any buffeting but i didnt get it on the highway for an extended time.

As a tall rider there are a few trade offs, but i definitely dont feel cramped at all on this bike. My knees stay below the top of the gas tank, which is a win for me. It still feels pretty natural and as a poster above noted, once i'm cruising its pretty easy to slide my feet all the way to the front of the floorboards for a comfortable cruising position.

I'm a little under 6'8" with a 36" inseam. If someone never wants to ride with anyone i guess pushing back the seat a bit is an option, but i dont want to cut into my wifes room... when i finally convince her to get on it
 

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Yes, they are.
 

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There are dealers that add the trunk in for free, that's a $1,700 discount.
When I bought my XC I told them like it was, the economy sucks I have some money to spend it's up to you to find a way to get it otherwise I walk.

Even at 6'7" I think it will be comfortable for ya. I think the XC/XR are catered more to taller riders. Seat being more father back due to the stretched fuel tank, fully adjustable foot controls. My grandson is 6'4" and really likes how it fells, he can actually stretch out his legs on it. The XC/XR doesn't feels large to me, it all depends on what you are use to
 
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