i am 5'11", and weigh 170.. I have no problem picking up the bike.. I have had it fall off the stand and by straddling it, I have picked it up without a whole lot of work. BUT, my buddy who rides a 454 who is the same size has a hard time picking up his, but he is too big for the bike.....
It's easy to ride a bike once it's going.. it's hell for a noob to try to pull into a parking lot and remember the gears and clutch and throttle and slow turns trying to park in a tight spot (especially if people are watching, I fell for that one at church last summer)... If someone can ride around in a small parking lot, stop and go, and make tight left and right hand turns, then the bike is the right size. I know that the motorcycle cops need another person to pick up their bikes, but look at how they handle them...
I think to judge proper size, it should be based on the ability to handle a bike at slow speeds, not picking it up...
or that's the logic of a sober 20 year old at 3am, who should be sleeping...
'99 VN750 with 8900 miles and growing (3,111 when I bought it 03-22-08)
Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
Last edited by 99vulcan750; 02-01-2009 at 03:56 AM.