Registered: Jan 2008
08-24-10 10:12 PM
Quote from nitro:
Ok ok, thanks for the replies. I guess I should have been more specific. How is it, that Tom Cruise who I believe is approximately 5' 4", doesn't have to lean that much on that sport bike in that picture? Did they do a custom job on the bike? Maybe he is leaning more than I think he is...
Maybe it is as simple as getting slightly longer handlebars....
I was going to tell you how he/they did it, but in a sense you beat me to it... I think he's riding the 400 Japanese version (and that they modified the stickers to make it look the 750). Either that or, as someone mentioned, they lowered the seat (Honda does it for the ladies). I haven't seen anyone with modified (longer) handlebars in sport bikes.
See, in Japan they have two things going for 400cc bikes: 1) you can use the regular motorcycle license (you need a different one for >400), regardless of its horsepower; 2) Japanese are not exactly tall and they manufacture their 400's (that go mostly to its domestic market) with a lower seat = less leaning forward if you're taller.
Also the posture varies with the speed/wind. You can sit almost upright in most sport bikes with your arms mostly extended and leaning your weight on the handles provided you're riding slowly; as you ride faster you will have to lean forward (and shift your weight to your torso and butt) or the wind will seriously pull you back. So, if you want to ride in a more upright position, get a slighter taller fairing (worse aerodynamics, but unless you want to ride crazy fast, more comfortable riding).
Oh, and don't forget to get you belly button pierced