Are there any wing riders over 6'4" ? How do you like the wind screen, handlebar level and suspension ? Who makes good gear that fits us ?
I'm 6'9", and just over 300lbs. with a 37" inseam.
When I first bought my '02, I basically couldn't ride it. Stock windshield directed the airflow right into my face. That was all the way up! So, I was pelted by bugs, rocks and all other debris.
Couldn't sit for long on the stock seat. My knees were against the front fairing. The sitting position also had me sitting curved, and all my back pressure was on my tailbone. Couldn't ride more than 90 miles. Nothing helped. Airhawk, gel cushions, medical doughnut, nothing!
My shoulders ached from reaching forward to reach the handlebars. And I couldn't make tight turns, because the handlebars got trapped against my knees.
I tried several used seats. Didn't want to shell out the money for a new, custom seat. Went thru 5 seats. Hartco, Diamond, Wingsoft, Stock and a used Russel Day Long. When I used the RDL, I noticed a great difference. The seat was made for my weight, but not quite for my size. It had me back 2", but that's it.
Here's what I've changed from stock:
So, I pulled the trigger on a brand new RDL made just for me. Moved me back 6" in the saddle. Since I ride solo, I have no concern for who sits behind me. I need to be comfortable. And it works! I've completed 2 Iron Butt rides now with it. It really is a day long saddle!
Bought a F4+4 non-vented windshield. Much improvement! But, got warm during the summer. So, trying a V-Stream special edition with vent right now. Does a great job of bringing the air above and beside my helmet. Not into it.
MBL risers for the handlebars. 1 1/2" back and 1/2" up. No more shoulder strains and aches! I can also turn lock to lock without striking my legs now.
Mick O Peg's so I can stretch out. All other types of foot rests, had me sitting like I was getting a pelvic exam! That exacerbated the pain in my tailbone. No more! The MOP's make you feel like you are sitting in your favorite chair. AND, they spring up and out of the way for spirited riding. Unlike most pegs, when mounted too low, cause you to grind the pegs off. Or, even causes you to lose control when the pegs dig into the ground.
The stock suspension is too soft for my weight. Installed Progressive Monotubes up front, all balls tapered neck bearings and upgraded the rear suspension with a Progressive spring and a brand new 2015 shock (trike take-off).
All of that has made my wing enjoyable. I was 1 season away from selling the wing, until I made the decision to get that custom seat. What a difference.
Lastly, clothing. For warmer weather, I have a Joe Rocket 5.0 mesh jacket in 3XL tall. Has the armor, removable inner lining, and fits great. For colder weather, I have the 2pc Kathmandu Jacket and Overall's. 2XLT fits me great. Even for sleeve length.
I don't have mesh pants. Just use jeans or the Kathmandu overalls.
I know this may be long winded, but it's very thorough to answer your questions.
The pics show 1) 2" moved back in seat 2) New RDL moving me back 6" 3) My height compared to normal sized riders and 4) my Kathmandu 2pc riding suit.