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My 19-year-old nephew is ready to purchase his first new bike. He's 5'10 and weighs about 165 LBS. He really likes the looks, feel, and the price of the 1200c but would like some additional feedback. For example will he feel cramped being 5'10" tall? He's never ridden a sportster with forward controls before. Also he has ridden motorcycles since the age of 8 and raced motocross bikes for three years. I feel this information may be important to your feedback knowing that he has great riding skills and experience. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Kerry
 

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I am a long way from 19 years and I don't weigh 165 lbs. anymore, but I am 5'10" and I have built and ridden two sportsters (I prefer the heavier big twins, but on two occasions the sporties were too good of a deal to pass and they were a blast to build and ride!!). While I prefer the big twins, the sportster "fit" no problem. With forward controls he will have no problems. The sporty handles great and has more than enough power to make him grin, coming from a motocross background, he'll handle it with ease.
 

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Hi Choppa
I got a 1200c a couple of months ago and I love it. I'm only 68" but at 5' 10" I think he'll find it ok with the forward controls. Keep in mind that this is a "cruiser" bike. Go to the dealer and have him sit on it, they may even let him take a short ride, this will help him decide. Good luck.
 

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Hey Choppa
I have a 2001 1200 Custom and I'm 5'8".
I wanted more leg room so I bought a HD Badlander seat it puts you back several inches and lowers you also. The badlander seat is hard and tough to ride on for those long rides. If I had it to do over again I would have gotten a Mustang seat like it.

But I thought the Duce was to cramped for me also.
I guess it depend on your riding style. I like the bar bike low and long look and feel for now. Untill I can talk the wife into letting me buy a Road King.:cool:

Seeya

BTW Hey Ron
 
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