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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-30-2018, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Tall guy: K1-2 vs K3-4 vs K5-6

I've always been a fan of the 2001-2002 gsxr1000, aesthetically they do it for me. And now that I want a street bike again, I'm casually shopping for one. But a clean low-miler first-gen 1000 is only marginally cheaper than that same bike that's a 2003-2004, and those are only marginally cheaper than that same 2005-2006 specimen, at least here on the west coast of US. I know each generation improved a bit(brakes, forks, ecm), and that the 2005 has more motor, right? But which one best fits a guy who is 6'3"? I get the impression that they kept getting more cramped, is that correct? I'm fairly experienced, have roadraced a bit, decent dirt bike rider, blah blah blah, so I'm not naive enough to get into what I call a 'sales brochure pissing match' over model year changes. Which bike is roomiest?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-30-2018, 01:58 AM
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Re: Tall guy: K1-2 vs K3-4 vs K5-6

I have owned the 01-04 and 07 1k models and found the 04 the most comffy. If ya can find a good 05-06 in good shape and fits yer price then go for it. I am also in the 6' + range.
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Re: Tall guy: K1-2 vs K3-4 vs K5-6

01-04 should be the roomiest for you.
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Thanks guys! It sounds like the 03-04 is probably the best bike for me.
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FWIW, I'm 6'2" 230lbs (fairly lean) and currently own a K7, which I imagine is quite similar to the K5/6. Before I got the K7 I tried a K3/4, but found it less comfortable than the K7. I didn't care much for the wider tank of the earlier model, and felt I ended up with more weight on my wrists. Probably because the shape of the tank made it more difficult for me to grip with my legs. I would definitely recommend a few test rides before making a decision. At least have a good sit on them to see how they feel.

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Re: Tall guy: K1-2 vs K3-4 vs K5-6

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01-04 should be the roomiest for you.
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Op I’m 6.4 and own a k3 1000 , comfort is good ... iv also owned a k1 1000 and also a k5 1000 , all are good but the k3 is just that bit better.
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