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MRA Vario touring with Adjustable lip windshield. I ride with the lip down until cold or rainy. I am 6'3" 34" inseam. Wind hits me on shoulders to help support me with lip down.The VFR1200X that we never got in N.America also has that strange footpeg position which is the same position as the regular VFR. Almost totally upright like most adventure bikes but pegs set backward. It might work if the bike is high and the distance between the top of the seat and the pegs is large enough. In my case I have a Corbin which is lower than the OEM, so that doesn't help. The Japanese Police VFRs had apehangers and they handled those bikes pretty nimbly so I guess it is just a matter of getting used to it or it was because they all had much shorter inseams than me. LOL!
I bought the VFR because it is such an iconic bike and they are getting difficult to find in good condition. I actually haven't ridden mine since I bought it because I took all the fairings off to check that everything was good and then never got down to fitting them back, or doing any work on the bike as the Bird is my definite keeper. I had Helis for the VFR but sold them to a vfrd forum member who desperately wanted them. I don't think that one can make a fair comparison between the two. They are simply completely different bikes with only two things in common.....crappy suspension and the usual R/R and Stator problem. If I had a lot of twisties in my area then I think the VFR would be my keeper (big MAYBE!), but I live on the Canadian Prairies.
My Bird has Helis but at some point I am going to probably switch to Convertibars as there is so much adjustability with them. I want to experiment with different windshields and then move onto finding the perfect handlebar setup. I actually don't find the Bird ergos too bad with the Helis but I get really bad wind blast on my head with my ZG Touring windshield. Not doing much riding this season due to too many other things happening in my life. VFR will be ridden next year for sure.
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