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    if you had any doubts a cb750 SOHc is too small:

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    Geeto- is that a factory quilt pattern seat on the bike in the fourth pic down? It looks pretty sweet.
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    I would agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.

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    Nah it is a custom BSA style recover on s stock pan. I have no idea where that seat came from it just showed up one day.
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    moto guzzi you can change the seat height, pegs and bars.... jus sayin
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    Geeto,

    Is the diamond pattern seat on the T500 now? I like that! So Vipex went out? Still got a spare set to trade/sell me?

    RJB,

    The '69 T500 had a diamond pattern seat top. The '68 looked like suede and the rest had the equally spaced parallel lines running side to side.

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    Cool, thanks Geeto67 for the help. Looks like you have/had quite a few! It seems like there are quite a few that would work, but the availibity of bikes here in Canada are rather limited. The most common probably being any Suzuki GS model, or Honda CB. I imagine this is how it will be most places. I'll try and cut my gay bar attendance, thanks for that tip also.

    Diamondj, that's a good looking bike also, thanks for sharing!

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    I am 6'2" with a 34 inseam and 35 sleeve length and the T500 fits me well. I also am doing a t250 and I like it as well though some may think I look like a giraffe on it.

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    I just picked up a GS750e on the cheap and I'm 6'4". I had no idea how (too) small my CM400 was for me until I got that bike. It fits me at least very well, and although heavy, there is a huge resource avaliable (thegsresource.com) and the bikes handle well and even seem like it would tour well if you want to do that. Lots of room to move around on long trips to not get fatigued. And the engines, especially the early 8-valve ones, are basically bulletproof. A bit on the heavy side with a highish CG, but it doesn't seem to be a big deal as long as you're prepared for it. Once moving it hides its weight very well.

    And not to thredjack, but Geeto...if you have any more of those Vipex shocks...well, the stockers suck. 'nuff said. PM on it's way. My bike is here:
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    The only way to get vipex shocks these days is when someone sells a set on the cb1100F.net board. I did have to mod mine slightly to fit a GS but it was literally making a spacer for the upper shock mount rubbers.

    However a word of caution - the vipex shocks came sprung for a 500+ lbs bike with a 230+ lbs rider. IF you are lighter than 230 you are gonna find them more than a little harsh. There are some guys who had theirs resprung but most guys dumped their sets when there was an ohlins group buy on shocks about a year or two ago. I think new the shocks were $250 and most sets are about $150 when they come up. Some of the guys who still have sets got wise and ask $200 but for a bigger guy to me ther are totally worth it.

    FYI, progressive will sell you a 14.5 in shock in one of their 400 series shocks - not as fancy but they work well and will be closer to your weight. Stock length is either 13 or 13.5 and if I had it to do again I would probably go with 14" shocks instead of 14.5. Fitting inch longer shocks however has 2 drawbacks: 1) you lose the center stand, and 2) you have to run a looser chain tolerance = chain noise. For a while I thought about a spring loaded skate wheel to take up the chain slack but I don't think I have the time or the drive to fab one up - the chain noise didn't bother me that much.
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    Okay, good to know. I only weigh in at 175 or thereabouts, so they would probably be a bit rough. I had a few people tell me the EMGO/MDI shocks would work, but apparently they are all kinds of harsh as well.

    I'll take a look at the progressives, and I've been looking at Hagons as well. I'll probably go for something stockish in length; the last thing that bike needs is an even higher CG. Thanks for the advice!

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