I just finished 128 miles of great roads on the sort of Harleys that people like me can't tell people like you about. Not those of us who'd like to remain gainfully employed anyway. All will be revealed soon enough. Meanwhile, I was talking to one of my friends from Milwaukee—a well-placed Motor Company executive who knows more than he can tell but is always dead honest about the stuff he can talk about. I asked him why the average Big Twin feels so cramped to those of us who are above average in the inseam department.
"Good question," he said. The conversation was off the cuff. Not for attribution. So I'm not attributing here. Still, the next thing was more interesting. He figures most of Harley's recent offerings fit the vertically challenged better than those of us in excess of 72 inches tall because most of the input he'd seen came from short people. Tall types—including yours truly—are evidently content to suffer in silence, taking what solace they can from a Tallboy seat or relocated pegs and foot controls from the Genuine H-D Motor Parts and Accessories Catalog.