Originally Posted by rocker59
Point was, "sport touring" has it's roots in bikes like V7 Sport, 850 LeMans, R90S, 850 Commando, whose riders added some simple luggage and went touring on thier sporty bikes.
p.s. I've ridden both, and I'd take the V7 Sport on a curvy road every time.
Spot-on. The bikes listed above were the bleeding edge RSV4, Panigale & S1000R analogues of the early 1970's. They were the fastest of the fast. The technology leaders. BMW worked sport touring out with the R90S. A Superbike race winner on more than one continent that came with hard bags & a nod to comfort.
The fact that Harley markets 883 & 1200 sportsters new in 2013 that would be barely competitive with these bikes from over 40 years ago AND finds legions of customers willing to pay the inflated prices demanded for the things continues to baffle me. A retro-bike dripping with badass brand posturing is simply mutton dressed as lamb, sold to sheep.