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Old 05-17-2012, 08:52 AM   #601
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I should mention that most of my ST1300 riding is 2up. With the bike being 750lb we're over 1000lbs of rolling mass and that ain't no joke especially for someone who only has 6k miles of total riding experience - granted 99.9% of those miles are canyon carving miles but still. I think a VFR800 or something similar would be more my size for sport touring and 2 up riding.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:23 AM   #602
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I should mention that most of my ST1300 riding is 2up. With the bike being 750lb we're over 1000lbs of rolling mass and that ain't no joke especially for someone who only has 6k miles of total riding experience - granted 99.9% of those miles are canyon carving miles but still. I think a VFR800 or something similar would be more my size for sport touring and 2 up riding.
VFR falls way short on pillion comfort 2 up riding...she aint gonna like it compared to the ST...
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #603
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:43 PM   #604
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #605
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Good to see another ST off the tarmac. I've just upgraded from a R1200GS and I've been taking my ST on some of the tracks I used to frequent on that. It handles the rough stuff surprisingly well, low slung C of G helps there too. All I need now is some TKC80s in 17 and 18 inch.....

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Old 05-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #606
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I haven't posted mine since the transformation.

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only 55k miles on it so it's got lots of life left.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #607
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:28 AM   #608
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Good to see another ST off the tarmac. I've just upgraded from a R1200GS and I've been taking my ST on some of the tracks I used to frequent on that. It handles the rough stuff surprisingly well, low slung C of G helps there too. All I need now is some TKC80s in 17 and 18 inch.....

Just remember that low slung aluminum oil pan hanging down there.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #609
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Just remember that low slung aluminum oil pan hanging down there.
LOL.. well, for the adventure stuff, this is my tool of choice.

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Old 05-22-2012, 01:37 PM   #610
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Picked up this 05 in Portland last year, and I absolutely love the bike! Rode to the Grand Canyon last August with my cousin. It was more fun than anyone deserved. 100 degrees all 8 days and not a cloud in the sky!.







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Old 05-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #611
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only 55k miles on it so it's got lots of life left.
Nice Joe! That really is nice! I'd love to have an ST1100P myself.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:27 PM   #612
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Good to see another ST off the tarmac. I've just upgraded from a R1200GS and I've been taking my ST on some of the tracks I used to frequent on that. It handles the rough stuff surprisingly well, low slung C of G helps there too. All I need now is some TKC80s in 17 and 18 inch.....

It's interesting to read this post. I "upgraded" from an R12GS to an ST1300 in February of this year. I will be running it up and down a steep, gravelly North Carolina mountain road next month, a road that was modestly challenging on the R12GS. I'm hoping to avoid a drop, not only because of the potential scrapes and bangs on the bike, but for the logistical challenges that might ensue in getting up and righted from a roadside gulley. It ain't a lightweight when it's in a stubborn spot.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #613
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BalancePoint, I had a ST1100 before the GS, and dropped it a few times at low speed. I actually found it easier to pick back up than the GS (which I have dropped a few times too, mainly fully loaded in sand). The ST doesn't seem to drop as far as the GS and even though the ST is 100kg heavier than the GS it carries that mass very low. The 1300 should be similar. Dropping down into a gully with either bike is going to require help though, I think. Good luck, I'm loving dirt riding mine .
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #614
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It's interesting to read this post. I "upgraded" from an R12GS to an ST1300 in February of this year. I will be running it up and down a steep, gravelly North Carolina mountain road next month, a road that was modestly challenging on the R12GS. I'm hoping to avoid a drop, not only because of the potential scrapes and bangs on the bike, but for the logistical challenges that might ensue in getting up and righted from a roadside gulley. It ain't a lightweight when it's in a stubborn spot.
I traveled the 5 mile or so unpaved portion of NC197 between Burnsville and Barnardsville the other day without drama on my ST1300. I was going SW so most of it was downhill. Most of the gravel was well maintained but not all of it, especially in the curves. The linked brakes have a proportioning valve so easy on the rear brake alone gives little to no front brake for these conditions.

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Old 05-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #615
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I have probably ridden my ST1300 several hundred miles on dirt and gravel. I've had as much as 20 miles of gravel to complete a loop to get back to pavement. My private road and driveway is probably the most challenging. I have a quarter mile of deep gravel. Then it gets real steep and at the top of that in deep gravel I have to make a tight u-turn to get into my drive way. I do this sometimes riding 2up with my wife. I've never dropped it in gravel because the bike is so well balanced.
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