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Old 11-09-2008, 12:06 AM   #1
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What are my options for a small displacement sport touring bike?

I've decided I have a hole in my garage that needs filling, and I want to pick up a sport-touring bike. I would prefer a bike with displacement under one liter, and a full fairing. There are lots of choices for sport touring bikes in the over one liter category, but I'm a relative newcomer to motorcycles, and I don't yet feel ready for that much power. I'd also like to keep the displacement down in order to burn less fuel. I rode several thousand miles on an old Honda cb550 with a full fairing, and I liked it, but I'd prefer something more modern, prefereably with electronic ignition and fuel injection.

In a perfect world, I'd be looking for something like a Honda ST, Concours, or FJR, but with a smaller engine. I also prefer a "standard" type seating position over the sport bike crouch.

I've been looking around a lot at the sport touring category, and the closest thing I can find that suits my needs is a Honda Pacific Coast 800. Yeah, I know. You don't have to tell me.

Are there other choices that I'm missing? I'm willing to consider new or used, but there don't appear to be any bikes on the market new, under one liter, with a full fairing.
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:59 AM   #2
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Are there other choices that I'm missing? I'm willing to consider new or used, but there don't appear to be any bikes on the market new, under one liter, with a full fairing.
BMW F 800 ST

Lookee Here

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218631
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:10 AM   #3
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:26 AM   #4
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:30 AM   #5
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Sport Tourer

SV650S w/ABS or, a little over the size limit, a Triumph Sprint ST.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:23 AM   #6
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Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Yamaha FZ6.
Though not fully faired, all these bikes can be outfitted with hard bags and they all have aftermarket windscreen options. Plus, they are a lot more versatile than a fullblown 1L sport tourer.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:37 AM   #7
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Standard rider position, full fairing, under 1 liter displacement, electronic ignition, fuel injection?

At dealers near you, man:
Honda Silverwing 600 (available with ABS).
Kymco Xciting 500.
Suzuki Burgman 650 (available with ABS).
Suzuki Burgman 400 (available with ABS).
Yamaha Tmax 500.
Yamaha Majesty 400.

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Old 11-09-2008, 07:13 AM   #8
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Standard rider position, full fairing, under 1 liter displacement, electronic ignition, fuel injection?

At dealers near you, man:
Honda Silverwing 600 (available with ABS).
Kymco Xciting 500.
Suzuki Burgman 650 (available with ABS).
Suzuki Burgman 400 (available with ABS).
Yamaha Tmax 500.
Yamaha Majesty 400.

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How about an FZ6? People seem to put all sorts of miles on those.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:51 AM   #9
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Ninja 650R. Upright seating position, fully faired, ready to tour out of the box, add hard luggage and go.

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:11 AM   #10
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:51 AM   #11
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VFR, FZ6, and Ninja - meets your description well - add hard luggage and go. Risers can be added if position it too forward.

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:57 AM   #12
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Yamaha is coming out with a fully faired FZ6 - http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/pr...0/gallery.aspx

Something like that with a belt drive would be perfect imho, still pretty good with a chain.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:57 AM   #13
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How about this one

How about this shameless plug for my SV650S for sale on SVrider.com - haven't offered it up here just yet.

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=86940

Could even throw in some cortech saddle bags, and tail bag (blue if you care).

Just bought a '04 VFR - once I mod the pegs I'll be 100% happy with it.
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:30 PM   #14
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V-strom 650.

I didn't like the FZ6. I keep riding my friends, but really never can get used to it.

Ninja 650 is a good one, too, but I'd go for the V-strom 650 first, despite being a die-hard Green fan.

I just bought a DL1000 last week, and so far have no regrets at all.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:13 PM   #15
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Have you seen this thread?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388685

I've owned K75, VFR800, F650, all gone now.
I recently purchased a 2001 Bandit 600 with little over 10,000 mi. from Craigslist and it was delivered to my driveway from NJ.



Maybe not as light as FZ6, but it does have a centerstand.
I've put about 800 miles on it in 6 weeks.
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