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Old 07-16-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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Which sport touring bikes are best at high speed and long distance?

I am making a trip through Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado where speed limits are high, the distances between anything are long, and there are some delicious curves. I used to own a late '70s BMW R100RS and it was happiest around 95 - 100 mph. Nice laminar air off the fairing that balanced the forward lean, taking the weight off the wrists.

Recent big bikes I have ridden (mostly adventure types) are OK at speed but have a fair amount of buffeting that would be a pain after a few hours near 90 mph. I am wondering which of the newer sport or sport touring bikes get it right for airflow?
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:49 AM   #2
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I have a Triumph 1050 Sprint ST, and find that to be as comfortable as the R100RS was, I understand that the ergonomics on the GT are similar but haven't tried one myself.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:58 AM   #3
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Suzuki Hayabusa.

Seriously, I used to own an 00' Busa and it was, without a doubt, the best high speed mile muncher I've ever ridden. 90mph is like a Sunday cruise on that bike and it'll still get mpg's in the 40's at those speeds. They are an amazing bike and quite capable in the corners when their not stretched, lowered and ghetto'd out.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:08 AM   #4
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In no particular order:

Triumph Sprint

Kawasaki Concours

Yamaha FJR [I own one, and I think it's brilliant for high-speed long-distance touring]

Suzuki Hayabusa

BMW GS1200 [for an adventure bike, it's very good long-distance. I'm not so sure about high-speed, though]

BMW K1600


I'm sure I've forgotten a lot of them.

Edit: forgot the Honda ST1300. Very good bike for touring.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:40 AM   #5
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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The few Iron Butt types I've met all have FJRs.
My experienced riding buddy tells me the R1200RT is best wind management in a stock bike - ST1300 is second in his book.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:57 AM   #7
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1st- K1600
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close 3rd- FJR
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:02 AM   #8
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:17 AM   #9
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I can't speak for any bike other than my ST1300 but I've never wished for better wind management at any speed than it provides me. I'm 5'6" with the stock windshield and Honda accessory wind deflectors on the mirror covers and fairing. It's fast enough, quick enough, handles well enough. You have lots of good choices in this segment. Some sport touring bikes are better in some areas but not in all areas and the Honda is stone reliable. Owners tend to pamper them and good used examples are easy to come by.
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I', 5'10 and find the stock windshield in the lowest position perfect. Nice clean air that holds me up nicely.
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WANT. I would have one if it didnt cost more than my Passat TDI....



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I am wondering which of the newer sport or sport touring bikes get it right for airflow?
It depends on your definition of sport touring. In the US bikes of the FJR1300, R1200RT, ST1300, K1600 are often considered sport touring which I find absolutely ridonkuluous. They are MASSIVE touring rigs. Just because they can also get up to some speed compared to the HDs doesn't make them sporty, it just makes them fast.

My definition of sport touring is Triumph Sprint, Honda VFR, BMW R1100RS, BMW K1300S, ... and the like.

So, depending on what your definition is, I'd either recommend a Honda VFR800F or a Yamaha FJR1300. Both have very exciting 2014 models and are tried and true, proven solid motorcycles. As much as I love the BMWs, I own one myself, but these two are the true mile munchers.
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Heres what I rented while in Colorado. It was PERFECT!:





but Ive seen Hayabusas with bar raisers and integrated luggage which are great for covering distance. Those engines are barely stressed at 100mph! As opposed to my GS1200A which is close to hitting the rev max at those speeds. gearing perhaps? Does it matter? Dont know but the inline fours (or six) barely vibrate and that is a plus after 300 miles on the saddle.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:11 AM   #14
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I am going to throw in another vote for the FJR1300, I miss mine already and it's only been a month. It's a fast, comfortable, mile munching machine that can be had used for very good prices. Lots of features included on the new version as well. Those Ironbutt rally guys seem to like it too.
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She is quite the versatile creature.

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