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Old 07-31-2012, 06:24 PM   #391
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Once you actually leave your block, they will

After about 250mi`s my did on mine 07 FJR & just let them hang for awhile .
I've done several 300-mile days and I've found the bike to be shockingly comfortable.
But everybody's built differently.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:32 PM   #392
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I've owned a few S-T's and a Honda Blackbird-----this ZX14 is really set up just awesome. One solo and the other a 2-up rig. The solo bike doesn't look like it has bar risers, that might make it even more S-T ready! Very, very nice. I might have to set myself up with one of these.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:17 AM   #393
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:12 AM   #394
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:31 AM   #395
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #396
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I've got a nicely farkled Sprint ST 955 (factory panniers, top box, heated, instrumented, aux lighted, ass-cloud seat, bar risers, adjustable windscreen, full RaceTech suspension rework). It's got over 65,000 miles on it now, bought it with 18,000. Great bike, handles well, decent power, reliable, I loved it.



So when I bought my Tuono I figured the Sprint would continue to do Sport Touring duty and the Tuono would be for more local runs, my "weekend bike".

The reality is, the Sprint has racked up less than 200 miles in the last year, and the Tuono over 20,000. Very little of it "local". The addition of the Ventura rack system, a Powerlet outlet, a set of PR3's and a couple 1 liter MSR fuel bottles makes it a more than capable and comfortable touring mount and a hell of a lot more fun on the "destination highways".

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #397
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Hey Croak,

How are you liking the PR3? I was thinking of going with sport touring tires on my 955 Daytona after the Pilot Powers wear out and i've heard good things.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:17 AM   #398
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Hey Croak,

How are you liking the PR3? I was thinking of going with sport touring tires on my 955 Daytona after the Pilot Powers wear out and i've heard good things.
Ran a set on my Sprint before switching them out on my Tuono, and am on the end of a second set on that bike. They wear well, seem to warm up fast, stick pretty good, have good "feel" as you get to the limits, and are fairly consistent through the life-cycle, which I like. And they do really well in the wet, of course.

That said, I think the PR2 wears a bit better, sticks almost as well in the dry, the tread pattern looks better especially in the front (for what that's worth) and they don't suck in the wet. Value-wise, they're a much better deal than the PR3s right now (last year the PR3 was more aggressively priced).

And it's a noticeable step down with either from a pure SS tire like the Power in warm, dry conditions, in regards to limits. THAT said, the limits are too high for what I consider "sane" street use anyway. A good modern ST tire is more than capable enough for street use. :)
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:25 PM   #399
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I'm in the process of doing a loop up the east coast on an ST1300. After about 4,000 miles in the last week or so my knees have been fine (and I have really bad knees). I did lower the pegs, raise the seat, and install highway blades tho. Properly set up these things are outstanding long distance bikes. The 250-300 mile range doesn't hurt either

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Old 08-03-2012, 07:35 PM   #400
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The Bandit's a terrific sport tourer and don't let anybody tell you differently.
Just got back from a 7500km trip from Alberta through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and back home. My Bandit and the wife's 650R both performed flawlessly.

Interesting to note that most of the bikes we saw were cruisers (mainly Harleys) with few 'dual sports' (mainly BMW 1200GS, and a few V-Stroms). We saw only a handful of 'sport touring' bikes during the 25 days we were on the road.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:04 PM   #401
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">Here's a pic of my 08 Norge.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:31 PM   #402
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Sport-Toured on this, this morning. 180 miles, 2-up for breakfast at Tipton Ford Missouri...

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Old 08-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #403
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...Here's a pic of my 08 Norge.
Looked at the the new Norge at the bike show earlier this winter. Favourably impressed! Too bad the dealerships in this part of the world are so sparse-and you couldn't pay me enough to go into the Edmonton dealer.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #404
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My closest dealer is about 3 hrs. away, but I do my own maintenance. Guzzis are very easy to work most of the time.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #405
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