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Old 07-31-2013, 04:57 PM   #1036
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I traded my DL1000 for a 99 VFR several months ago. Although I like the quality/refinement of the VFR much better, the ergos of the DL1000 were very comfortable and dirt roads were no issue. I just kept wishing for more in the handling of the big Strom. Not that I exceeded the handling limits of the Strom, but there are certainly better bikes for the twisties. Hence the move to a mid-weight sport tourer.

I have a trip planned this weekend on the VFR (first for me on the VFR) and I'm curious how comfortable it will be. I keep wanting Adv bike comfort with sportbike handling. Maybe the VFR will be comfortable enough, but I can't help but wonder if something like a Versys or Multistrada or even some of the bigger standards (919, FZ8/FZ1, Bandit) wouldn't be a better fit for me. I'm hoping this trip will answer that question.

It sucks having to try out all sorts of different bikes .
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:28 PM   #1037
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It sucks having to try out all sorts of different bikes .
Oh, yes.
It's a horrible, horrible thing.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #1038
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:43 AM   #1039
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Here is my SPORT-tourer. After about 200 miles on stock seat and controls im done. Im changing things to make it better.

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Old 08-01-2013, 07:22 AM   #1040
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Here is my SPORT-tourer. After about 200 miles on stock seat and controls im done. Im changing things to make it better.

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Old 08-01-2013, 09:15 AM   #1041
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Awesome!!

First bike I ever owned, back in '86.

Great fun; great memories.

Nothing better than being the only guy w/ a motorbike in residence!!
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:40 AM   #1042
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Heli-Bars, peg lowering blocks and Sargent seat make her a much more friendly companion.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:20 PM   #1043
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Heli-Bars, peg lowering blocks and Sargent seat make her a much more friendly companion.
I have helibars and buell pegs on mine. If I keep the bike, a Sargent seat is the next
purchase. Even though I'm pretty short (5'8"), the knee bend seems to be the biggest issue. I rode about 200 miles today, and the hamstrings were burning after about an hour. The Sargent seat may help that a little (so I'm not fighting the stock seat sliding me forward), but I think it is what it is. I'm still torn on whether it is a keeper. Love the engine, but would need to buy a seat ($300+) and suspension work ($750+) if I'm keeping it long term.

Hopefully the trip home will be much drier.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:08 PM   #1044
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I wouldn't dream of touring on a stock bike, even an FJR.

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Old 08-04-2013, 05:02 AM   #1045
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:45 AM   #1046
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Replaced my bagged ZX14 with a Ninja 1K...

Why? Happy about it? How is the 1k platform for heavy mile days? Just so many questions....
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:58 AM   #1047
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Why? Happy about it? How is the 1k platform for heavy mile days? Just so many questions....

So far, I love it. The 1K is buzzier than the '14 (although part of that is because the p.o. went -1 on the front sprocket instead of +1 that's the norm), but the '14 has one of the smoothest engines I've ever experienced. The 1K handles so much better, though...the '14 is a pig, and takes some work to throw it around in the twistier stuff. I've found myself carrying 10 - 15 mph more speed through the same corners on my fun route riding the 1K.

While I was comfortable on the '14, I like the more upright position of the 1K better. I did some serious soul-searching before finally making the decision to sell the '14 to go with the 1K. And if the '14 hadn't sold, I would've been perfectly content riding it for several more years. And even though the 1K has some impressive power, I do miss the brutal top gear highway roll-ons on the '14.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:42 PM   #1048
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And even though the 1K has some impressive power, I do miss the brutal top gear highway roll-ons on the '14.

I bet! Surprised about the PO's sprocket decision. With the 1K, if any change, I would go for longer legs too (though I prefer a few less on the rear...) Great to hear your positive experience. Have been lusting those bikes since they came out.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:36 AM   #1049
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I recently returned from a 2300 mile trip through NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, WV, NC and TN. I was thinking about this thread and the kinds of bikes I noticed along the way.

Of the hundreds of bikes I saw, I would say that 75% were Harleys and maybe 5% were metric cruisers. There were (to me) an astounding number of trikes - probably another 5-6%. I wasn't surprised to see Goldwings (maybe 8%), but I was surprised by the number of maxiscooters (maybe 2%). The remaining 5% was a mix of sport, sport-touring, ADV and 'standard' bikes.

About 60% of the trip was what I would consider back road SPORT-touring on some great roads so I was truly surprised by the lack of diversity in the bikes. Maybe I shouldn't have been, though, considering how empty some of the roads were compared to some of the towns. Robbinsville, NC, for example was awash with Harleys, but the Cherohala Skyway was nearly empty.

Except for me...
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:04 AM   #1050
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Just finished a ~3k mile trip through the PNW from Sacramento, CA to Bellingham, WA and back over about 10 days. Longest day was ~500 miles.

The Bandit performed flawlessly. This shot is from Artists Point near the Mt. Baker ski area. The clouds periodically cooperated and we got some stunning views...



Went Sacramento-->Arcata, CA-->Crater Lake, OR-->Lincoln City, OR-->Hood River, OR-->Hoh Rain Forrest in Olympic National Park-->Bellingham, WA--screwed around for a couple of days Seattle, Bellingham and nearby points--> Eugene, OR-->Sacramento, CA.

Great trip! Great bike!

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