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Old 08-07-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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Inexpensive sport tourers?

I'm looking for ideas on inexpensive sport touring bikes... Cheap to buy, insure, operate and maintain. I've started doing long multi-day 1000+ mile trips these last few years and I'm looking to add a suitable bike to my garage. I'm a fan of inexpensive, ugly, unpopular, quirky and unique. Sport and Touring are equally important, no need for 2-up capability.

I know the usual suspects -- Bandit, FZ1, C10. Anything besides those? Any feedback on the ZZR, ZR-7S? I don't see those discussed very often.





How about the older RT? How cheap is it to maintain?

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:20 AM   #2
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I'm a fan of inexpensive, ugly, unpopular, quirky and unique.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:25 AM   #3
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Get the ZZR

The ZR7's are supposed to be quite buzzy and not great for long distances. There is no such thing as a cheap to maintain BMW. Especially a used one.

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:30 AM   #4
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This!

I just got one in trade a few weeks ago. I can't believe how easy it is to do routine maintenance.

Comfy, great wind protection, and handles way better than you would think.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:34 AM   #5
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I have no personal experience with the Strom but it's a name that come up CONSTANTLY over on sport-touring.net. Supposidly very capable and absolutely bulletproof. Even new they are a bargain (for their class) and used ones seem to go for a song.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:34 AM   #6
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This!

I just got one in trade a few weeks ago. I can't believe how easy it is to do routine maintenance.

Comfy, great wind protection, and handles way better than you would think.
I am seriously intrigued by the PC800. I love it's funky unique looks. Without ever riding one, the only downside I can imagine would be the lack of sportiness.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
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This!

I just got one in trade a few weeks ago. I can't believe how easy it is to do routine maintenance.

Comfy, great wind protection, and handles way better than you would think.
And no one will steal it. Ever. Leave the keys in.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:36 AM   #8
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I have no personal experience with the Strom but it's a name that come up CONSTANTLY over on sport-touring.net. Supposidly very capable and absolutely bulletproof.
I have an SV650, so a Strom would not be much of a change. Plus they are not really cheap in the used market. Stroms and VFRs ... super expensive used.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:37 AM   #9
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everyone has their own idea of "cheap"...what's yours???
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:46 AM   #10
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There is no such thing as a cheap to maintain BMW. Especially a used one.

Maintenance is easy, at least on the boxers. It's the repairs that'll kill you.

Of course I ride a K1200S, so I'm not to held up as a model of how to rationally assess a used bike.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:50 AM   #11
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Some time ago, I started a thread titled "Unlikely Touring Bikes", or something like that. I'd provide a link, but for some reason "search" isn't working for me right now. There were a w-i-d-e variety of bikes submitted as fitting that title. Maybe there would be something of interest there? I can't recall how many would fit the sport touring description, but it might still be worth a look.

As far as the Honda PC goes, a friend of mine has one and just goes on and on about how much he likes it. I like "off beat" stuff too, but a PC would be a little to funky for me personally......not that there's anything wrong with that.....

FWIW, I just bought my son's '97 500 Ninja and hope to do some solo touring/trips on it. Can't say yet how comfortable it will be at the end of hours on the road, but I hope it'll work for me.

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:55 AM   #12
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Consider a Buell S3T? Preferably a 2001-2002 model, which were the best of the tube-framed Buells. Cheap to purchase and cheap parts, many of which common to Sportsters and therefore in-stock at HD dealers. Minimal maintenance requirements (belt drive, hydraulic valves, single throttle body so no sync'ing required). Gets great fuel mileage (~50 MPG at 70 MPH cruise) and has a ~250 mile range.

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:57 AM   #13
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Honda NT700V would be my call. Given your criteria. Easy on the wallet, low cost of ownership, long enough legs. Great storage. V-Twin, good weather protection.

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Old 08-07-2014, 10:31 AM   #14
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Honda Blackbird. You can pick them up for a very reasonable price now. Silky smooth, bulletproof mechanicals and very comfortable. The only bike I have ever regretted selling.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:50 AM   #15
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My wife has a 2006 Z750s she has ridden all around the US with me, including a 5,600 mile 12 day trip. A very capable ST bike.



She will sell it for $2,100 too if you are looking
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