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Old 10-23-2012, 01:06 PM   #16
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Why don't they build a modern version of this bike. Touring amenities, comfort, light weight (for a touring bike), low maintenance, decent handling, good brakes and suspension...



I saw one of these the other day. Perfectly restored. It looked so much better than it's overgrown, overweight descendants...

I think the world needs a good 1000cc touring bike from Japan...(I know this is an 1100)

What bike would you like to see Japan build?


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Old 10-23-2012, 01:13 PM   #17
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Why don't they build a modern version of this bike. Touring amenities, comfort, light weight (for a touring bike), low maintenance, decent handling, good brakes and suspension...



I saw one of these the other day. Perfectly restored. It looked so much better than it's overgrown, overweight descendants...

I think the world needs a good 1000cc touring bike from Japan...(I know this is an 1100)

What bike would you like to see Japan build?
According to the internet, the GL1100 weighs 700+lbs wet.

there are plenty of touring bikes available that are lighter than that, practically all of them in fact.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:15 PM   #18
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The original "theme" of this post was "why don't the manufacturers..." Taking some lead off a Goldwing or HD may be seen as an act of valor to us, but... what about at the source? Someone like Honda surely has enough bread to try something -- anything -- new. In the details there's stuff. But...
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #19
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Maybe I am overlooking something, but I can't think of a true touring bike in the 1000cc neighborhood, from Japan. It seems to me the closest you can get is an underpowered, overweight cruiser, or over-powered, overweight sport tourer like a ST1300 or Concours.
You may have romanticized the GL1100 a bit too much. At 83 HP and 700lbs, it basically IS an overweight, underpowered cruiser. Something like the V-Star 1300 Tourer is functionally equivalent.

You want to go sub-liter, Yamaha also has an 1100 Silverado and a 950 Tourer, and that is just one manufacturer.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #20
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Why don't they increase the range of touring bikes? Better mileage and fuel capacity mean more riding and fewer stops. I think 350 miles per tank is a reasonable goal. How often do you stop on a gold wing?
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:51 PM   #21
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Yup, strip off all the extraneous crap and there is a nice bike underneath.

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:03 PM   #22
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Why don't they build a modern version of this bike. Touring amenities, comfort, light weight (for a touring bike), low maintenance, decent handling, good brakes and suspension...



I saw one of these the other day. Perfectly restored. It looked so much better than it's overgrown, overweight descendants...

I think the world needs a good 1000cc touring bike from Japan...(I know this is an 1100)

What bike would you like to see Japan build?
The first modern bike I think of when I see that picture is the Versys 1000....
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #23
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Why don't they increase the range of touring bikes? Better mileage and fuel capacity mean more riding and fewer stops. I think 350 miles per tank is a reasonable goal. How often do you stop on a gold wing?
My old GL1500 had the worst range of any 100% road bike I ever owned.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:41 PM   #24
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Maybe this thing. Probably not. Never mind me. I'm just getting antzy to find out just what it is.

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-...ike/21471.html
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:42 PM   #25
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Honda made the bike I wanted for several years, just wouldn't send them here...



When Honda does send over functional, reliable, economical, mid sized bikes only a few folks like me buy them...the PC800 was one of the best bikes I've ever owned....



If they built a Pacific Coast with larger ergos to fit me now, and a little more HP/CC to move the extra weight I'd buy one of them as well...

Dang sure ain't holding my breath on that one though...
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:35 AM   #26
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:20 AM   #27
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add the hard bags and powder coat the wheels black, and I don't know how I could live without it! It looks like it may be out of production, though.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:21 AM   #28
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Dunno, still listed in our local (EU) Honda site.
Costs 50% more then a Bandit 1250 tho.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:30 PM   #29
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Dunno, still listed in our local (EU) Honda site.
Costs 50% more then a Bandit 1250 tho.

I think you are correct - I found it listed as a 2013 model on Honda Japan's site.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:36 PM   #30
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You may have romanticized the GL1100 a bit too much. At 83 HP and 700lbs, it basically IS an overweight, underpowered cruiser. Something like the V-Star 1300 Tourer is functionally equivalent.

You want to go sub-liter, Yamaha also has an 1100 Silverado and a 950 Tourer, and that is just one manufacturer.

Actually I was thinking more along the lines of a dedicated touring bike, not a cruiser with bags and a windshield. I could be happy with 83hp and 600 pounds... it seems to me the choices now are cruisers with bags and a w's or "super sport touring" bikes like the FJR and the Concours that make way more power than I need or want and the ergos are just too "sporting".

I would like to have hard, detachable luggage, shaft drive, a full fairing with power w/s, a trunk, liquid cooling, fuel injection, comfort for two to ride all day...
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