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Old 10-12-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Touring on Naked Bikes

Most of my riding experience has been on naked bikes, and for relatively short distances in (generally) good weather.

Unfaired bikes strike me as having a few advantages: They're cheaper to buy and insure (the illustrative quote I got for a K1300R was two thirds of that of a K1300S), the (lack of) aerodynamics keep speeds in check, they're generally 10 - 20 kg lighter, and often look cooler.

My brother rides a Speed Triple, and his love affair with nakeds is weakening after crossing the Pennines on it in inclement weather. Plus he found distance to be tiring on it.

So I was wondering what the general opinion is. The Triple isn't exactly the most comfortable bike, so that won't help. Nor does it have any wind protection. (Do those small screens help?)

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Old 10-12-2009, 09:56 AM   #2
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Some people have crossed the Altnatic ocean in row boats.. so what-ever floats your boat. I've done 1500 mile ride on Street TRIPLE, and had a blast. I've done another 1000 miles on a Speed TRIPLE, and had just as much fun.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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Where's the problem if you're travelling on a bike you like? Doing 2 nice things at a time.

I "enjoyed" 14 days of rains and snowfalls in a 17 days tour to the Balcans with my naked bike.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #4
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Yes, a small screen helps. I had a Slipstreamer Spitfire screen on a DR, and found it actually more comfortable, wind-wise, than that abomination of a fairing on the V-Strom. Which itself is still better than not having one, as it keeps the wind pressure off your chest and neck at least.

I think a naked bike with soft luggage and a smaller, removable windscreen would be a fine way to travel.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:21 AM   #5
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I have naked bikes & bought a fairing for one.....
If I wuz to travel any long distance I would much prefer the one with the fairing.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:36 AM   #6
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You just have to set it up right. rhys' ride:

Originally Posted by rhys

Ok, it's half-faired, but you could get a screen for a 'true' naked.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:31 PM   #7
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I had five middle weight naked bikes before my Super Blackbird - I much prefer the greater power and protection of this faired motorcycle for the type of riding I now mostly do, which is higher speed and longer distance. A common type of riding in the Western US, with long deserts, high plains and great mountains. Given the mountains and canyons, the motorcycle still needs to "handle", though! This one does.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:50 PM   #8
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I guess the quarter-fairing on my FZ1 doesn't really qualify it as completely naked, but it's close, and it sure is a great bike for touring...

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Old 10-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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I've toured all over the country on a TL100S, 919 and Bandit - all naked or half-naked. I don't get why anyone would want a fully faired bike - I find them hot, turbulent and a bit boring.

I don't even agree that a small screen necessarily helps - you only need to reduce wind pressure on chest etc if the ergonomics of the bike are all wrong for the speeds you ride. If the bike is setup correctly gravity and wind pressure have a way of canceling eachother out.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:40 PM   #10
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Fly screens make a difference, and the aerodynamics of half-faired and fully-faired bikes are closer than one would think because it's very difficult to clean up the airflow on the bottom half of a motorcycle. Plus, much of that airflow on a fully-faired bike is channeled to feed the radiator, rather than to reduce drag. In one example, a CBR600 without a fairing had 17% more drag than with its fairing. Source: "The Science of Speed", UK's Bike Magazine, June 2008.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:47 PM   #11
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The best sport-touring bike I've owned to date was my 03 Tuono. It fit me well, and being from Italy, was geared to the moon- which is nice at 75mph.

And the power...

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:16 PM   #12
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I went from California to Ohio and back on an Goldwing back in the 70's. This was when they were a naked bike.

I don't care much for big windshields. Part of the thrill of motorcycle riding is feeling the wind.

To me riding with a windshield is like having sex with a rubber. I'm not saying it still isn't fun. It just doesn't feel as good.
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Old 10-12-2009, 07:49 PM   #13
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how much of your riding is going to realistically be long distance touring?

this site is filled with people that seem to buy a lot of their bikes based on their trips which might only account for 2 weeks out of the year or 10% of their mileage for the year

I'd rather have my speed triple which is an absolute blast to ride and suck it up for the long distance stuff than compromise and have something more "economical or sensible or multi-use"
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:05 PM   #14
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Can't tour on a naked? Says who?

I will concede it's not the most comfy, and after 1100km the last few hundred highway clicks were a PITA. But it's my only bike, I commute on it, I go out for fun day trips and longer road trips. Does it all, and the mini windhsield actually works well.

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Old 10-12-2009, 08:41 PM   #15
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I am on my 2nd BMW R1150R, and used to do 450klm trips on the 1st one with no issues.
With a fly screen, or the one I have now has a taller screen, I am more than happy. As stated, it also keeps your speeds down, so no money loss

I would rather have a bike that fits me comfortably, rather than great weather protection, and so so comfort.
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