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Old 08-28-2014, 07:09 PM   #1
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Vanishing point?

I’m a sport bike guy, who also likes to tour 2-3 weeks a year. The advances in suspension, tires, brakes, etc have finally caught up with the explosion in horsepower…all good, both for sport or tour. The trend toward lighter weight also works for both worlds. Race bike ergonomics are easy & inexpensive to modify with bar risers, aftermarket wind screens & seats, peg lowering, etc. There is , however, one trend that is beginning to worry me. The ass end of many current bikes (sport and standards) seems to be disappearing. There is less & less structure behind the rider to support a small luggage rack or even throw-over bags. I understand the desire for mass centralization, but at some point we’ll wind up with nothing back there but a sprocket & a big sticky tire. I’m not talking about bodywork here, I mean the actual sub frames that support everything aft of the riders butt. Even packing light, a 2 week camping tour needs at least 30 lbs. maybe more. Many of the sub frames currently don’t look like they would handle that standing still, much less bouncing over the sort of potholes & frost heaves that I regularly encounter. I’ve seen lots of bike fashions come & go (remember 16” wheels?) but I’ll be looking for a new bike in 2 years time & I may not be able to wait this one out. Anyone else worried by this whittling away of the stern structure?
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #2
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I agree

Probably a new aftermarket in the making.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:17 PM   #3
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yes, and that's why I bought a DL650 (and then a DL650A)
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:40 AM   #4
Oh boy that was close
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They make bikes for carrying you and your stuff on tour and the manufacturers don't tout how light they are in the ad copy. In two years look for a sport tourer or adventure tourer.
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:48 AM   #5
U'mmmm yeaah!!
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This is where the FZ6-7-9, Ninja, and similar models come into play. When you cross riding types, comprises have to be made.

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