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Old 10-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #31
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Well? How'd it go? This might be my next bike. This get's you out of the run of the mill bikes without going Italian.
I was told it was "Too Cloudy".

It will have to wait for another day :)

It is definatly the route I am leaning. The Lighter, Smaller, 1 man tourer.

Other than the Sprint, older VFRs, and the new Ninja 1000... am I missing any of the mini-tourers?

A ZX-10 with helibars maybe?
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #32
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #33
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other bike is a 1050 Tiger -- I suggest you settle on three cylinders, and go from there.

WHen I bought it, I was looking for a bike that was capable of travelling at high speed from the northern Chicago Suburbs to the area around Deal's Gap. And then be enjoyable to ride there.

The Tiger fit that selection criteria then, and still does.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:57 PM   #34
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... am I missing any of the mini-tourers?
How mini? After a full cross country and another 3/4 and back trip on the KLR I traded it for a Ninja 300, loving the hell out of it. The new engine is a gem. I've added a touring screen, a seat, a 15 tooth sprocket and I'll be doing my next big trips on it. Maybe you didn't mean that mini
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:03 PM   #35
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How about a Hayabusa?

Quite comfy to ride, especially on straight flat roads. Can't ever get bored with that monster of an engine.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:13 AM   #36
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How mini? After a full cross country and another 3/4 and back trip on the KLR I traded it for a Ninja 300, loving the hell out of it. The new engine is a gem. I've added a touring screen, a seat, a 15 tooth sprocket and I'll be doing my next big trips on it. Maybe you didn't mean that mini
Yeah... thats a little too mini. :) I could also put wheels on my weed whacker.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #37
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How about a Hayabusa?

Quite comfy to ride, especially on straight flat roads. Can't ever get bored with that monster of an engine.
You know thats the issue with the ZRX.

The engine is too torquey, too big.

I like to wick it up a little bit, without instantly going 100 MPH.

And on a ZRX 100 MPH feels like 150.

I feel like I am spending 90% of my time in the first 20% of the throttle, with sudden bursts of insane acceleration.

Today I am test riding two bikes.

A Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans



And a Yamaha Roadliner




Going to check out the ultra-heavyweight cruiser thing, and the half faired Italian tractor.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:20 AM   #38
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I love the deco styling of the big Stars.

I also love the classic styling of the goose.

With your criteria, it'll be hard to lose this game.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #39
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when i had my klr650 i had a bonnieville as my other bike.
the p ir worked well as they were very different and gave different sensations when riding.

since then i traded the klr for a vstrom650 and still have a bonnie to change things up.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #40
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Ok.

Took a half day off work, rode the ZRX for 500 miles, test rode 4 bikes.


WR250X = Hilariously underpowered, rode it on a whim. Did not haul my 220 lb butt with anything resembling haste. If I was a 100 lb women this would be a great bike.

07 ZX6 = Loved the revviness, did not like the riding position. Hard to look behind you, felt very locked in, sitting on my prostate was... interesting.

Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans = Weirdest bike ever. parts vibrated wildly that shouldnt vibrate wildly , cafe racer style close in bars + weird sideway shaft torque = odd low speed manuvering, kickstand is WAAAY out in the front of the bike, it had left the owner stranded 5 times due to a ..... wait for it...spring that cost 500 bucks to fix, and it was peeling paint everywhere... final drive, main engine cases, yikes. And yet, it was pretty cool.

Yamaha Roadliner = This bike was pretty neat. I liked it. But never in a million years would I buy it.

After all the bikes, I was pretty happy to jump back on the ZRX and own zoom off.

I havent found THE BIKE yet. Going to ride more tomorrow.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:39 PM   #41
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I bought a KLR to compliment my K bike. Then I bought the GSA to compliment the KLR but had to buy a Big Ruckus to do what it did not do well.
Moral of the story is ....." It is a vicious cycle" (pun intended) this compliment thing.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:49 PM   #42
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OK, how about a Bandit? Easy going middleweight sporty tourer.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #43
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #44
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A man walked into a bar and sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer, he heard a soothing voice say “nice tie!” Looking around, he noticed that the bar was empty except for himself and the bartender at the end of the bar. A few sips later the voice said “beautiful shirt“.
At this, the man called the bartender over. “Hey…I must be losing my mind,” he told the bartender. “I keep hearing these voices saying nice things, and there’s not a soul in here but us.“
“It’s the peanuts,” answered the bartender.
“Say what?“
“You heard me,” said the barkeep. “It’s the peanuts … they’re complimentary.“

I owned a ZRX.
Snoozefest.
Bought a BKing.
Much better handling.
Very comfortable.
A few more ponies.
Suspension--comfort and handling-- worthy of the GSXR name.
Didn't hold a candle to my 03 SV650N on a twisty road
or in the area of tire consumption.
However, you did say you live in land of flat.
That right there is your biggest problem.
You need to move.

And then buy an SV650.

Or could I suggest a scooter?
Lots of wind protection.
I don't like mine much because I live in the land of twisties,
but the Honda Silverwing is super comfy with the Givi
Airflow windscreen, has a decent saddle, built-in storage, gets
decent mileage, has long maintenance intervals, can be cheap
to buy, and straight lines are right up its alley.
And 65mph feels like 65mph. Take a test ride.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:11 PM   #45
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How mini? After a full cross country and another 3/4 and back trip on the KLR I traded it for a Ninja 300, loving the hell out of it. The new engine is a gem. I've added a touring screen, a seat, a 15 tooth sprocket and I'll be doing my next big trips on it. Maybe you didn't mean that mini

For those that understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not...

Hey, OP, how often do you travel at or over 100 MPH? Solo only? My 300 zips 2 up in the mountains without any hesitation. I, like you, have been on the open class bikes for a long time. My history includes 3 KTM 950s and 2 ZZR1200s. I get it, riding at 10% of the bikes capacity sucks. On the 300 you can use 60% all the time, and 100% once in awhile every time you ride it. My usual shift point is 6-7k RPM, and that leaves normal traffic far behind. It redlines at 13,000.

Don't knock what you haven't tried. With a few light mods the Ninja 300 has 40 RWHP, 370ish curb lbs. and easily hits 88 MPH in 4th gear. Acceleration from 90 to 106 requires a tuck and some room if you are a bigger guy, like myself.

The engine is one area that really doesn't need improvement. Brakes, suspension and seat all need work. At under $4800 new, it isn't hard to justify spending a few bucks to fix those things.
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