600/650 sportbikes set up for touring? lets see em...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by See red, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    Could you convert the GSX650F to an upright rider? Replace the seat, add hard bags, mount bars with a nice pullback for an upright experience, and a much taller windscreen and you have it. Maybe a Madstad add on screen? Radial tires, ABS and a modern chassis would be a huge upgrade from my modified Nighthawk. I would miss the shaft drive.

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  2. Grainbelt

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    It is fairly upright to begin with. Bars might be all it takes.

    And I wouldn't sweat the chain and sprockets, you can all but ignore them for 20,000 miles and then buy a new set.
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  3. RedEX

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    The current state of affairs, although I hesitate to call a Ninja 500 a real "sport bike". Now wearing a PowerBronze touring screen with MRA Vario spoiler including custom-cut (larger) spoiler, although I alternate between that and a Madstad screen. Bar risers, heated grips, HVMP bar ends, highway pegs, Corbin seat, and full set of Givi hard luggage. Very few options for mounting the Givi's to an EX500 so I had to fabricate my own mounts. Changed out the fork springs and rear shock spring as well. Getting a solid 55+ mpg riding two-up. Just rolled over 31,000 miles on it. With it's 4.8 gallon tank I never worry about gassing up until about 200 miles on the trip-meter. Sort of like a "mini-Concours"!

    The cases are E-21's and a V-35 topcase.

    Yea I know, it's not a 600/650!

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  4. DynaSport

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    Your man card back please.
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  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    That is excellent! Good work on the racks, it is too bad that the aftermarket ignored the EX500 and GS500, at least in North America.
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  6. RedEX

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    Thanks Grainbelt! Yea I agree, there is no mounting system for Givi sidecases available, with the only other option being the (very pricy!) Hepco & Becker set-up, which IMO is kind of ugly anyway. So I made my own. Hey I'm on a budget, why else would I own an EX500 in the first place? :lol3

    I was at a local dealership recently, ostensibly to look at some kind of big scooter for my girlfriend, and when I heard the sticker price on the Yamaha T-Max I thought, "Hell I could buy two EX500's for that price!" :eek1

    The topcase is not quite as big (in relation to the bike) as the camera angle portrayed in this photo. Had the Madstad windscreen on for this shot.

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  7. TinyBear

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    Only wish you guys in the states got the CBF600.

    Great little sporty touring machine. Took mine cross canada and back again couple months back and LOVED it. Had a couple 900km days and although tired was ready and happy to be in the saddle the next day. The whole point of the trip was to ride with family in BC so in the 23 days we were on bikes the whole time and could not be happier.

    Bike was awesome has factory side bags a Gears HUGE tank bag and a Gears Navigator tail pack(with tent/sleepingbag and fuel gerry can straped too it). The seat is adjustable 1" in hight and has heated grips (came in handy on many mountain passes). And i aint no small guy at 6' 265lbs.

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  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    What? This thing?
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    Ok, ok!
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    Probably gonna swap it for a maxi scoot tho, not comfortable enough.

    The Honda CBF600 is an excellent bike tho!
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  9. Shivanshu

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    Thats a great rear box on the Ninja bro, what about soft side bags or the hard case box.

    Also wanted to see some more FZ6 pics with touring capabilities :)
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  10. RedEX

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    That CBF600 and the FZ6 look like they'd be pretty well-matched. FZ6 would be on my short list for sure.
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  11. Texcollect

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  12. Shivanshu

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  13. Texcollect

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    For me it was easy !!! They don't sell the CBF600 in the US.
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  14. RedEX

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    Yea basically! Although I don't know specs for the CBF- from what I've seen of the FZ6, that pushes all my buttons except maybe fuel mileage. How does the Honda compare? (And, how hard is it to bring one into the states? Windsor Ontario is just across the river! :evil)
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  15. Grainbelt

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    I've never seen worse than 45, even fully loaded at interstate speeds or flogging it. 50 is average.

    What 100hp bike do you know of that does better?
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  16. HPTuner

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    Yep... first tank in my FZ6 resulted in 55.5 mpg. Last tank dropped to 52 mpg because of happy wrist! :D
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  17. RedEX

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    55 mpg? Really? :huh Damn you people! (...quietly examines balance statement of children's college funds...:wink:)
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  18. Cortez

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    Other then being faster, and a lot more revvy, they're rather similar.

    The CBF is more comfortable, has an adjustable seat, softer suspension,
    a LOT more torque down low (subjectively anyways, a 600 i a 600).

    The CBF is very similar to the GSX650F/Bandit 650 and people who want
    a comfortable sport-tourer here in EU usually choose between those two.

    The FZ6 is more of a minivan with a ferrari engine, awesome power punch
    up top.
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  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    BMW F800 series.
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  20. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    I've set up my EX500 for touring as well!

    Well..okay, it's more of a Touring Dirt Chopper.....but it's got lots of luggage, and at one time was a sport bike!

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    Luggage is a GIVI Wingrack, with 2 45 liter and one 30 or 35 liter case.


    Too many other mods to mention...but I'll admit that the new handlebars aren't really a huge improvement over the stock clipon/bolton bars.

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