ADV bikes vs ST bikes on the road

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Colorado_Rider, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. klaviator

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    I bought an R1100GS primarily as a street bike that I could occasionally take on a dirt road. Useless? Lets see. It was nearly as good of a two up touring bike as my Venture 1200. Solo I rode up to 800 miles per day. It worked as well as my buddies Duc 916/GSXR750/900RR etc for sport riding in the smokies. There was nothing that it didn't do well except for real off road riding. There simply wasn't another bike available that could match it for overall performance at that time. Shorter travel BMW's like the R1100RS couldn't match it as a sport bike without modifications due to lack of cornering clearance.

    One of the biggest advantages of most ADV style bikes is the wide handlebars and upright seating position which makes them feel lighter. For example, I swapped bikes with friend on occasion. Compared to the R1100GS an RC51 or CBR600F3 felt heavy, even though they where lighter bikes.

    The R1200GS is a big improvement over my old R1100GS. I would pick it over any current sport touring bike.
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  2. TexaNate

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    +1. I'm surprised so many are going on about suspension travel (which can be compensated for at least in part with adjustment/rebuilding/etc.) when something as basic as ergos can get overlooked. (of course ergos can be adjusted as well!)

    If you go to cycle-ergo.com (or sit on a bike, if you have access) you'll notice sport touring bikes (F800ST, VFR, Ninja 1000 and the like) have more forward lean which puts your weight on your wrists at low speed/no acceleration. However, as you get up to speed, the acceleration force plus wind force takes the weight off your wrists. So for a given amount of forward lean, there is a given speed/acceleration combo that holds you up perfectly, without the need to put any weight off your wrists (while taking some tiny bit of weight off your bum too!).

    IMO it's easier to be on an upright bike and lean forward when the wind/acceleration picks up, as opposed to trying to lean back on a bike that has the bars far forward and low. But that's just my opinion.

    ADV bikes are also generally taller and have less intense knee and hip bends. Whether you like this or not is down to preference - it's all good in my book:clap.

    If I were describing the two bikes to someone who had never seen either, I'd say ADV bikes were descended (LONG descended) from the big dirtbikes that raced in Dakar and stuff while sport tourers were descended from sportbikes. Both are distance oriented and both are well loved by a lot of people. It's just two directions from which to approach the same problem.
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    Recon I'd need the FZ6 (dirtbike) fer that. :freaky
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    At 6'4" this above becomes the hit or miss for all day in the saddle. I'm all done with sport touring torture racks. The Triumph Explorer will put the sport in touring all day long with a happy back and passenger.
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    Drinking and typing....not a great combination for you, is it?
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  6. Wraith Rider

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    You could have stopped writing here because you alredy stated you got her for occasionally dirt road riding. That's exactly what these bikes are made for so you made the right choice.
    However, the sacrifice is that on the street the street-specialized bikes you mentioned work slightly better. (For the Venture I don't know it but for the sports bikes it's quite clear.)
    I chose a similar compromise but I don't lie to myself about the bike being as good as a specialized one.

    To me that would be more of a disadvantage. I don't get all the guys who cripple their sports tourers with bar risers and the like.
    I really like the stable and precise feel of the sporty geometry and that I - as well as the bike for that matter - am not to flip over backwards while accelerating. The a bit indifferent feel between the legs on ADV bikes as well is not made for me.

    That's a thing of personal preference. It's alright if it's better for you on ADV style bikes, but it's no general advantage - there's a reason why street bikes developed in another direction.
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  7. klaviator

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    There is a reason why so many people buy ADV style bikes even if they have no plans of riding off road. Overall, they work better than the more specialized bikes.

    I bought my R1100GS to replace my Yamaha Venture:

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    In many ways the R1100GS was a better touring bike than the Venture although I did have to invest in a Corbin seat to make the GS comfortable on a long ride. The GS had a better ride, and it handled better, on or off the pavement. The GS had the added bonus of being a VERY GOOD sport bike on the tight twisty roads that I prefer to ride. When riding with guys on bikes like Duc 916, Honda CBR900RR, KAW ZX-11, etc, I never felt like I was at any disadvantage until speeds got over 100MPH. We seldom rode that fast. I also thought that the GS was more comfortable than any of those sport bikes. I really don't see how I was compromising with the GS. Buying a sport bike would have been a compromise. Besides, I also had a sportbike when I got the GS.
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    Yeah like SUVs are the better overall street-cars and perform as well as sports cars. Sure.

    Really, I don't have a problem with the SUV-bike-craze, whatever makes you happy - no matter if it's a HD or a SUV-bike. But why try to convince everyone it was as good as a sports bike as a sports bike? If that was the case, sports bikes would look like SUV-bikes.
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    "But why try to convince everyone it was as good as a sports bike as a sports bike?"

    is someone claiming this? No, ADV bikes are never AS sporty as a dedicated sportsbike, BUT the sportiest ADV bikes can actually satisfy almost everybody except the most dedicated sportsbike riders, AND at the same time, they can do shitload of other staff, that true sportsbikes would be very uncomfortable for. Any less than perfect road surfaces, and the difference becomes even more clear. Someone like you might still want to torture themselves on a sportsbike, and think it's the best choice. Go ahead, it's a free world.
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    klaviator is.

    Again you are proving that you know nothing about "someone like me". I never tortured myself on a sportsbike. I don't even ride them for extended periods of time.
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    don't get me wrong, I've had some of the best rides and track days on a full-on sportsbike. But they just aren't very comfortable, they are focussed on sportiness, comfort is secondary. Carrying travel stuff on them is a bitch, too.
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    I'm actually surprised that there is even a debate regarding the real world performance of ADV v's sports bikes. I ride with a number of clubs which comprise a mix of ADV and sports bikes of around the 1 liter capacity. Over a typical 400? kilometer day ride comprising good fast experienced riders but who still want to keep their licence, there will be no noticeable performance difference between the ADV and sports bike riders. None, zero, zilch. Everyone gets from point A to point B within a few minutes of each other.

    Probably the only difference I can see is in the clubs with younger riders (under 35) they want to be able to ride their sport bikes at track days.
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    See? Now we are using the same language.

    IF it was because of the bike, what I don't think, I'd consider several minutes a quite noticeable difference.
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    Club riders are not on a race track, they are generally on narrow winding public roads being shared with other vehicles. Any spirited group ride I've ever been on arrives at the next location a bit spread out, primarily because of overtaking opportunities, and those game (or stupid depending on your point of view) to overtake where other will not.
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    In my experience with group rides the fast ones got away because they were faster, only seldom because of overtaking opportunities (small winding backroads with little traffic), and waited at the next intersection.
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    ??????

    You are putting words into my mouth. I said that on the roads and conditions that I normally rode on, I did not feel any I was at any disadvantage on my GS. Different roads and higher speeds might have been different. I don't have anything against sport bikes. However, for the riding I do, an ADV style bike simply works better and makes more sense. If my idea of riding was to ride long distance on high speed roads then I would consider a sport touring bike.

    However, we don't really have "high speed roads" here in the U. S. The closest we have are interstate highways which which tend to be boring so I avoid them as much as possible.

    If I ever decide to do track days I may get a sport bike although I'd get something around 600cc or smaller, not a big bike.
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    I put nothing into your mouth. You said something about "riding in the smokies" and you didn't feel any "disadvantage until speed got over 100mph". So I thought we were talking about exactly that.

    Just to clarify it, is this (speed in kph, not mph)

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    a long distance on a high speed road for you? (The friendly guys in blue at the beginning are our policemen, their car is seen again later in the video.)
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    That road looks like a German Version of Deal's Gap, complete with police and way too much traffic. Deals Gap also appears to be twistier although that is sometimes hard to tell from a video. Unfortunately, the speed limit at Deals Gap has been dropped to 30 MPH and is heavily enforced. It used to be 55.

    Many of my favorite roads have much tighter curves than the one in your video. Some of them also turn into dirt at some point.
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    Dirt is a completely different story, as I said in the beginning, if you stay on paved roads all the time and never ever go dirt, then go for the ST bike. When you talked about riding together with sport bikes under 100mph I didn't know you really meant riding under 40mph, partly on dirt.

    Speed limit in my video is 50kph = 31mph and over the rumble strips 30kph = 19mph.
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    We can't really do that here. Staying on paved road eliminates about 90% of the roads in my state.
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