Best Sport Tourer in Mid 500 lb Range

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  1. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Hey there inmates,

    What would be your choice of a ST bike in mid-500 lb range? The bike should accomodate either factory or aftermarket hard side panniers. This is an ideal weight for a bike for me, which is not too light so as to be unstable at side wind and not too heavy to be cumbersome at parking lot speed. At this weight if you drop it alone in a remote area, you can still pick it up all by yourself. Bikes in this weight range also seem to fit my physical attributes as well. I'm 5'9" with 30" inseam.
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  2. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    Take a look at the BMW GS with the factory lowered suspension..:clap
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  3. Fudge

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    I just picked up an R1200R for exactly this purpose. I wanted a lighter bike for touring and I am also 5'9 with a 30" inseam. Another good option may be an F800ST, even lighter than the R bike. The R is naked, but there are lots of screen options available.
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  4. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    You just described my overloaded KLR with Pelican storms on most days... I wont tell you how far into the 500 lb range she goes.... and it does not care. A glutton for punishment.

    Oh, you said MOTORCYCLES and not farm machinery, sorry, apologies... where are my overalls. :1drink
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  5. omnivore

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  8. Lager Meister

    Lager Meister Work less, ride more

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    R1200RT.

    I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam and can easily flat foot my 2012 RT with the standard seat. Lots of creature comforts available... electrically adjustable windshield, electronic cruise, audio system with iPod integration and Sirius XM, heated grips/seat, factory hard luggage, ESA, ASC, TPM, etc, etc.
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  9. Dust_

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    I'd say look at the new kawasaki Versys 1000, loads of power, bags of torque, 239kg wet weight, good wind protection and it looks dam good!!!
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  10. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    I used to have '04 R1150RT. I'm not sure how 2012 RT compares but 1150RT was just too heavy, top heavy pork of a machine. It did not fit my height at all. Sold it after one riding season.
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  12. bret312

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    +1 for the Multistrada. Not sure about the height because I'm 6'2" but it has the light weight and performance. It's a fun bike when you're not touring as well.

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  13. Lager Meister

    Lager Meister Work less, ride more

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    I don't find my 1200RT to be particularly top heavy, but I guess it depends what you're used to. It definitely falls within the weight range you said you're aiming for. The RT is at the touring/comfort end of the sport touring spectrum, but is still sporty enough (at least for me) to be thoroughly enjoyable when the roads get twisty. The creature comforts really enhance the riding experience for me, especially on longer trips. YMMV.

    If you're looking for something more at the sport end of the spectrum, you might want to look for a used or new left-over K1300GT.

    Good luck with your search. :beer
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  14. Dust_

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    how about the moto guzzi norge? It's a little heavier than your aim, but it makes up with that massive torque!!! and it is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L
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  15. NJ-Brett

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    That is a bike you are talking about?
    My car does not have all that stuff.



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  16. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    I was looking hard at Norge at one point. Never got around to trying out one. I agree MG's make beautiful machines. I ought to know; I have a MG V11 Lemans, one of my favorite of all times, but one Goose is enough for me.
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  17. sfrider300

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    Hello, this is my first post here. I have an F800ST. Someone who wants a touring-capable bike but wants to keep it light should consider this bike. At 460 lbs wet, it's more "sport" 'than "tourer," and actually it's not that much sport for the money, but it's a very sensible, efficient bike that can handle a wide range of riding. As a tourer, it's very stable and comfortable for being so light and flickable. You're still dealing with a fair bit of wind, but personally I'm fine with that.

    The fun part is on the twisties. I've ridden a few different bikes down route 1 in California, and the F800ST really hits the sweet spot for that kind of road.

    The main thing I dislike about it is the sound of the engine. It's horrible, and from what I can tell, it gets worse over time as these engines always seem to develop a rattle.
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  18. Jim K.

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    I was looking for exactly the same last year. In an age when any number of 600cc bikes are boasting 120 HP, displacement is almost meaningless. The folks at BMW who designed the 800 ST must have been reading my mind. It has everything I want in a motorcycle, power, agility, middle of the road ergonomics, good luggage capacity ( that's easily removed, leaving little evidence of brackets) , reputation for reliability, moderate weather protection, ABS, it's all there in a very attractive, mid-sized package. Unfortunately, one eventually gets to the deal breaker. It's generally a paper tag hanging off the handle bar. It has a number on it which has one too many digits before the decimal point. The price here in Ct would have approached $14,000 (give or take, the dealer was unimpressed by my 11 year old Connie trade-in ) by the time I could roll off the lot. Try as I might (& I tried a lot) I just could'nt spend that much. I could fly to Milan, rent a Honda Hornet & ride the Alps for 10 days for three years in a row for that kind of change. I found a left-over 2009 Suzuki GSX 650 F, factory warranty, same HP, same weather protection, only slightly heavier, good ergos, out the door, with trade-in, tax, registration, the works, for $4880. I added heated grips & a luggage rack & centerstand & I'm still under $5300.00. Is the 800ST better? I'm sure it is. Is it 250% better? I'm sure it isn't. I'd say look around for a GSX 650 F (that's the F remember, the sheep in wolf's clothing, NOT the 600 R) They are still out there & the prices on them are very negotiable.
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  19. sfrider300

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    Well, there is that same dilemma whenever you're thinking about a european bike -- you can compare it to something japanese that at least appears to (and might in fact) give more bang for the buck. The GSX 650F is about 70 lbs heavier and several horses shy of the F800ST, but to any given rider, that may not matter. I think it's a little on the heavy side for that engine. But regardless, it sure looks like a great value.
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