Best Sport Tourer in Mid 500 lb Range

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ninepeaks9, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. oio

    oio Been here awhile

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    Sport touring is an adventure.... Here is an option. The KTM worked for me on many 3,000+ mile trips.
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  2. ninepeaks9

    ninepeaks9 Been here awhile

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    Looks to be pretty light rig. Does it get blown around much in side winds?
  3. TSRT97

    TSRT97 I am third

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    R1100RT, R1150RT, R1200RT. The newer they are the better they get at doing exactly what you want to do.
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    jon_l Long timer

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    The 990 is a little lighter than the other bikes mentioned in this thread, but at 500 lbs wet, it's not like is's a lightweight to be tossed around by trucks and cross-winds like a dirt bike. Specs
  6. jonemiles

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    Everyone has different ideas of perfect ergo's. Start here, make a list. Test ride them...

    http://cycle-ergo.com/


    500-525lb. wet ST ? 2013 Mulitstrada S Touring. Call dealer, test ride one and decide.

    KTM 1190

    If spending long days in the saddle touring, high end suspension soaking up those little bumps may be worth the extra $$$. Light weight adventure / touring bikes cost more.

    Good Luck
  7. 10/10ths

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    ....and a well tuned V-Strom is a FANTASTIC Sport-Touring motorcycle.

    I joined the Ducati Monster club on a group ride through the Texas Hill Country, and THEY were trying to keep up with ME on my ole' DL650 "Wee-Strom."

    I'm a little guy, 5'9" with a 29" inseam. I weigh 180.

    I can pick this bike up when I drop her.

    She gets 50 mpg.

    She can go 220 miles between gas stations.

    She handles like a dream with an aftermarket shock and fork emulators and Pilot Road 3 Trail tires.

    The luggage you see here is small, but you can just as easily load up with 120 liters of hard luggage AND a passenger with zero problems.

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    V-Strom@TexasBorder by Shooter158, on Flickr

    Good luck.
  8. GsxrBots

    GsxrBots Random Stranger..

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    No love for the 'Busa? :cry

    Here's mine..

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    HeliBars, Corbin seat, lowered footpegs, and an MRA windshield (not in pic) make this a very capable sport tourer. I get a longer fuel range than that Harley Bagger in the pic, and a hell of a lot more fun to ride. :D
  9. gimpy9195

    gimpy9195 Been here awhile

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    love the busa..but gotta have love for the K bikes from BMW. I've tried the Multistrada and R12R... K is where it's at!

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    I rode one, and didn't feel it. Not sure why. I love the Beemer twins, but the 4 cyl just felt wrong.. :cry
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    stevie t some dude, somewhere....

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    Works for me....

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    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm ... lovely. :tb
  13. blacktruck

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    Take two on trying to post this message.
    My vote goes for the Norge. I've got an 11 model in the fastest color. It's plenty fast and comfortable and has good range and is comfortable for two up riding. No stereo of anything like that but it's an awesome ride anyway. I've got the factory trunk so for most trips storage isn't a problem and comfort for the passenger is good too. Not the mainstream choice I'm sure but for me, it's the one for an ST bike. I was a bit shy about the smallish dealer network but I got past that. For me and my style of riding, it gets my vote.
  14. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    The Moto Guzzi Norge can keep up with the best of them and go anywhere, even through the redwood ...

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    I haven't ridden a lot of the other brands of ST bikes so my perspective may be a little skewed. The Norge fit me perfectly. 5' 11" and 205 and the ergos was right. Before I bought it, I was pouring over all I could find like a mad man trying to find a reason not to buy it. I mean really, what the hell was I thinking? No dealer close and I've never even sat on one before. The styling was the first thing, I knew that wasn't a good reason to buy. I've done that in the past. Sometimes good and sometimes not so much. After emailing owners and reading all I could find, I went for it. Put 2K miles on it before I came back to work. Loved every mile of it. A lot of good reactions from people I don't think I would have gotten any reaction from with my HD. This is the first bike I've owned with a hundred HP from the factory. Kinda fun but you have to watch or you'll find yourself in triple digits and riding comfortably. As I said earlier, my vote goes to the Norge.
    But with that being said, there is a reason they build so many different brands and types of bikes.
    Ride safe on something and have fun.
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    I haven't ridden a lot of the other brands of ST bikes so my perspective may be a little skewed. The Norge fit me perfectly. 5' 11" and 205 and the ergos was right. Before I bought it, I was pouring over all I could find like a mad man trying to find a reason not to buy it. I mean really, what the hell was I thinking? No dealer close and I've never even sat on one before. The styling was the first thing, I knew that wasn't a good reason to buy. I've done that in the past. Sometimes good and sometimes not so much. After emailing owners and reading all I could find, I went for it. Put 2K miles on it before I came back to work. Loved every mile of it. A lot of good reactions from people I don't think I would have gotten any reaction from with my HD. This is the first bike I've owned with a hundred HP from the factory. Kinda fun but you have to watch or you'll find yourself in triple digits and riding comfortably. As I said earlier, my vote goes to the Norge.
    But with that being said, there is a reason they build so many different brands and types of bikes.
    Ride safe on something and have fun.
  17. OneTraveller

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    The 1200 Multistrada is absolutely amazing. Easily as comfortable as my R1150RT was, but 100lbs lighter (475 dry) and with a motor that changes the definition of usable power, this thing is crazy fast.

    No it doesn't have a barn door to hide behind, but it's simply a far more rideable bike than either my BMW or my old Connie. Better balance, better brakes, considerably lighter, same mpg (45 avg and still in the break in period), longer valve adjustment interval.

    If you are looking in this arena, and the entry fee doesn't scare you, then you need to test ride this bike.

    This bike will change Ducati. They only build 40,000 bikes per year. Half of them are Multistrada 1200s.

    Mike
  18. Rider

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    While I've always found Ducatis interesting and sexy, I've never seriously considered buying one. Until now.
    As I just purchased an FJR1300 a year ago and am not exactly awash in Fun Money to spend, it won't happen anytime soon. But for the first time ever, Balogna has produced a bike that I find actually practical, while maintaining that sexy side. :D
    So, Mike, what are maintenance requirements like? :ear
  19. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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    I just got back from a quick 3 day weekend trip through northern arizona and southern Utah on my 2010 multistrada 1200s. I'll second that it is an amazing sport touring rig - tons of power (even at 10000 feet), all day comfortable, great brakes. The more upright seating gives a great view of unfamiliar roads. Every time I ride it I'm amazed at what a complete package it is. I can't comment on the skyhook suspension but if its better than the ohlins than it must be amazing.
    As far as maintenance - oil changes every 7500, valves at 15000 miles. Oil changes are easy - the valve service I leave to someone else. Currently at 33000 miles and counting.
  20. OneTraveller

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    Service intervals are as Dave.O noted. With the exception that the 2013s have pushed the valve adjustment interval to 18,000 miles. New timing belts are recommended after 5 years.

    I haven't tried the Ohlins system, so I can't compare. The magazines that did were suitably impressed. For the non-Ducatisti, the Skyhook is the first semi-active suspension ever installed on a standard production motorcycle, think micro-servos and .002 second response times. BMW has installed a similar system in the 2013 HP4, but I wouldn't consider it as a standard production bike as only 250 were imported into the US.

    The Skyhook works directly with the 4 rider mode options to integrate with the throttle mapping and horsepower delivery, traction control, ABS sensitivity, and rebound/compression damping. All of these settings are adjustable so you can run with the factory presets, or customize to your liking.

    Mike