Can FZ6 Tour?

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  1. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    How'd you mount the top case?
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  2. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    In Leanings (the first book) Egan writes about a Honda 50 (not a Bridgestone) in an article called Because it's Small, published in March, 1978. And the state park he visited with his friend on the bicycle was about 150 miles away.

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  3. spconley

    spconley Been here awhile

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    I see soft bags on some of the pictures, but other posts say you can't use them on the fz6 due to the exhaust? Anyone touring with softbags on an fz6 and do you have any issues?
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  4. mrphotoman

    mrphotoman Long timer

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    Of course you can use soft luggage with zero issues.
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  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    ^ this. It is not a problem. The exhaust is tucked behind the bodywork, so even without proper saddlebag stays you'd be fine. :thumb
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  6. XTreme

    XTreme Mucho Macho

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    No problem at all......

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  7. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I second that, although I just got the givi kit (which I do not actually like) I have also ran a pair of Ortlieb dry bags and they fit perfectly on the bike. No sag at all.

    while Im here, I have a Ventura rack that I no longer use.

    I quit using the FZ for touring and will probably sell the bike soon.

    Anyone interested?
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  8. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I made stays for mine out of pvc. I got the idea from Sportrider.net. Worked great, only cost a few $$$, and easy off when not needed. Having said that, lots of people don't worry about it. The bigger issue is probably scratching the body work with the throw over bags.
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  9. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I did 4000 miles in 3 months of ownership on a naked FZ6, with just a
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  10. JLock07

    JLock07 Been here awhile

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    I am still in limbo on the bike situation I would love a Tiger 800xc but its a little out of the price range and I do think the vstrom would be a bit boring when not going 100+ miles. I think the FZ6 may be the answer.
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  11. Sun Ray

    Sun Ray Polyglottic Moran

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    Of course! There are people touring on Silverwing scooters and 250 Ninjas.
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  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I did 12k miles on a 30hp scooter last year.. Biggest trip I've taken yet was on it, from all the bikes I owned (listed in my sig line).
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  13. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Marsee magnetic tankbag, the only magnetic that fits this bike right. I have 2 slightly different models. I lately however have been using a GiantLoop Fandango, perfect fit. And I tried about 15 different tankbags.

    Side bags for ages were the Ortlieb throwovers, again, I must have a dozen sets of saddlebags around and tried them all, the Ortliebs are a perfect fit for the seat and the shape of the rear bodywork.

    Rear rack was the Ventura rack and bag.

    Right now however I have a GIVI siderack and E21 cases (sometimes swapped for E50 cases).

    I removed the Ventura rear rack since I just do not tour on this bike (it's available if anyone would like it).

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  14. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    FZ6X! :clap
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  16. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    That actually sucked, as I had the air pressure too high for the slab run down, then got sorta sidetracked in the bluff country. :shog

    It does fine on gravel once you get used to it.

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    More fun on the twisty two-lane we have in that part of the state.

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    Never have any issues keeping up with my father on his big dork bike. :lol3

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    Wandering around Lake Superior is always nice.

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  17. Grainbelt

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    Can you tell it is winter here? :cry
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  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Ooh, I like that big dork bike!

    I think the FZ6 is the least capable offroad bike of the stuff listed in my sig
    line because of the high center of mass, the ER6 did fine, and scooters too,
    especially the 125.

    edit:
    Speaking of Lake Superior, my friend just spoke about it, something about a cruise
    on it.. he lives in Postdam/NY. You close?
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  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  20. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Uhh, no. :rofl

    http://goo.gl/maps/3nqXl

    You sure he didn't say Lake Ontario?
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