most comfortable touring with-a-bit-of-sport bike?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by CODan, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. paquo

    paquo Adventurer

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    I had an st 11 for a while and it was amazing at high speed sweepers, very stable it's weight helped it stay planted. On tighter turns you could feel the weight transitioning but it was fine because the cog was low enough. You cant really get a new st13 anymore so a close second for me would be a trophy as you can get serious deals.
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  2. WindBlast

    WindBlast Cunning Linguist

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    s1000xr.jpg Thought about one of these? I was just quoted an OTD price for a new 2016 at $17.5k with all 3 bags and a Nav6 GPS and every electronic gizmo known to man plus 160hp. I was impressed.
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  3. everetto

    everetto Been here awhile

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    Picked mine up last week, already loving it. I also got a GREAT deal on a new 2016. Did I mention The Motor........ !
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  4. CODan

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    well, I've pretty much decided on a 13 R1200RT like this

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    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    Congratulations on your decision.
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  6. Caveman33

    Caveman33 Dirt Diggler

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    Bring an alarm clock. That boxer can cure insomnia :D :hide
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  7. MacNoob

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    My choice as well. Shopping right now....
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  8. O.C. Mike

    O.C. Mike Sons of Arthritus M/C

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    Thanks for the update Dan.
    Enjoy...:beer
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  9. royal

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    I've owned an ST1300, Kawasaki C-14, a 2007 RT and a 2016 LC RT, among other heavier bikes (3 touring Harleys and and a BMW LT). So, I have some experience with these bikes. I have said before that if I could only ride an ST1300, I'd give up riding. My bike was completely unstable at speeds above 60. It threw an unbelievable amount of heat on my legs. I tried numerous windshields and never really got it to the point of smooth air. And, oh yeah, if you park it in the sun, the sunshine through the windshield would melt your dash. They actually had a term for it, dash branding. Hands down the most poorly engineered motorcycle I've ever ridden. I'm sorry some of you like it and I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade. If it makes you happy, then great. It didn't work that way for me.

    My C-14 was my first foray into inline 4's. Didn't like it. Inline 4's create high frequency vibes through the grips and it drove me crazy. It was like holding a bag of bees. My older RT was a great bike when it ran, which wasn't often. It stranded my 3 times in the first 7,000 miles and that was not acceptable. After I sold the RT, I went on a Harley jag. Electra Glide, Ultra Limited and finally a Road Glide. Had fun with them and I have nothing bad to say about any of them. But, I really liked my old RT when it was running. It was the best handling bike I had ever owned and I really enjoyed it. I watched when BMW came out with the LC RT to see how reliable they were proving to be. When I saw that they seemed pretty solid, I rolled the dice again and bought the 2016 RT. So far, so good. It's a great motorcycle that does many things very well. If there is a better all around motorcycle out there, I haven't found it.
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  10. nk14zp

    nk14zp Been here awhile

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  11. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    Concur. I have a 2015 BMW RT and it is as good as they say it is. It is the first bike I have owned that lives up to all the hype. Compared to my 2013 Electra Glide, it is a light-weight rocket. Currently have 12,000 miles on mine with not a lick of trouble.

    John
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  12. Caveman33

    Caveman33 Dirt Diggler

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    I had an R1200RS which is about 60-65 lbs. lighter than the RT. How is it that the RS was a dog and the RT is a "rocket?" Not to be contentious but am I missing something?
    There's nothing "sporty" about the boxer.. Nothing. My XR? Pretty darn sporty. K1300S? Yep that too. RS? snoozfest.
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  13. NarcoPolo

    NarcoPolo Been here awhile

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    Maybe you missed the part where he said, "Compared to my 2013 Electra Glide."
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  14. Caveman33

    Caveman33 Dirt Diggler

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    I suppose. Yet, I've heard others in the past refer to this bike as "sporty." Perhaps their previous bikes were 800's or cruisers, but I doubt that's a consistent pattern.
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  15. "None"

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    Ever ridden a maxi-scoot like Burgman 650, BMW scooters?

    Twist-n-go, triple digit speed, better stability with weight down low near the ground, plent of underseat storege without the bulk of external luggages.

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  16. BalancePoint

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    The ergonomics on the ST1300 are fantastic with regard to knee bend. I had one for quite a few miles and with a good seat, bar risers, and wind screen it's a supremely comfortable and surprisingly nimble miler. The wobble is utterly a non-issue. It pushes some heat from the engine, though. If you were OK with the FJR's heat it won't be a problem at all. The Beemers are going to check the boxes too, just be conditioned to the chances (not going to rate them) of reliability issues.
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  17. GeoAggie

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    Couldn't agree more. I've purchased newer sport-touring bikes but none have surpassed my ST1300's comfort. I also have bar risers and an aftermarket seat, with no need to lower pegs. Hugely capable with no wobble issues at all, but I run Penske front and rear and a shorter, vented screen. Also run 42psi front/rear and never use my trunk case at high speed.
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  18. OleGrumpy

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    I have not read through the thread so what I say might be 205'd.

    I looked long and hard for different bikes. I had a Road King which I liked but there were some mechanical things I didn't like. I looked at FJR's, ST's and Concours's, riding all of them. I had a V-Strom which I really liked but it was starting to show some age.

    I found and bought a 2008 GL1800 with 16,000 miles. I have taken this bike almost everywhere and had zero problems. I call it my 900-pound sports bike. You can drag the pegs, run 100 mph, zip through city traffic and blast through the rain. You can park it in the fall and walk out in spring, hit the start button and it starts. Other than having the worlds worst seat, it is everything a motorcyclist would want. Yet, I look at the R1200Rt's and I drool. Knowing that the final drive will fall out and leave me stranded in Utah, I want one. Knowing that every 6000 miles I'd have to go to Mecca and have the valves adjusted, I still want one.

    My Goldwing, with 40,000 miles is a well-oiled sewing machine, with the heated seat, heated grips, GPS, AM/FM radio/CB and a final drive that could pull a battleship out of dry dock, I still want an RT.

    It is a sick obsession, I know. But I want to complain about final drive failure, leaking grease seals, ABS brakes that don't, and any number of mechanical issues that advanced German engineering can provide.

    I often think the perfect bike would be a German design, Honda made, Kawasaki performance inspired, Suzuki priced adventure machine. That would cover it.
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  19. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    ...Or any Euro design made by Honda.
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  20. OJ-J

    OJ-J Chillin

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    great thread... :lurk