Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Rider, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Skitch

    Skitch Riding the range

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    Dave,
    Nice pics. After hearing so many rave reviews, one of these days I'd love to take a spin on a Futura.
  2. Mike M

    Mike M Long-timer...

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    My first bike was a Marrakesh Red '98 KRS---I loved it. A few bikes later, I came back with this black 2003 K1200RS. Two bikes in one, it went from sportbike (a fat one) to sport-tourer when you added BMW's great system cases. If you get one, make sure there are no bar-backs and the pegs are in the high position!

    This RS is long gone but I can smell another one in my future!

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  3. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Heading to the Mo-Kan rally this weekend. 700 mile round trip in our usual anti-minimalist sport-touring style...

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  4. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Valley of the Gods is a fun place around sunset...

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  5. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    joe a, That is in fact Valley of the Gods. I did quite a bit of gravel that trip as I was dreaming of owning a big KTM.

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    Here ya go Skitch. You can ride mine for a few minutes.
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  6. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Thanks for the video, Dave!

    Your pictures are pretty cool too.
  7. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    I put some bridgestone battleaxe bt023 on the front and rear last night. huge, huge difference in tip-in, even at the stock front psi. i also changed out the rear brake pads last night, one had no braking material left on it at all:eek1. There's a little scoring in the rotor, but the brake pads were only $27 from beemerboneyard, and the best price i could find on a rotor was ~$260. So I'll see how long it takes to run through a set of rear pads before ordering a rotor

    This morning i was getting flashing 'brake failure' and the warning triangle lights. I bled a little from the rear last night, but the reservoir was right on the 'min' amount. would this cause the flashing lights? 'its a 2004 servo bike. brake stopping was normal.
  8. roma258

    roma258 Been here awhile

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    First of all, beautiful bike. I've always dug the Futura and just brought its obnoxious little brother (Tuono) into the fold.

    Second, I think your theory is close to spot-on. Another thing to keep in mind is Americans simply don't have that much vacation time to take long tours. When I bought my VFR, I had thoughts of touring all over the east coasts, and the couple tours I did were awesome, but I'd end up really only going once or twice a year. Now it's also a pretty great all-arounder, but when looking specifically at sport-tourers, how many chances do we really get to use it for its intended purpose? Unless you're a school teacher (free summers) or one of the lucky few that get more than 2 weeks vacation per year (I count myself in that number), the answer is really not that many.
  9. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    New Category: The Mini Sports Touring Bike:

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  10. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    Just got back a couple days ago from ~3300 mile round trip to Key West from Dallas on my '08 Norge.
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    The bike performed flawlessly, but I actually sought out a particular casino/hotel in Bossier City, La. that I knew had jacuzzi hot tubs in their rooms for the last night. My shoulders were in need of some relief after a couple of consecutive 500 mile days. I have the Helibars risers (the only ones available for this bike), but my old body was really complaining about the riding position. The leg room is fine and I use a Go Cruise throttle lock which keeps my hands in good shape. I love the way the Norge runs and handles. It's great fun in the mountains, but I know I won't be doing a trip like this again on that bike because of what it does to my shoulders.

    The most comfortable tourer I've ever had was an '01 Road King, but it didn't inspire much confidence if I wanted to play in the mountains. I may have to check out the post '09 models with the new frame. Everyone claims they handle much better than the older version. Next best was a Ulysses, but I didn't care for it much around town. Traveling though, it was a great bike. Haven't decided yet what I'm going to do about the Norge, but something will have to change before long.

    Just for info, I'm really impressed with the set of Metzler Roadtec Z6 tires that are on the Norge. Those tires now have over 8500 miles and the rear still has a couple thousand more left in it. They are the second set and evidently I replaced the first ones a little too soon.

    Only one pic from Key West with the bike in it. The red topped thing at the end of the street is the marker for the southermost point in the U.S.
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    Key West sunset.
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  11. DFH

    DFH 270 deg crank

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    Just out of curiosity have you considered that its the height of your handlebars that is giving you grief? I have ridden back to back a Norge & a 1200 sport ( same chassis, footpegs & seat) and I noticed straight away that the higher cast risers on the Norge gave me a pain in the shoulders because I have to lift my elbows & arms higher than what is a natural posture to accomodate the height of the grips. Even sitting here at my desk resting my hands palm down on my keyboard is much less physically stressful than resting my hands on the top of my computer screen. Food for thought, if nothing else.
  12. migrator

    migrator Been here awhile

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    My ST at a little pony track.

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  13. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    Rocket powered sport touring... :evil


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  14. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I'm the perfect candidate for a sport tourer. I ride a lot of miles and go on trips often. The reasons I don't own them are pretty simple. Size, I don't need a 1400cc bike. They lost me when they stopped making 800cc bikes. Also I don't want a 700lb bike for my commute. Expense, they are just a lot more than I want to spend. Mpg, my buddy rides his st1300 with me and gets in the neighborhood of 39mpg most of the time. That's just too low for a touring bike. I currently ride a Vstrom 650 and it gets me all around the country, is it a great sport tourer, no not really but it's cheap, good mpg, lots of storage with 3 E45s and can explore some dirt roads. Honda should have never dropped the VFR 800. I rode that thing all over the country and commuted on it. 800cc is the sweet spot for size, weight, power
  15. Podman

    Podman Rocketman

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    You are so right! If honda made a VFR tourer 800-1000cc would buy it in a heartbeat. Hopefully new DL1000 will fit the bill but for now KTM990SMT is about as close as I can get to it.
  16. Jay S.

    Jay S. 600cc Beast

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    I agree with this more than just about any post I've ever read. When I made my transition in 2010 from a big v-twin cruiser to a sport touring bike, I looked everywhere within a days drive for a new VFR800 and no luck. Althought I'm not upset with my current bike.

    :D

    I think the 750-800cc range is perfect for sport touring...but I don't ride 2 up either.
  17. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Interesting thread. I'm looking to get back on a bike and am considering an RT. somewhat concerned about size. The 1050 tiger keeps calling my name. I like a gs but don't want to spend 18k on a new one. All street so the rt might be an option.
  18. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    You should also look at the guzzi Norge. My wife tried an 1150rt for about a month. It felt too big for her.
  19. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Indeed.

    I've been sticking with middleweights since now that I want one, the old ST2/Sprint 955/VFR segment is gone.

    I've given up on Honda, they've totally lost the plot. I can't see Ducati going back there. I hope hope hope hope hope that Triumph drops the Tiger 800 motor into a Sprint package. Though I bet they'll just let the base 800 with a 19" front 'fill' that segment. :bluduh

    The BMW F800ST gets really close but then doesn't, I wanted to like that bike on paper but riding it just didn't do much for me. :dunno
  20. DFH

    DFH 270 deg crank

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    Have you considered or test ridden a BMW F800ST? A friend owns one & while it is not to my taste it ticks every box you listed above. Extraordinary fuel economy (better than the 650 WeeStrom), as light as the WeeStrom & way lighter than the VFR800, more torque than the VFR but less top end HP, much more agile & direct handling plus better ABS brakes than the VFR or your WeeStrom, intergrated factory hard panniers & topbox, low maintanance belt-drive, 17inch wheels sized for the latest sport-touring rubber, neutral ergonomics ( VFR is sportier, WeeStrom more sit up & come to Jesus) better seat & pillion comfort than the VFR... might just be the thing you are looking for.