Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. GeoAggie

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    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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  3. motocopter

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    Yeah, they should stop the rider dead in his tracks and make him take the steps down to the lower level! :D
  4. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    Hey guys, looking for some solid ideas for music and gps guidance and I've got a long trip coming up. Currently, I have the Scala Rider G4. Battery lasts about an hour and a half listening to music. Currently, one headset is being replaced, now, since a speaker quit. I have two units, and could keep charging and swapping out. This costs nothing to change.

    Bluetooth is fine, but I want to be able to hear music for 12 hours. Does this unit really exist?

    My other consideration is a Shark set-up. Hide the amp and speakers somewhere in the fairing. Then, there is no headset to deal with.

    With either set-up, there will always be wind noise.

    My other option is an ear buds of sort. I have to use ear plugs riding, and get them deep into the ear canal before I feel like they are effective. So, there is no shortage of "high-end" ear buds - Sennheiser, Klipsch, etc. Is there a set that are low profile and that will significantly reduce wind noise because of a superior seal? Does noise cancelling really work? Guess I could always use tape over the ear after the buds are in, but not thrilled about that.

    Thanks in advance.

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  5. slickwill

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  6. optimum_malarky

    optimum_malarky Premium nonsense

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    Anyone use older powerhouse bikes like the zx11 or zx12r for sport-touring?
  7. single

    single Been here awhile

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    To define a sport touring bike In my opinion you can't really go by what motorcycles companies are willing to label a sport touring bike. This is an industry which calls motorcycles which have zero off road capacity "adventure" bikes, where a company can change the name of a bike from 650 GS to 700 GS and not change the capacity of the engine, and where a whole section of the population thinks Harley sells sporty bikes because they have a line of bikes they call "sportsters". :huh

    In my opinion, a sport touring bike is a bike with an aggressive riding position (usually having clip ons) and with a re-enforced frame which is designed to carry luggage and a passenger. Weight doesn't really matter IMO. Perennial sport tourers are bikes like the K1300S, Kawasaki Concours, FJR, ST1300, VFR800 6th Gen, etc.

    Then again I think most of the debate over the definition of what the bike is in this thread would be time better spent riding :deal
  8. BuilderBob

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    I had a set of custom ear molds made that accept my Etymotic ER6i earphones. They will accept other brand earphones as well. No fiddling with getting these babies in there just right, there is only one way, and it is just right. Excellent isolation from wind noise, They won't pull out when you're putting on your helmet, and they stay comfortable all day. Quality of the sound depends on how you equip them. I'm very happy with mine.
  9. steveWFL

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    Bump - the fun of being surrounded by a monsoon with no cover [​IMG]

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    My current ST mount...

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  11. motocopter

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    I've been looking at some of the Etymotic earphones because of the triple flange to isolate noise. That custom ear molds with earphones is a one-time shot, right? Not that it is a big deal. I guess the first step is to secure a set of those earphones and see how well they fit me. :ear

    That doesn't look very nice! :eek1 Though, I did experience one like that in 2011 on the Goldwing up in Nebraska. I had time to stop an put on rain gear, but the big drops where hitting in the process. How did you fair through this?
  12. steveWFL

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    I did alright through it, just the wind blew me all over. I went up the middle stripe of the road and let it blow me around [​IMG]

    You're going to love those ear buds, I won't use any other brand after having those!!!
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  15. Rider

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    Here's a little comparo between the Honda ST1300, the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the newly updated FJR1300 ...

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    I'm pretty sure that I'll be getting a 2013 to replace my 2006 in a few years. My FJR has been my favorite bike of many that I've tried. Being able to transfer my factory trunk,custom seat, ( and possibly upper triple clamp if I get one) make it that much easier to make that decision.
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    I bought the 2013 FJR. I had no brand loyalty to any of the 3 mentioned in the video, as most of my biking was done on a '56 Pandead. I really love this bike, and the more I get used to it, the better it gets. At approx. 637lbs. it's still not a "light" bike, but lighter than the other two. I've surprised myself in how well I'm able to maneuver it at slow/crawl speeds in parking lots. To me, it's a well balanced bike...very easy to handle. I've only put 650 miles on it so far, so take that into consideration, as the newness factor is still going strong! Everyone has their own tastes, so one of the other two may be better suited for them. I'm just happy that I ended up choosing the FJR
  19. Bugz

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    Can't go wrong with any of 'em, and certainly not with the 2013 FJR :deal
  20. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    I use the Etymotic MC5 earbuds and they are excellent. The triple flange tips work well for noise isolation, but they end up bugging me after an hour or so. That's just me though, YMMV. I use the soft foam tips (sort of like foam earplugs for trap shooting) and find that I can ride all day in comfort with them, and the foam tips do very well at blocking noise &#8212; I'd say they're at least -33 dB.