Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. RoadShow

    RoadShow n00b

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    So maybe the takeaway here is that sport touring is like obscenity. You can't define it, but you know it when you see it.
  2. motocopter

    motocopter Searching...

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    That's how I feel. Just want to ride.


    Was only able to get-in 271 miles today in the middle TN area. I-40 stop big time. Ended up off-roading the 700lb C14 to get out of there. :eek1

    There is always next weekend!
  3. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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    Bloody Brilliant!! :norton

    Way to get the road on the show. :wink:

    BTW...

    Welcome to the assylum.

    Don't forget to bring a beer w/ that sammie...
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  4. JakeS

    JakeS Yup

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    All of those Ducati ST's up there make me want to try one out.. :tb
  5. Rider

    Rider In Your Heart, You Know I'm Right

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    A buddy of mine rented an ST4 years ago and rode across Europe on it.
    He loved it. :deal :evil
  6. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I guess these wankers have no idea what they are talking about then.......


    http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/model_eval/2010AugGS.pdf
  7. jrflanne

    jrflanne Been here awhile

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    I used to have a ST4. What a fiddly PITA. I just got an email from the fellow that bought it. He says it is rock solid reliable. I guess I broke all the stuff to be broken on that thing. + a new clutch.
  8. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    What I was trying to ask you is what difference you saw between an ST1100 and an FJR.
    As an aside, I've been riding for 40 years and have ridden Guzzis and owned a few BMW twins. (currently a Ural and GL1500 in the mix too.) The FJR is as smooth as any if not more. My longest day in the saddle was on it. 907 miles and could of done more but I got home.
    I just don't see the ST as different other than being more dated, slower, and heavier feeling. 300 miles on it with or without a Corbin and helibars was enough for me to move on.
  9. richarddacat

    richarddacat I wave at RV's

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    or ride it.

    +1 :nod
  10. dentist the

    dentist the Adventurer

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    Howdy!

    I'd like to join the sport touring club. Right now I'm riding a 2004 Sprint RS, but am thinking of buying a 2007 VFR800 ($6400 with less than 4k miles). Does anyone have opinions on this decision, and if the bike is a good deal?

    The RS is great, but I'd like to try something new that's easy to do some touring on, is good on gas, but is still sporty (and fast). I'm afraid if I step down in engine size too much I'll start missing the power I have now.

    Thanks in advance for sage advice!
  11. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Um,,, The Triumph Sprint RS is a "sport-touring" motorcycle... :dunno
  12. dentist the

    dentist the Adventurer

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    Yes, I agree, thanks. I'm still interested in the VFR.
  13. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    I rode a ST1100 and a FJR1300 and all I can say is I sold the ST1100 quickly. I didn't want to ride the ST11 anymore :D

    I also had a KTM950ADV too at the time which I toured on but wanted a bit more performance on pavement. But, if I was buying ST again I would get a 2013 FJR with no hesitation. Its hard to decide what to ride on a long trip some times, I love a good FJR blast up to some mountain roads 500 miles away. But, I also love a DS for long trips. The FJR sucks out west on dirt roads.. :rofl

    For me, I got tired of the ST11. Just wanted more performance and the ST13 felt too slow, hot and fat to me. But, I did like the comfort. It was actually better than the wing IMO. The FJR had enough performance to keep me entertained longer while still comfy after 600 miles with decent weather protection. Plenty fast for most things and big enough to be stable in bad weather.
  14. Qaz

    Qaz Been here awhile

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  15. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    That price seems a little steep. Last year there were still some new VFR800s floating around for about 2K more than that. The market may have changed since I last explored it though.


    Edit: Here's a new leftover. http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2009-Honda-Vfr800-Interceptor-107923772

    But it looks like used ones are holding their value very well. There are some better deals though. http://www.cycletrader.com/New-Or-U...type=Motorcycle|356953&vrsn=results&zip=70001
  16. dentist the

    dentist the Adventurer

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    Thanks for doing the research. The seller hasn't gotten back to me on whether his bike has ABS, but going through the listings it looks like a low mileage 2006/7 is in the $6500-7500 range. He's had the posting on CL twice over the last month and a half, and already reduced the price by $500 from first to second posting. Maybe I can talk him down under $6000 (especially if the bike doesn't have ABS).

    Thanks again!
  17. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    I had a 2006 VFR and loved it. But once I started putting major mileage on my bike, I stepped up to an FJR. That being said, the VFR is a fantastic bike and there are times when I still wish I had mine.

    I honestly don't remember what I paid for mine, but I don't think you'll regret buying one at $6K. Especially with only 4K miles on it. I'd still look for an ABS model, though. That's just me. YMMV.
  18. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    I have been riding a '08 VFR800 for 15000 miles, i bought it new as leftover from my local dealer 2 years ago, come May. I put the factory cases on it. It has been a huge improvement over my V-Strom 1000. The performance and handling is terrific for my needs, which is typically 3 to 5 day trips with camping off the bike. I tend to stick to the twisty 2-laners. But made one 90 mile stretch of SE Oregen desert in under an hour, so yea, it will haul the mail if you want. I diont know what you might be riding now, but you should try to get a test ride if yoiu can... everybody is different.
  19. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    For the record, I sure don't consider a GS to be a sport tourer either! Great bike, capable of sport touring, but a sport tourer no way.
  20. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    I agree.