Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    I like having both when I can, sport touring bikes perform better on pavement than the average DS could muster down hill with a tail wind.

    I've chased ST set up bikes on a 950ADV on long trips through the various mountain ranges and had to work to stay with a fast rider on a ST1300. The limit was not power, it was the front scorpion AT washing out. But, my buddies could not loose me easily though, well the one on the old Blackbird could.

    When things get well above 80 mph my FJR really shined out west cruising in a relaxed planted no fuss way. Even my old ST1100 cruised easily at 90 with no drama, can't say that about my DS bikes. Add real DS tires like TKC's and fast corners will make you pucker, but still grin like a jack ass...:rofl

    The magazines are selling advertising and an image. I like them all, they all have their place. But when I think of a ST, that covers so much. But being 6'-3" I felt better on the big ones, FJR, ST13, C14. Great touring bikes, I'll take one of each thank you. :deal

    Always wanted a K1300S, no money right now for such a gentlemen's rocket. Nice very nice.. :clap
  2. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    I had the ultimate SPORT TOURER Aprilia Futura, but me and 4he girlfriend were in need of a little more room. Just sold it today and I'm going Saturday to hopefully purchase a 2007 FJR1300 from a fellow inmate. I hope the Yamaha can put the same smile on my face that the Futura did.
  3. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    I have an FJR... I think you will smile. :D
  4. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    It better....lol
  5. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    Well, I ain't makin' no promises, but I think you'll find the FJR to be a fun ride. And if you don't, sell it and buy another Futura. :D
  6. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    Of the big heavy ST's the FJR is the most nimble IMO. The engine is great, very low upkeep and it is very durable. The shaft drive is stout, coming from a chain driven bike you will feel the shaft lag. Its not bad though, I loved the low maintenance.

    On the 07's, look for the completed recalls, the ECU was replaced, the ignition switch, chassis spider ground and probably something else... The 07's had more issues than the other years but the cherry red was my favorite. I highly recommend a G2 throttle tube to smooth out the throttle. Some guys mess with the throttle springs, but the throttle tube helped my 07 enough. Made it much better in first gear hairpins.
  7. Rider

    Rider In Your Heart, You Know I'm Right

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    It makes me giggle like a schoolgirl. :lol3
  8. BobbyLee666

    BobbyLee666 Been here awhile

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    I dunno, what makes a ST a ST? If it's sporty, and you tour, is it a ST :D:evil
  9. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    Do you cover your mouth like a Japanese schoolgirl when you giggle? :D

    All kidding aside, there are times when I can twist the throttle on my FJR on a good road and I really do laugh out loud at the exhilaration. It's a fantastic bike!!!
  10. Rider

    Rider In Your Heart, You Know I'm Right

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    I have that same reaction sometimes. :D :ricky
  11. Twinz

    Twinz Been here awhile

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    It will be interesting to see what you think. For 2up, the FJR will certainly be roomier, but I'd bet it won't be as much fun in the tight stuff.

    Enjoy, and keep us posted!
  12. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    Well according to the latest Rider mag the FJR is small and not exciting. So, yall need to go out and buy K1600 BMW's and ride a real ST. :D

    I have not tried the big BMW, but I doubt I would give the same opinion as that article. I see no reason why they didn't include that new Gold Wing model in the comparo, they chose the largest and most expensive one, might as well throw the wing in there.

    Then they throw a R1200RT in there.. That was a sorry showing of sport touring options IMO. Those BMW's are TOURING bikes. Where was the VFR and many others? After the stupid DS comparo Rider is just as bad as all the other rags.

    What ST rider wan'ts the heavy bike, the largest bike? The FJR is not light in any way. They pointed out the C-14 needs a trip computer? Sounds like they need to test a Gold Wing and let it win.
  13. jrflanne

    jrflanne Been here awhile

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    I traded my Caponord and Futura for a Griso a couple months ago. So I guess that or my Tuono will be my ST for now. Not really sure how that will work out but I am contemplating a ride to Michigan with either one.
  14. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    How is life without a futura? I've listed mine for sale.
  15. slickwill

    slickwill Exhiled

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    A friend of mine sold his...regrets it every day.

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  16. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    The decline of the sport-tourer is illustrated, ironically, by ADVrider.

    Road Warriors has become a cruiser-fest.

    There's a bit of Street Triple in there, the sometime Ducati, and the budget discussion, but it's mainly big cc vtwins.

    The previous ST riders are on big ADV bikes, in the other sub-fora.
  17. motocopter

    motocopter Searching...

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    I'm not so sure it is a decline - just a minority. I'm good with that.

    :evil
  18. Motornoggin

    Motornoggin Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    I still have my Sport Touring bike. Hope to put even more miles on it this season!
  19. Croak

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    JR, I pretty much stopped riding my Sprint ST after getting the Tuono. Grocery getting, weekend blasts, and multi-week tours, the Tuono is my preferred tool for the job these days. Only one complaint (besides fuel range), and it's a minor one, is the leg room could be better when on the road for days.

    The Griso might be a bit more tiring than the Tuono at highway cruising speed unless you put a bit of screen on it, but it's also roomier, and probably a lot less high-strung than your big-bore Tuono.

    All that said, I suspect I'll either be one of the first in line for next year's launch of the new Caponord, or give in to the "dark side" and buy a Skyhook Multistrada this year to replace both of my bikes. Just have to get past that ridiculous beak on the Multi, which I have real issues with.
  20. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Somewhat valid, I'll agree. My longer trips split seat time between my ZZR and my XC.