Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    I got it. I too would take the guzzi for the sheer character factor, but my '06 883R was a close second. I've made the decision to buy a new V7 and a new 883 Iron a hundred times, but I have too many other things I want to do financially right now. Either one would get some suspension mods and soft luggage, and I'd have no problem going anywhere on either one.
  2. DFH

    DFH 270 deg crank

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    Spot-on. The bikes listed above were the bleeding edge RSV4, Panigale & S1000R analogues of the early 1970's. They were the fastest of the fast. The technology leaders. BMW worked sport touring out with the R90S. A Superbike race winner on more than one continent that came with hard bags & a nod to comfort.

    The fact that Harley markets 883 & 1200 sportsters new in 2013 that would be barely competitive with these bikes from over 40 years ago AND finds legions of customers willing to pay the inflated prices demanded for the things continues to baffle me. A retro-bike dripping with badass brand posturing is simply mutton dressed as lamb, sold to sheep.
  3. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Or it's just motorcycle riding, distilled down to its basics. Something I enjoy very much nowadays, having owned and tracked several examples of cutting edge performance. I don't really care what any of the advertisers do or say in an attempt to sell stuff.

    As a side note, you left out the CB750, H2 (widow maker), and Z1, which were the real cutting edge performance bikes of the early '70's. a V7 - then as now - didn't even compare. Yet it was a wonderful choice for sport touring. A bike doesn't have to be cutting edge in performance to be a sport tourer.
  4. Ricky Rocket

    Ricky Rocket Adventurer

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    My previous Sport Touring bike....

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    Still the garage next to my K1300S. My wife said when I bought the K that I had to get rid of a bike; I guess this one is gonna go on Craigslist.
  5. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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    RR, you know you'll regret selling that bike!

    Having fun on the KS? :nod
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  6. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    My favorite sport tourer, hard to believe it's 9yrs old.

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  7. Dankarnov

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    Similarly the VFRs were directly race derived, and the Futura and ST4 used contemporary Superbike engines.
  8. roadstar

    roadstar Been here awhile

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    I always liked that bike. Buddy of mine had a 76 superglide with a Vetter fairing & HD police bags & he used to tour all over the place (hwy & back roads)
  9. Ricky Rocket

    Ricky Rocket Adventurer

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    The KS is unbelievable! I find myself volunteering to run any errands for my wife just so I can jump on the bike. Still getting used to the power...kind of scary when compared to my older bikes. I'm still trying to convince the wife to let me keep the CB, but I'm running out of room! :1drink
  10. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Still beautiful after all these years. :nod
  11. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Bah.
    If it doesn't make at least 150 bhp, it's not even worth throwing a leg over. :nono































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  12. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Hey Dan! By the way I put the '06 FJR I used to have on the dyno when I was in the motorcycle biz. Mine made 127 hp at the rear wheel stock.
  13. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    My 1100 RSL was probably the best, most confidence inspiring bike I've ever owned. Great, smooth powerband. Handled very well for a large bike. Light years above my Concours, and maybe even my Monster. Knee replacement issues are the only reason it's gone. Can't handle the position, even with lowering blocks....[​IMG]
  14. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Errrrrr .... uhhhhhhh ... I mean, as my wife tells me, Gregg ... it's all about what's at the crank. :augie


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  15. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    What a great bike! That'd be a really tough one. Even our local HD shop has a 750/4 in their vintage bike display ...
  16. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Pretty much where I'm at. Yes, my Sporty's old tech. It's an old bike, without a lot of the issues of an old bike. I have redone suspension . Going on to the brakes next. Motor's already a stage one build. That's plenty for canyon riding. I 'm dig gin' the simplicity. No farklemania. I own no Aerostitch gear. Have a paper map in the tank bag pocket. Enjoy the ride.
  17. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    thats what i call sport touring. or SPORT touring.

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    me on my Buell M2 and a friend on his 848. we fabricated some pannier mounts for his Ducati 848 and we were off for 5 days in the austrian, italien and swiss alps.
  18. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    It seems you two should swap outfits...
  19. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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  20. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    yeah we talked about it! but he bought some leather paint and changed the color of his leathers. looks better now. i can´t use a yellow leather suit, it wouldn´t work with my red duc 916.