Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    I have to agree with Rocker59's points as he describes my riding style rather well (my friends' have similar habits too). Of course, my distance per year is low lately due to "life" but that is temporary...when I do go out for a ride it is generally longer than the urban tavern-to-tavern that many riders perform. I point my bike straight to the nearest backroad and escape traffic/crowds et cetera.
  2. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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    I consistently get over 50mpg on my Sprint ST and live / ride at over 9,000ft elevation.
    On the other hand, my Aprilia Falco ( Rotax) has never seen 40mpg... but who cares !

    In that case, here's two of my sport tourers :D
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    Though the ZX14R doesn't pack as small !
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  3. WAP

    WAP Weekday Warrior

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    This (on the left) is how I've been doing it. Works for me.

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  4. Ricky Rocket

    Ricky Rocket Adventurer

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    According to my onboard "computer" I'm averaging 44.3 mpg; considering the bike is this considered good mileage?
  5. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    I would consider this good, but it really depends on where you're riding, and how.

    If you're just riding around town in stop-and-go traffic, 44 mph is pretty good. My FJR averages in the mid-30s if I just zip around town.

    On the highway, I can average 47-48 mpg, and above 50 mph if I'm in the higher elevations (Yellowstone, for example).

    All in all, though, I'd say 44.3 mph is "good."
  6. Jetpilot5

    Jetpilot5 Been here awhile

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    I'd say that's decent. I average around 42 mpg on mine.
  7. TwoWheeldTerror

    TwoWheeldTerror Adventurer

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    Sure but whether it is little sport or BIG SPORT, does not the bike need to be able to "sport"?

    In other words it should come within, I dunno, say 75% of a sportbike in capability?

    Riding across the US on a scooter is an adventure tour, not a sport tour.
  8. TwoWheeldTerror

    TwoWheeldTerror Adventurer

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    I can say that I, and most every ST'er I ride with/know, fits this. We ride the I-state ONLY as a last resort or to get there QUICK. I would say that 85-90% of my ridding is on backroads, alone or with one other bike.
  9. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    To continue Rocker59's thoughts, the only time I ride with anyone else is if I am with one of my brothers. Very, very rare these days :cry

    Like most other ADV and ST riders, I spend plenty of time studying the maps and GPS to avoid the superslab. I avoid popular places on purpose and haven't attended a "rally" in many years. I camp combat-style as often as possible.

    On to MPGs...my last GS consistently turned high 40s and occasionally low 50s with easy riding in Southeast. My Connie is competitive, but with these kind of mileage results I don't pay much attention. Any savings in fuel is offset by tyre prices :evil
  10. Ricky Rocket

    Ricky Rocket Adventurer

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    I have settled on riding alone for the past several years. My friends who still own bikes (fewer each year) don't seem to have the same interests as me. They either want to ride to the bar and shoot pool and drink all afternoon, or just go someplace to eat. I usually ride early in the morning and try and go down roads I've never been on. Having a wife and two small kids, I can't just "take off" w/out them....doesn't seem right. So, I end up doing "mini trips" that only take a few hours away from the family. To be honest the quiet solitude of riding alone with my thoughts and exploring is kind of a relief from my hell-raising days on the Harley. :D
  11. JakeS

    JakeS Yup

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    Im in the same boat most of the time..
    Except Sunday when i leave for TX for 2 weeks. :D
  12. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    +1
  13. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    I agree with you guys, interstate only occurs with a need to hurry. I only have one friend who likes my routes, but he rides a gsxr and needs to refuel at half my tank.

    Also, 47 mpg city, 56 highway.
  14. Qaz

    Qaz Been here awhile

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    Sorry Charlie, but a maxi scooter (400-650cc) is easily capable of 75% of a sportbikes capability and will tour far better any day of the week! As a matter of fact, my 400 Burgman will stay within sight of anyone I have ever ridden with on a twisted stretch of asphalt, cruise all day long on the highway at 70mph, has as good or better weather protection than any bike mentioned in this thread, will hold a weekends worth of clothes under the seat and gets 70mpg for your trouble. It is actually a better ST bike than 95+% of the bikes mentioned, but is it a ST? Nope, not by my definition, but that does not keep me from using it as one, just like all the rest of the bikes that are not ST bikes that people TOUR on.
    I don't understand why defining a ST bike is so hard. As far as I know, BMW created the market and defined it with the R100RS which evolved into the RT series just as Honda defined the touring bike as soon as they put a fairing and hard cases on at the factory. Let me put it another way, I don't know who invented the pencil, but when I hear the word, I automatically think of the wooden one with the graphite center and a eraser on top. Sure there are other variations, but only one pencil, now that is defining something!
  15. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    I swear I really can't comprehend the confusion in this thread.

    So if I take backroads on a trip while riding my HD Ultra Classic does it then stop being a touring bike and become a sport touring bike?

    With that same logic if a guy on an Sprint ST goes bar hopping with his leather clad buddies from work his sport touring bike then magically transforms into a chopper?

    If my truck breaks down and Im forced to ride my KTM 525MXC to work for a week does it stop being a dirt bike?
  16. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    My attack the next 3½ months in the southern Denmark. Actually made for gravel(21-18) but for now it´s an true sport tourer(17/17).

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  17. Lloyd Christmas

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    That is AWESOME, LocuL!

    How much fuel does that fairing hold? How does it affect the handling of the bike? KTM Adventures are on my bucket list, well done with yours.
  18. LocuL

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    Safaris at front vvould be 42l and rear are 18l
  19. southwade

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  20. jantarek

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