Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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    The Falco is Aprilia's "other" sport tourer ... and my favorite bike :1drink

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    Loveland Pass ( 12,000ft) ... Eight miles of pure joy to the top !
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    Same pass, different day :D
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  2. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Beautiful country.
  3. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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    Thanks ! Here's todays' ride along the same stretch of local twisties.

    Smooth, comfortable, and VERY fast, the ZX14R is a hyper sport touring dream machine :1drink
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  4. okiegtrider

    okiegtrider Long timer

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    Not sure what is or isn't a sport tourer, but I do like this shot. Nice one Yostwerks! :clap


  5. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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    Thanks ! ... Every once in a while I get lucky :1drink
  6. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    So an old but still relevant question that the OP asked. I believe what happened was the advent of comfy ergo, longer travel adventure bikes. They (ADV bikes) have received much more powerful engines now and have better seats, pegs and bar positions for the older people that can afford them. The roads in much of the country have deteriorated so badly that their extra travel has made them ride better than STs. So a combo of usefulness, demographics and lousy roads have greatly reduced their numbers.
  7. DOGSROOT

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    I believe you're onto something there.:norton

    Add in ease of handling, great leverage from the wide 'bars...

    I love my '03 K1200 GT, especially for highways, byways, and country touring.

    But when I have to go (two up) into the dirty heart of the city...it ain't pretty.

    I'm currently lusting after an 1150 GSA so I can ignore potholes, cracks, construction, curbs etc. downtown.

    Like I used to on my old 1100 GS.

    (Crossed the country twice on her in grand style!)

    I will have to see if I end up keeping both. :bmwrider
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  8. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I agree to this as well. I have a CBF1000 which I really like but the last couple of camping trips had me take some dirt roads that I'd rather the bike not see, but I'm not gonna stop camping. As well as the pretty colour matched oem cases that are against having things strapped to them.
    The recent invention of the Tenere, the 1 litre Versys, Varadero and the new Strom coming, will allow me (and riders like me) to keep the power, offer as good or better ergos and comfort even with 2up, long tank range, abs, and help the confidence on dirt roads and not be worried about strapping a tent to the luggage.

    I was considering going from the CBF to an FJR. But the FJR is basically a heavier version of my CBF.

    The more I read about the S10 the more I feel it'll be my next bike. I'm not interested in going off road, but I need something to get me to those camping spots.
  9. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I traded my DL1000 for a 99 VFR several months ago. Although I like the quality/refinement of the VFR much better, the ergos of the DL1000 were very comfortable and dirt roads were no issue. I just kept wishing for more in the handling of the big Strom. Not that I exceeded the handling limits of the Strom, but there are certainly better bikes for the twisties. Hence the move to a mid-weight sport tourer.

    I have a trip planned this weekend on the VFR (first for me on the VFR) and I'm curious how comfortable it will be. I keep wanting Adv bike comfort with sportbike handling. Maybe the VFR will be comfortable enough, but I can't help but wonder if something like a Versys or Multistrada or even some of the bigger standards (919, FZ8/FZ1, Bandit) wouldn't be a better fit for me. I'm hoping this trip will answer that question.

    It sucks having to try out all sorts of different bikes :evil.
  10. Rider

    Rider In Your Heart, You Know I'm Right

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    Oh, yes.
    It's a horrible, horrible thing. :augie :D
  11. LKLD

    LKLD Been here awhile

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  12. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Here is my SPORT-tourer. After about 200 miles on stock seat and controls im done. Im changing things to make it better.

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  13. Rider

    Rider In Your Heart, You Know I'm Right

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    One of my favorite bikes ever. :thumb
  14. DOGSROOT

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    Awesome!!

    First bike I ever owned, back in '86.

    Great fun; great memories.

    Nothing better than being the only guy w/ a motorbike in residence!! :wink:
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  15. bobafet

    bobafet Boba Fett

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    Heli-Bars, peg lowering blocks and Sargent seat make her a much more friendly companion.
  16. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I have helibars and buell pegs on mine. If I keep the bike, a Sargent seat is the next
    purchase. Even though I'm pretty short (5'8"), the knee bend seems to be the biggest issue. I rode about 200 miles today, and the hamstrings were burning after about an hour. The Sargent seat may help that a little (so I'm not fighting the stock seat sliding me forward), but I think it is what it is. I'm still torn on whether it is a keeper. Love the engine, but would need to buy a seat ($300+) and suspension work ($750+) if I'm keeping it long term.

    Hopefully the trip home will be much drier.
  17. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    I wouldn't dream of touring on a stock bike, even an FJR.

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  18. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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  19. alekkas

    alekkas Long timer

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    Why? Happy about it? How is the 1k platform for heavy mile days? Just so many questions....
  20. alekkas

    alekkas Long timer

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    I bet! Surprised about the PO's sprocket decision. With the 1K, if any change, I would go for longer legs too (though I prefer a few less on the rear...) Great to hear your positive experience. Have been lusting those bikes since they came out.