Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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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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  2. bobafet

    bobafet Boba Fett

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    Heli-Bars, peg lowering blocks and Sargent seat make her a much more friendly companion.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  5. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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  6. alekkas

    alekkas Been here awhile

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    Why? Happy about it? How is the 1k platform for heavy mile days? Just so many questions....
  7. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    So far, I love it. The 1K is buzzier than the '14 (although part of that is because the p.o. went -1 on the front sprocket instead of +1 that's the norm), but the '14 has one of the smoothest engines I've ever experienced. The 1K handles so much better, though...the '14 is a pig, and takes some work to throw it around in the twistier stuff. I've found myself carrying 10 - 15 mph more speed through the same corners on my fun route riding the 1K.

    While I was comfortable on the '14, I like the more upright position of the 1K better. I did some serious soul-searching before finally making the decision to sell the '14 to go with the 1K. And if the '14 hadn't sold, I would've been perfectly content riding it for several more years. And even though the 1K has some impressive power, I do miss the brutal top gear highway roll-ons on the '14. :thumbup
  8. alekkas

    alekkas Been here awhile

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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.
  9. cplus

    cplus Been here awhile

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    I recently returned from a 2300 mile trip through NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, WV, NC and TN. I was thinking about this thread and the kinds of bikes I noticed along the way.

    Of the hundreds of bikes I saw, I would say that 75% were Harleys and maybe 5% were metric cruisers. There were (to me) an astounding number of trikes - probably another 5-6%. I wasn't surprised to see Goldwings (maybe 8%), but I was surprised by the number of maxiscooters (maybe 2%). The remaining 5% was a mix of sport, sport-touring, ADV and 'standard' bikes.

    About 60% of the trip was what I would consider back road SPORT-touring on some great roads so I was truly surprised by the lack of diversity in the bikes. Maybe I shouldn't have been, though, considering how empty some of the roads were compared to some of the towns. Robbinsville, NC, for example was awash with Harleys, but the Cherohala Skyway was nearly empty.

    Except for me...
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  10. Incredulous

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    Just finished a ~3k mile trip through the PNW from Sacramento, CA to Bellingham, WA and back over about 10 days. Longest day was ~500 miles.

    The Bandit performed flawlessly. This shot is from Artists Point near the Mt. Baker ski area. The clouds periodically cooperated and we got some stunning views...

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    Went Sacramento-->Arcata, CA-->Crater Lake, OR-->Lincoln City, OR-->Hood River, OR-->Hoh Rain Forrest in Olympic National Park-->Bellingham, WA--screwed around for a couple of days Seattle, Bellingham and nearby points--> Eugene, OR-->Sacramento, CA.

    Great trip! Great bike!

    Tyler
  11. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    I have that bike. Bought it to tour on as I thought my VFR 800 wouldn't do it. Turns out the XX was overkill for the job & I now tour on the VFR. The XX is seriously smooth & is blessed/cursed with major power. Mine came with a Corbin seat. After the first ride, I changed to VFR bars & put a peg lowering kit on it. Tremendous difference. I ride mostly backroads & it proved to be a handful on the twisties--sweepers or interstates, not a problem. The main problem was that it is happy at 95+ mph--not a good thing as no state has a speed limit that high. The VFR is happy at 75 mph, which I can run anywhere.
  12. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    A mini-tourer but it still goes... 1,500 miles this June.

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  13. Cdc28p

    Cdc28p Adventurer

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    Sorry if you have discussed this elsewhere on this forum, but did you bike the bicycle carrier yourself or is it commercially available? I would also love to carry my bicycle on my motorcycle.
  14. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

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    Sport tourers are defiantly a smaller niche market here in the states as they are elsewhere in the world. The cruiser craze has been so strong here that I believe since it is what so many people see that they are what gravitate towards. I know I did until I got a few years under my belt and got bitten by the adventure bike bug. I have since realized that my riding style is much more sport oriented, and living near the great roads of the southern states a sport tourer is jus a lot more fun for me to ride in a sprited manner. My most recen purchase was just last weekend I picked a beautiful black 2011 Concours 14, which for my 6'6" frame is going to suit me very well.
  15. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    I loved my Falco, had it for six years from new and probably should have kept it, but it was more sport than tour in my opinion, though still probably the most ride-able sports bike I've ever owned. This substitutes nicely and is a better tourer.

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    My K12RS sort of fit the bill, but was too heavy feeling. The Multi gets the two roles filled better than anything I've owned so far, including my GS which toured fabulously but wasn't really that sporting.
  16. cldiver

    cldiver Been here awhile

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    I've found that since I got the st 1300 I see sport tours all the time. I don't remember seeing any before. I think I had sport bike blinkers on and just ignored anything not cruiser.
  17. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    It's like I never noticed Subarus until my wife got a Forester. :lol3
    Enjoy your ST1300 ... it's a terrific motorcycle. :thumb
  18. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Well, I'll be! You could have read my mind. I also have a CBF1000, and before that a Wee.
    I too came very close to buying a new FJR...I road a 2010 and came to realize exactly what you stated...a heavier CBF....maybe a little better on the slab, but not as good every where else.
    I think I will go back to the adventure style for the comfort, handling and speed that these bikes now possess .
    It is funny you mentioned the Versys 1000, because, even though it was not on my radar, I have just done some research on it over the last couple of days.
    I DO like the CBF, but there is no denying the fact that at 6'2" the Wee was more comfy. So, yes I think that these "Adventure" bikes tick off most boxes, while being quite comfy, and user friendly.....and fast!
  19. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I too had a Wee, an 07. I put 100k on it in 4 yrs while living in Victoria. Since owning the CBF and the highways required to get anywhere around here, I wouldn't enjoy the lack of power 2up and loaded for camping. Vancouver island wasnt an issue as the roads are slow.

    Wife and I went to Manotoulin Island camping for a weekend a few weeks back and the CBF was in here glory. She saw no dirt and went back to back tanks at 160-170kph. The bike was great. I'm not writing off the CBF just yet, and will be taking her to Quebec for a few weeks next month. I'll ride the other bikes before I consider letting this one go.
  20. theloop

    theloop Been here awhile

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    I know my CB500x is not really a sports tourer, but it sure feel like one compared to the 750 ace I had before.
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