Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    You'de be surprised how many love the way a modern sportbike handles, etc and tweak them to tour on, the "true" heart and soul of the "sport touring" genre.
    Problem is, some bikes, even tweaked fall short for some "required" features, namely range.
    My 2003 SV650 has well over 100,000 miles on her, and with the bars up and back a bit, a Corbin saddle and appropriate creature comfort farkles, she's a wonderful bike to cover distances on, routinely doing 500+ mile days of backroads.
    And I'm getting currently about 52mpg, so even with the smallish 4.7 gal tank, I still get 200 mile range.
    Sure I'd love a shafty based off the Sv1000, but the big SV mill gets notoriously so-so mpg.
    Here it is from a ride with my buddies Busa, also tweaked for long days.
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  2. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    Gotcha - we find our riding tends to be somewhat enthusiastic - of course not racing. We are both very familiar with sports that require physical activity at high levels. Pushing a K12RS around all day requires a good degree of physical activity and I know my 115lb wife works very hard riding the R12RT with a good degree of zeal.

    "Riding motorbikes is a sport" it's just a riding paradigm not a race. :dunno
  3. BalancePoint

    BalancePoint Mucker

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    How sporting is anything likely to be if it involves wearing a "sport coat" rather than, say, a "blazer"? Why blather on about the definition?
    Sport bikes are light and handle well and have abundant power, a subjective thing; and touring bikes are big and heavy and carry a lot. Another subjective thing. And "sport touring" bikes are either neither or they're both, depending on who's making the assessment. But the "sport" thing defies definition as much as any other term.

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  4. cug

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    Hmm. It's defined by too short sleeves, fall badly, and crumple in weird places? Then, no thanks. :lol3
  5. BalancePoint

    BalancePoint Mucker

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    We'll put you down as a blazer guy.

    Actually, you could just about be describing me a lot of the time. Guess I'm a sport coat.
  6. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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  7. cug

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    Hmmm. What about getting clothes that actually fit? :rofl

    I'm more a t-shirt or sometimes polo shirt kind of guy. Work at a company with a "we don't have no stinking suits" attitude ... :lol3
  8. mogwai

    mogwai humorless prick

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    How's your back on the FJR? Or have you gotten past those issues?
  9. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    My back's not a huge issue anymore, Chuck. I've learned to work around it and baby it by sleeping differently, stretching, etc.
    The slight lean on the FJR is actually good for my back, much better than leaning back, which puts way too much stress on my lower discs (one reason I could never own a cruiser).
  10. mogwai

    mogwai humorless prick

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  11. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Does anyone have experience of the Triumph Sprint RS? :ear
  12. 84blue

    84blue Its time to ride somethin

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    Here is my sport tourer. I just put on 3600 miles visiting both the gulf coast and the east coast.

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  13. Chel_in_IL

    Chel_in_IL Been here awhile

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    My brother has an R1200RT and I consider it as much a sport tourer as my ST1100.
  14. Chel_in_IL

    Chel_in_IL Been here awhile

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    Hmm.. wondering if you realize that the #5 finisher in the posted IBA list had a fatal accident two weeks ago.........
  15. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I do. The fatal accident was during a 24hr rally based here in Mpls. I had lunch with a good friend of his, and past rally competitor today, in fact. We talked about it a bit again today, since he was just at the memorial service.

    Sobering. Sad. Unfortunate. Avoidable? I dunno. But there was big group of DNFs at the bottom of that list, a couple of those were local riders whom I've met. A fatality in Oregon during a rally last year... Overall, pretty shitty odds for events put on by a group devoted to 'promoting the sport of safe long distance riding'.
  16. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    They aren't cool. I bought my R1150RT mainly because it was a deal that I couldn't pass up. But the damn thing suits my riding perfectly.
  17. Rider

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    Ain't nothing wrong with that! :thumb
  18. Rider

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    Which is why I really don't like long distance competition.
  19. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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    I don't have a sport tour, but I sure want one. :evil Other then the brief talk of MG Norge1200 and Suzuki GSX1250FA. No one talks or brings up Triumph Sprint GT, BMW K1300S or even the Yamaha FZ1. I would (and will soon) pick up one of these to tour on. We have great roads and places to see around MD. Plus they are all fairly good if not great at two up. Just wish there was a MG dealer closer then PA. Not for support, we have two dealers around here who are authorized to work and sell them, they just don't carry them. I just want to put a leg over one and see how it fits. I'm 6'2" at 230. I am curious though. Couldn't ANY bike be a sport tour? Not going by industry standards :deal but personal preference. I'm not saying, just saying...
  20. Rider

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    If it's sporty and you tour on it, it's a sport tourer. :deal
    I mean, yeah, you're absolutely right. The Norge is a perfect example of a factory sport tourer and the Bandit is one of the most underrated bikes made and perfectly suited for touring.