Sport Tourers; Where Art Thou?

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

  1. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    What pains me is when I actually do see sport touring bikes in the wild, they're ridden by grey hairs in loafers.

    ST1300s seem especially prone to this.

    The only K16 sightings I've made in the wild are a local guy on a white GT who wears a skullcap that couldn't possibly be DOT, and T shirts and shorts or jeans, and just yesterday a silver GTL in NH ridden by a geezer, without a helmet, in a tank top. I could see the white hair of his shoulders as he passed, without returning my wave.

    What kind of fucker buys one of the worlds highest performance motorcycles then wears a tank top on it? A stupid fucker. Kids do it on gixxers, grandpas do it on big STs.
  2. Jetpilot5

    Jetpilot5 Been here awhile

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    I've owned both the GSX1250FA and a BMW K1200S. At 6'2" you'll be a better fit on the K1300S than on the Suzuki. I'm also 6'2" and 200lbs and while the Suzuki worked, it got a little cramped after a few hours on the highway. Now I have an FJR and really wish I had the K12S back. While the FJR works perfectly I'm finding it's a bit more of a touring bike than I'd like.
  3. Garp

    Garp Long timer

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    How about you get on and enjoy your ride, and they do the same, without a bunch of inane name calling?:deal
  4. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    Wow ...never have observed a ST Rider like that. Just got back from a ST event in Norcal and all had the gear. Seems to me anyways. But regardless of the bike .... folks do dumb things anyways.
  5. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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    Thanks. That is the kind of feed back I like to hear. :clap I am not a big fan of BMW, but a few of their bikes I just love. I did sit on a new K1300S at a dealer here. Fit like a glove. Expensive glove with all the extra electronics, but still very nice if they make the ride safer and better.
  6. MRHAPPY

    MRHAPPY GSIN

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    people that give two shits about what the other guy is wearing should focus more on themselves and not as much on everyone else. i ride a blackbird and if i am going out on a trip or a ''spirited'' ride i wear full textile or depending on temp, one piece leathers, if i am going on a little cruise or commuting im in jeans and a jacket, not atgatt, so that makes me the subject of ridicule? i do not care what anyone thinks nor do i care what anyone else wears. why does every single intelligent thread turn to atgatt this and he wears that,,get a life:puke1,, and to the OP good question and i have enjoyed keeping up with this thread,there have been some well thought opinions and i think everyone appreciates that,,,
  7. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    :clap
  8. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    why are they not seen as much?
    adv bikes are killing them off.
    i'd say sport tourer owners are trading over to big adv/best style bikes more than anything else.

    people have concluded there is already enough power so that's not a factor any more
    adv bikes offer the shaft, upright position and wind protection
    PLUS you can also go down dirt roads and away from the crowded paved roads.


  9. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I had a GS.

    I got tired of that clanky tractor engine.

    It was the Hitler video I think..
  10. 625SXC

    625SXC Been here awhile

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    I made the switch from and ADV bike(950ADV) to a ST bike(Futura) and the ST surely is a better street bike than and ADV bike... For me anyhow. If I lived in the Southwest I think I would still have my Nine-Fiddy... But in Ohio there was just no good place to ride it.
  11. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    Hi Jetpilot. I remember you from I-BMW..

    I felt the same after owning a GSA for awhile. Sold my K12S, bought a GSA and loved it. Just a great bike. Finances willing, I'll own another one day. Back on a K1300S now, because the GSA was just a little too tall and too...I guess, tame. For some reason, those K's either get under your skin, or they don't. I'm happy for the foreseeable future, but I love all bikes, so I'm not immune to the "next bike" affliction, by any means.

    Still need to get together for a ride one of these days. Maybe when it drops below 100...
  12. Jetpilot5

    Jetpilot5 Been here awhile

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    Yup, that's me. I still lurk there some. Can't seem to get past the BMW thing. Since I traded the K12S I've had the GSX1250FA that I owned for a total of 87 days :shog and coming up on a year with the FJR and I find myself hunting down clean used BMW's on the internet. I'm hopeless. :lol3 Sure wish Twin City was still around.

    Would love to hook up for a ride sometime.... when it cools off some.
  13. Jetpilot5

    Jetpilot5 Been here awhile

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    Just so I don't go completely off topic, there are ST riders out there, but I agree they're not all that common. My street bike history is 92 TDM850, 95 GPZ1100, 99 VFR800, 02 CBR1100XX, 06 K1200S, 11 GSX1250FA, 07 FJR1300. Until the FJR I definitely leaned toward the sport side of the equation and now, though the FJR works well, it's really bigger and heavier than I would like. Unfortunately, I live in the flat lands and need a machine that can eat up some interstate on the way to a fun road so pure sport machines are out, the fact that I'm 50 now isn't helping either.

    I don't see myself going to an ADV bike. I probably can't completely rule one out because I've never ridden one, but they seem really top heavy and I don't particularly care for the look either. Just give me a good, sporty all-around motorcycle.
  14. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    One of the problems with "sport-tourers" is the definition itself.

    Everything from a sportsbike with soft luggage up to luxo-barges are being called "sport-tourers".

    Not only is the niche small, but it's vague.

    IMHO, once you get very far past a sportsbike with bags, you're simply discussing touring bikes.

    For me that's about 600 lbs. When you pass that mark, you're just talking about a touring bike that may handle pretty good for a luxo-barge.
  15. discochris

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    DNF's at the bottom of what list?
  16. 1K GS

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    I guess I'm one of the "Old Farts" that enjoys riding Sport Touring Bikes. I like the Comfort, Wind Protection and Luggage capacity for longer road trips. I owned a Goldwing and it just was Not my style. I now own a BMW K1600GT. This bike is the best of both worlds. It carries Luggage and Hauls Ass.....Maybe the reason the sport touring bikes are not seen frequently is because their owners are out riding them in the twisties and backroads. Not hanging out at the bars or coffee shops.:nod
  17. RobH

    RobH Don't tase me bro

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    What did you do to the FZ1 to make it sport touring worthy. I'm assuming bigger screen, bar risers, seat. Can you elaborate on your mods?

    Thx.

  18. ssason

    ssason Been here awhile

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    Ok, here are my 2 cents.... after starting my "career" with PC35 '01 i changed to a VFR 800 ABS '06 (my CBR has been stolen in May 2011)

    And here are the reasons for my choice ;-)

    1. no in Line 4 Cylinder...
    2. ABS
    3. sporty
    4. a bit more touring than the PC35

    After beeing in mourning about my stolen CBR (owned her from 2003 on) i started to sort out possible bikes... the list was short, realy short...

    BMW R1100S (the R1200S failed because of her price)
    Honda VFR 800
    Aprilia Futura, but this one is very rare....

    So i went on to get some testrides... my first was with the beamer... and i can say, nope, thats not what i want... in my opinion you need to be born to ride a B2 engine.... the overturning torqure (i hope it´s the right word for what i mean..) in case of load change made me feel "uncomfortable"...

    So after riding the VFR my decision was clear...

    Since then i rode about 3000km this season and i can say, i was absolutly right... It´s exactly that compromiss i wanted. The seat is comfortable enough to take long runs, the engine is gorgeous, the supsension is also able to support a fast ride.
    But, i can also say, that there IS one thing, that i need to criticize... and that´s the weight... 250kg, that means nearly 50kg more than the CBR and man, you can feal that during ride... especialy while trying to follow a SV650N, and a ZX6R in very winding rode... But hey, that means i litle more action on the bike and that´s it... And, let´s see the SV650N going 200km/h on the autobahn way back home :rofl

    So, i´m realy a "SportsTourer" fan and my girlfriend also. Right now her ride is a Bandit 600 from 2001, but as soon as possible the bandit will be changed into a Sprint ST 1050 ;-)
  19. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    That doesn't jive with my own experience. Most of the sport touring riders I see - including the ST1300 - are wearing ATGATT. It's one of the things I like about sport tourers; they seem to be a bit more 'professional' than some of the clowns I see on other styles of bikes. :dunno
  20. Rider

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    That'll do it every time. :lol3