sports touring bike?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by willc86, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. willc86

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  2. Mtneer

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    The Ninja 1000 would make a good sport touring bike plus it's light enough to used as a daily rider, as others have stated check on the insurance before you purchase, I'm surprised no one mentioned a Tiger 800 road model with the cast wheels, setup with a good luggage system and a better screen, it wil do anything any of the bikes here mentioned will do, plus having a 19" front wheel makes maintained dirt roads easier to travel. I think the newer ones from 15 on had cruise on the higher spec models. Many companies make sport touring tires in 19" sizes now. I have a 2012, with a tail bag and sometimes a tankbag, I can carry enough stuff for 3-4 days, with luggage you could carry more. It has good linear power and handles well, comfortable seating position, fuel mileage on mine varies between 38-45 mpg, depending on how hard you're riding, I usually get around 150-160 before the low fuel light comes on and there is another 40 miles or more left before it runs dry, from 15 on get better mileage. I would like a new Tracer 900 GT, for the luggage, radial brakes and some of the sportier features but my Tiger does well for as basic as it is, serves me well.
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    So the reason I have been eying the ninja1000, the website itself says it is a 2 up touring sports bike. I really do like the tracer 900, but at the same time, I like the "sport aggressive" look but the question is, if it is calm enough to use it as a tour sport bike and travel across the state from time to time. The tracer 900 is something I definitely would like to look at. I have to see it in person.

    per the site "The ultimate sport tourer infused with superbike technology makes it the Ninja 1000 ABS motorcycle. From the daily urban commute to back roads and 2-up touring". I definitely crave power and speed as well which is attracting me to the 1000 as well.


    I love the triumph as well, but scared of the reliability from what I heard. Ive heard ninjas are essential bullet proof with proper maintenance and cheap parts if something comes down
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    I've only had one thing break on my Tiger in close to 5 yrs and 15k miles, O2 sensor went bad, I had one from my Daytona and used TuneECU to clear the code. The Ninja is a nice bike and the 17 and newer have some improvements over the previous models, my good friend really liked his, it was his daily rider until a deer wanted a closer look, he got a deal on a used Versys 1000, he says it is better two up, but he liked the Ninja's power delivery better and it was more stable at speed even with bags than the Versys. I have looked at the Ninja and new Tracer 900GT as a replacement for my Tiger and Daytona 675, I like the triple engine in the Yamaha better than the Ninja, the ergos are more upright on the Tracer, but the Ninja is fairly comfortable also, there are a few deals on cycletrader on the 17 model if you look.
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  5. willc86

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    i appreciate it!! yeah its something to consider. I am having a hard time between

    tracer 900GT
    ninja 650 (price is nice)
    ninja 1000
    versys 1000


    seems the newer ninjas are being designed as a sports touring now. Ive just been hearing the 1000 is pretty comfy for a 2 up. just add a rear seat and all set.
    urgh hard to decide. I do know I am looking for a bike with power but not a struggle to sustain 75 80MPH and not having to give so much throttle just to cruise that speed. esp with my wife in the back which my cb500x does fine, but would like more power esp in the mid range. though 500 is an awesome bike for solo adventure esp once I add the cb500x haha.
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    soo I am undecided between tracer 900 and ninja1000

    as far as passenger goes, which would you think is more comfortable?
    and for mid end torque and just that power to get up to speed or escape danger, which would be better out of the 2
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    Either one has gobs of of power. Looks like the Ninja has better front suspension. Depending on your budget and patience you might wait for the 900GT to get cruise control. Cruise is a game changer that you don't appreciate until you've tried it.
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  8. Wick

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    How bout a Ducati 939 Super Sport. I picked one up last year and love it. Comfortable enough for 300+ mile days, even for an old fart like me and you can get (expensive) saddle bags for it. It has enough power to be fun but isn't over the top performance wise. The bike handles like its on rails in the corners and is just a hoot to ride.
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