Touring on Naked Bikes

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Graemsay, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Heeso

    Heeso Cairo's Evil

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  2. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    Where's your scuba gear? :D
  3. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Here's a suggestion, try to adjust the windscreen so the top of the screen is closer to you. I've found that the more vertical a windscreen is the more buffeting you have (and with handlebar mounted screens the more steering input they make)

    I know it doesn't seem like it would block as much wind, but the lack of buffeting makes the ride more relaxing.
  4. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    In the mid 1990's I did some touring on this naked bike:

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    I did the Colorado Rockies with a bunch of other pals on old bikes.
    I could not believe the bike was rocking and rolling at 45-50 mph through the high passes!
  5. mattomoto

    mattomoto 2 wheels rule

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    Just spent some time on my Wee Speed riding back from the folks house in Texas. 1200 miles in 2 days. Was pretty fun, but hot as hell! (Yes, there is a camel in the background... and that's in Colorado. Go figure)

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    Matto
  6. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Let's bring this one back, as I hope to be touring naked again real soon.

    And just to add to the thread, a few photos from several years back touring on my 2003 Z1000.

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  7. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Inspired by Trevor W

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    Here's my naked touring bike; it's a 2009 Honda 919 with Trax Bags from Twisted Throttle:

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    I just got back from an 1100 mile trip with some friends last weekend down to the Dragon's Tail, and it was great. While the wind pressure is different than a faired bike (more force straight back directly on your chest), the lack of buffetting is worth it in my opinion. I'm 6'2", and short windshields typically put a blast of wind right at my Adam's apple, and make my helmet buffet like crazy.

    For on-road riding, this combination is hard to beat for the money. I was able to pick up the bike for $4500, and add bags for about $700 more. For $5200, I've got a fun, reliable bike that I'd be willing to take across the country in a minute. And since it's a cheap, "standard" bike, it's cheap to insure too.
  8. BigEasy

    BigEasy Long timer

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    From a trip around KY a couple falls ago

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  9. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    Im naked!:D
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    Have not any lengthy rides yet, but I'll be doing the Blue Ridge Parkway at the end of the month and we'll see how it goes.
  10. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    Picture is mostly self-explanatory.

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    2000 mile, 5 day trip. Bike was more than fine with the stock windscreen, nice clean air. Or rather, nice clean wet air, we caught a bunch of rain. The Ventura luggage worked out well too (it's expanded in that picture to the evening's supply of beer). I had heated gear with me, but would have appreciated heated grips as well. Other than that, it was no less comfortable than my Sprint ST, and frankly more comfortable under 80 than the Sprint.
  11. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Lolo Pass?
  12. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    Like I said, self-explanatory. :)
  13. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I just picked up a 2001 Yamaha FZ1 that I plan to do some extended asphalt touring on. I think they consider it a naked bike.

    Rob


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  14. jfurf

    jfurf Been here awhile

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    I gotta say, a naked bike with no windscreen on the front and saddlebags on the back is such a good look... very balanced and sleek. :freaky
  15. scrannel

    scrannel Scrannel

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    And, IMHO, way more fun to ride than a plastic-fantastic tour barge! Seems to me a major part of the fun of riding a motorcycle is not being "protected" from the environment. Sometimes you get cold, sometimes you get wet... sometimes you pull over and have a beer.
  16. nwdub

    nwdub Banned

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    Ok, the more I tour on a naked bike at 80+ mph constantly for hours when I have to super-slab from Salem to Seattle every weekend the more I want a windshield. I did it for a year in the rain, etc.. but I'm getting a little weary.

    naked is okay, but a windshield (even small) will go a long way
  17. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Not unless it's wearing a headlight without the half-fairing.

    Still a heckuva nice ride, congrats! :freaky
  18. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Photo of my naked tourer that I miss very much:

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  19. Earl of Portchester

    Earl of Portchester Been here awhile

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    Thats a beautiful bike!
  20. rich_mc

    rich_mc Full Fledged MEM-Ber

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