"Unlikely" Touring Bikes

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by lake_harley, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Over the years of being on ADVrider I've seen numerous pictures of bikes that are not ordinarily considered "touring" bikes loaded up for major touring duty. One of the touring books I've read made the point that any bike can be used for touring, but bikes have become so increasingly targeted to a purpose, it would be interesting to see what has been used, almost defying the classifications/styles of bikes.

    I have followed the "minimalist touring" thread for bikes under 250CC, but thought it would be interesting to open it up for all size bikes and not only minimalist touring. The higher and wider the bags and other appendages are piled, the better!

    Maybe vintage bikes we would normally think of being used to putter around, not ridden seriously as a touring bike?....older enduros?....cruisers taken to the far reaches of Alaska or on a RTW adventure? I would think there are some really creative "accidental tourers" out there.

    Lynn
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    Gregster Been here awhile

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  3. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    I havent gotten into any serious touring yet, although I hope to find some folks to do this with. But in my minds eye, I hop onto my 72 Honda CB 350 Four, say a prayer, and hit the open road (at about 50 mph). I don't see myself on my 750 nighthawk (dont anyone hate, its like the Ford Taurus of bikes) comfy, pretty darn fast, and reliable as anything made. I have much love for my old 350 four.
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  4. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    An excellent example of what I was trying to describe. Not exactly what one pictures when you hear "touring bike". Problem now is that it'll take me a couple evenings to read that entire ride report.

    Lynn
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  5. nwdub

    nwdub Banned

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    I ride a 1989 kawi zx10 as my touring bike

    it's quite comfy actually
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  6. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Beachbusker and cavebiker have done some fun stuff on their bikes.

    TKC's+Softail Deuce=fun!
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  7. Flameout

    Flameout Been here awhile

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    I toured a 1990 ZX10. Loved that bike! It was extremely comfortable...well, it was either the bike or that I was 22yrs old. Since I bought my Hayabusa, I've been trying to get it to be just as comfortable touring the ZX. I don't think it will ever be but 22000 miles later, I forget to care.
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  8. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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    I once read a story about a guy who rode to Prudhoe (sp?) Bay, Alaska on a Rebel.

    I'd do it too, if I could...
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  9. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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  10. professir

    professir Buttugly ol biker

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    After years of touring on an iron head sportster, I got a FLT full dress. While it was more comfortable, it was like dancing with a water buffalo at anything below interstate speeds. I tried a Gold Wing, and that was worse.

    So, I am back on a Sporty, just this one is an Evo. Cant be happier! Momma says the same thing!
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  11. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    I'm doing an unconventional touring conversino of a CBR954rr with a new triple clamp and low road bars (similar to the LSL superbike kit), upgraded seat and lowering pegs. Should prove interesting. :lol3
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  12. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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  13. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    3pc Hepco + Becker luggage for solo and light 2-up touring:
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  14. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    I truly believe any bike can be a "Touring" bike.

    I've done a 3,000 mile tour on a 234cc Nighthawk, a 7,500 mile tour on a DR650, and a few 1,200 mile trips on a big old Concours.

    I've been toying with the idea of picking up a little RS50 Aprilia or Derbie and running it from San Francisco to DC. hmmmmmmm.......:freaky
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  15. joef

    joef Been here awhile

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    Absoutely right, most any bike can be a touring bike but not everyone can be a touring rider.
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  16. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    I'm afraid I don't have any pictures, but in 1973 I rode to Nova Scotia on my '72 CL 350. After the Cabot Trail, I ferried over to PEI, then another boat to N. Brunswick. (no causeway then) then back to Ct. Total came to a little over 3000 mi. in 28 days. No saddlebags, just duffle strapped to the rack. Dropped it in gravel on Deer Island, off N. Bruns. & got the shifter welded in a back yard, quonset hut, Honda dealer in St John, N.B. That was the only mishap.
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  17. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I agree with your statement about touring on ANY bike, and hope that more will continue to post pictures. There have got to be lots more of the "unlikely" or maybe suprising bikes that have been used. I have an old Gold Wing (1983) and it's "easy" to tour or travel on it because it has all the storage right there already. I'm started the thread hoping to see examples of those who did it the "hard" way...without all the ready-to-tour stuff on the bike. We've had several examples posted already. Thanks!

    Below is a picture just before departure on a recent ride of about 2,000 miles on my Kawasaki 250 Super Sherpa. The ride was spread over 4 days on the road (two out - two back), with a 5 day visit with family in the middle. The fog you can see in the pictures hovered over me for the first two hours and I think it would have been easier, and maybe safer, to ride in rain instead. If it weren't for having extra "street" clothes for the non-riding portion of the trip, I could have easily done a week on the road packed in the same bags. The ride will probably stick in my mind as one of my more fun rides, until I find the next "unlikely" bike I want to take a trip on.

    I, for one, enjoy the stories, and pictures too, of the bikes with a conglomeration of bags, bottles, shoes and too many bunge cords holding everything to the bike. Talk about adventure!

    Keep it coming!

    Lynn

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  18. andyhol

    andyhol volcano rider

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    Something like this....?
    Xt225 biggeer older tank, rear spring from a superbike, rear rack and panniers made from a bunk-bed ladder, cable-ties, a chopping board and some milk crates. I carried everything; tent, hammock, cool box, tools, chef knives and cooking kit, too many tools... great fun all around oz :evil

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  19. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Now that's the kind of sophistication (sp?) I was thinking of. :thumb All size bikes too......
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  20. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    250 Suzuki
    1400 miles 3 1/2 days.

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