"Unlikely" Touring Bikes

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

  1. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Since smaller bikes are the theme of the moment, here is a couple of pictures of my son's 1982 Honda CM400 on the way to the end of the James Bay Road in western Quebec a couple of years ago. He has now moved through a VFR800 to a Buell City X, but the CM was the perfect introduction to touring.

    Needless to say, he had no trouble at all with the bike, which cruised happily all day between 60 and 70mph. It now belongs to one of his friends who continues to pile on the miles.

    Nick

    James Bay Road above Mattagami
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    Rupert River Rapids (now sadly diminished)
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  2. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    That is one damn fine looking bike!
    I would love to have one of those, and after I hit the lottery, I am getting one!



  3. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Very nice looking bike.
    There was one for sale locally, a bit newer with the silly king and queen seat, and it was dirt cheap.
    $500.00 I think, and besides the seat, very nice and clean.

    A 400 twin has got to be about perfect for long rides.


  4. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Wow! what a good looking bike!
  5. mhevezi

    mhevezi Adventurer

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    That 1975 was barely rideable when I bought it (for $500), but there were TONS of KZ400's sold in the 70's, so keep your eye out and good ones that are complete, pop-up all the time. I am 200+lbs and over 6ft tall. This bike was barely big enough for me, but kept a steady 70mph on the highway and is easy as pie to work on. Electric and kick start, too!

    Don't be shy to pick up one that needs work. Doing the work is 1/2 the fun!
  6. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Hi Brett,
    Thanks - it is rather elegant. To the best of my knowledge this is the only one in Canada, and there may only be a couple in the States (all grey market bikes). They were never imported into North America and only 948 of them were ever built. A bit of a rare bird.

    There are a few kicking around Britain and Europe, so when you win the lottery, make a trip over and bring one back. It needs some company.

    All the best

    Nick

    PS A few more pictures here http://www.adamsheritage.info/750S.htm
  7. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Cool Photo!

    Not to nit-pick, but in what universe are those "small windshields"?

    It was simpler back when bikes weren't so specialized. I rode with a guy in the '70's who used a Honda 350 Scrambler with street tires in the dirt. It was terrible, and he crashed a lot, but we had a ball. My old Bultaco Matador was a better dirt-bike, before it was worn completely out, which was long before I owned it. His was more reliable.

    Those were fun times.
  8. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Not my bike -- my lady friend's. A very unlikely tourer, which did about 10k in the 2011 season, including an Iron Butt. The rocking chair is a goof (Granny's Beverly Hillbillies chair), the rest of the gear is real.

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  9. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    I rode a Ninja 250 all over the country on a month long tour in the early 2000s
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    and since 2006 I have toured all over on my 2003 SV650, racking up 105,000 miles on her before oil consumption prompted an engine swap

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    as "unlikely" a touring bike either would seem to some, it really never seemed that way to me.
  10. Cariboo_kid

    Cariboo_kid Been here awhile

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    My old '71 500 Daytona on tour. 2010

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    My '74 Trident, and John's KZ1000 LTD. Great Falls Montana 1981
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    Jasper Alberta, 1981.
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  11. 1200B

    1200B Ride everywhere...

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    Nice Busa! how does that luggage affect the bike at higher speeds, is it stabil?
  12. KOTH

    KOTH Falco Peregrinus

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    I only tested it up to 130 or so and it worked quite well. Also rode over quite a bit of rough pavement with no issues. The SW-Motech brackets and Givi bags are a great system. Never had any rain get in the bags. The bags lock to the brackets and are quick release. Side brackets are also quick release leaving behind 4 tabs which are used with 1/4 turn fasteners to mount the side brackets. One of my 1/4 turn fasteners was lockable to help prevent the brackets from being removed.

    I kept around 20-25 lbs in the side cases but used the top case mostly as a trunk for my helmet, gloves, and electronics when I made gas stops, etc. Otherwise just kept maps, rain gear, snacks, and a few bottles of water in the top case. Handling was naturally effected a little and you are impacted more by cross winds. Never felt any impact on that great motor.
  13. Reryder

    Reryder Onward through the fog...

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    You have to look a long way to find a bike less suited to touring than a 70s Harley Sportster.
    Not only is it 35 years old or so, with a dc generator for electrics, two inches of rear shock travel, and vibrates like a paint shaker, but it was always known as the "fast but fragile" Harley. Built originally as a desert racer, turned into street hot rod, it was never intended for touring. And for me at 6'2" tall it is like riding a minibike. Need highway pegs just to maintain what would be a normal riding position on any other bike. Then there is the 70s chopper style seat all of about six inches wide and one inch thick. If you were choosing a bike to go touring on, this should be one of the last on the list.
    Yet somehow, I keep on riding the damn thing all over hell and yon. Masochism is the only explanation.

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  14. Bar None

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    Rode down to British Honduras (now Belize) from Houston,TX in the late 1960's on a Suzuki X6 250cc. Don't remember any paper work at the borders. Camped out wherever.

    1997 rode down to the Panama Canal on a 1982 Honda naked Silverwing.

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    Touring to the WNC dump on my Chinese hardtail.:rofl
  15. Noreaster

    Noreaster Fat and Cuddly again

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    LOVE the (peddle)bike trailer! No stability issues or any thing at motorized speeds?
  16. TheAntiCage

    TheAntiCage Adventurer

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    That silverwing is the shit.
  17. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Loaded up 109R..I was on the road for 10 days like this and camped for 9 of them..
  18. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Inspired by Trevor W

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    Honda 919 with luggage:

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    Holds a ton of gear, especially if you put a duffel bag over the passenger seat and lash it down between the panniers.
  19. pyro_

    pyro_ Been here awhile

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    Here are a couple of my old ones.

    First up Triumph TT600 sportbike

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    Next up Kawi KLX650R

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  20. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    IndyChizzle....I'd think you could put enough stuff in those "steamer trunk" proportion panniers to put quite a stress on the rear of the frame. Looks ready to go though!

    and...

    pyro_....in the photo of your KLX, by the looks of your rear tire you must have either been in a firey burnout competition or maybe spent quite a few miles on the 'slab?

    Thanks everyone for the unlikely tourers that have been posted.

    Lynn