Where did all the middleweight sport touring bikes go?

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  1. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    The secret is that, if you ride them right, there is very little weight on your wrists. Squeeze the tank and engage the core. You should be able to pick your hands and let them hover over the bars if you are just going straight (as a test anyway). Tank grip pads help. I've rubbed the paint off the frame of bikes in the past.
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  2. Madman4049

    Madman4049 Been here awhile

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    Yah, sport bikes are not built around or for lazy form and posture.
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  3. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    Ahhh, same age...as my daughter... :photog

    I can't help but feel that ADV bikes are walking the same path sport bikes did, i.e., becoming more and more "extreme" and less and less useful. For sport bikes it was totally ridiculous ergos (for anything other than a race track) and insane amounts of power. For ADV bikes it is ever increasing weight and insane amounts of complexity.

    Both miss the point about actually riding...

    But what do I know; "get off my lawn!"
  4. KeithU

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    I was your age when I had the TT600. I think I would still be okay with that handlebar position, but the tight legroom would be too much for my now 50 year old knees.

    Everyone has their own preferences, and they can change over time. I remember riding some cruisers when I was younger (V-Max, Drifter, a couple Harleys) and wondered how anyone could stand to ride that way for more than ten minutes. I spent some time on an ST1100 and R1100RT and didn't care for those either. Now I ride this FJ-09 with basically the same riding position as an R-RT and it feels perfect.
  5. Jeffo

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    I've had a few sports tourers over the years, but none of them have been as comfortable or as practical as adventure bikes. Its no wonder adv bikes have become far more popular.
    The only exception was my Tracer 9 i used to have, brilliant sports tourer with adv riding position. Gotta get a test ride on the new one some time.
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  6. Year1911

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    I'm 53 and my GSXR 750 fits me like a glove. Of course, I weigh 170 soaking wet and workout 5 days a week. It ain't necessarily your age, but how you choose to age.
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    Clip-ons are tough to take on a long day. I get the core thing, but it’s not something I can maintain for 8-10 hours. I prefer to split the difference: some forward lean and foot pegs beneath my body weight. This protects my back, better balances the bike, and gives me greater control than sitting bolt-upright. The wind over my shield keeps the small amount of weight on my hands and shoulders from causing discomfort by pushing me back a bit. I find GS-class ADV bikes too heavy and ungainly…particularly off road. I travel on my Sport Tourer and I go off-road on my dual sport.
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  8. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Goodness! Could that dash be any more 80's???
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  9. KeithU

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    It does seem like something right out of 1984 (the sports car model year, not the George Orwell novel).

    Normally when people comment on a bike's styling I like to point out, "At least you don't have to look at it while you're riding." But that doesn't really work here.
  10. pjensen641

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  11. CajunRider

    CajunRider Been here awhile

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    No... I do believe it impossible to be any MORE 80's than that.

    And I like it!!! :D
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  12. FranknStein7

    FranknStein7 Been here awhile

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    Aesthetically I don't mind it, but the text does look very small. I also watched a video of a reviewer trying to adjust the grip heating, and it looked very clumsy.
  13. oldoval

    oldoval Pleasant as fuck

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    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    As bad as that dash looks now, it is going to age even worse.

    And whatever "innovation" $$$ were wasted on it: 1. it is not spread over multiple models, like BMW has done with their TFT and, 2. will be spent again when it is scrapped in 2 years.

    That sound you hear is a toilet flushing...away any real innovation.

    Total. Waste.
  15. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just send it!

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    Best of the whole 2 bikes offered right now and yet, such a disappointment. Yawn. :snore
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    Its the only thing i really dislike about this bike and its such a strong dislike it could possibly stop me buying one.
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    Hmm... It's heavier, slower, and carries less fuel than the Tracer 9 GT. And it costs more when similarly equipped. Sign me up. :hmmmmm
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    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    The extra cost is for puke prevention when sitting on the seat. You can't option the prevention on the Yammie. :lol3
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  20. zuma

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    And how tall you are.
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