Sport Bike touring

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by psyfalcon, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. psyfalcon

    psyfalcon Adventurer

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    Thinking about how long I will be able to fold myself onto a 600 or 1000 sport bike. Being in Chicago though, the non- dragstrip roads are a few hours away, and I'd like to go places with curves.

    Do any of them stand out for any reason? Tank size, randomly easier to fit bags?

    I'd lean towards a 600 (more revs) and ABS, but otherwise its just a (painful) idea in my head.
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  2. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I'm 65 years old, about 5' 10" and 145-ish#, and fit on my '11 GSX-R750 Suzuki pretty well. It has a more "relaxed" riding position than many sport bikes I understand, and would certainly say it's less radical than the 748 Ducati I used to have. I was about 60 back when I had the Duc, but even on it I did a 1 hour each-way but round-trip ride with only about a 1 hour break in the middle. FWIW, even though you might be some distance to ride any good, twisty sportbike roads, sportbikes can still be one heck of a rush on the straights too!

    I haven't done distance of any significance on the GSX-R, but I do find it's a bit harder on my neck than I'd like. I'd consider Heli-Bars if I were to sport tour on it. My longest ride on the GSX-R was probably about 1.5 to 2 hours. At "highway speed" (OK, let's say 10 over), I think it would go about 200 miles on a tank. I have some Cortech soft bags, and I wouldn't say I'm crazy about how they fit on the GSX-R, but they could work. The Cortech tailbag alone would probably work pretty decently. With the tailbag and a large-ish tank bag you could pack enough stuff for a few days with no problem unless you just have to have your expresso machine along.

    Now, for the shameless plug....I have my GSX-R750 for sale if you'd be interested. I'm thinking it's time for me to give up sport bikes and go to either a mid-size to larger dual sport or a naked bike. Here's the link if you want to at least take a look. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2011-gsx-r750-showroom-condition.1273357/

    Best wishes on your considerations of "what bike" is best for you.

    Lynn
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  3. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    A good compromise is the Versys 650 and 1000.

    Thoughts?
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  4. ID650rider

    ID650rider MC enthusiast

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    Constantly do 6-8 hr 300+ mile just for fun days on my 2005 BMW R1200ST even with the spousal unit in back - solo eating miles, 600-800 miles a day after day after day- I'm in my late 50's and carrying 50+ extra pounds - riding position is very similar to my 1982 R100RS. Not a big fan of the wizzy brake noises but wow do they ever work when you need them.
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  5. Need For Speed

    Need For Speed Ridin' foolishly and frequently

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    I have done back to back 600+ mile days on my 4th gen ZX10R with no problem. Fuel range is limited compared to my Sport-touring hyper bikes, but I make it work. It's a blast Sport-touring with a light, high revving bike! 20170621_172202.jpg 20170619_150335.jpg
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  6. cakeboy

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    try a 1000 versys ....ive had loads & loads of tourers & sports bikes and the versys the best all round compromise ive found ..all day comfortable good handling , good brakes, and that engine is brilliant , super smooth & goes like stink..
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  7. shoeb

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    I guess it'd help to know why you're looking at sportsbikes specifically. If you have any concerns about comfort, maybe look at sport-tourers like the Ninja 1000, GSXS1000 etc. Or smaller stuff like the CBR650F or FZ6 if going used. They're much more comfy and better for long rides, but still handle great on bendy road. But if there's something that makes SS a must-have then maybe not.
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  8. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    The other option is to trailer to your destination. Lots of guys in the Minneapolis area trailer their sportbikes the two hours down to Nelson, WI and then ride the alphabet roads. Saves tires too.

    As for actual bikes ... look for the 'standards' with sportbike engines. Shoeb mentioned the Ninja 1000; the Z1000 also fits that bill, but both will need some suspension upgrades. The FZ09 comes to mind as well, at least the 2017+ models; simply being lightweight gives it such a great advantage. For more 'sport' consider the 'old mans sportbike' aka. a VFR.
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  9. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    When I was in my 40's I toured extensively on a CBR929RR. Never had a bit of problem with the exception of storage space. I just had soft saddlebags and a duffel on the back seat. I guess I'm strange...the thought of riding 1000's of miles on a cruiser sounds like torture to me, yet the body position of a sport bike is heaven.
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  10. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Been here awhile

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    There are options to get a bit more upright if you want, heli-bars as mentioned, Apex risers, etc. Of course, those will take a little bit away from the sporty handling, but how much depends on how far you go.
    A lot of other bikes have been mentioned, but I'd throw in the Street or Speed triples as well.
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  11. Ray916MN

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    I'm 58 and day ride SW Wisconsin primarily. I usually start out of Nelson which is about 110 miles one way from my front door. Total mileage for a day ride is usually 500 miles. Got a lot of sportbikes (916, 999, 1098, RC51, RS250 etc.) and have found anything that I can get Heli bars or other taller clipons on works fine. I usually haul a sportbike somewhere out of state a couple times a year for a week of 300+ mile per day twisty riding The key to comfort for me is light weight and being relaxed on the bars. The RS250 is probably one of the most comfortable sportbikes I use for day rides because it weighs maybe 340 lbs full of fuel. I've also got a Ninja 1000, but I only use it when it is either cold, rainy or I want hard bags to carry stuff on multi day trips. There is probably almost a 200 lb weight difference between the RS250 and Ninja and on a long day the weight difference can do a lot to make up for less comfortable ergos.

    There's a KTM SDGT sitting in my garage right now. It will replace the Ninja. I'm hoping the dynamic suspension will make it a more comfortable bike than the Ninja with no weight penalty and more power.
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  12. Bighammer49686

    Bighammer49686 Been here awhile

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    My SV650 took me a lot of places. Great little bike with decent power and torque with a lower v-twin sound. (angry woodpecker more than screamin' eagle)

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  13. JB2

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    I don't have any modern recommendations but I put some significant long distance miles on a 1996 Buell S2, a 1997 Buell S3 and 2002 Honda VFR. On the S2 I did the biggest day of riding in my life at 1156 miles in 19 1/2 hours. On the VFR I did a 14 day trip with 4 days over 800 miles and 1 day over 900 miles. I'm with Ray916MN on the Heli bars, they work. I think the biggest thing however is being saddle-broke. I've met a lot of people on the road who also travel on sport bikes and the key is to get your body used to the bike and the mileage. I've done high mileage days since on land yachts like a Honda ST1300, a Victory Vegas, a Cross Country and since then, even on the KLR. Every bike had completely different ergos but with a little effort and miles I was able to acclimate myself to each bike and successfully wring out many high-mileage days on each one. Good luck!
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  14. full of days

    full of days Simplify or Die

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    best sport touring bike for the money....

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2013-aprilia-tuono-v4r-aprc-sterling-va-7250.1287847/
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    full of days Simplify or Die

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    c_m_shooter Ninja Warrior

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  17. dustin2

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    The CBR600 F4i would make a hell of a sportbike tourer. You can even get a centre stand and Givi rack for it (from Europe). It's got reasonable ergonomics, a decent seat, a 200 mile range and classic Honda durability.

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  18. Dirtleg

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    I toured across the US on an RC51 2 years ago.
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    Was survivable and I'd do it again but I found a better option.

    S1000XR. Faster, handles better, more comfortable and longer range. Plus it's easy to put luggage on.
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    If you're just doing day trips you could get by with a tank bag. As it was that was loaded up for a full weekend of camping.
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  19. st3ryder

    st3ryder Been here awhile

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    Ummm...that's why they make sport touring bikes, so why don't you just get the right tool for the job? And forget RPMs if you want to have fun in the twisties. Look for a bike that makes decent bottom end and mid range torque, i.e. at least a nominal litre bike. That's where it's at...just roll on between the corners and enjoy the ride instead of flogging the gear box. ;)
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    Heynow, some people like a good flogging... :pimp
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