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1 touring bike ? on Mon May 05, 2014 6:22 pm

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Mel suggested today we bought another bike for touring , never thought about it before , she said because she sits up so high behind me it gets her neck when we are above ##mph ,so what would you recommend ? , I would say if we did go for a touring bike it would want some poke and pleanty of luggage ,


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2 Re: touring bike ? on Mon May 05, 2014 6:50 pm

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Yamaha fjr 1300
Honda pan European 1300

but I doubt you'd get them in your garage Dave  thumbs 

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3 Re: touring bike ? on Mon May 05, 2014 7:11 pm

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i'd second that. Fjr 1300 is pretty roomy, great range and better value for money compared to ktm, gs 1200, tenere etc etc

4 Re: touring bike ? on Mon May 05, 2014 8:50 pm

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Honda CBR 1100XX Superblackbird - lots of bike for the money Dave, this is an early model and I think still got carbs but not bad for under £2000 depending on your budget you could go for a newer injection one!
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if you do decide on a second bike hope you like it as much as the BKing mate!

5 Re: touring bike ? on Mon May 05, 2014 8:59 pm

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hard to find a low milage bird these days  Sad 

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6 Re: touring bike ? on Tue May 06, 2014 9:05 am

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FJR 1300
lovely bike, plenty of power and light for what it is. Boxes are a decent size, stock seat is pretty damn comfy and the screen is big enough for most people under 6 foot. ( plus adjustable on the newer models )

BMW R1200RT
heavier than the fjr but not by a huge amount, again plenty of torque and power, bit flatter feeling when riding due to the engine layout but super smooth ride! better seat than the FJR, luggage is roughly the same as the FJR ( possibly a bit bigger? might have to measure up to be sure ) roughly the same sort of price range for a few year old bike. BMW reliability and built like tanks!

Honda ST1300
Big heavy bike, brilliant for touring but they do take up a bit of room, heavier than the two above but silky smooth! Boxes are big enough to put the kitchen sink in. Screen is bigger than the FJR, Fairing is a lot wider, but the good thing is the mirrors clip on and off so if you do knock them off, they will clip back in ( regular thing with us to knock them clean off whilst getting them out the gate!! )

out of the three above, FJR would be my first choice as it would better fit your riding style Smile

There is always the smaller tourers

VFR 800
Cracking bikes, plenty of poke, handle like they are on rails and pretty comfy. Screen isn't bad for a sport tourer, the bars are low but not as low as sports bikes ( still too low for me to ride comfortably ) but the v-tec takes a lot of getting used to! Has a chain though!

F800GT
Again, plenty of poke ( suprised me to be honest!! ) bit of a whippy bike to get used to but a boosterplug and a decent end can soon sorts the running out to give you a rocket of a twin! Stock seat is not bad, BMW comfort seat is lovely but does raise the bike up a bit from stock. No chain to worry about as its belt drive and has a long life span. Heated grips, traction control, electronic suspension etc make it a good buy if your looking for a smaller second bike that will do it all Smile

Plenty of 'sport tourers' but if your serious about distance, stick to one of the proper ones!

I've tried some more than that but they are the only ones i can think of that might be suited.

7 Re: touring bike ? on Tue May 06, 2014 11:25 am

Robbie

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Yamaha FJ1300 or Kawasaki 1400GT

8 Re: touring bike ? on Tue May 06, 2014 3:30 pm

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thanks lads , its gave me something to think of, but TBH I think the problem is as I am getting more and more confident on the king I am getting faster and faster with mel on the back , And the only problem we are having is the wind catching Mel 's neck , But she is fine traveling along at 80 Mph , The king does everything I want and we have the luggage sorted now , So I am not saying NO ,but am in no rush and see how we get on


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9 Re: touring bike ? on Tue May 06, 2014 6:25 pm

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Dave put a cushion under yer backside and some platform boots it will lift you higher and deflect the wind from Mel's
head, then you can spend the money you would spend on a tourer on some goodies for the king

10 Re: touring bike ? on Tue May 06, 2014 6:56 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Yamaha FJ1300 or Kawasaki 1400GT
test ride both great bikes

11 Re: touring bike ? on Tue May 06, 2014 7:37 pm

lee

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seems like a good idea Dave if your planning lots of touring and need to pack more luggage and save mels neck

some good bikes suggested  thumbs 

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12 Re: touring bike ? on Wed May 07, 2014 6:26 am

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Anything I was going to suggest is pretty much covered already. Take your time mate and get the right one. Then enjoy   thumbs    mbike

13 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 10:52 am

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I thought the same.

King is great fun but not a great tourer.
It'll do it but its far from ideal.

I've had ZZR11's and Hayabusa's.
I'm happy touring on a naked bike,
I don't find a need to hide behind Tupperware.

GSX1400 has HEAPS of grunt,
Takes my tank bag and top box,
has good seats and leg room front and rear,
a grab rail and a decent size fuel tank.

ZRX / XJR / GSX14 all tour well and have
some old Skool classic muscle bike style.

14 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 10:59 am

Tony nitrous

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Some of the bikes and riders I know that do
the highest mileage (and have fun doing it)
dong have traditional tourers. "Touring" is more
a state of mind than a bike. If its fun and comfortable
you'll enjoy it more than a loaded down overweight
Barge with below average road manners.

Why I'd tour on a big naked before a Honda ST.

15 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 11:16 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Some of the bikes and riders I know that do
the highest mileage (and have fun doing it)
dong have traditional tourers. "Touring" is more
a state of mind than a bike. If its fun and comfortable
you'll enjoy it more than a loaded down overweight
Barge with below average road manners.

Why I'd tour on a big naked before a Honda ST.
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16 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 12:29 pm

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Has to be Triumph Sprint GT. Fantastic value, I've had one for a couple of years now and would not change it.

17 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 12:47 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I thought the same.

King is great fun but not a great tourer.
It'll do it but its far from ideal.

I've had ZZR11's and Hayabusa's.
I'm happy touring on a naked bike,
I don't find a need to hide behind Tupperware.

GSX1400 has HEAPS of grunt,
Takes my tank bag and top box,
has good seats and leg room front and rear,
a grab rail and a decent size fuel tank.

ZRX / XJR / GSX14 all tour well and have
some old Skool classic muscle bike style.

Touring on your own is one thing, but touring with a pillion and them being comfy is where these other bikes come in. Most bikes that you can tour on ( aka pretty much anything ) are fine for rider, but not pillion. Try doing 100+ miles on a perch 6" higher than the rider with your knees under your chin, it ent gunna be comfy!

I could travel all day on my old KTM ( if it worked ) or my ducati, but the gf was crippled after 20 minutes or so on the back. This is where 'touring' bikes come into it. Muscle bikes are also good for it like you say, the xjr, gsx, zrx etc, mainly down to the riding style, the flat seat and low pillion pegs.  thumbs 

18 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 12:54 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Some of the bikes and riders I know that do
the highest mileage (and have fun doing it)
dong have traditional tourers. "Touring" is more
a state of mind than a bike. If its fun and comfortable
you'll enjoy it more than a loaded down overweight
Barge with below average road manners.

Why I'd tour on a big naked before a Honda ST.


..... a state of mind..... i like that.

19 Re: touring bike ? on Thu May 08, 2014 4:32 pm

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Starting to see things my way Dave  Laughing your problem I think will be almost certainly having a less powerful bike. That's the first thing. It can be done though, and you need to, because the best tourers are behemoths and I think you may do better going down a little for something that's a bit more fun to ride. I'd certainly say Sprint GT is a front runner in my book. Pans, FJRs, BMW et al are just fooking monsters and when fully loaded can be a pain in the ass. I can honestly say I'm happier on my VFR now than my ZZR, for example. What I'd do with a bigger bike now I shudder to think.  Smile 

20 Re: touring bike ? on Fri May 09, 2014 2:50 am

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Sidecar on the King  thumbs 

21 Re: touring bike ? on Fri May 09, 2014 6:24 am

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I will ask olive what she thinks  hide 


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22 Re: touring bike ? on Fri May 09, 2014 11:10 am

Tony nitrous

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Hayabusa with a raised bars "comfort kit"

All the best bits of a B-King with several better features.
Comfort, tourer-friendly with a sporty edge.

23 Re: touring bike ? on Fri May 09, 2014 12:03 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Hayabusa with a raised bars "comfort kit"

All the best bits of a B-King with several better features.
Comfort, tourer-friendly with a sporty edge.
i agree

24 Re: touring bike ? on Fri May 09, 2014 1:18 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Hayabusa with a raised bars "comfort kit"

All the best bits of a B-King with several better features.
Comfort, tourer-friendly with a sporty edge.
i agree
but I test rode the busa ,and couldn't get on with the riding style,thats what made me go for the king because I loved the power , and I think the king is a lot more comfy  wheelchair 


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25 Re: touring bike ? on Fri May 09, 2014 3:52 pm

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and from being a pillion on a busa, its f****ng horrible

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