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03-08-2012 03:11 PM  6 years agoPost 21
shawmcky

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Those Ducatis still look the b*llocks.Sex on wheels

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03-08-2012 05:13 PM  6 years agoPost 22
outhouse

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With that saddle and riding position, you do 10 hour days for a couple of weeks? Darn you are tough!
LOL ya, I generally run over 20 miles a week to stay in shape for it LOL

after 2 days of 10hours, like over 600 miles Ya you feel it.

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03-08-2012 10:11 PM  6 years agoPost 23
glover1482

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You tour 20 hours and 600 miles in two days?
I would not like riding with you, and you most definitely would not like to ride with me!

Try 2570mi from Salem Oregon to Ankorage Alaska in three days with two six hour stops for sleep; and you will understand why for me your scooter just would not get the job done. That is typical of the rides I took on a regular basis. (Yes, I am now in my 70's, and last year I dropped my scooter license and gave up scootering. But oh, have I taken some memorable rides. And none of them were taken on an uncomfortable "crouch rocket" like you ride. I am not slamming your ride, but it does not meet my definition of a sport touring scooter.)

My only regret about my scootering experience is that I never took part in the Iron Butt Rally. http://www.ironbuttrally.com/IBR/default.cfm

Keep the rubber side down. Glover

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03-09-2012 02:11 AM  6 years agoPost 24
Rodan

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For the OP: Do you want a SPORT-tourer, or a sport-TOURER? Two up or solo?

The right bike depends on what you want it to do...

I've owned several ST bikes over the years, ST1100 (x2), R1100RSL, ST4S, and ridden the FJR, C14, ST1300, GL1800, and KLT. I have not ridden the new K1600 (would like to, though).

I've done numerous 1k mile days, with a personal record of 1349 miles in 22hrs (on a VStrom). I'm biased more toward the sporting end of things, and a Hayabusa is my current bike of choice. I've done 600 mile days on it without problems, and that's more typical of my daily distance when traveling by bike.

If you want a two-up bike, the ST13 or K16 would probably be the best choices. The BMW is over the top price wise, and will cost you more to maintain. You should be able to pick up a cherry ST13 for around $10k. BMW have also had recent issues with final drives and transmissions in the K bikes.

For solo riding, both the C14 and FJR are good choices; I would lean toward the C14 between the two. I don't like the lack of suspension adjustments on the FJR, and found it buzzy on the hwy due to the 5 speed trans. There's also the BMW K13GT, but has all the BMW costs to go with it.

FWIW, my Ducati ownership experience sucked. Guzzi are limited by a lack of dealer network in the US, compared to other choices. I've heard good things about the Triumph Sprint, but haven't ridden one.

Try to ride before you buy... difficult with bikes, but you really don't know a bike 'till you've ridden one for a while.

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03-09-2012 02:19 AM  6 years agoPost 25
Bouchah

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For the OP: Do you want a SPORT-tourer, or a sport-TOURER? Two up or solo?
sport-TOURER is probably more my speed, never really been into the crotch rocket style bikes, for that matter I have never really been a big fan of Harley style of bikes either. I will be doing a lot of solo riding but will also be going on weekend trips with my wife so it needs to be comfortable for the both of us.

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03-09-2012 02:30 AM  6 years agoPost 26
Rodan

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You can't go wrong with the ST1300...

There's two brand new 2010's at dealers under $15k on eBay... Several used bikes with low miles and good prices. Shop around a bit and you can find a good deal....

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03-09-2012 05:22 PM  6 years agoPost 27
outhouse

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I am not slamming your ride
I didnt buy it to sleep at the wheel lol, It only goes two hours and needs gas again.

I live at the top of a canyon and I use it as its ment to be ridden. One of the few SS riders that actually punishes his bike.

I'm with rodan, OP needs to know what he really wants out of a bike before hand.

except that there is little need for service with the Guzzi and my Duc so far has been as flawless. Their reliability has come a long way even over the last 5 years

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09-17-2012 05:33 PM  5 years agoPost 28
BOOGIE

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Im getting old I said I would never have one of these But Im loving riding with the radio cranked

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09-17-2012 05:51 PM  5 years agoPost 29
BladeStrikes

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BOOGIE,
Thats a SWEET ride ..

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09-17-2012 06:10 PM  5 years agoPost 30
GyroFreak

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Not a sport bike, but very comfortable with my custom laid back high seat. And in 6th gear it is just above idle at 60 mph. No radio, no fairing, just an oldschool 50's style bike with modern fuel injection. I did add a short windshield as I am 70 and the face blast bug splatter on face was getting to me.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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09-17-2012 06:41 PM  5 years agoPost 31
Rodan

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I thought we were talking about motorcycles, not fashion accessories....??

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09-17-2012 08:00 PM  5 years agoPost 32
THX1138

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I rock a triumph tiger 1050. Pretty cool bike.

Lou

Just give me five dudes and two flashbangs...

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09-17-2012 09:34 PM  5 years agoPost 33
BJames111

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Mine has a healthy dose of "sport" to go along with the smaller amount of "tour"

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09-17-2012 10:56 PM  5 years agoPost 34
billiano

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I like my multistrada .......nice toy...

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09-18-2012 01:22 AM  5 years agoPost 35
gingus1

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That's one meam looking machine you have there GyroFreak. Looks like you would have scalped somebody and that's their hair you got hanging there on your handlebars. That's scary..

You Da-Man

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09-18-2012 06:59 PM  5 years agoPost 36
InvertedDude

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09-18-2012 08:50 PM  5 years agoPost 37
GyroFreak

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Thanks gingus1, I see you have a nice "low rider" in tour gallery.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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09-18-2012 08:52 PM  5 years agoPost 38
jschenck

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I'm seriously considering the Suzuki to replace my 2001 Vmax

http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product.../GSX1250FA.aspx

my requirements =

1. Must be a minimum of 100hp
2. Handlbar above my belt, below my shoulders about shoulder width
3. Footpegs right below my knees. Not in front of, not behind my knees.
4. NO floor boards

I really liked my 1982 Harley FXRS. Too bad Harley doesn't seem to make anything like it now.

I also really liked my 1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100

and both my Yamaha Vmax's.

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09-18-2012 10:44 PM  5 years agoPost 39
CWALDO123

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This is a great web site to see how the bike will fit your frame. Just put in the bike and your height and it puts you on the bike riding & setting.

http://cycle-ergo.com/

Hirobo Evo 50 ,Jr9303 ((( Are Those Things Hard To Fly ?? Nah !! Snicker )))

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09-18-2012 10:46 PM  5 years agoPost 40
CWALDO123

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Lets see!!!
Ride a Harley or Walk? I'll Just Walk Thank You

1st choice Yamaha FGR
2nd Honda ST

Hirobo Evo 50 ,Jr9303 ((( Are Those Things Hard To Fly ?? Nah !! Snicker )))

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