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Old 12-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #21
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I highly recommend the ZZR1200, great ride, handles well for a big bike, themonuclear midrange, comfortable, good 2 up and distance bike
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:45 PM   #22
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Don't forget the stealth sport-tourer: Suzuki Bandit 1250. Doesn't have shaft drive, but it's comfy and has 80 pound-feet of torque. CHEAP compared to the FJR & the like.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:57 PM   #23
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:12 PM   #24
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FJR1300 and an 08 up Kawi Concours 1400 would be my first two choices for serious sport touring. Another good option is a 02 up Honda Blackbird. Bandits 1200s are good as are the ZRX1200s but I would opt for something with fuel injection if possible. This new ethanol BS fuel we have is really with carb'd bikes if they sit for more then a couple weeks.

My personal choice would be an 08 up Hayabusa with some sport touring mods.(risers, buell drop pegs, Double Bubble etc etc...

I would stay away from BMW (due to repair cost and serviceability), Triumph (same reason)...
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:17 PM   #26
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:26 PM   #27
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Have you considered a Yami FZ1? My insurance considered it a standard not a sportbike, so it was pretty cheap. (I just have minimum coverage now)
It's fast, comfy and not terribly expensive.
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eh Triumphs are easy to repair and cost isnt expensive...
Yes to clarify, they are easy to repair if you do the work yourself....BUT if you have to use the few local Triumph dealers for repair, you will get raped. I know, I was a Tech for a certain one in South Houston from 01-03....

Triumph does build a pretty solid product though. The FI system on most of them is questionable, they were prone to losing ECUs and developing mystery tuning/run issues that even Triumph USA couldn't figure out. And yes I worked on BMWs also...don't even get me started on them things..
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:47 PM   #29
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this is me chiming in to suggest from a former sv owner to a current one that the vfr is a great move from the sv. the low COG takes a bit of getting used to. other than that the bike is stellar. i have a 92 vfr 750 that is muuuch nicer than my 01 sv ever was.
shop around for insurance. i think mine is like 80 with progressive for liability for a year
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ahahah oh my statefarm agent just sent me a quote for a VFR.. its LESS than what they charge for my SV at progressive. I can't figure out how that works but all the info etc is correct.

edit - can you/should you tip insurance agents??

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Old 12-08-2010, 10:23 PM   #31
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By your description, I would suggest checking out a Suzuki GSX-650F

Good seat for the passenger, Low priced, upright riding position, good power. Also good on insurance.

Here is a link to Suzuki about the bike.

http://www.suzukicycles.com/en/Produ...9/GSX650F.aspx

Here is the link to Givi about bags

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Corbin even makes a comfy seat for it.
http://www.corbin.com/suzuki/sgsx657cds.shtml

I have one in the showroom that I could show you.
It is what I ride.

I was not aware of the seat. I will have to look into that.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:18 AM   #32
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Go for the VFR or Blackbird. As Sport Tourers they get pretty favorable insurance rates. I pay $152/year for my Blackbird. It's not too slow for an old fart's bike.

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ahahah oh my statefarm agent just sent me a quote for a VFR.. its LESS than what they charge for my SV at progressive. I can't figure out how that works but all the info etc is correct.

edit - can you/should you tip insurance agents??
if you are really appreciative of this agent, im sure you would feel ok by tipping them. next time you talk to them ask if you could tip them. they might have a company policy against it, but who knows.

the vfr wont disappoint.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:13 AM   #34
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Honda is offering test rides on these:

2010 Honda VFR1200F 1

VFR1200F

Kind of pricey but comfortable and easy to ride
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:39 AM   #35
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My sport tourer is a ZX12R.. to each their own..

Bandits are a great choice for the money as well with a comfy seat.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:53 AM   #36
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Good option for you..

I have this for sale (Black '09 Yamaha FZ6 w/about 450 miles):

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Because I bought this....

CBR1000RR

They are both great bikes but my wife doesn't ride with me anymore, so I got what I really wanted about 7 weeks later. I haven't even done the break-in first maintenance appointment on it yet (600 miles).
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