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Old 06-01-2012, 06:57 AM   #21
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As several people have already pointed out, it depends on your definition of sport touring.
Imo two of the most comfortable, capable and truly fast motorcycles that can put down some serious miles in a day are the FJR1300 and the ZG1400 Concours.
Both are very fast, have great brakes and handle well enough to embarass a sport bike in the right hands.
Factor in things like factory hard luggage, traction control (on the Concours), available ABS, and relative ease of maintenance and you have a combination that's difficult to beat.

For myself I split my sport touring duties between a 2006 VFR800 with factory saddlebags and a naked Bandit 1200 with a tank bag and tail pack, depending on my destination and what I'm going to do once I'm there.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:12 AM   #22
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While Patrick's post is all very true and contains good advice, I'm thinking about selling my FZ1 so I would suggest that they are the PERFECT choice for WHATEVER kind of riding you are going to do.

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Old 06-01-2012, 07:37 AM   #23
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Why? because Ducati.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:57 AM   #24
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Yamaha Super Tenere is as smooth as butter...makes the multistrada a second rate bike (drive both of them and compare)...Tejas Motorsports usually have test drive days, thats where i drove the tenera
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:36 AM   #25
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Recently rode the Yamaha FJR, Kawasaki C14 and the BMW K1600GTL. If money were no option I'd have the BMW, but in the real world, even as a current Yamaha owner, I'd have to buy the C14. It's just a better feeling bike.
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Recently rode the Yamaha FJR, Kawasaki C14 and the BMW K1600GTL. If money were no option I'd have the BMW, but in the real world, even as a current Yamaha owner, I'd have to buy the C14. It's just a better feeling bike.
The BMW is more expensive as well but man does it look cool.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:12 AM   #27
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If you are thinking of buying new, bear in mind several sport tourers are fixing to hit the market in the near future:

1. Yamaha is finally going to update the aging FJR1300, which has been around since '02. There is a picture of the new FJR1400 in the latest issue of Motorcyclist mag.

2. Triumph has been teasing the market with leaked (I think purposely) pics of the new Trophy 1200 - a BMW R1200RT look-alike that uses the powertrain from the Tiger Explorer. Triumph realizes the Sprint ST 1050 was out-leagued by the competition and the slightly-tweaked GT never sold well.

3. Honda has several sport tourers in the works. First, the 1200 CrossTourer uses the VFR powertrain and should give BMW GS a run for the money. There is a little brother NC700X, priced phenomenally at $6999. The geriatric ST1300 is due for a redesign - or replacement all together. Honda supposedly is working on something to slot between the ST1300 and the 'Wing, luxurious and powerful enough to heads with the K1600GT.

4. If your wallet is well padded and made of red-white-and-blue leather, you might be interested in the very American Motus MST V4. Screw Ducati; this one will guarantee exclusivity or your ride.

The sport tourer battle is about to begin. This stuff is way more fun to watch than the Superbike war, where S1000RR has been whipping Japanese butts mercilessly. Get the popcorn ready.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #28
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:02 PM   #29
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Patrick's right - the FJR & Concours are definitely tops right now; it's interesting to hear about all the updates coming down the pike.

Depending on your budget (or your tolerance for depreciation), there are plenty of other bikes which can fill the role. I've been happy w. my 1250 Bandit. Poor man's sport touring bike
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