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Old 01-06-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Ok, the stars may be aligning. Puzzle me this one Batman. I am seriously thinking about adding a small sport touring bike to the back of my garage. Criteria are: must have hard side bags, room to pack camping gear, a windshield, able to handle moderately long rides (central TX, Gulf Coast, maybe a bit farther). One rider only, no passenger, and enough grunt for freeways. Reliability is a must and given my height-challenged frame and moderate strength: seat height no more than 32 inches, and weight no more than around 500#, and add a cruise control so my hands can take hours on the road. Also electrics for an added GPS. Objective: camping trips during the spring/fall and winters in TX.

What say you: please nominate some used bikes in the 6-7 grand range please. No new bikes, used only, but not ancient, and no HDs. Where do I start looking?

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Old 01-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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Seems like you would need another bike, your list isn't long enough lol
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I have a 2005 BMW R1200rt that has been all over North America. Many, including myself feel,that it is the greatest sport touring machine ever made.

- has hard bags
- linked braking system with ABS
- full fairing keeps one warm and dry
- adjustable windshields
- cruise control
- heated grips

Mine has 85k miles on it and has been ridden from Houston to Prudoe Bay Alaska, Nova Scotia and Laguna Seca and points beyond. I have never had the bike break on me.

You should be able to find a more recent vintage with fewer miles for +/- 10k.
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Im thinking of getting a beater bike.. a sport touring as well or another SS..
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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what about the new Honda NC700X? It doesn't come stock with bags but can be added as an option.
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I have a 2005 BMW R1200rt that has been all over North America. Many, including myself feel,that it is the greatest sport touring machine ever made.

- has hard bags
- linked braking system with ABS
- full fairing keeps one warm and dry
- adjustable windshields
- cruise control
- heated grips

Mine has 85k miles on it and has been ridden from Houston to Prudoe Bay Alaska, Nova Scotia and Laguna Seca and points beyond. I have never had the bike break on me.

You should be able to find a more recent vintage with fewer miles for +/- 10k.
Wow...... was dreaming of getting the new Bmw k1300s beautifull looking sport tourer about double op's price though.
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Suzuki V-Strom might be the fit, or BMW F 800 ST....earliest trigger pull is about a month away or so...might push the budget up for the right bike....
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what about the new Honda NC700X? It doesn't come stock with bags but can be added as an option.
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How sporty are you thinking?

You might consider getting a small-ish metric cruiser and putting bags and a windshield on it. Those things are pretty easy to modify.
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I've heard nothing but good things about the Wee-strom.
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a Wee or a V-strom
If you can find a Caponord
Tiger 800
older 1150 GS(A)
an FZ1---- seriously
Buell
Versys ------damned good choice, New are around 7k

All those have the option of bags.


If you really want a good idea, go to TwistedThrottle.com and see what tehy make racks for, go from there
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I have a 2005 BMW R1200rt that has been all over North America. Many, including myself feel,that it is the greatest sport touring machine ever made.

- has hard bags
- linked braking system with ABS
- full fairing keeps one warm and dry
- adjustable windshields
- cruise control
- heated grips

Mine has 85k miles on it and has been ridden from Houston to Prudoe Bay Alaska, Nova Scotia and Laguna Seca and points beyond. I have never had the bike break on me.

You should be able to find a more recent vintage with fewer miles for +/- 10k.

800 miles of Interstate and mountain highway
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Fully loaded with camp gear, ice chest and a stalk of bananas

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Wee strom or Versys are a lot of motorcycle for the money - Great around town or on an adventure
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Every other criteria you listed jives with the traditional ST's,except this one: "weight no more than around 500#", which rules out just 90% of STs out there. Even more if you meant curb weight, fueled up ready to go with luggage. Even some of the 800cc adv tourers weight more than 500lbs RTR.

While weight isn't a desirable thing in most thing motorcycle related, the typically ST is heavy for a good reason. It allows for the accoutrements most ST riders demand, and a more stable platform with longer wheelbase that makes for a better long-distance machine.

A larger engine also allow sustained hwy speeds at a more relaxed RPM, which adds to long distance comfort. That is why most STs have relatively larger engines. It isn't about the HP. It is was, then ST's would have SS litrebike engines.

IMHO, you'll be better off with a more traditional ST. However, based on your current criteria, I'll have to say '06+ FZ1 or SV1000, done up with aftermarket hard panniers and taller screens. Both I have personal experience and know will make competent - if not ideal - sport tourers. VFR800, CB919, FZ8 are also good choices, after some ST farkling.

Any of the adv tourers would not be friendly to the inseam-challenged (me included). The F800ST is real nice, but plan on doubling your $6-7k investement.
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Either one of these fit exactly what you are looking for. I own the V-Strom 1K, and have ridden both the V-Strom 650 and Tiger 800.

I love my Vee. Plenty of power and enough storage to haul anything I'd ever need to on a bike. The Wee (650) is not bad at all. Lower to the ground, but lighter and easy to flick around. Good power even with stock gearing and better MPG than the Vee 1k.

I'm iffy on the Tiger 800. Power felt to be about the same as the Wee, but it's buzzy as . Lots of bar vibration. I've never ridden the big Tiger, but to me it has a definite advantage over the others...the ones I've seen have 17" wheels front and back, and the rear will take a 180. The other bikes listed have a 19" front and only take a 150 rear. The downside of the big Tiger with 17's front and back is that you lose ground clearance, but if you're doing mostly highway riding it won't be a problem.
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