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Old 11-06-2007, 08:45 AM   #1
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New Bike Question - Sport Tourer

I went the IMS this weekend and checked out all of the sport touring bikes. I really liked the Honda ST1300. My company is relocating to Greenspoint so the drive is now in 249 @ Spring Cypress to Imperial Valley Dr. and Beltway 8.

The FJR and Concours are too tall, the BMW is weird. The purpose of this bike is daily transportation to work (weather pending) and two up riding with daughter or wife for M&G and other functions throughout the year including next years LSR.

What do you think?
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:49 AM   #2
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I love that bike the best but it is just too tall.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:58 AM   #4
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you'll learn to compensate. i did.

+ you can ride the bike to Hollister, CA home of corbin seats, and have them make you one as you wait. and you can shave the inside leg area to help your legs tuck in when standing. I DID
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You should check out the current issue of Motorcyclist magazine (Nov '07). They have a comparo between the 4 bikes, and the Kawi came out on top. The ST came in 4th, but imho, that's only because it's been around unchanged for so long. It's a great, reliable, quality well built bike, that is typical Honda. I'm considering buying a Sport Tourer myself, and was set on the ST until the new Concours came out. I think I'll still lean back to the ST, but it leans more to the "touring" side of sport-touring, whereas the Concours leans to the "sport" side.

I also looked at the VFR, and I think it might be perfect for the purposes you described (daily commuting and 2-up for local jaunts). I think if you plan to have longer multi-day trips, and do so more often, the VFR may be too small, although it can still do the job. But I think it's one of the best bikes out there overall.
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i still think the busa is a good sport cruising bike... look at www.pashnit.com, they rent out busa for that purpose. there is so much you can do to it to make it even more comfortable. and it has a very nice rear seat on it, my gf is always with me on it and she is always saying on other bikes, look how small that seat is!!
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:13 AM   #7
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Something to consider. I'm 5'3" and have no issues with stock set up. I commute 60 miles daily. More comfy than modern fire breathers. Can be converted to a stealth fighter with a couple of beer cans and some tie-wraps (see Mr. Unassailable).
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:32 AM   #8
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Something to consider. I'm 5'3" and have no issues with stock set up. I commute 60 miles daily. More comfy than modern fire breathers. Can be converted to a stealth fighter with a couple of beer cans and some tie-wraps (see Mr. Unassailable).
+1 to an older 600 or 1k for a sport tourer. (or older style 600, ie f4i or yzf600)

I rode a 04 vfr for about 1200 mi, felt like a pig compared to my old 97 cbr f3 and not any more comfortable.
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The ST-1300 is taller, heavier and less HP than an FJR.

I can flat-foot my FJR but not an ST-1300.

Oh, and the Honda is Uglier.
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+1 on the busa

I went from the katana to the busa and can actually ride the busa longer w/ stock suspension(not raked.) Longest day trip i did was with three harleys, 700 miles on backroads through louisianna then back home. they needed to stop more then I. and my seat is actually more comfortable then theirs stock
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The ST-1300 is taller, heavier and less HP than an FJR.

I can flat-foot my FJR but not an ST-1300.

Oh, and the Honda is Uglier.
I can flat-foot the ST1300 and not the FJR.
I don't understand that... the reason that I wan't looking at the FJR or Concours is the fact that I can only toe the ground and don't want that for two up riding.
That and I see cops riding everyday on big bikes and guess that they are better built with bigger engines to last longer in daily driving.
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i still think the busa is a good sport cruising bike... look at www.pashnit.com, they rent out busa for that purpose. there is so much you can do to it to make it even more comfortable. and it has a very nice rear seat on it, my gf is always with me on it and she is always saying on other bikes, look how small that seat is!!

I can't do the 'Busa thing buddy, but thanks for the input.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:27 AM   #13
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"I can flat-foot the ST1300 and not the FJR. "

Was the seat in the lower position on the FJR because there is no way to be able to flat foot an ST but not an FJR?

ST's are like a sewing machine - smooth and quiet and BORING.

Who ever wanted to ride a sewing machine.
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"I can flat-foot the ST1300 and not the FJR. "

Was the seat in the lower position on the FJR because there is no way to be able to flat foot an ST but not an FJR?

ST's are like a sewing machine - smooth and quiet and BORING.

Who ever wanted to ride a sewing machine.

The seat is adjustable? I don't think the person at the Bike Show knew that. I will have to stop by the local Yama dealer and check into that.


I guess that would depend on how hot the sewing machine is? If it was built like Jessica Alba, then me...
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I guess that would depend on how hot the sewing machine is? If it was built like Jessica Alba, then me...

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The FJR, from what I've read, has a much better air management design that keeps the hot air away from the rider. It's a much better performer too, and the ST is known to be more on the boring side, as mentioned above. But then I plan to also keep my 919.

I'm having a hard time deciding myself.
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man how can you pass up a k1200? and if youre wondering about riding 2 up? push button ride adjustment for suspension!!!!

How can you pass up a K1200?

Lemme see, about $18,000 worth of reasons.
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i still think the busa is a good sport cruising bike... look at www.pashnit.com, they rent out busa for that purpose. there is so much you can do to it to make it even more comfortable. and it has a very nice rear seat on it, my gf is always with me on it and she is always saying on other bikes, look how small that seat is!!

Also you can cruise on a Busa but you cant Busa on a cruiser .... or any other bike for that matter

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