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Old 01-11-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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I'm back in the market. Parents have been bugging me about touring with them. Next one is Myrtle Beach in May. I need to go ahead and get another bike. I love sport bikes. But touring around the U.S. 2 up may not be comfortable. Or is it? Busa? How would that one feel on long distances? I would much prefer a sportbike, but if not that, I'm leaning towards M109r or a VTX1800. Any thoughts or opinions?
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:59 AM   #2
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I had throttlemeisters on my busa and could go to austin and back with no pain. It really needed a taller windscreen but thats all. got 41 mpg at 80mph all the way there and back. I imagine a corbin saddle would make it even better.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input from both of ya.
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Suzuki Bandit 1200S would suit. Also an upright posture with sport bike roots. The FZ alittle more on the sporty side but the Bandit holds its own too but runs out of ground clearance on the track sooner. I found a better deal on the bandit so that's what I'm rooling. Both great bikes for the $$. There are plenty other Sport Tourers out there but find a good used one of these and you;ll be happy.
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These are good choices! I was going to recommend the Honda 919 because a few mods to the suspension, seat, and bars this bike can be ridden for 1000's of miles. I always get ticked off when I go for rides with other sport bike guys and they stop to take a break every 30 minutes.

But any of these bikes would be great choices, you'd probably not even want to go back to a full blown sport bike.
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You gotta think about the passenger too, I dont know if she'd like riding on the back of a sport bike that far near as much as a good cruiser with backrest. For long trips I think the valkyrie highway edition would be money.
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The M109R is a sexy bike, my friend. I have the little brother, M50 and I love it. I ride 2up with the gf and she loves it even more than I do. Nice padded seat, cruiser style with a sporty twist. Can't really go wrong!

Good luck on your decision and your trip...
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:43 AM   #10
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All good choices, and all reliable bikes. I am getting all the luggage and stuff ready on my FZ6 to tour it. I would not recommend the FZ6 if you are two upping though. The wife when she does ride on the back is comfortable but says it would probably not be so much on long trips. The wife and I are planning on going to New Mexico this summer for her 20th high school reunion and is going to take her V-Max.

One thing with all the bikes mentioned that I would do is look on line at the luggage options for all of them and see what's out there. Could be a factor in your decision. Good luck.
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Now I'm no expert or long time bike vet, but on the long trips I've taken the one thing I've always wished for, besides rear suspension, was a set of running board versus the pegs. Nothin like having cramped legs with 300 miles to go before the days over, that and some good saddle bags to put stuff in, that back pack will wear on ya too!
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I know where my old first gen FZ1 is for sale if you're interested. It's got LOTS of goodies already on it.
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I've done a couple 1200 mile rides in 48 hour periods on a 2002 Busa. Chicago to Houston non-stop, weekends out to the hill country. My Busa was extremely comfortable for sustained 90MPH all day running and would go probably 200 miles on a full tank at that speed. It lacked a little wind protection and if I ever were going to carry a passenger I'd get a top mount trunk with backrest for them to hold onto. The increased size and weight mean it responds less to road variations and bumps and joint. I liked my Busa better with the 1 inch bar riser. Made it much better around town and more comfortable at like 70-75 mph cruising on the open road.

FZ1's are nice. But very sporty and a little stiff for real two up comfort. it depends how cool your passenger is. Bars are tubular and easy to adjust.

My buddy recently bought a 919 in Little Rock, drove it to Houston, sold it. He said it was not a good highway bike, too buzzy, too much wind, put his hands to sleep. This from a guy who rode my 1988 Ninja 600 1200 miles on one long weekend ride without a single complaint.

Bandit 12 is a great choice for two up, and the older ones are really really cheap. After riding my Superhawk to Austin I swapped with a buddy on his 12. It felt like I got off a 10 speed and onto a Mattress Mac Superbowl recliner when I got his bike. With all his holeshot perf. parts it would also pull a 125HP dyno run and 2nd gear power wheelies. And top of triple bar mount means you can put any bar imagineable on it and change it to fit your size / prefs.
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Lots of good info from all of you. Thank you. Shadman, I appreciate the long post, that helps narrow it down for me a bunch.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #19
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I would like to get your input on your 2007 919. I'm planning on getting one soon. What would you recommend on adding or changing, in order to get the most out of the bike?
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