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Old 03-18-2009, 09:47 AM   #21
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The 1st gen FZ1 as mentioned is an excellent choice for that kind of riding. I've done 300+ miles a day 2 up with both of us still being able to walk the next day.

I'd also look at a triumphs. The ST would be a great choice as well as the rocket III. Both are well performing bikes and stand out from the crowd.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:57 AM   #22
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i was able to put a backrest on my busa. the most I've done 2 up on it is a little over 300 miles but she wasn't complaining. the busa has the power to allow you to either go up 1 on the front sproket or down a few in the back and get increase milage. with stock gearing i got about 48 - 50 mpg highway, going down 1 in the front i get about 38 highway. i'm thinking of actually going the opposite and doing some longer rides to the hill courty with it. should bump it up to 55 or 60 mpg. all this is at about 80mph.

I've shaved the seat a little bit and added heli-bars. If you'd like to come test ride it, let me know
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:00 AM   #23
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come on kevin you cant just pop in here when ever you want like you run the place


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Old 03-19-2009, 08:01 AM   #24
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:05 AM   #25
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I've thought about it for awhile and I think the VFR would be a good all around bike. If I were to get another bike I think this would be one of the choices.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:43 AM   #28
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Of the two bike you were looking at in your original post...VTX 1800 and M109...if your wanting something you'll be comfy on while on long trips, VTX all the way. I traded in my VTX for the 109 and all though the VTX is more nimble, the 109 has so much more power its crazy. Twisties aren't going to be easy on a 109 because you really need to work to get it over. With a 240 rear tire, it doesn't want to drop into a curve as easy. The seat is a lot more comfy on the VTX too. I have taken both on long trips and the both have their ups and downs. BACK REST!!!!!! Ftmfw!!!

If you go with the 109 the rear seat is a lil wider for your passenger. Trust me.....she will like it a lot better than the VTX.it is also a bigger bike all around. From the width to the riding position. Your feet will be out in front of you a little more. It will just take some getting used to.

You really can't go wrong either way. If you wanna come "test-sit" the 109, gimme a shout.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #29
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the VTX and the M109 are ok bikes... if you are looking for two up V-twin engines these are two cruisers that can be turned into ok touring bikes. VTX 1800's sale for cheap now a days, I saw one on craigs list for $4250 and it had low miles. however by the time you add bags, a better seat, a winshield, annd some other items you may like the price tag will be alot higher.

Some guys said the FJR and if you like sport bikes, i think you will enjoy the FJR is fast and confortable. It also includes the hard bags, the fuel range is awesome. Someone else also said the ST-1300 also another cool bike. If you are looking for a V-twin there is not much out there you will have to got with a Harley if you want a tourin bike ot the Kawasaki venture. V-twin touring bikes are expensive. I have a ultra Classic and I like it alot, is very comfortable, but is not fast. If you want speed I would go with a Sport touring bike.
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Old 04-02-2009, 03:09 PM   #30
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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 09-01-2009, 03:11 PM   #31
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I'm back in the market. Parents have been bugging me about touring with them.


I have done numerous tours and I can tell you that comfort is everything.

However, if you have to have a sport bike to do it I wouldnt want anything other than ZX14, Busa or K1200S. There not technically for touring but they won't kill you in the long ride.

Whatever bike you get make the decision based on the riding that you will actually do the most.

I love the track but I don't actually have time to go. I ride mostly long distance to work. Thats just my reality. Thats why I gave up the ZX10 and the TLR.

I drive a Concours and a zx14 throughout the week and I feel ok. A 1k is more fun but definitly not for touring. You can try it but in the end your body will fill the pain and so will your wallet.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck and choose wisley
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:25 PM   #32
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My best and worst sport and touring bikes I have ridden

Roadstar-smooth
Valkyrie- smooth but has no foot platform
ST1300-the most comfortable sport touring bike ever IMO
Concours- least maintenance required and most reliable bike I have ever known. My 1993 model had 118,000 miles before I sold it. Hard to beleive. Cons not a fun bike.

Shadow feels really good but no power.
VTX1800 felt really heavy for me.
GSXR600 made me sore. I don't know why I even tried.
TL1000R most comfortable sport bike seat ever. Just hated always having to stop for gas. Arms were sore.
ZX10- ouch horrible position

Triumph thruxton 900 The worst bike ever. never tour a cafe racer.

These are justa couple that I have done. Most were done in California.
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:25 PM   #33
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:18 PM   #34
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all these bike metioned are great bicks but for 2 up you are never going to beat the comfort of a cruiser IMO ive done a 350 mile day on a ninja 500 once and yea it wasnt bad but i wouldnt want to do it multiple days in a row and i have done 2200 miles in 4 days on my harley the longest day being 585 mile and it was no problem i plane on making even longer trips on it. it is also comfortable enough that i could do 170 miles straight no stop which i highly dought that you would want to do that on any sort of sport bike. just my opinion though.
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