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Old 02-01-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Location: America's Cornbasket
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Middle-Weight Sport-Tourer

Hello,

It's cold as hell (about 5F as I type this), so that makes it the perfect time to start thinking about a spring (or midwinter) bike purchase. If you're as bored as I am, read along, and offer some suggestions/advice/experience.

Need: Bike for 1-up trips ranging from a weekend to a week. Nothing more adventurous than gravel roads. Interstate mostly avoided (but 100% avoidance is nearly impossible). I'm 5'11" with pretty long arms.

Experience: Previous bike for this purpose was an ST1300 w/ bar risers (too heavy, too boat-like, upright seating made uncomfortable). Current bike for this purpose is a Street Triple R (too little wind protection, too twitchy, kinda short range). I can stand (some) more forward lean, but no more leg bend than the Street Triple.

Considering the following (with perceived pros and cons; note I've never ridden any of them):

BMW K1300S
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+comfort for the long-armed
+factory storage
+electronic toys
+good suspension
+shaft drive (? I'm not sure if I really care enough to call this a plus)
-way more power than I'll ever need/use (I'll never see the top half of the speedo)
-expensive
-pretty heavy

Honda VFR800
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+Honda reliable (other than electrics...)
+ <500lbs wet Note: This is False
+V4 motor
+pretty good deal used
-average / poor suspension
-can it power heated liners?

Triumph Sprint ST
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+awesome motor
+factory bags available (?)
-cramped riding position

[600cc Sport Bike] with bags (e.g. R6, CBR, GSXR, maybe even SV650 and FZ1)
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+lightweight
-too aggressive riding position
-Japanese bikes tend not to fit me without ergonomic modification
-looks awkward with hard luggage

[Touring Land Barge] (e.g. FJR, Concours, R1200RT, etc)
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+factory luggage
+good wind protection
-heavy and pig-like
-too upright seating position


So, what am I not thinking of? Or, do you have one of the bikes above, and am I wrong about it?
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