Originally Posted by mokosai
Triumph Sprint ST
[600cc Sport Bike] with bags (e.g. R6, CBR, GSXR, maybe even SV650 and FZ1)
[Touring Land Barge] (e.g. FJR, Concours, R1200RT, etc)
So, what am I not thinking of? Or, do you have one of the bikes above, and am I wrong about it?
On your list, the only "middleweight" motorcycles are the VFR800 and the 600cc Sport Bikes.
For new bikes, BMW's 800s should be in the mix.
Anything over 1000cc and 500-lbs is NOT a "middleweight" motorcycle!
My riding is all sport-touring. Most of it over the past three years has been 2-up. I ride a 500-lbs Moto Guzzi LeMans with Hepco + Becker luggage.
I tend to be at the "sportsbike with bags" end of the sport-touring spectrum, so I see the Ducati ST2/3/4 as the benchmark sport-touring motorcycle.
Lots of great used machines of all stripes out there, if you're willing to buy used.
You really need to decide on YOUR balance of sport and touring. For me, I do not enjoy the heavy sport-touring and touring bikes over 550-lbs.
Rocker59 (aka guzzimike), Aux Arcs
Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
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