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Old 02-13-2013, 05:29 PM   #16
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I did a group tour, about 2800 miles, and one of our crew was riding a Honda SP1. I was very impressed, no way I could have done that distance (and weather) on a race rep.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #17
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:56 PM   #18
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:19 PM   #19
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I tour on my Tuono almost exclusively these days, despite the fact I have a mega-farkled Sprint 955 ST with full Race-Tech suspension rebuild........

Sure, I sometimes miss having the locking topbox and hard panniers while on the Tuono,
Ever tried to adapt the sprint panniers to mount onto the Tuono?
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #20
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I tour on my Tuono almost exclusively these days, despite the fact I have a mega-farkled Sprint 955 ST with full Race-Tech suspension rebuild.

The rear Spada bag is actually the "light" one, with clothes, a 2L water bladder, food, and a pair of 1L MSR fuel bottles inside. The system is great in that it allows you to lane split easily, and the weight isn't noticable, nor does it cause too many problems in cross-winds, and it comes off the bike in seconds. You basically don't know it's there when riding.
May try the same with my Tuono. Where are you packing the fuel bottles?

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:47 PM   #21
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Ever tried to adapt the sprint panniers to mount onto the Tuono?
Never going to work with the high-mount dual Arrow setup on the bike, besides the fact that they'd be ugly, red, and huge. And the factory pannier mounting system on the Sprint is a bit strange, no easy way to make them work on another bike unlike a more "universal" aftermarket pannier.

As for aftermarket hard bags, the exhaust is the reason I had to opt for the Ventura rack system in the first place, as even soft throw-over panniers wouldn't clear the exhaust. I have a Wolfman Beta bag, (same as on DGW's Duke above a couple posts) and that won't clear the exhaust, even if I cinch up the "saddlebag" portion on the sides.

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May try the same with my Tuono. Where are you packing the fuel bottles?
I use the large outside rear zipper pocket of the Spada bag (part with the red diagonal tag on it) length-wise, with the (never had to be used in anger) rain cover for the luggage system rolled into a tube between the bottles as padding. They also fit one at a time (somewhat diagonally) in the side zipper pockets, so if you really wanted to you could carry four of them outside the main compartment of that bag, not quite a gallon extra.

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #22
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ventura rack won't work on the superduke if you have aftermarket exhaust.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:00 PM   #23
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No, you're not nuts. THIS guy is nuts..... (and for the record im blown away this hasnt been posted yet)

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:23 PM   #24
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No, you're not nuts. THIS guy is nuts..... (and for the record im blown away this hasnt been posted yet)

I mentioned him a few posts back, and then deleted the post, as nobody seemed to picking up on it.

The guy is amazing.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #25
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thanks guys, I picked up some saddle bags that I think will work with my setup. I've seen the R1 guy, he's absolutely nuts and I heard the latest is that bike is being prepped to ride the north pole.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:00 PM   #26
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I use the large outside rear zipper pocket of the Spada bag (part with the red diagonal tag on it) length-wise, with the (never had to be used in anger) rain cover for the luggage system rolled into a tube between the bottles as padding. They also fit one at a time (somewhat diagonally) in the side zipper pockets, so if you really wanted to you could carry four of them outside the main compartment of that bag, not quite a gallon extra.

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:10 PM   #27
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Thanks for the tip.
I saw some hard containers for carrying the MSR fuel bottles in a PVC tube on one of the adv-store type sites. I've personally used the external bottle holders on hard panniers. Personally, I wouldn't carry them in a bag with other items as they tend to sweat, or seep, weep, etc. In the event they do, everything you have stinks. I would find an external mount somewhere or at least place the container separate from other essentials. Just a heads up.

Edit: Even something like this if you have to strap it to your pack
http://www.amazon.com/Maxpedition-32.../dp/B002XLIIWG
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:14 PM   #28
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I saw some hard containers for carrying the MSR fuel bottles in a PVC tube on one of the adv-store type sites. I've personally used the external bottle holders on hard panniers. Personally, I wouldn't carry them in a bag with other items as they tend to sweat, or seep, weep, etc. In the event they do, everything you have stinks. I would find an external mount somewhere or at least place the container separate from other essentials. Just a heads up.

Edit: Even something like this if you have to strap it to your pack
http://www.amazon.com/Maxpedition-32.../dp/B002XLIIWG
Trust me when I say there's no other place to mount the bottles on a Tuono with my particular exhaust. There's scant clearance on the underpanel of the subframe, with a real risk of the tire making contact on suspension compression. There's no room on the sides since the exhaust is routed close to the body.

That said, the outer pockets of the Ventura bag are PVC-lined, so if the MSR bottles did leak it wouldn't easily get through to the inner cavity, so they were isolated, nothing else but a nylon/PVC rain cover was in the outer pocket. As for leaking, they never have, and they've clocked over 8000 miles in the bag so far, and with me using the same bottles travelling on my Sprint for tens of thousands of miles over the years:



While it's not ideal, it's not the worst way to carry them, and I wasn't concerned at all about impact issues, the bag and rack would compress a great deal, and it's likely the rails would snap off before those thick aluminum bottles would be crushed on a rear-end impact.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:58 AM   #29
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Im definitely of the school of - if you like, ride it.

I have done a few longish weekend trips on sportbikes. One was about a 500 mile camping trip to Big Sur on an SV1000



...and more recently I did a two day, 700 miles trip up to the seqoia's on a Speed Triple



both times I could have used a bit more room, a bit more fuel range, etc..... BUT.... having a sport-type bike in a place like Big Sur??

unbelievable.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:49 AM   #30
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EP, when did you get a Speed Trip?



My answer...a Monster. Yes, the 3.6 gal tank does have it's range limits but I've worked around it with a couple MSR bottles. I can squeeze 170 miles if I really, really need to but those last few miles are nail biters.
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