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Old 03-11-2012, 05:56 PM   #151
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2008 Hayabusa. Did an 8,000 mile cross USA trip. Usually got 39-40mpg. Highest was 44 mpg.
Nice Busa! how does that luggage affect the bike at higher speeds, is it stabil?
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:31 PM   #152
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Nice Busa! how does that luggage affect the bike at higher speeds, is it stabil?
I only tested it up to 130 or so and it worked quite well. Also rode over quite a bit of rough pavement with no issues. The SW-Motech brackets and Givi bags are a great system. Never had any rain get in the bags. The bags lock to the brackets and are quick release. Side brackets are also quick release leaving behind 4 tabs which are used with 1/4 turn fasteners to mount the side brackets. One of my 1/4 turn fasteners was lockable to help prevent the brackets from being removed.

I kept around 20-25 lbs in the side cases but used the top case mostly as a trunk for my helmet, gloves, and electronics when I made gas stops, etc. Otherwise just kept maps, rain gear, snacks, and a few bottles of water in the top case. Handling was naturally effected a little and you are impacted more by cross winds. Never felt any impact on that great motor.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:46 AM   #153
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You have to look a long way to find a bike less suited to touring than a 70s Harley Sportster.
Not only is it 35 years old or so, with a dc generator for electrics, two inches of rear shock travel, and vibrates like a paint shaker, but it was always known as the "fast but fragile" Harley. Built originally as a desert racer, turned into street hot rod, it was never intended for touring. And for me at 6'2" tall it is like riding a minibike. Need highway pegs just to maintain what would be a normal riding position on any other bike. Then there is the 70s chopper style seat all of about six inches wide and one inch thick. If you were choosing a bike to go touring on, this should be one of the last on the list.
Yet somehow, I keep on riding the damn thing all over hell and yon. Masochism is the only explanation.



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Old 03-12-2012, 04:06 AM   #154
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Rode down to British Honduras (now Belize) from Houston,TX in the late 1960's on a Suzuki X6 250cc. Don't remember any paper work at the borders. Camped out wherever.

1997 rode down to the Panama Canal on a 1982 Honda naked Silverwing.


Touring to the WNC dump on my Chinese hardtail.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:38 AM   #155
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Rode down to British Honduras (now Belize) from Houston,TX in the late 1960's on a Suzuki X6 250cc. Don't remember any paper work at the borders. Camped out wherever.

1997 rode down to the Panama Canal on a 1982 Honda naked Silverwing.


Touring to the WNC dump on my Chinese hardtail.
LOVE the (peddle)bike trailer! No stability issues or any thing at motorized speeds?
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:19 PM   #156
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That silverwing is the shit.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:29 PM   #157
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Loaded up 109R..I was on the road for 10 days like this and camped for 9 of them..
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:55 PM   #158
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Naked Touring Bike

Honda 919 with luggage:



Holds a ton of gear, especially if you put a duffel bag over the passenger seat and lash it down between the panniers.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:37 PM   #159
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Here are a couple of my old ones.

First up Triumph TT600 sportbike



Next up Kawi KLX650R

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #160
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IndyChizzle....I'd think you could put enough stuff in those "steamer trunk" proportion panniers to put quite a stress on the rear of the frame. Looks ready to go though!

and...

pyro_....in the photo of your KLX, by the looks of your rear tire you must have either been in a firey burnout competition or maybe spent quite a few miles on the 'slab?

Thanks everyone for the unlikely tourers that have been posted.

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #161
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There was a lot of slab, between going from Virginia to Northern Ontario on it and also going back and forth to work
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:19 PM   #162
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Rode my EX500 3500 miles in 9 days the summer after I graduated High school.



Loved that bike. Kinda miss it sometimes.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:18 AM   #163
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Rode my EX500 3500 miles in 9 days the summer after I graduated High school.



Loved that bike. Kinda miss it sometimes.
Wow, talk about a lurker. Almost four years and one post.

Sweet.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:04 AM   #164
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I rode a Ninja 250 all over the country on a month long tour in the early 2000s


and since 2006 I have toured all over on my 2003 SV650, racking up 105,000 miles on her before oil consumption prompted an engine swap




as "unlikely" a touring bike either would seem to some, it really never seemed that way to me.
Where did you find all the time? I would love to do that...
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:17 AM   #165
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Where did you find all the time? I would love to do that...
LOL...that's a great question, and not the question I would have expected!

I always tell people that you find the time for things you love.

truth be told, my ex-wife set me free about 9 years ago. I didn't want the divorce, and when faced with the reality of losing her, my house and my son, I fought for custody like an IDIOT for 18 months, going many 10's of thousands of $$ into debt doing so. At one point the Judge told me in private that I didn't stand a chance because I didn't have a vagina.

Years later I came to realize that she did me a favor in many ways. "Shared Parenting" meant organized visitation, so every-other weekend I was free completely. My Summers became a flurry of taking my boy around the country to baseball tournaments and then, when his time with me was done in the Summer, I was OFF!!

He's 18 now and going to college next year to study Pre-Med and to continue playing baseball. With the summer baseball ending, I will have even MORE time to ride!!
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