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Old 02-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #31
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what about a Sprint GT?

Have you considered a Triumph Sprint GT? They only shipped them here in the US for 2011 but there are some new and slightly used ones around for 10k or less ! More upright touring ergo's than the ST, comes with great bags and one of the best motors ever ! I have my eye on one..
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:16 PM   #32
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I currently own a 2008 F800ST with 6600 miles, which I love riding around town, but is just okay for longer trips (long days up to 3 day trips).

It's supposed to be a sport touring bike but seems to be 90% sport, 10% touring.
Explain to us why it "seems" to you to be a 90% sportsbike?
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #33
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You should check out the Moto Guzzi Norge as well. Very similar to the RT, but with a more engaging/fun (IMO) motor.

This! ^^

I love v-twin engines! Intoxicating sounds and an engine that feels alive! Never ridden a Norge but I do love the Guzzi engines.

And don't worry too much about height. I'm 5'7" and 145#, and have no problems with my R1150GS.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:51 PM   #34
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Explain to us why it "seems" to you to be a 90% sportsbike?
Right? I rode one and it was so boring I just about fell asleep on it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #35
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Explain to us why it "seems" to you to be a 90% sportsbike?
Maybe it's just because I came from a duals port that I feel that way. To me, the angle of my knees makes it much more sporty but that's just my opinion. Not trying to cause an argument, just asking for opinions.

I think though that ai am going to end up keeping the ST and getting a more touring bike around the time I transfer in a couple years
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:16 PM   #36
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OK. "sporty seating position". I guess I can see that when compared to a dirt bike.

Coming from the sport bike end of the spectrum, I would never consider the bike a sport bike.

Perspective, I guess.

Maybe the F800 GS would have roomier seating for you?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:56 PM   #37
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OK. "sporty seating position". I guess I can see that when compared to a dirt bike.

Coming from the sport bike end of the spectrum, I would never consider the bike a sport bike.

Perspective, I guess.

Maybe the F800 GS would have roomier seating for you?
I guess that is the perfect way to put it....sporty sating position. Thanks so much!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #38
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Please don't get me wrong, I love the bike but I find that the angle of my knees really starts to bother me after about 4 hours. Its probably due to the surgeries, but I don't remember them hurting that bad on my Weestrom even after 3 days. I'm actually starting to consider just keeping the ST for town and in a year or two just getting a different one for longer trips. With my career, it just depends on where I get stationed next.
That's a valid point. The stock peg position on the F800ST didn't work for me either. But with these, life is much better.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #39
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Of course I vote for the ST1300 or ST1100, but then again I'm biased. I've ridden both and prefer the 1100 more, because it feels more touring oriented to me. The 1300 feels more sport oriented. Both are as reliable as a motorcycle can be. I've got 50000 miles on my 02 ST1100 and have never had an issue other than routine preventive maintenance. Honda built up both models to compete in the police market so the build quality is unmatched IMHO.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:20 PM   #40
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I definitely want to see an ST1100 in person, see how it feels, and take one for a ride. It is now definitely on my radar! Thanks for all the great suggestions and advice guys!
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:30 PM   #41
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I guess that is the perfect way to put it....sporty sating position. Thanks so much!
Now we are getting somewhere. First stop? Search online for the website that compares motorcycle ergonomics. Punch in your height, weight & inseam measures. Look up the F800st first & use it as a yardstick.

One of the first things you will notice is that all of the bikes suggested to solve your ills follow the predictable pattern of "bigger is better" CB1000F's, Bandit 1250's, triumph Sprint GT's, FJR1300's & Concours 1400's do not offer much if any relief in legroom & knee bend.

Of course if you are insecure in your manhood a big'n'heavy bike fixes that quick smart

The current trend to "tall-rounders" Like the KTM 990 SMT, Multistrada, Tiger 1050 & 800 roadie et al would be one line of enquiry as they have a riding position more closely related to your tastes, or somthing as simple as a taller seat on your F800st could be another ( In europe a tall seat is available as an option from BMW)
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Now we are getting somewhere. First stop? Search online for the website that compares motorcycle ergonomics. Punch in your height, weight & inseam measures. Look up the F800st first & use it as a yardstick.



One of the first things you will notice is that all of the bikes suggested to solve your ills follow the predictable pattern of "bigger is better" CB1000F's, Bandit 1250's, triumph Sprint GT's, FJR1300's & Concours 1400's do not offer much if any relief in legroom & knee bend.



Of course if you are insecure in your manhood a big'n'heavy bike fixes that quick smart



The current trend to "tall-rounders" Like the KTM 990 SMT, Multistrada, Tiger 1050 & 800 roadie et al would be one line of enquiry as they have a riding position more closely related to your tastes, or somthing as simple as a taller seat on your F800st could be another ( In europe a tall seat is available as an option from BMW)

Thanks! Not too woried about the "manhood" considering I'm a girl but I have considered a taller seat plus lowering the pegs for it also. Thank you so much for the web idea and the tips though:-)
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #43
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Here's the Cycle Ergo website http://cycle-ergo.com/ just click "add a bike" to get started.

But really, if you like your bike, except for long tours, a custom saddle from Russell Day Long, or Rick or Rocky Mayer (brothers who aren't on speaking terms with each other) will give you a little more height and butt comfort for long trips. Mine is even heated.

Lower pegs will limit your lean angle somewhat, but if you don't drag the pegs that might not be an issue.

And there are touring windscreens to fit almost every bike, including F800ST. If you're happy with the engine, brakes, steering and balence, but just need a little more comfort for those 700 mile days some adjustments could be all it takes and save thousands.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #44
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Thanks man!! Yeah the Rick Mayer seat is a true life saver, got that about ago!
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:29 PM   #45
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Ride a Guzzi and you will understand....
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