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Old 11-08-2012, 05:51 PM   #11
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I went from an FJR to the CCT. Love both bikes but since I ride 2up alot and the wife likes the comfort of the Victory I don't see me going back to the FJR. If it were just me riding alone I'd have kept the FJR. With the VStream windshield and added electronic cruise it was a great touring bike. Didn't realize another Dayton Victory owner use to ride an FJR.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #12
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The BMW does seem rather hefty, could be too big once I see it in person. An fjr1300 parks next to me at work, and it's size seems fairly manageable.

Curious what models you are considering?
The BMW 1600 is obese, but must do okay. All the journos seem to like it. The BMW 1200RT OTOH is a featherweight. It is one of my favorite motorcycles. Our Victories engine characteristics remind me of its twin far more than of a Harley twin. The BMW is a well thought out bike that doesn't require a bunch of aftermarket parts to fix it. It's got a great, electronically adjustable paralever/telelever suspension, heated seat/handgrips, a very effective windscreen, tons of ground clearance, copious luggage capacity.

The problems for me with the 1200RT are:

a) They are too tall

b) Unlike my XR which is always rock stable, it gets blown around something fierce in strong winds

c) They burn a LOT of oil

d) There are no dealers for 70 miles or better
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I went from an FJR to the CCT. Love both bikes but since I ride 2up alot and the wife likes the comfort of the Victory I don't see me going back to the FJR. If it were just me riding alone I'd have kept the FJR. With the VStream windshield and added electronic cruise it was a great touring bike. Didn't realize another Dayton Victory owner use to ride an FJR.
I haven't ridden an FJR since this afternoon!

Are you familiar with Clinton County Motorsports? They are near Wilmington and sell Yamis, Kawis, Vics, Suzis, and KTMs. They are great folks and do monthly rides in the summer and even feed everyone afterwards. Might want to check them out sometime if you haven't already.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #14
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I have not owned any of those bikes you guys are talking about. However, I ride with a couple of guys that have FJR's; 1 is an '04 and the other an '08 model. They both love them BUT say they have ridden the new Kawasaki 1400 Concurs and hands down it's the way they'll go next time.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:47 PM   #15
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This is a pretty cool short review of the 3 majors (Councourse 14, FJR1300 and BMW 1300GT). Looks like scootin' around on these is pretty effortless and fun. The BMW keeps winning every year it seems, and I guess for the money, it better! It's just so freakin' ugly...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiBn...feature=relmfu

I really need to find a way to ride one.
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I had an FJR1300 and loved it. Rode it all over the place... Only sold it when my knees no longer liked being bent after 7 knee operations.. So I bought my first motorized couch, the Kingpin........ I don't remember sitting too far forward on the FJR... Reasonably upright. Great in the twisties..... Good power and MPG.. It was my first and only shaft drive and THAT did take some getting used too...... Overall tough, loved the bike.....
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Define long distance touring. Distance? How many days on the road?
Two up?
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:15 PM   #18
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Define long distance touring. Distance? How many days on the road?
Two up?
The idea of this bike would be to able to hop on and hit the road for a week, more or less. Solo 99% of the time. A bike i wouldnt be dreading to ride the next day. I want to make the trip from New orleans to Miami and Key west about 1000 miles each way), and many other long distance trips next year.

The thing i like about sports tourers is u can keep up a very nice speed for an extended period of time. The question is only are they comfortable enough for that.
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Curious what models you are considering?
The new Triumph Trophy S and the Ducati Multistrada S are topping the list.





Moto Guzzi has the Norge which is interesting, The Kawasaki Concours 1400 is a performer, BMW has the R/RT which is a good choice as well.

The sport tourers have luggage that is easily added/removed so they have versatility.



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Hmmm... There's a ducati/triumph dealership just a few blocks down from work. I will have to stop over on my way home and see if they carry the one's you mention, and probably hit up other dealerships this weekend to see the fjr and concours.
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