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Old 11-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #21
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I've been looking more at sport-touring bikes for my next motorcycle, or maybe an adventure/tourer.

The BMW 1600 and the FJR as well are pretty heavy. I'd want something a bit lighter and more sporty.
You might try the BMW R1200RT. Having had one I believe they are hard to beat. They are pricey and scheduled maintenance can be high.
The Kawasaki Concours is also great and the new Triumph Trophy has received great reviews.
You also mentioned an adventure tourer.
The BMW R1200 GS is the one to have. It's can easily be set up for long distance touring. You have to have long legs though since it sits pretty high.
Go have fun riding all of them.
I switched to a XCT because I'm 75 and legs were getting numb in the foot position required on all the ones I mentioned.
Hard to beat the long floorboards on the XCT or Vision.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:27 PM   #22
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You might try the BMW R1200RT. Having had one I believe they are hard to beat.
I rode one. Expensive and I didn't love it. For that money I'd have to really love it.
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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.
That BMW is an inline 4. There twins have much more character. If you're going to get an inline, buy a Jap bike, that's there thing.

To me, Kawis have two things going for them. They have the liveliest of the inline engines with the best top end scream. The engineers go out of their way to make them serviceable.

I owned a ZRX1200 that was great fun until the engine cylinders deplated and left me with a smoking bike that cost me about $1500 to fix. Cheap when I think back on all that had to be done to fix it.

Kawis were no nonsense machines. They seemed built for their purpose and to hell with the fit and finish fanatics.

I present the he Kawi during the good times:

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:04 PM   #24
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You might try the BMW R1200RT. Having had one I believe they are hard to beat.
I agree, I love them. If only I was taller and could get them to stop burning oil. I present to you the BMW1200RT:

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The new Triumph Trophy S and the Ducati Multistrada S are topping the list.
Triumphs have magnificent engines and terribly undersprung suspensions.

I present to you the Triumph ST:

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Has no one given any consideration to the Honda st1300? I had one for a while and it was quick ( not as quick as the fjr or Concourse), huge tank, great handling, very quiet if you like that sort of thing. These things are practically unbreakable. They haven't been putting them in the compares lately because they have not changed in about 9 or 10 years.
Just throwing out another possibility
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No one does long distance riding on a Victory?
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No one does long distance riding on a Victory?
Well that's the best one, but he's wanting a ST.
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Moto Guzzi has the Norge which is interesting, T
You seen this one yet?

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If they offer side cases that'd be a good option.
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