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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-05-2003, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Comfortable tourer / cruiser

I posted this on another motorcycle board and didn't get much response so I thought I'd try you guys...

I'm a keen sportbike rider but my missus has expressed interest in riding with me and she's really uncomfortable on the back of the Ducati.. ouch!! I would be too.

I'm starting to look around for a possible second bike, the accent being on passenger comfort for short trips. I cannot see us doing any serious touring but maybe the occasional daytrip.

Honda Goldwings have quite a reputation for comfort and logically a full-out tourer like that would be the obvious choice but I'm wondering if there isn't something out there a little less err over-the-top. I mean the Goldwing may be just too much bike for the occasional trip to the local lake on a Sunday.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated.
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The Wing is the ultimate passenger bike. It is like driving a truck compared to the sportbike but the comfort, tunes, easy conversation with the intercom, etc. can't be beat. Just call it a new sport as it won't be riding as you've come to know it. Two up riding is already a compromise for my tastes so I don't care if it's on a boat. Throw in the comfort and satisfy the passenger. Plus, with that comfort, she may want to do some longer sightseeing rides. On second thought, maybe keep the Duc.

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I have a VFR with a Corbin saddle and detachable backrest. When my wife rides along I throw the backrest on and we ride comfortably for hours. The bike is sporty enough that I don't get bored and it's a lot cheaper than a Wing.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys...

Dad - you got me thinking now - why compromise? hmmm - i'm not ruling anything out just yet and the Wing would definitely do the trick. I like your conjecture that it may lead to more and longer trips - that'd be good - I like her

VFR with the backrest - hadn't considered that - hmm, Bonk, have you got any photos with that configuration? Does your wife have any grumbles?
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The VFR, ST1300 or FJR1300 all have passenger backrests available with the Corbin seat. The Viffer and FJR would be sportier. The ST1300 would have better legroom for the passenger. The 1800 Wing really is an amazing bike if you want to go that route. You may feel a bit isolated on the Wing coming from a Duc. Riding an 1800 Wing to me is about the same as driving a very good handing convertable. Just don't get that same sense of motorcycling as with other bikes.
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Re: Comfortable tourer / cruiser

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I'm a keen sportbike rider but my missus has expressed interest in riding with me and she's really uncomfortable on the back of the Ducati.. ouch!! I would be too.

I'm starting to look around for a possible second bike, the accent being on passenger comfort for short trips. I cannot see us doing any serious touring but maybe the occasional daytrip.
Hmmm, maybe a "sport-tourer" would float your collective boat nicely...?

* Ducati ST2/ST4/ST4s
* Honda VFR (already mentioned)
* Triumph Sprint ST
* aprilia Futura

I'm partial to the last one...
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Guys, thanks for the input - the same names keep coming up.... which is a good sign. Seriously considering the Concours / FJ / ST11or1300 - if it comes about I'll be looking for used I think..

Actually, my missus caught me checking out the ST1300 and FJ1300 at the local dealer the other day and told me to call off the hounds . . . . I'm always trying to get her interested in riding and she blows hot and cold about it - I'm still researching though - she'll change her mind I bet when the sun comes out and I'm off down to the Atwood Lake ice cream stand on my bike...

A funny thing though, when I was looking at the ST and FJ I bumped into a friend who wants to sell his 748 - hmmm.... thinking that would look nice next to the Supersport!!!
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Re: Re: Comfortable tourer / cruiser

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* aprilia Futura

I'm partial to the last one...
ha ha . . . if I was going to be getting this as my only bike, I'd be looking HARD at that option!!! What a beauty. What are your impressions of it?
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ha ha . . . if I was going to be getting this as my only bike, I'd be looking HARD at that option!!! What a beauty. What are your impressions of it?
Well, simply put, I'm not worthy.

Plus side:
+ Great power, like I need that (I'm currently at about 100 rear-wheel hp, measured on an eddy-current dyno )
+ Very stable, wet/dry/fast/slow/etc.
+ Flame Red, nuff said.
+ Stock seat considered one of the best in the industry, for the pillion, too (hint, hint).
+ Substantial discounts available, as far as I can tell.

Minuses:
- Small dealer network
- sewing machine sound (rectified by baffle-less Staintunes; I'm happy ).
- Very little aftermarket stuff available.
- Spend a lot of time answering questions about the bike at hangouts; but you're probably used to that already

I'm not a very experienced rider, but I can't imagine having another bike.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-13-2003, 01:35 PM
 
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Kawasaki ZZR1200 is pretty sweet, more standard seating and decent passenger seat. And has a hard saddle bag option.

Unless your looking for something smaller then the Kawasaki ZR-7S (750) also has a hard bag option and better passenger seat. I also has a short passenger back pad available. The ZZR1200 may also.
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