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Talking S/T bike for my "husky" friend???

A buddy of mine is looking for a Sport-Touring bike. Not being much of a sport-touring guy, I suggested a VFR (cause Honda's the best!), but to be totally honest, I really don't know what direction to point him in.

The most important factor to keep in mind is that he's 6' tall and 265lbs (conservative estimate). I'm thinking that a twin would be his best bet 'cause he's gonna need the extra torque, especially if he rides 2-up.

Who makes a solid V-twin S/T bike for a relatively cheap price that can comfortably support my "husky" friend?

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What about something bigger like the ST or the Concourse? I don't know much about Concourse, but the ST is pretty highly thought of. If he's got the bucks, how about one of the larger BMWs?

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.........If he's got the bucks.......

He doesn't have the bucks. So I'm thinking that a used bike would be a good idea.

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I would say used Concours or Bandit 1200. He is one big dude. I am 6 foot and 185 and fit the VFR well. I have my suspension all the way stiff, max preload front and rear, to ride with a passinger who weighs 130. This fellow should have a standard or liter class sport tourer to be comfortable. Has he ridden before? If not look and mid-sized standards given his size.

As for V-Twins I can't think of any with ergo's that would fit. The Honda super Hawk is tighter than the VFR. Maybe a Suzuki TL1000S as I haven't ridden one. Note the touring range sucks on both these bikes.

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Do you think the torque on a Bandit 1200 is sufficient to move a 265lb+ buy and possibly a passenger?

He has riding experience and is actually pretty good, but his size really limits his choices!

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Do you think the torque on a Bandit 1200 is sufficient to move a 265lb+ buy and possibly a passenger?

He has riding experience and is actually pretty good, but his size really limits his choices!
Would 71+ ft/lbs. stock be adequate.......add Holeshot slip-on & jet kit & you have
over 80 ft/lbs. & 120 rwhp.

P.S. this was on a 2000 model that you could probably pick up
now for slightly more than $5,000.

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He has riding experience and is actually pretty good, but his size really limits his choices!
Maybe his first investment should be an exercise bike?

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Maybe his first investment should be an exercise bike?

LMAO!!!

Actually, when he was running a lot he dropped a lot of excess weight and was a solid 230lbs...muscle. He's just a big dude!!! Right now he looks like he's giving birth to a keg of beer (don't tell him I said that)

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Tell him to throw a leg over a Busa. 100 ft-lbs of torque outta do it.

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On a budget, look at CBR-1000f. Stay from '90 to '96. Prior years were called "Hurricanes" and were still bias ply tires. Ergo's are nice, long wheelbase, "bench seat", stable handling for the "tank" that they are (608# wet), and plenty of "go"! This bike was replaced in '97 by the "XX" Blackbird. I've had a '90 for almost three years now and absolutely love it! I have put 48,000 miles on it (it had less than 1K) and outside of good maintenance, have had minimal trouble with it. Be aware that in '93 they went to "linked" brakes which is the only major mechanical difference over those years. Another one in that category would be the ZX-11, but in more extreme situations, the handling is not nearly as good. JMO, good luck!

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