What is a good 600 for sport touring? Is there such a thing? I can't stand a lot of engine vibration when I ride and was wondering if anyone made a 600 that is comfortable for long stretches on the interstate at 70mph. I currently ride a Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic but I want something more modern. Must be $7000 or less.
I use my '01 Yamaha 600R for a lot of long rides and it has been trouble free, comfortable, and still light enough to take to the curves. I'd recommend it to anyone, and getting one otd for less than $7k should be no problem.
You can't go wrong with the Yamaha YZF 600R. It's very comfy
for the longer rides and very depenable. If your interested I'm
selling my 02 blue/white 600R. I have it listed here in the sport
bike classifieds ads. I'm asking 5999.00 for it, but I'll take 5900.00
You can see the pictures of it I've posted. You can read the info
I've posted. I'm in the market for a larger cc bike later this spring.
This bike has been very impressive and has done everything I've
wanted it to do. It's one heck of a bike to get started with. If your
interested I can email you more pictures of it.
The Yamaha YZF600R has been around a long time, and there's a good reason for that... it's a good streetbike at a really good price. I think the other guys are right on the money recommending it. The 919 Honda is cool too, but it's a little more money and a little more power. The Suzuki is a twin, so it won't be the peak-power machine the rest might, but great torque anyway. The F4i Honda is known as a great all-rounder, and pretty close to state-of-the-art 600 supersports out this year... Only the Suzuki and the Yamaha are sub-$7k bikes though, so that might help narrow your search.
If you're looking second hand, try to find a 2000 CBR600F4..
The seat is much more comfy than the F4i, and it also has a centre stand.
I think 70mph would be between 4 and 5 grand in top cog on my CBR..I'll have to check it out tomorrow when I ride to work.
Other suggestions would be-
Zx-6R, SV650S, VFR800, GSXF750, 919Hornet, ZZR600
Call me biased, but take a good look at the Kawa ZR7s...they sell hard bags for the bike made by GIVI...I have a 2000 ZR7 without the fairing....I paid $5200 brand new two years ago....I have over 12K miles without any problems....It is a simple to maintain bike with no frills...Replace the seat with a Corbin, add hard bags, and you've got a pretty decent sport-touring rig....The engine design goes back to the 1970's, so there isn't much to go wrong, it's virtually bullet-proof.....I've been up and down Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Deals Gap, SC, NC, VA, and TN....My wife has been on back for most of it as well.....I'm 6ft and 225 pounds, the wife is in the 130 range (don't tell her I said anything!) and we manage just fine....I looked real hard at the SV650 as well, but it felt a little small for me and the wife....If you're looking for a touring able sportbike, I'd encourage you to look hard at the SV or ZR....The Bandit 600 is ok, but way more buzzy at interstate speeds than the other two (I'd spend the money and get the 1200)....If you want a sporting bike able to tour, then look at the R6 or CBR600....Each bike has a trade off, find the one that works for you and your wallet.....Goodluck!