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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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The Used Sport Tourer market

So I am in the market for a new bike. I want something I can throw some gear on, and head out for a weekend. I am looking for smoething relatively sporty, comfortable for all day rides..and works 2 up easy, currently single..but hey..ya never know. Not looking to spend a ton either. I will be looking for a used model fo whatever I buy. I am about 6'0" and 190 lbs.

I was thinking the Concours. I like the V strom..but the looks leave something to be desired in my opinion. Not looking for a Gold wing type of bike either..it must be at least competent at the "sport" end of sport touring.

My lists has included all types of single cylinder adventure tourers.. (Kawi KLR, Aprillia Paegasus)..and the more "mature" line of lightweight tourers. Seems that each bike has its weakness for what I want..If the Pegasus or KLR would handle 2 up highway rides with aplomb..Id buy one tomorrow. SO you can see my dilemma.

Any help..and experience with any bike that would fit my needs...would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 05:26 AM
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Have you looked at the XX, or perhaps the Busa? I wouldn't recommend them if this is your first bike ever, but if you have experience then they are ones to look at. Power like a mutha on both of them, sporty looking, and comfortable for two.

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Why don't you try a Futura?

I own one and it is the best bike I've ever owned (~20 bikes now, from ZX-7s to CBR to pro-street harley to GSXR to VFR, etc.)
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I bought a 99 Concours 5 years ago and it's a keeper. Kawasaki has very long model runs, so spare parts, in particular used parts, are very easy to find and cheap. The Concours is exceptionally reliable. Insurance is cheap, full coverage or liability only. I've owned many motorcycles, and the Concours is my favorite long distance ride. Hard luggage, 7.5 gallons of fuel, strong motor, gotta love it. Very good passenger accomodations, better than most.

Parts are interchangeable with some other models, mostly early Ninja's. In fact, right now my Concours has the ignitor from my 84 Ninja on it, put it on the Connie to run for a few days to eliminate one more part from why the Ninja isn't running so well right now....
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My buddy has a vstrom and I LOVE IT..

Comfortable, corners like a dream and awsome for his wife to ride 2 up with..

hes in his later 30s so i would recommend it.. He loves to go out and corner with us!

Defentally recommend it!

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I'm riding a 96 GPz 1100 and absolutely love it. Highly under rated bike. Has plenty of power (zx11 based motor). extremely smooth (unlike the concours). great for 2 up, has optional factory bags. Have done a 10 hr 560 mile day with no problem, great all around bike. I will only be adding to this bike, not replacing it.

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I like spicersh's thought...Blackbird or a Busa. Everything you need. There are just so many to choose from...you have a tough decison.


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I always liked the concours although it isn't as sporty as I would want my only bike to be. Granitesun has some good points as far as a sport tourer goes. I had a 1990 Kaw ZX-10 that I owned from miles 55,000 to 63,000 and never had a problem. I love Hondas but I will swear by Kawasaki's reliability as well.

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I've got my y2k concours for sale. 34,xxx miles, ready to do the 4 corners ride.

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Talking how about a rf900r?

ever heard of a suzuki rf900r? yeah, i had heard of them but never seen one until a dude was sellin one around the corner from me about 3 weeks ago....so i bought it. i drive over 100 miles a day to and from work, and last weekend i logged about 300 miles on it. im about 5'10 180lbs. this bike is awesome, looks good too and barely anybody has ever seen one i get so many compliments. personally the bike i wanted was a cbr954rr after riding one for a day in florida, but i picked the rf off this guy for $2500!!! i was like holy s***! its got 23000 miles now and its in immaculate condition, very beautiful bike. i ended up doing lots of research on it too, and it is a rare bike - only sold here in the us from 94-97. it is really underrated, cause the gsxr1100 was huge then and so they never really advertised for the rf900r. its got the block of a gsxr1100, it was supposed to be right between the katana1100 and gsxr1100 in the lineup to hit the midpoint of sportbikes and tourers....and it hit the nail on the head. they are hard to find, but i saw a few on ebay for around $4000-$5000, if you are lucky you might be able to find one like i did! if you have any other questions, get ahold of me cause i would love to tell you about it. by the way, im 19 years old and i ride with my buddys on brand new r6's and cbrf4is and all that, and i get the questions not them....and mine smokes theirs too!
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