YZF vs VFR vs whatever - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Mt Pleasant Tx usa 75455
Posts: 130
Question

I a looking for comments on a sportbike for touring that is user friendly, i.e., good wind protection, comfort, no wrist torture, good legroom, luggage options, etc., and that does not weigh a ton, and recommended so far is a YZF600R, a VFR800 or even a CBR600F4. Something like a BMW R1100LT is a great machine, but a bit more massive than what I am thinking about. Suggestions?

------------------
strada is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 04:59 AM
Resident Smartass
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Columbus.OH 43207
Posts: 1,429
Post

I think you mean K1100LT (the big tourer).
The R1100RT is a little bigger than the Japs, but handles well and is not real heavy.
Without knowing what you ride now, you will just get a bunch of replies telling you what OUR idea of a sport-touring bike is. For me it would be an R1 with Ventura bags, heated grips, throttle lock, and slightly taller windscreen.

------------------
'98 Superhawk
Tristan is offline  
post #3 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Mt Pleasant Tx usa 75455
Posts: 130
Post

Thanks for the reply. Actually, I was thinking of the R11. The K bike is huge. The R11 is great, but a little top heavy and tall. I am curious about the ergonomics of the more moderate sportbikes for some weekend touring. I don't want a street legal race bike, but I don't want a luxo-cruiser either.

------------------
strada is offline  
 
post #4 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 06:17 AM
Registered User
 
HondaNut!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Orange County, CA.
Posts: 2,517
Thumbs up

I have never even ridden a sport tourer, but since its a Honda, I Must vote for the VFR with those really cool matching hard saddle bags. I think they're by Corbin??

I had an F4 and I would'nt consider it a 'tourer' at all, but to each his own.

------------------
Kyle J.-
email:[email protected]
HondaNut! is offline  
post #5 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 06:37 AM
Pete
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

strada, you may want to take a look at the Triumph RS and ST as well.

Or, I'll take $5,500 for my 94 VFR, great condition, 8,100 miles ( 6,000 of which were accumulated on the highway by the 75 yr. old grandmother I bought it from).

------------------
Pete
Email: [email protected]



[This message has been edited by Pete (edited June 09, 2000).]
post #6 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 06:49 AM
Moderator
 
RCjohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Kingston, TN USA 37763
Posts: 5,474
Send a message via AIM to RCjohn
Post

My wife and I have owned a '96VFR750 and a '98YZF600. The YZF and CBR 600s are very similar from a touring point of view. They are both great bikes and are relatively comfortable but are still quite sport oriented. I would not consider them even in the same sport-touring ballpark with the VFR800 or BMW.

There are alot of good sport-tourers out there: Suzuki Katana 750 & Bandit 1200, Ducati ST2 & ST4, Honda CBR1000F(if still made)and many more. It will really depend on your desire.

Every Kawasaki made since they are all too big and slow to be considered real sportbikes.

Just kidding.



------------------
Ride Hard!

John
RCjohn is offline  
post #7 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 07:16 AM
Registered User
 
HondaNut!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Orange County, CA.
Posts: 2,517
Thumbs up

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RCjohn:

... Honda CBR1000F(if still made)and many more...
Just kidding.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Now you're talkin'! (I believe the CBR1100xx, a.k.a. blackbird, is the comparable replacement to the 1000)
Thats a fine machine! and I DID get to ride one of those

------------------
Kyle J.-
email:[email protected]
HondaNut! is offline  
post #8 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 07:45 AM
Founder
 
Robert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 4,755
Send a message via Skype™ to Robert
Post

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RCjohn:
Every Kawasaki made since they are all too big and slow to be considered real sportbikes.

Just kidding.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey! I saw that!

Strada,

I'd have to vot for the VFR (750 or 800) both are great bikes, handle nice and are very comfortable as far as "Sportbikes" go.




------------------
Robert Basil
It ain't easy being green - Kermit the frog
But it sure is fun! - Robert Basil
Robert is offline  
post #9 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-09-2000, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Mt Pleasant Tx usa 75455
Posts: 130
Post

Thanks. Any comments on how the YZF600R (not the R6) compares to the VFR800 in terms of ergonomics? I understand that the YZF has higher bars, a cushier seat, and different pegs than the R6, and is cheaper than the VFR. But I'm getting the opinion that the VFR is a more comfortable ride.

------------------
strada is offline  
post #10 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-10-2000, 12:52 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Louisville, KY, USA
Posts: 47
Thumbs up

I Love my VFR800. I just don't know if I'd go with those corbin hard saddle bags because they don't allow you to put a high pipe on the bike. The stock pipe location kind of blocks the single sided swingarm from being appreciated.

You can E-mail me if you have any specific questions on the bike. I also have a few good links to some articles about the bike that I don't feel like looking for right now.

Luke

------------------
Troublemaker400 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome