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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?

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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.

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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.

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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. :)

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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).

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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. :D :D

Just kidding.



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<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.
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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 :)

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<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.
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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.




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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.

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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

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Strada,

My wife and I have owned a '96 VFR and '98 YZF600R(not R6). I can't tell any difference in the '96 VFR750 and the VFR800. To me it feels like the YZF600R has slightly more sport oriented ergonomics than the VFRs. I'm 6'0" and 245# and could tour fairly well on either. But feel the VFR is the better tourer.

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Well, I have to say my two cents worth, the bird offers great pillion accomdation, good wind deflection and licence shredding power.

It's not as fat as the beemer.

There's plenty of luggage options for the bird.

You get a clock on the dash.
(it may seem nothing but I use it heaps)

You get a centre stand.

The riding position is forward, but not to much.

Wangle a ride on one from the dealer.

Ross CBRxx :) :) :)

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As an owner of a VFR800(for sale by the way) I can confidently tell you that the VFR is both competent as a sportbike and comfortable as a leather couch. Wind protection is superior to anything I've ridden and the back stress is a nonissue.

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For about $7000.00, you can get a Kawasaki ZRX1100. 0-60, quarter mile, top end specs are all real close to the bikes mentioned above. You want throttle-blip wheelies? You want peg-dragging cornering? You want to take your girlfriend along? You want SPEED and COMFORT? ZRX is the answer. Visit these guys, read what they have to say. ZRX1100 Owners Association. http://pub11.ezboard.com/bzrx1100ownersassociation

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A friend of mine rides a Concours and loves it. Very reasonable price, sporting (I've seen him leave many a rider on "sportier bikes") great deals on used ones too. Bullet proof motor, simple maint. and long range between pit stops.

Good Luck...(My vote would also go towards the VFR on the bikes you've already mentioned)

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VFR VFR VFR but I am a little biased :D
I like the comfort on long rides there is hardbags for it the passenger seat is comfortable (according to my wife who spend a lot of time back there)I have not ridden to many of the other bikes. but the ZRX1100 is terrible for the passenger. I rode on the back of one for only 2 hours just about killed me. CBR600 feels similar to a VFR but more cramped in the legs.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, 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. :D :D

Just kidding.

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> ROFLMAO :D :D :D
I think that the Katana (600 & 750) are very comfortable, Bandits (600 & 1200), VFR's are very nice. Will you be riding solo or 2-up, the 600cc bikes are great for the solo, but 2-up I would not suggest, unless you are in no hurry to get any place. My Katana 600 loaded down with 2 weeks of stuff was great as a solo ride, but personally I want something a little bit faster than 130 mph fully loaded down. I think that you can not find a better bike for the money. But if you have more money than me, the VFR is definitely the way to go. I chase 3 of them quite often on my Sunday rides and they look sweet.Good luck with your quest :)

ps. If speed and touring are what you are looking for then a single word come to mind - HAYABUSA - 196 mph solo, 177 mph 2-up :)



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in june i took my 00 vfr and rode 4,300 mi in 2 weeks, i through soft bags,tail bag and a tank bag on, it was great, the bike is comfy and handles 80 to 90 mph on the freeways great

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It looks like the VFR800 is the king of the hill for this kind of riding. Are there any serious competitors to this machine?
 

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The King is dead, long live the Kings!

Other likely candidates: Triumph Sprint ST

Yamaha FZ1 (aka Fazer 1000).
 
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