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Old 08-23-2005, 06:14 AM   #11
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Default Re: Sporty bike with comfortable pillion?

the sleeper in the bunch is the honda superhawk. reliable and cheap to insure.
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:29 AM   #12
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Reasonable comfort. Subjective, but I'll give it a shot. Two TOTALLY different bikes:

I own an SV650 that is really a lot of fun two-up. I haven't ever had a complaint from someone on the back. A harley rider said its the most comfortable bike she'd ever been on. SUPER light, but surprisingly well behaved even when it's loaded down. Decent power and enough brakes to make up for added weight.



And number two: The FJR 1300. Obviously plenty of power, totally linear and friendly. The non-compliance with what you're looking for is the heft. Not too noticeable when you're riding, except maybe on the brakes. Turns in pretty quick for a 600 plus pounder. And it inspires oodles of confidence.



You didn't say much about the distances you'd be riding. Trips on the SV never last more than about two hours, and at that point it's definitely break time. It's just so damn cheap
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:34 AM   #13
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from what i've read, wait for the 06's.

kawi is rumored for an up-dated zzr-1300.

radial brakes and so on.



suzuki is rumored to re-do the hyabusa

yamaha also rumored to up-date the fz1



this info should start trickling out in september.
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:42 AM   #14
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The pillion on the ZX12R has to be one of the most uncomfortable in the history of motorcycling.
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Old 08-23-2005, 07:32 AM   #15
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SUZUKI BURGMAN .Yeah ,I know we call them scooters,but goes fast, auto transmission ,650ccs,storage etc.maybe we will catch up with the rest of the world.
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Old 08-23-2005, 07:46 AM   #16
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I was going to suggest the Aprilia.



I'd trade my Harley for one, except I don't know how they work.
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Old 08-23-2005, 07:52 AM   #17
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I believe that the NEW ZZR1300 will get stuck back in the sportbike segment in the insurance industry. The guys at Kaw reportedly have up the ante to some 180-190 chp. So long, sport tour. Hello, hyper sport.
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:22 AM   #18
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Correction: The FZ1 has 4 lovely carbs, not FI. It's a wonderful bike. I'd suggest buying some GYT-R bar risers though as they drop the bars about an inch.



The bike is smother than a 919 IMHO and the fairing helps although it kinda sticks out there further than a sport bike so it causes some buffeting. It has great headlights too.
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:43 AM   #19
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Trifling matter...I hear wasabe injected into the pad improves its comfort immeasurably.
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:49 AM   #20
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I am going to suggest a V-Strom (either the 650 or 1000). I know some of you will not consider it in the same class as some of the sporty bikes listed here, but it is an awesome bike...capable in the twisties, good wind protection on the interstate, and a nice wide pillion that doesn't put your passenger two feet above you (they will appreciate it, I promise).
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