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Old 08-23-2005, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default Re: Sporty bike with comfortable pillion?

Less so on the '05, but up to '04 the Triumph Sprint ST. It is a very sporty sport-tourer (you can ride it as hard as a public road will allow), but the pillion does not become a backpack. You can see the difference in the seat as compared to other sport bikes. Check it out. Great bike all around too. That triple engine is one sweet ride.
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Old 08-23-2005, 03:43 AM   #2
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Kawasaki ZX12-R or its 2006 replacement. Fast, comfortable, riding position is just sporting enough such that windblast at highway speeds allows for comfortable riding. I own a cruiser (Vulcan 2000), but if I had to do it all over again that's probably the bike I'd buy.
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Old 08-23-2005, 03:57 AM   #3
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I'll second these two. The FZ1 was being touted as one of the best all around bikes ever just a few years ago. Two seating on both; but I wouldn't want to be on the back of any bike.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:04 AM   #4
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Well, I have a pair of friends who swear up and down that their 2005 GSX-R1000 is more comfortable for 2-up riding than an FJR1300. I am somewhat inclined to believe them because they have more miles on their '05 Gixxer than I have on my '05 Gixxer Sixxer. I have 12,000 on mine, but they hit that mark a few months ago. Do I even have to mention that these two people are crazy?



Before the new Gixxer they had (and still have) a Honda CBR929 which they also really liked for 2-up. So it really depends on you and your passenger. Some people are like my buddies and really prefer hardcore sportbikes for 2-up.



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Old 08-23-2005, 04:08 AM   #5
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I am kind of in the same camp now. I am considering the Ducati ST4s ABS. I rented one in Italy for 3 weeks, and it was a perfect sporty sport tourer. The ST3 isn't bad either. I rented that one last year, but I was riding solo that time. If you like the looks the new BMW K1200R would work really well. The optional windscreen actually provides good wind protection. The Kawasaki is a great suggestion also.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:14 AM   #6
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Default Re: Sporty bike with comfortable pillion?

And if you get an aftermarket seat from Corbin, Keith's or Sargent, the pillion is even better.



The other thing to look at for the 2-up is the location of the 2nd set of pegs. The Sprint has them located a good bit down on the bike.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:15 AM   #7
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...you're describing the Buell Ulysses.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:51 AM   #8
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Check out Corbin's web site for a saddle that has the optional back-rest for a bike that you'd like to own. Serious distance on any bike as a passenger requires something to rest on.



FZ1 - http://www.corbin.com/yamaha/fazer.shtml

Honda VTR -http://www.corbin.com/honda/vtr.shtml

GSXR 1000 - http://www.corbin.com/suzuki/gsxr1k-4.jpg



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Old 08-23-2005, 05:10 AM   #9
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BMW R1150R
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Old 08-23-2005, 05:11 AM   #10
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Sportbike is your desire get a Kawasaki ZZR600. It's got new skin for 06 and will crank out 100hp and weigh in under 425lbs. Great power to weight for a middleweight sportbike. Otherwise, buy the ZZR1200 (carbs and all) will produce enough power (145 rwhp) too. Oh, Progressive has the ZZR1200 under the sporttour section- so cheap insurance will be yours as well.
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