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Old 03-17-2007, 08:34 AM   #1
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I'm all for someone slapping some luggage on a ZX-14 and letting the rest of us know how it went.



Seriously, I think it would be interesting...and almost practical.



It's big, seems roomy, plenty of vroom and should handle better than most STs.



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Old 03-17-2007, 08:37 AM   #2
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Everyone I've talked-to that owns one sez they're the Ultimate Sport-Touring Machine(tm).



A set of soft bags, and off you go.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:23 AM   #3
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I hope to pick up a ZX14 myself, and go to twistedthrottle.com for some nice hard bags!
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:23 AM   #4
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I think the most intriguing ST might be the new Triumph Tiger, although the seat height might be a problem if you are inseam-impaired. The triple splits the difference between an I4 and a twin in terms of power delivery.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:24 AM   #5
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I think any of these would be a great choice.

i read the sprint had brake issues that were being addressed so that might be a factor.

i sat on a 14 a couple weeks ago and i would love to ride one. It fit good. I guess i don't know how heavy the 14 is and that shouldn't play a huge factor in a sport tourer, but it matters a little. i can tell you this, its physically a big, long bike. so it should be stable. i have read that even so, it is relatively quick in the bends.

the duc is sublime, especialy with a power commander. is the s4r a four or 2 valve? i'm guessing its the superbike 4 valve motor. if so you'll get a kick out of the 2 valve's low end.



i hestitate to recommend the sport tourer i prefer but here goes. a vfr.

it has more character than people think, and its really a good fit for me at 6'1". the power is kind, and while it has a wierd engine braking, drive train thing going on where it wags a little in the rear instead of hops, its a really good bike. the barcalounger of sport bikes. and the vtec shouldn't be on a motorcycle as long as it works the way it works on a motorcycle but its easy to ride around. it works great as a sport tourer. nice all around compromise.



i'm also curiuos about the 07 tiger. that might be a candidate too. perhaps a little to much of a standard. but those triples are nice.



no matter what, its fun thinking about a new touring bike. motorcycles are so good these days.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:32 AM   #6
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ZX 14 - Easy choice for the money , but if you want the BEST - get the BMW GT
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:41 AM   #7
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Since I know absolutely nothing about you or your riding style and enviroment, I'll go ahead a recommend getting a Sprint. I do this because I have a Triumph and the more bikes they sell the stronger their business becomes, this of course benifits me in an improved dealer network and parts supply.





So, um...get the Sprint, I think it will be the perfect bike for you, cheap too.
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:00 AM   #8
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Just don't forget that a motorcycle that weighs over 600 pounds wet is not a sport tourer no matter how much ad copy says otherwise.
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:11 AM   #9
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So the Honda st1300 isn't a sport-tourer? It's 650 dry.
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:24 AM   #10
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I would classify the st1300 as a tourer, and the Goldwing as a Winnebago. IMO The vfr is Honda's sport-tourer.
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