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Old 05-16-2007, 06:05 AM   #1
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a sport bike that will be suitable for major trips.



Oxymoron alert.



I'm also not sure why you would want a motorcycle with more breaking.



A ZRX1200 might do the trick except for the 'breaking' part.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:10 AM   #2
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doh! "Braking" means me, says I! Thar spell check works not when the word ye spelled is another correctly spelled word.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:25 AM   #3
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have u had a look at the reviews section here... a good place to get u started.



Aprillia - a few to choose from

BMW - again a few sports models here

Duc's

Honda - blackbird

Kaw- zzr 1200 + lots of others

Moto guzzi

Suzuki, Triumph...



lots to choose from depending on price and ergos...





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Old 05-16-2007, 06:26 AM   #4
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Even though you discounted them, a Hayabusa or ZX-14 is your ticket. A new Busa can be had out the door for less than a new VFR or GSXR-750. The ZX-14 would be a bit more pricey, and Foxy here could give you the news on how that bike works. My Busa is every bit as comfy as a VFR with 50 more horsepower. It runs on 87 octane and gets 45 to 48 mpg on the highway, and handles decently for a GT bike. The motor is bulletproof and there are about a million aftermarket parts for it. Check out how Pashnit set his Busa up for touring HERE. If you don't want an ST or a SuperSport, then get a GT. Busa or ZX-14 is what you want. I doubt you would be disappointed with either.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:28 AM   #5
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You might find a Tuono to be fun, comfortable and trip worthy if you fit some luggage. There are a few KTMs that might be ok and there are two MVs that I'd not be afraid to ride on longer rides. A Buell or two might fit the bill too. Don't be afraid to rotate that chest up off the tank when looking for a fun ride. It's that weight off the wrists that will let you do the longer rides.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:47 AM   #6
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BMW R1200r with bags and shield. You can remove the bags when you don't need them and it's a comfortable ride. I hear they are more powerful than the older 1150's by a lot.
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:11 AM   #7
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If you're more into the Touring side of the Sport/Touring equation, the Concours 14 might be of interest to you when it comes out this summer. But then again, at 28, it might be too much like a "Geezer Glide" for your demographic.
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:13 AM   #8
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Check out the Suzuki Bandit 1250S.
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:17 AM   #9
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You should get the GSXR750. It's what you obviously want. Certainly not the bike I would get. I have done many 1000 mile days in the saddle of my ST1100 and my wife did her first and only 1000 mile day on her '98 VFR. We both loved that bike though we can't say much good about the new model.



I've ridden an older GSXR750 and if I was to go on a long trip on it I would never have made it home. I'd be under some country jail buried by more citations than Johnny Cochran could have gotten me out of. I use the bulk and girth of my ST to govern my racerboy demon.
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:18 AM   #10
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Default It's called insurance!

Last time I checked the insurance costs for me on a ZX-14 it was way higher then most normal bikes.



A BMW K1200S or K1200R was less then a 1/4 the costs for insurance and much more comfortable on a long trip.



I didn't see heated seats grips and auto suspension adjustment options on the Hayabusa or ZX-14
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