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Old 10-21-2005, 07:40 AM   #61
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what? FJR gets slammed for being too appliance-like, and ST1300 finishes 2nd? That bike is the true Osterizer of motos my friend, fat, slowish and about as stylish as Kmart maternity wear and lacking only granite countertops. Bleah... have they changed ST in last few years? naturally i have no time to read the whole article before lodging complaints...



No complaints re: BMW, those boxers rule.

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Old 10-21-2005, 07:45 AM   #62
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Really, with $20K to play with, you could get a number of different world-class touring bikes and have enough change left to consider a second (used) bike, too. I know that BMW has a bullet-proof reputatiion but for me, I cannot justify their prices compared to Japanese, English and Italian alternatives. I will pay extra for ABS but thats about it.
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:51 AM   #63
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Bought an RT for my daily ride, traded it for a GS instead, couldn't live without the RT, traded the Ducati ST3 that was my sport tourer to get the exact same bike back.



While I could I could go on all day about the bike what I like best about the RT (and the GS for that matter) is the engine. Smooth, plenty of power, very easy to live with.



Wife loves it too.



Great job on the article.
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:56 AM   #64
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I'll agree about needing to include more bikes, though the FZ1 is no sport-tourer. Don't insult the bike with that moniker. Maybe sport-sport-tourer.



I rode through Northern California on HWY 1 aboard my FZ1 on my way from Seattle to MotoGP and loved it! Sweet sassy mallassy there's a lot of curves north of Fort Bragg.
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:57 AM   #65
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I like riding motorcycles, too. Note the plural. If I spent 20 grand on a bike, it would be the only one I could have and it would be worn out before I was done making the payments. I've ridden newer Beemers, and they are OK, but I wouldn't call them magic. I'll grant you I haven't ridden any of the new series boxers, though.
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:58 AM   #66
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Don't know about everyone but what I've always done and what everyone I've ever taken a trip with is this:



Carry the gear/helmet to the room

Remove the bags from the bike

Carry the bags into the room



You can leave the hard bags on the bike if you have soft liners, but then you give up a lot of your storage space in the bags.



So how far did you guys go? Did you go overnight or was it a day trip?
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Old 10-21-2005, 08:09 AM   #67
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Inquiring minds want to know: with Adventure/Touring/Sport Touring bikes taking off, where is Honda?



I recall them being about 15 years early with the TransAlp. Now they are running late bringing in the Varadero.



And boy did I see a sweet Transalp about 2 wks ago up in the mts. Very nice.
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Old 10-21-2005, 08:11 AM   #68
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Barbarian!



Don't forget to pack the doorag.
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Old 10-21-2005, 08:15 AM   #69
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I had you pegged as a briefs guy. Go figure.
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Old 10-21-2005, 08:23 AM   #70
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$20K and $500 dealer tuneup every 6000 miles?!? Why would anyone looking for a serious touring bike to put high miles on choose one that requires so much expensive maintenance? My Honda Element's first valve adjustment doesn't occur until after 100K miles -- come on! this is 2005 not 1975!! The RT is realistically within the reach of a small segment of the biking world and would be better reviewed in a mega $ comparo.
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