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Old 12-30-2006, 03:59 AM   #161
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Sorry, "schizuki". Fumbly fingers this morning. Seems I have got a bit of name-gettin' to work on my own self!
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:10 AM   #162
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Ah, one O' them "zounditoutanitlmaksenze" words. Here, I was thinkin' of "anesthetic" as a root word, imagining a bike so boring that it would put you to sleep straddling it in the showroom..........
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:24 AM   #163
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Good article. It is informative enough to tell me that I am missing absolutely nothing by sticking with my '90 CBR1000F. The BMW is absurdly expensive and has cr@p I don't need, the Yamaha is too porky for my tastes, and the Triumph has nothing power or chassis-wise on my CBR.
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:32 AM   #164
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My 1984 BMW R100RS weighs 500 pounds, cruises all day at 85MPH two-up with hard luggage, has great weather-protection, has a 6.5 gallon tank, gets fuel mileage between 40 - 52 MPG (depending on speed), is easily owner-maintained, and cost me $2500 (plus $1K for a complete top end upgrade to unlead valve seats, new tires, new shocks and better matched fork springs).



So far, I've put 50K miles on it and toured all over the western US for no more expense than gas & oil/filter changes and two sets of Dunlop K491s.



Of course it only has 60 HP and a top speed around 115MPH, but on the mountain roads here in the Rockies where I do most of my riding, I don't get passed much by anything . . . reasonably good sport tourer as far as I'm concerned.

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Old 12-30-2006, 05:29 AM   #165
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200 miles of slab is enough for a 5-10 minute break to fill-up.
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:32 AM   #166
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Great bike. Get some rka saddle bags and you've got a perfect st bike.
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:41 AM   #167
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Default Re: Thanks Jed!

You are right...only a few errors, the rest are just omissions, but I wanted to point out that the Sprint has several included options that were not mentioned. Obviously you can not point out every little thing on every bike you test, so I mentioned a few things that made the Sprint an attractive option for me. Plus I always have to have 10 items on a list because of my OCD!

Gabe got the most important thing right...the Sprint is the best choice for those that want a sport bike that will be comfortable connecting the twisty bits. I am glad to hear about the upcoming euro comparo including the Sprint. You guys (and the Maven) have a great site and do a great job...your two main competitors (online MC ezines) here in the states do not have a compairison or test of the Sprint ST 1050. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Old 12-30-2006, 05:54 AM   #168
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I've had a Givi set-up for years that installs in about 10 minutes. When I am traveling light, a large Ortlieb dry bag strapped to the seat works well.
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:03 AM   #169
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The VFR has been greatly underpowered for years and everyone knows that. It has no torque. It's also very heavy for a 800cc bike. Forget about it being truly competitive with the Triumph. Honda should have updated it years ago to 1000cc. Face the truth and move on.
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:30 AM   #170
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The '04 was indeed the old bike with the 955 cc motor. The claimed peak HP numbers were also probably a bit more optimistic on the 955i version than the 1050 version. I've seen them dynoed from about 115-120 depending bike and dyno.



The torque curve is the thing that is a bit different on the 1050 cc version. Triumph plumped up the power in all around.
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