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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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You can't really change it!

This post is just an observation, and not meant as a put anyone to down post. I realize that many will disagree, and that's OK, we all have our idea of what we like.

Over the years I have had several Full Touring bikes, several Sport Touring bikes, Boulevard Cruisers, Adventure bikes, Crotch Rockets, Off Road bikes, Mini bikes, Scooters and Tote Goats. Each one of them had a particular purpose/job that they were designed for and most of them did a good job in their designated field. With some of the bikes a small amount of cross over works OK ... i.e., a Sport Touring bike is a good second choice to the Pure Touring bike for a Cross county trip if you are still limber enough to handle the forward lean for hours at a time. Some Cruisers are OK for a short down the road trip or maybe an overnight stay. I think that you can see what I'm talking about in that there is some amount of Wiggle room as to what you can effectively use your particular bike for. Maybe a small soft tail bag on your Bonneville for a trip to town to pick up a few things... for that rare over night stay a couple hundred miles down the road some soft Saddle Bags might just be the thing.

But what I don't understand is this: I see a few guys trying to turn these small bikes into Touring machines, Super Bikes, Off Road bikes, yata yata. They try to attach large hard luggage, huge cargo racks, etc. They mod their bikes in a false attempt to make them Rocket fast. (they will never be really fast). All kinds of things to change what is IMO one of the Worlds Best little Sport About motorcycles that is available, into something else. It will never work. If you want one of those type bikes, then get one of those type bikes. You will be much happier with the results. Long tours on a small bike are punishing, Off road riding on bike that's too heavy and has no real suspension for off road travel is not only punishing, but dangerous, Racing one of the Jap Crotch Rockets is embarrassing. Riding up and parking next to a long line of Harleys, and seeing everyone walk over look at your bike is Priceless!

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we all have our idea of what we like.
I couldn't have said it any better.
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My spin on this is expressed on a tee shirt I recently found which says "You can never have too many motorcycles". ...J.D.
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My spin on this is expressed on a tee shirt I recently found which says "You can never have too many motorcycles". ...J.D.
To me it's like visiting the local animal shelter, you just want to take them all home...........



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I will have to disagree somewhat.



It's a little hard to see, but that is my 2013 Street Triple R kitted up with tank, tail, and saddlebags for the 1,200 mile round trip to/from Indy in 2015. I broke both ends up into two legs for around 300 miles a day - with 3 days of MotoGP action in between - which basically made it 3 very easy days. The second day going was rain all day, so it was less than totally pleasant. The kicker was that when I arrived, all the bags came off, and I was back to the pure svelte goodness that is the Street Triple, and not pushing some 3 metric schiteton 2 wheeled Winnebago around.
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People act like it can't work out when you add accessories to turn an everyday ride into a bike capable of trips. I used to have only one motorcycle, and I modified it, I raced it, I rode it on long trips with everything bungeed on. My touring gear was a good seat and a windshield. I never thought twice about it . It worked and I had fun on a budget.
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While I agree with your statement, and if I could have it my way, yes, I'd have a full stable of bikes, one for each type of style and use, however....
It's funny that I ran into this thread today, as I was working on a project that I started this weekend for my Daytona 675R.

I'm not exactly turning this bike into a touring bike, I'm just not too keen on leaving my stuff parked with a soft tail bag, and couldn't find much in hard case options for this bike.
I do commute about 60 miles a day, so it just makes my life a bit easier having a hard case for my change of clothes, etc.

When I took off the rear fairings, I found some unused through holes in the frame, I'm guessing it's shared with the street triple frame?
Instead of paying for some $400+ hardcase, I had an empty waterproof $30 Ridgid tool case lying around that looked pretty nice when bolted up to the bike.

Still a work in progress, but I'm happy with the results so far!
So yeah, I'm one of those that's crossing out of the sport bike category with my accessory
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"You can never have too many motorcycles". ...J.D.
You can if you were married to my wife. She states the my one is one too many.
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Mine wife knows how to keep me happy. I have 3 bikes right now. I know not to push it to 4 though. But I have a cruiser, a naked standard, and a sport tourer. Something for every occasion (At 71, I don't ride off road anymore). All Triumphs...J.D.

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