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Question: What are the most overlooked and underrated bikes owned / used by STN Members? (PICK 3)
Aprilia Caponord - 25 (3.5%)
BMW K1100RS - 23 (3.2%)
Ducati ST3/4 - 71 (9.9%)
Honda NT700V - 43 (6%)
Honda ST1300 - 52 (7.3%)
KTM SM-T - 26 (3.6%)
Kawasaki Versys - 80 (11.2%)
Kawasaki ZZR1200 - 57 (8%)
Kawasaki GPZ1100 - 22 (3.1%)
Moto Guzzi Norge - 80 (11.2%)
Suzuki GS500F - 29 (4.1%)
Triumph Sprint RS - 61 (8.5%)
Yamaha FZ6R - 40 (5.6%)
Buell Ulysses - 53 (7.4%)
Other:  Write In Vote - 54 (7.5%)
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« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2010, 11:15:21 AM »

Honda CG125. This bike can do anything and do it for a pittance. Easy to work on, yet pretty much bullet proof-which is why there are a trillion Chinese copies out there.
Honda C90. This machine got the World onto 2 wheels. It has also outsold everything else. For a very good reason.
Triumph Daytona 600. Not as fast as its rivals but a much better made machine that will outlast them.


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« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2010, 01:14:16 PM »

The Versys takes the lead.  That does not surprise me.  
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« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2010, 03:49:28 PM »




The list above represents older and late model sport(y) touring models which don't seem to be discussed a whole heck of a lot on STN or I see very few owners of these bikes.  I believe we overlook some great machines and the more popular ones dominate most of the discussion.  




I believe these owners are too busy mile munching to waste time chatting about how good their bikes are.

KTM Superduke.  Add some hard luggage space and you can knee drag across the country with ease.  The mechanical quirks just require a little extra maintenance but the Big 4 have yet to produce a bike anywhere close to the quality of KTM.

VFR.  It was also overlooked by its creator and sold as an overpriced budget bike.  
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« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2010, 10:00:32 AM »

Ducati ST3/4 - quintessential sport-touring bike.  Nobody has done it better.  It's a shame Ducati doesn't make another one today.

KTM SM-T   -   Seems to be a lot of discussion and focus over the past few years about the Tiger and the new Multi.  I believe the SM-T is the perfect compromise between the two.

Triumph Sprint RS - partially naked triple with good ergos which can be had at a very reasonable price today.  I'm surprised more people aren't buying used RS's.  But then again, maybe the owners aren't selling.   Lol

Honorable Mentions:  Versys and Uly

I don't think the ST3/4 is underrated...  I think it's lack of popularity is due to maintenance history of pervious Ducatis and Ducatis dealer sparsity.
Ditto (with minor adjustments) for KTM and ULY.
Dealer support is a very valid consideration on a sport-touring purchase.
I had a Sprint RS.  I have (err had, one recently dropped Triumph) 2 dealers w/in an hour.  Got it used at a very good price and got a good trade-in; the BMW dealer also owned the other place that (then) carried Triumph.  If I could only have one bike, this is my first thought.  In Lucifer orange.

I'd give honorable mention to Wee-Strom.
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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2010, 10:30:20 AM »

I would personally love a Norge, but there just aren't any dealers close enough if I needed any warranty work done, and I'd be worried about the limited dealer network on a trip as well.  Otherwise, that is by far my favorite of the big ST bikes.
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2010, 01:05:20 AM »

I think my bike (2005 Kawasaki Z750S) should be on that list, it is a very capable ST bike that is very underrated and overlooked.
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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2010, 01:12:50 PM »

I voted Aprilia and Norge, but my write-in would be my Monster 695. On a six-day trip last summer it was nothing short of a hoot, even with a decent sidewind.  It got great mileage, adapted well to elevation changes and didn't overheat.  The motor ran really well for long stretches and the torque was very useable in undulating road conditons.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2010, 05:15:03 PM »


ZZR1200, of course.  It was never the fastest.  Nor the best handling.  Nor the prettiest.  But it does everything pretty well.  I keep looking for something sporty, reasonably quick, and well suited for 2-up.  Everything else comes up short in some category.  Usually 2-up capability.  Smaller & smaller is the trend these days.  At 4 or 5 times the cost, a C14 would probably be better, but not 4 or 5 times better.  Big ZZR's are so cheap now that if I trash mine, I can replace it for the cost of a couple of insurance payments on something new.


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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2010, 08:33:19 PM »

Is it possible to "un-vote".  I meant to vote for Honda NT700V but hit ST1300?

I just got an NT700V.  More I ride the better I like it.  It may be underrated because it has only been here a year.  The "press" seems mixed wit comments like under powered, dull etc.  That said, I have already seen more than one reference to riders doing SS1000s, some more than one.  The bike seems more than able to run down the road all day at normal highway speeds without strain.

My former bike was a Suzuki GS500F which I rode 15,000 miles in about two years.  I rode mine all over east Texas.  It is capable and reliable but seems to be pushing on longer (450+) rides.

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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2010, 08:55:09 AM »


I think my bike (2005 Kawasaki Z750S) should be on that list, it is a very capable ST bike that is very underrated and overlooked.


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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2011, 10:59:20 PM »

Almost as comfortable as my old VFR (95) with just slightly lower clip ons, seat to pegs and reach to the bars is almost the same. Loads more power and a lot less weight. SPORT-tourer is the game.

Honorable mention: Daytona 955






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« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2011, 11:20:47 AM »

Not surprisingly, I consider my bike to be one of the most underrated sport touring bikes.  The Triumph Tiger 955 is reliable, comfortable, and has plenty of performance.

I just rode 200 miles yesterday and could have easily done another 200.  The upright sitting posture helps on long days in the saddle.

The "adventure bike" label hurts its identification as a sport-touring bike, but on the Triumph forum it is very obvious that many Europeans tour the Continent on their Tigers.  

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« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2011, 01:59:33 PM »

Okay, since you all want BIG bikes:

Triumph Trophy 1200
BMW K100 series
Any large engined Guzzi. The older the better-like the Spada series.
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« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2012, 09:21:31 AM »

BMW K1200RS  98'  Sport-touring...... able to haul what you need, at a HIGH rate of speed!!
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« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2012, 12:15:22 PM »

I was tempted to write in my bike, which is the perfect touring bike for me, but I fully realize that I'm broken in that way.   Lol
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« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2012, 01:23:30 PM »

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« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2012, 10:01:17 PM »

Day before yesterday I was idly reading this thread, taking a couple of notes, first time on the forum...

Today I own a Sprint 955 ST.

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« Reply #37 on: March 05, 2012, 10:32:03 PM »

aprilia Futura.  I was looking for one to keep the RSV-R company, but found a super clean ST3 and wanted something different from the bike I had.

I also liked the Norge and Sprint that I rode.

How about the Motus?  I saw it at Ferracci's when they were doing their cross country promo tour.  Looked very interesting.
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« Reply #38 on: March 23, 2012, 10:14:33 PM »

my write in would have to be the Honda superhawk 996. Currently have a 98 with  46000 miles and never had one issue.  still looks new
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« Reply #39 on: March 23, 2012, 10:23:13 PM »


my write in would have to be the Honda superhawk 996. Currently have a 98 with  46000 miles and never had one issue.  still looks new


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