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« on: July 11, 2009, 08:54:47 pm »

I've been thinking about finding the perfect SPORT touring bike lately, and it wasn't until I pulled into a motel in Ogden, UT and saw a 2008/9 CBR 1000RR with sidebags, that I found it. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but I've always loved the 600RR ergo's, just not the low power (especially if it was loaded down). The 1KRR seems to fix that albeit the ergo's are still a bit too track oriented.

I don't really have a question, just wanted to see if anyone here has thought of doing multi-day, multi-state tours on one. I've looked at the bag options (not great outside of a Ventura rack and some soft-bags), but on 1000RR.net, some people have definitely done it. The ability to have all of that power, with Honda reliability, a Sargent seat, touring screen, and some heli-bars would be perfect.

...that and I've given up trying to make my 1198 a tourer Wink
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2009, 09:18:42 pm »

I am thinking of doing the same thing.  The optional Honda seat is suppose to be good, and the way the tag is mounted I can see attaching a piece of steel to hold soft bags away from bike.  I think it would be the best of both worlds and you will never long for power or handling, comfort maybe, but never handling and power.  
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2009, 09:54:56 pm »

I don't think it's unreasonable. I really wish I would have talked to that guy in Utah, he was probably in his 40's out there on a solo trip. So, obviously, it's not just for 21 year old guys. I know it can technically be done on any sport bike, but if you can handle the ergo's of a superbike for a few hundred miles in a day - the 1KR will feel like a fast couch in comparison.

I'm excited that Sargent makes a seat for it, but that does nothing for luggage. I've seen some people fab a GIVI topcase bracket to an extra pillion seat, but that's pretty extreme. However, that may be the best option. Combine a 10L - 15L tank bag with a 46L top case and you've got a pretty capable touring mount.

Part of the reason I'm thinking of this is because the VFR is a little down on power when loaded, and double downshifts to pass quickly is a little more effort than I'd like to put into it - especially when I've got a stretch of double trailer semi's buffeting wind.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2009, 10:26:24 pm »

Beside the comfort & accessory limitations already noted (and the fact that there will be fewer touring oriented accessories available for a CBR):

You won't be able to run as much powered gear, I'd guess.  No idea what the CBR's stator output is, but it's probably not as generous as a purpose built tourer.  This is only likely to be an issue if you want to run more than GPS, radar detector, MP3 player, phone charger type of stuff.  Cold weather touring on a CBR during the short days of the year (where you might want accessory lights) might be out.

Not sure about tires, but 190/55-17 is used exclusively on sport bikes AFAIK.  You may have limited options as far as touring tires go.  That said, on a relatively light CBR you can probably get some very good mileage out of sport tire like the Corsa III (which is at least a dual compound available in 190/55-17) even assuming you have a hard time finding more touring oriented tires while out on the road.  I got somewhere between 4000 and 4500 miles out of a Michelin Pilot Power on the back of my loaded Sprint, and it was all cross country highway miles.  It had an obvious flat spot when I replace it, but I probably could have managed another 500 miles on it.

And the CBR, by virtue of its size, isn't really suited to 2-up riding, particularly if you are carrying luggage or camping gear (e.g., a tent & sleeping bag).

But yeah, I don't see why you couldn't tour on a CBR provided that you can stand long days in the saddle on a sport bike.  I know I'm too old for that -- after 2 years of procrastinating, I finally installed the Genmar bar risers on my Sprint.  Smile


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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2009, 10:37:16 pm »

Good call on the tires, I need to look into that. I don't have an issue running PP's, BUT, 4k can leave you replacing a tire mid trip. My Road 2's are great, held up to a 6k trip and it still looks new. My SuperCorsa's look worn after 1,200 miles. Obviously different compounds, but if I could put some Road 2's on a 1KR that would be great.

Not knocking PP's, as I LOVE that tire, just not the longevity so much.
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2009, 10:53:22 pm »

Yeah, the Dragon Supercorsa is not a high mileage tire. Wink  That's why I switched to the Corsa III on the 1098, and it's definitely holding up better especially since I have only been using it for short trips lately to make sure it's run occasionally.

I only had the Pilot Power on the Sprint because I flatted my Conti Road Attack way out west.  They didn't have anything other than non-touring tires in  180/55 (only the most common tire size around) at the Triumph/Ducati dealership where I had the tire replaced.


Good call on the tires, I need to look into that. I don't have an issue running PP's, BUT, 4k can leave you replacing a tire mid trip. My Road 2's are great, held up to a 6k trip and it still looks new. My SuperCorsa's look worn after 1,200 miles. Obviously different compounds, but if I could put some Road 2's on a 1KR that would be great.

Not knocking PP's, as I LOVE that tire, just not the longevity so much.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2009, 10:54:46 pm »

Wrong on the tires. The CBR uses a 190/50 and you can find every single touring tire in that size.

Just get the bike and enjoy it. Don't worry about what any of us in the peanut gallery think.

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2009, 11:23:34 pm »

Am I?  Do you have a CBR1000RR in the garage with a factory fitted 190/50?  If so, I defer.  Wink


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Wrong on the tires. The CBR uses a 190/50 and you can find every single touring tire in that size.

Just get the bike and enjoy it. Don't worry about what any of us in the peanut gallery think.

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2009, 11:37:36 pm »



Here's a suggestion. Before you get all high and mighty why don't you go visit the Honda motorcycle site. I'll defer to it for specs regarding a Honda motorcycle

http://powersports.honda.com/2009/cbr1000rr.aspx

Chassis / Suspension / Brakes

Specgroup: Chassis / Suspension / Brakes -
Front Suspension    43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension    Unit Pro-Link® HMAS™ single shock with spring preload rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel
Front Brake    Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 320 mm discs
Rear Brake    Single 220 mm disc
Front Tire    120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire    190/50ZR-17 radial

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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2009, 11:49:20 pm »

Wow, who peed in your Cheerios there, James?  Smile

I guess by "high and mighty" you mean my pointing out the many reputable sites claiming the bike is shod with a 190/55-17 rear tire, and that I didn't reflexively agree with your then undocumented counter-claim?

It would be really funny if the Honda site were wrong.  Wouldn't it?  I mean I think so.... Smile






Here's a suggestion. Before you get all high and mighty why don't you go visit the Honda motorcycle site. I'll defer to it for specs regarding a Honda motorcycle

http://powersports.honda.com/2009/cbr1000rr.aspx

Chassis / Suspension / Brakes

Specgroup: Chassis / Suspension / Brakes -
Front Suspension    43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension    Unit Pro-Link® HMAS™ single shock with spring preload rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel
Front Brake    Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 320 mm discs
Rear Brake    Single 220 mm disc
Front Tire    120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire    190/50ZR-17 radial

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Wow, who peed in your Cheerios there, James?  Smile

I guess by "high and mighty" you mean my pointing out the many reputable sites claiming the bike is shod with a 190/55-17 rear tire, and that I didn't reflexively agree with your then undocumented counter-claim?

It would be really funny if the Honda site were wrong.  Wouldn't it?  I mean I think so.... Smile





What's more reputable than the Honda site? Sure, it could be wrong couldn't it?

Here's the corporate press release:
   
01.08.09
2009 Honda CBR1000RR/ CBR1000RR ABS - Specifications
Model:    CBR1000RR/ CBR1000RR ABS
Engine Type:    999cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore and Stroke:    76mm x 55.1mm
Compression Ratio:    12.3:1
Valve Train:    DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction:    Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
Ignition:    Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3D mapping
Transmission:    Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive:    #530 O-ring - sealed chain
Suspension    Front: 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Rear: Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel
Brakes    Front: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 320mm discs
Rear: Single 220mm disc
CBR1000RR ABS: Honda electronic Combined ABS
Tires    Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear: 190/50ZR-17 radial

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2009, 12:36:21 am »

Not to interrupt this lovely bitch fest but if the OP is NOT stuck on getting the latest cbr there are left over '07's that might make for a better sport tourer.  

There is one member on this board that has an '07 (i think) zx10r that he fixed up with a LSL bar kit, lowered pegs, cushy seat for touring.   Nice set up.  

I'm not that into having the ultimate track bike for the street riding so I went with the VFR option.  If wifey wants to come along we take honda's best selling sport tourer -- the accord.  
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2009, 12:53:58 am »

I think that sport bikes make fantastic sport touring bikes and think that the OP would be happy with any sport bike of the last 4 years or so. I absolutely concur with the idea of getting one that's a year or two old as they are all great bikes!

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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2009, 01:17:25 am »

55/50...whatever. I think the tire is the least of the concerns, especially if you can get 3k/4k out of a grippy Power rear.

And, no. I've got quite a few bikes, it really isn't about "can I find a sport bike to tour"...I actually WANT to tour an '08/'09 1KRR. I'd honestly rather tour the 1198, but luggage options are a joke, not too mention I may have reliability issues and definitely would have to be replacing tires quickly. I have a very capable tourer in the VFR, but I lack a high-powered option.

I'm not going to be bummed if no one here has toured one, just gives me incentive. However, the responses are great and I don't mind the arguing because honestly it's less shit I have to figure out on my own. Tires, stator, luggage, great - I don't even think the 1000rr forum has gone this indepth.

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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2009, 08:13:54 am »

Personally I think you're right, however to compete for Sport-Tourer of the Decade a lotta people are gonna insist that you put a big anvil in each side bag.  You know, to help hold the bike down thru the twisties.
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2009, 08:27:58 am »

I thought the ergos on the 1098/1198 were slightly more comfortable than the 08/09 CBR1000RR.  The GSXR1000 was -way- more comfortable.  Maybe it's just me.
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2009, 09:15:23 am »


I thought the ergos on the 1098/1198 were slightly more comfortable than the 08/09 CBR1000RR.  The GSXR1000 was -way- more comfortable.  Maybe it's just me.


The GSXR comes with factory adjustable foot pegs too. With some bar risers it should be pretty comfortable. The white or black ones look really nice too Bigsmile

A shot from left field... if it's more power you were looking for, what about a busa or zx14? They are much more comfortable, with TONs of power. Lots of people sport-tour on them. They are much better for two up if you wanted. It seems like the back seat on a full sport bike was made to run to the corner store and back. I'd hate to be on the back for any period of time.

A buddy of mine got is bike impounded this past weekend, and he had to ride on the back of my K1200s for about an hour to get him home. It was doable, but if he was a she, it may have been better. We were sitting far apart, lol, and I refused to sit up. Anyhow, my point is that the seating position on a K12s is very similar to a busa or zx14. You lean a little more forward on those bike though.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2009, 09:27:18 am »

Please buy my bike. I've done all the work for you.

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,38110.0.html

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2009, 09:51:26 am »

There are a few members here who regularly tour on a sport bike. They take off on multi-day trips with nothing but a toothbrush, credit card and messenger bag. Check the ride reports for inspiration. The last one was something about a trip to Laguna Seca.  Bigok
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2009, 09:58:20 am »

To the OP: did you attempt to put the Multistrada luggage on your Duc like Gary Egan did for the Cannonball Run attempt (not sure if it ever happened though). He used the bags for extra fuel, but it looked really clean.

RE: touring on a sportbike

If you can ride all day on a sportbike (say 400 miles) and feel pretty good at the end of the day, then just slap some soft luggage on that bitch and ride. I did it for 2 years on a 2005 ZX6R:

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2009, 12:32:40 pm »

I really enjoy riding my 08 CBR, but for long trips...no way! To each his own and yes it's a 190/50 rear tire. I prefer my C-14 for the overnights, and forget riding anyone on the back of my CBR. This bike is easy to ride fast.
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I really enjoy riding my 08 CBR, but for long trips...no way! To each his own and yes it's a 190/50 rear tire. I prefer my C-14 for the overnights, and forget riding anyone on the back of my CBR. This bike is easy to ride fast.



That's very nice indeed!  Bigok

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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2009, 01:12:41 pm »

Alright guys, so I got a little creative with my 600RR last night and bolted my V46 Plate directly to the pillion seat. Works great. Oh and the stuff bungeed on the seat is my tent/thermarest. I'm a little undecided on how I want to pack that, but it does give me enough room to sit and move a little. Now, I need to find a small soft non-magnetic tank bag.



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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2009, 01:25:00 pm »

I see the tail of that MV in your garage. I just saw the new 1078 Brutale at my friend's shop..very nice. I almost bought an F4 but decided on the CBR because it was a bank repo...very nice price! The f4 was the pearl white/black, a real beauty.
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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2009, 01:27:09 pm »


I see the tail of that MV in your garage. I just saw the new 1078 Brutale at my friend's shop..very nice. I almost bought an F4 but decided on the CBR because it was a bank repo...very nice price! The f4 was the pearl white/black, a real beauty.


The 1078 is ridiculous powerplant for the Brutale, the 910 wants to launch the front tire enough as is. F4's are great, especially the white/black one.
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« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2009, 06:11:21 pm »

That's cool!  I am having an argument with myself deciding which bike to take on my trip out west.  The FJR or the CBR600.  The FJR wins in luggage, fuel range...but the CBR is just too much fun.  I hardly ride the Feej anymore.

Here is my touring setup for the CBR.  I have done 400 mile days easy, and could have gone more.  The only thing I would like is a bigger tail bag, the cortech isn't very roomy.






Alright guys, so I got a little creative with my 600RR last night and bolted my V46 Plate directly to the pillion seat. Works great. Oh and the stuff bungeed on the seat is my tent/thermarest. I'm a little undecided on how I want to pack that, but it does give me enough room to sit and move a little. Now, I need to find a small soft non-magnetic tank bag.



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« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2009, 06:20:23 pm »

Nice bike! I can see how you might want a bigger top case, damn that thing is tiny. I wouldn't mind rolling a little lighter, but I HAVE to carry a laptop for work, and then I may as well just put my sleeping bag, an MSR bottle with gas, a couple pair of jeans, fleece pants/jacket, socks and some shirts in there as well Wink

Seriously, I don't give a shit if people say it looks stupid, the top case is amazing.

I'm looking at this as well - http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1/4/71/5125/ITEM/Nelson-Rigg-Silver-Streak-Mini-Sport-Saddlebag.aspx - though I'm not down with flimsy, and/or difficult to install/remove. I would be fine with the top case and a tank bag, but part of me wants that little extra storage on the saddlebags.

I need to mount a 12V..have you done that or did you hardwire GPS to the battery? Any issues with your setup? What kind of seat is that? Looks like a big ass gel cover.

Oh, and about the FJR or CBR. The FJR will make I94/90 - I80 (whichever route you take) MUCH more bearable, however, once you actually get into the West, the CBR would be a lot more fun in the twisties. If you're sticking mainly to slab, I'd go FJR...then again I don't own a FJR and I did bolt a fucking top case to my RR...so take what you want from that.
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« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2009, 06:37:42 pm »

The GPS isn't wired in yet, I ran the wire while I had the tank cover off but haven't hooked it up.  I carry an energizer charger with me when I travel, so it isn't an issue.  I have to charge camera batteries anyway.

That is an AirHawk seat cushion, it came off the Victory I had a few years back, it fits the seat and helps a lot with comfort, though I still need to stop and stretch every so often.

Did you just take the covering off the rear seat and bolt the bracket through it?  I have the exact same topcase on the FJR.  Though I don't really want to modify the seat on the CBR that drastically.

I will probably take the FJR it has fresher tires, and has the better range, and can be fun in the twisties, just not like the CBR.  Though a waterproof duffel on the back of the CBR would be good, they have some nice ones at aerostich, and touratech...but pricey.  Sad

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Nice bike! I can see how you might want a bigger top case, damn that thing is tiny. I wouldn't mind rolling a little lighter, but I HAVE to carry a laptop for work, and then I may as well just put my sleeping bag, an MSR bottle with gas, a couple pair of jeans, fleece pants/jacket, socks and some shirts in there as well Wink

Seriously, I don't give a shit if people say it looks stupid, the top case is amazing.

I'm looking at this as well - http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1/4/71/5125/ITEM/Nelson-Rigg-Silver-Streak-Mini-Sport-Saddlebag.aspx - though I'm not down with flimsy, and/or difficult to install/remove. I would be fine with the top case and a tank bag, but part of me wants that little extra storage on the saddlebags.

I need to mount a 12V..have you done that or did you hardwire GPS to the battery? Any issues with your setup? What kind of seat is that? Looks like a big ass gel cover.

Oh, and about the FJR or CBR. The FJR will make I94/90 - I80 (whichever route you take) MUCH more bearable, however, once you actually get into the West, the CBR would be a lot more fun in the twisties. If you're sticking mainly to slab, I'd go FJR...then again I don't own a FJR and I did bolt a fucking top case to my RR...so take what you want from that.
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« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2009, 06:43:39 pm »



Did you just take the covering off the rear seat and bolt the bracket through it?  I have the exact same topcase on the FJR.  Though I don't really want to modify the seat on the CBR that drastically.



Yeahhhhh, pretty much. Took about 10 minutes.

1. Pop off seat.

2. flip seat over, unscrew the two nuts, pop off the metal plate.

3. Using a needlenose or flathead, pull out the staples.

4. Pop off the wicked gay pleather cover and the foam pad.

5. Grab the GIVI plate (or whatever bracket plate you're using), line it up and mark, or use a tape measure (I did both).

6. Drill 4 holes with a smaller bit than screw and just widen it as needed.

7. Line the plate up on the ugly white plastic seat and drop the bolts in (that includes the metal plate and nuts you took off in the beginning).

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« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2009, 02:50:53 am »

Tour on whatever makes you happy. I have an 09 R1 and will be leaving for Texas Thursday morning (from NW Montana) for a really quick 7 day run there and back. Put PR 2's on front/ rear (09 has 190/55 on rear and put on 190/50 w/ suspension adjustment to compensate) and will replace with same when these wear out. I personally like sportbikes and don't mind being a little uncomfortable. My only gripe is luggage options for the R1 due to the tail exhaust (ventura makes one but I couldn't get one in time for the trip). With the rear pegs set to the low position, I am comfortable at 6'2". Go have fun on the RR!
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« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2009, 02:59:13 am »




Here's a suggestion. Before you get all high and mighty why don't you go visit the Honda motorcycle site. I'll defer to it for specs regarding a Honda motorcycle

http://powersports.honda.com/2009/cbr1000rr.aspx

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Specgroup: Chassis / Suspension / Brakes -
Front Suspension    43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension    Unit Pro-Link® HMAS™ single shock with spring preload rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.4 inches travel
Front Brake    Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 320 mm discs
Rear Brake    Single 220 mm disc
Front Tire    120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire    190/50ZR-17 radial

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The tire profile isn't a huge deal in any case, since the rear ride height is adjustable on those bikes.

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« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2009, 01:53:59 pm »


Tour on whatever makes you happy. I have an 09 R1 and will be leaving for Texas Thursday morning (from NW Montana) for a really quick 7 day run there and back. Put PR 2's on front/ rear (09 has 190/55 on rear and put on 190/50 w/ suspension adjustment to compensate) and will replace with same when these wear out. I personally like sportbikes and don't mind being a little uncomfortable. My only gripe is luggage options for the R1 due to the tail exhaust (ventura makes one but I couldn't get one in time for the trip). With the rear pegs set to the low position, I am comfortable at 6'2". Go have fun on the RR!


PR 2's  on an R1...that sounds like a fun ride. What are you doing for luggage? Tank bag and strapping a backpack, or tail bag?
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« Reply #32 on: July 14, 2009, 01:51:32 am »

I actually like the PR 2's. Not once have I had any issues with traction - even in a downpour. Luggage preference would be a Ventura bike pack system (just came out with 09 R1 model). Couldn't get a rack from the UK cause they won't sell here because the USA has a distributor (which would take 4-6 wks). So, I am going to have to try to rig up a duffel bag or a back-pack and see which will work the best. Actually made a frame (to keep the bags off the pipes) to use my Nelso-Rigg tailbab and saddlebags but I couldn't secure the bags to my satisfaction. Using a large tank bag, Kaoko throttle lock and XM radio. Should be interesting but I just don't have enough time to play around much - got to go and come back quick.
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« Reply #33 on: July 14, 2009, 08:14:44 am »

You might want to look into the SW Motech/Bags Connection Speedpack system.  



http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/919/385/

And the Tent Bag option will give you even more storage, and keep your damp tent away from the dry stuff inside the main bag:



http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/923

You could also opt for the smaller Racepack, which can also use the Tentbag:

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/916/385/

If you want to stick with the Givi topbox, I'd suggest a small rack on top for your tent/Thermarest bundle.

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« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2009, 09:16:22 am »

Cool thread.  I picked up an 08 CBR1000RR around 2 weeks ago for $6,983 from Southern Honda in TN, it came with a lifetime engine warranty and also picked up the 5 year extended HondaCare warranty for another $400.  I sold my 02 VFR last year for $6,500 so this was too good of a deal to pass up.  Compared to my VFR it feels just as smooth, but things start getting insane quick as you continue twisting the throttle!  

There are several guys on the CBR1k board who are doing light to medium touring on their bikes.  I picked up the Honda Energy seat which has gotten great reviews compared to the other aftermarket "comfort" seats available for the bike.  For longer trips I recently ordered Helibars and a ZG Sport Touring screen.  Have Sato Street hooks on the way as well which allow you to remove the passenger pegs while leaving tie-down points for your tail bags.  Went -1 in the front and +2 in the rear, since I do not need a 186 top end!

Of course, I am also in the process of removing the giant wheelie bar license plate bracket..

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« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2009, 11:15:35 am »

I love touring on my sportbikes.  
 
As others have shown, you have to get creative with the soft luggage.  
 
Fuel range sucks, and when it gets cold or wet, you need really good gear to keep you warm and dry.
 
Sport touring tires are likely to do better in the rain that the sport tires, and especially the 'corsa' compounds.
 
 
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« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2009, 12:01:23 pm »

I took my 06 cbr1krr to CA and back on the stock seat with a back pack bungeed to the pillion.  can't speak for the new version, but my only complaint is the seat.  worthless for distances, otherwise a very good distance rider.

I LOVE pirelli diablo tires in all their various forms.  I've ridden the standard, corsa, and strada.  if you're going to log miles ont he cbr, put the strada on there.  once it's warm, it'll give you sufficient grip unless you ride it through canyons like you're on a race track (i did, back wheel got awfully squirrely, not recommended) and provide LOTS of miles (never did get to see exactly how many as the bike was stolen shortly afterward)

as for luggage..what do your plans entail?  if you have destination riding (as i did, CA) just pack a box and ship, carry only what you need for a few days on the road.  t shirts/underwear/socks can be washed, dried and reworn in a motel or even campground sink.  my jacket's 5 years old at this point, never been washed aside from rain.

if you are just popping around place to place, some bags might be a good idea...IIRC cortech makes a nice setup.

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« Reply #37 on: November 12, 2009, 12:24:13 pm »

Last year I rode from Jacksonville,Fl to Indy (motogp) then to Canada (Ontario to Montreal) and back through the adirondacks to home for a total of approx 3600 miles in 8 days.  I used a waterproof duffel from Sierra Trading Post, a tiny tourmaster tail bag and a magnetic tank bag.  Sure I looked like a hobo, but it is a cheap set-up which allowed me to pack way more than I needed.  PR2's barely looked scuffed in (GOD those are great tires).

The 929 is comfy in comparison to any of the 1k's I have sat on, but it can be done with minimal discomfort.  One of the days was 1067 miles, and I wasn't too sore.  I recommend an Alaskan Leather Butt Pad.

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« Reply #38 on: November 12, 2009, 01:09:32 pm »

While I haven't ridden the 1000, sitting on it feels very close to the stock ergo's of my 954. Corbin seat (passenger w/removable backrest), heli-bars, and double bubble screen are all the mods I've made. I think it works great for touring. IMO the reason for touring is to find new roads, and what better on the beautiful new piece of asphalt than a sport bike!! Smile

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« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2009, 02:26:57 pm »

Great advice from you guys.  From me at least, thanks!
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« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2009, 10:45:26 am »

For my 08 CBR1k, the Helibars and Zero Gravity Sport Touring Screen arrived yesterday.  I also have Spider grips and the Vortex rearsets already ordered.  The Vortex rearsets were the only ones I could confirm that would actually move the pegs down a bit.  Already have the Honda Energy installed, love it!
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« Reply #41 on: November 21, 2009, 11:19:29 pm »

Try a set of these for comfort:

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« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2009, 08:37:09 pm »

I don't see anything wrong with it. My wife did a SaddleSore 1000 on a stock ergo'ed 2000 R1 and routinely does 300+ mile days in the mountains on the bike......and her left leg is paralyzed from the knee down and has had a total hip replacement.

As for tires, just slap a sport-touring tire on there. Doesn't matter if it is a 50 or 55 series, as you probably won't notice the difference. Matter of fact, save yoruself some money and run a 180/55-17 on the rear, instead. My wife's R1 has a 6.0" rim on it and she's gone through about 18 180/55 rear tires without any ill effects. She actually went with that size after a buddy of ours told us he ran that size on his 2005 R1 racebike....with the 6.0" rim.

For tank range, my wife's R1 gets 140-160 miles before the idiot light comes on and the bike gets mid 40's mpg in the mountains and has broken 50 mpg while doing the SaddleSore 1000.  Wink
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« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2009, 10:14:22 am »

Not a Honda but my 06 GSXR 1000 is my touring bike. Lowered pegs 3/4 of an inch otherwise stock as far as comfort mods. Can't recommend Ventura system enough.  ......  http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/IMG_0144.jpg
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Not a Honda but my 06 GSXR 1000 is my touring bike. Lowered pegs 3/4 of an inch otherwise stock as far as comfort mods. Can't recommend Ventura system enough.  ......  http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/IMG_0144.jpg
 My old '06 GSXR1000 was comfortable enough for me to tour on.  Did many a 400 mile day on her.  I have had an '05 R1, the '06 GSXR1K and now an '08 ZX10R and the GSXR was/is BY FAR the most comfortable liter bike of the bunch.  FWIW, the '06 GSXR1000 was the best Japanese liter bike ever made.  I do LOVE my ZX10R for it's pure evilness though.  The ZX10R is more twitchy (fun) than previous bikes I have ridden.  Currently in the process of getting Race Tech fork mods, spiegler brake lines, CRG levers and a Zero Gravity sport tourning screen for the Ninja.  Next I plan to get aftermarket rearsets that I can lower for the long rides.

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« Reply #45 on: December 11, 2009, 12:30:07 pm »


I thought the ergos on the 1098/1198 were slightly more comfortable than the 08/09 CBR1000RR.  The GSXR1000 was -way- more comfortable.  Maybe it's just me.


I have a 2005 GSXR1000 with Heli bars, and lowered pegs (half inch down, and three quarter inch back).  No problem doing 400 mile days.  Any sport bike can be set up to be a tourer, with slight modifications.
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« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2009, 07:57:24 pm »

I toured on an 04 CBR1000 for two years and it was great.  Replaced the seat with a seat by that all day guy, had convertibars on for full sport or touring adjustments, laminar lip screen and cortech soft bags.  I'm 56 and had the bike three years ago.  I could do 7-9 days tour but that was about it.

Since I did mostly canyons and occasional touring it was a nice compromise but two years was enough of that.  Had a ZX14 for three years and it's a better compromise for me now.  Not quite as sporty but more power everywhere except way up in the rev range, more comfortable and esp. for longer trips.  Not as fast in the canyons but I don't mind.
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« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2009, 09:00:23 pm »

Touring on a sport bike can be done.  From another, several years back . . ..

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« Reply #48 on: March 24, 2011, 12:28:00 am »

Hello i just found this forum, very nice.  My friends and i do some pretty big runs on liter bikes.  I have an 04 cbr 1000 and the other guys i ride with are R1 fans.  They will see the light some day.  here is a good thread with some nice lugguage rack pictures.  

http://www.fireblades.org/forums/general-discussion/80195-touring-rack-for-cbr-1000-a.html

We are planning a 6 day 2300 mile run into northern cal at the end of july.  With a corbin saddle and Heli bars my 1k is good for at least 400 miles a day.

Here is a thread from our last cali run.  There are a lot of good pictures.

http://pnwriders.com/corvallis-albany/111726-northern-california-run.html
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« Reply #49 on: April 02, 2011, 11:20:31 am »

This is really great to see that there are others touring on their cbr1000rr or other sportbikes!

I made a write up on my setup a few years ago for my cbr1000rr. Others from all over the world posted information. One guy even custom built a trailer for his RR! It is sick... I just ordered the Givi Wingrack and hardbags for my RR. They should be here in a week or so. Then, I start the mount fabrication.

Here is the link. http://www.1000rr.net/forums/showthread.php?t=68031

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« Reply #50 on: April 02, 2011, 11:27:57 am »

they are a quite capable machine:
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« Reply #51 on: April 02, 2011, 12:21:36 pm »

^ i wouldn't be scared to do that, unless i had a tire patch kit and a pump!
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« Reply #52 on: April 02, 2011, 01:23:58 pm »


^ i wouldn't be scared to do that, unless i had a tire patch kit and a pump!


not as bad as it looked, only a couple miles. and there is a patch kit and pump under the seat Wink
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« Reply #53 on: April 02, 2011, 06:25:14 pm »


Hello i just found this forum, very nice.



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« Reply #54 on: May 19, 2020, 09:06:35 pm »

I realize that this is a pretty old, ok, really old topic. But, it's still pertinent.

I wanted something a bit lighter than my FJR and thought the CBR1000RR would make a good conversion experiment. I made my own mount using 3/16" aluminum. On that main mount, I have two adapters - one that I designed myself so I can mount my FJR bags and a mount from Shad which accepts the Shad 23 or Shad 36 hard bags.  I have Shad 23's but think they are too flimsy ;they are a decent backup if I sell my FJR. I had Shad 36's but they seemed way too big and made the bike far too wide.

With FJR bags:

http://www.ldrider.ca/webphotos/cbr-hardbags-3707.JPG



Shad 36 :

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Shad 23 :

http://www.ldrider.ca/webphotos/cbr-hardbags-3679.JPG



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