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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2010, 05:14:00 pm »

Riding almost any motorcycle for 500 miles in one day will give you some hurt.

1,000 miles WILL hurt a lot.  Done that on my VFR and the last 400 miles was not pleasant.  The last 150 was painful.
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« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2010, 05:49:37 pm »

Do it! Of course I'm biased Inlove Mine's stock except for lowering the pegs 3/4 inch. Good for easy 650 mile days for me. I'm 48 and 6'1'' 210lbs. My 06 GSXR 1000 is my main touring bike, with a tank bag and some Ventura luggage it's good for a couple weeker.http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/IMG_0144.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/100_0756.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/biketrip07b4007.jpg....................
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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2010, 07:52:38 pm »


Do it! Of course I'm biased Inlove Mine's stock except for lowering the pegs 3/4 inch. Good for easy 650 mile days for me. I'm 48 and 6'1'' 210lbs. My 06 GSXR 1000 is my main touring bike, with a tank bag and some Ventura luggage it's good for a couple weeker.http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/IMG_0144.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/100_0756.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/biketrip07b4007.jpg....................


Wondered where you were!  Get some Heli bars.  Amazing what an extra one and a half inches in height does for comfort.  Hows the bike handle with all that weight on the rear?
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« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2010, 08:26:27 pm »

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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2010, 09:49:01 pm »

 Drool  It's a K5, maybe the best literbike ever.  Just do it!
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2010, 10:37:19 am »


Do it! Of course I'm biased Inlove Mine's stock except for lowering the pegs 3/4 inch. Good for easy 650 mile days for me. I'm 48 and 6'1'' 210lbs. My 06 GSXR 1000 is my main touring bike, with a tank bag and some Ventura luggage it's good for a couple weeker.http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/IMG_0144.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/100_0756.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/biketrip07b4007.jpg....................


It looks like you've got some kind of luggage rack on there under those bags? Do you have a picture of that (without the bags), or what brand is it?
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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2010, 10:45:17 am »

That's the Ventura Pack-Rack system. I had one on my Sprint RS. The idea is that you stick the pack on the pillion seat (attaches to sissy bar like rack) and if needed you can bungee other stuff to the rack part, or put a second pack on the rack. I found that a single pack plus bungee-ing a small bag (or tent/etc) on the rack part to work pretty well. My only beef was that the pack is not waterproof you need to either buy the rain cover of go ghetto with a plastic bag.
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2010, 04:24:38 pm »

'preciate all the replies and the photos from Keith B and Bad Dad. Gonna talk with the dealer tomorrow.  I figure I can go six years on the payments, heck I'll only be 66 by then and might qualify as the oldest guy touring on a GIXXER. Might be the fastest guy my age on the road by then.  If necessary, I can always bungee cord my folding walker onto the back.
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2010, 05:47:51 pm »




Wondered where you were!  Get some Heli bars.  Amazing what an extra one and a half inches in height does for comfort.  Hows the bike handle with all that weight on the rear?
Still around, went up through Niagara Falls last year on a bike trip. We flew on 400 and 69 headin up to Sudbury. Even with the big speeding fine warnings we cruised with the Canadians at 90MPH plus! I know what you mean on the Heli's. I was in the garage today and couldn't help but notice the difference on the RC with Heli's and the stock angle on the GSXR...Sounds like a Christmas present to myself Smile I don't notice the weight after a bit, except if your on the gas over a rise, a lil wheelie happy then.
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« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2010, 06:03:32 pm »

It's a Ventura.Here's some rack pics. It mounts up under the tail and using the foot peg mounts. You can use the high or low rack or there's a low profile bar too..............................http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/bikeJanuary021.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/bikeJanuary016.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/bikeJanuary020.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/BikeTrip001.jpghttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/IMG_0495.jpg
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« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2010, 09:14:04 pm »

In my opinion, you made a good choice, Monk.   Bigsmile

When you get too old to hold up the bike, there's always this:

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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2010, 10:21:58 pm »

  Bike UKs April 2010 issue said the 05 was the best GSXR ever. Buy it.
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« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2010, 10:53:10 am »


'preciate all the replies and the photos from Keith B and Bad Dad. Gonna talk with the dealer tomorrow.  I figure I can go six years on the payments, heck I'll only be 66 by then and might qualify as the oldest guy touring on a GIXXER. Might be the fastest guy my age on the road by then.  If necessary, I can always bungee cord my folding walker onto the back.


Sorry, ain't gonna happen....I plan to still be on a Gixxer until I'm at least 75!

I don't plan to slow down either.   Bigsmile
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« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2010, 11:40:38 am »




Sorry, ain't gonna happen....I plan to still be on a Gixxer until I'm at least 75!

I don't plan to slow down either.   Bigsmile


Good idea.  Once you fit a Corbin, Speigler high bar kit, and hard bags, it will be perfect.  Wink
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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2010, 12:53:08 pm »


'preciate all the replies and the photos from Keith B and Bad Dad. Gonna talk with the dealer tomorrow.  I figure I can go six years on the payments, heck I'll only be 66 by then and might qualify as the oldest guy touring on a GIXXER. Might be the fastest guy my age on the road by then.  If necessary, I can always bungee cord my folding walker onto the back.


I remember reading somewhere about an 80-year-old who tours on an R1.  Cool
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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2010, 01:51:53 pm »

there are a few seasoned riders on the haybusa boards still running around on them, i say go for it, right gear you can ride for miles and miles. just take enough breaks and you wont be sore the next day at all.

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« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2010, 02:09:23 am »

I've spent an awfully lot of time looking into making the GSXR1000 or 750 into a long distance ST bike. There is a lot of good info on various forums but you really have to dig for it. I think a lot of what you find regarding the 750, in terms of bags, bars, windshields, etc can be applied to the 1000 as well.

Here's a couple of links that I found helpful : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motorbikes/sportmotorbikes/2747687/A-tourer-on-steroids.html

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/user/2008/february/Suzuki-GSX-R1000-Touring/

http://www.gixxer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=216633

http://www.gixxer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157118


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« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2010, 08:01:08 am »

If I'm reading between the lines correctly, it seems that you have fell in love with the GIXXER and are trying to justify buying it. If you got the bucks and room in the garage ( or living room) buy it, but pushing 60 with bad knees,back and neck and saying 99.9% of the people are faster than you, I think you are loco to buy it to go sport-touring. My two cents says if you're going to own multiple bikes, get a sport bike for local sporting and a sport touring or touring bike for touring. Trust me your aging body will thank you for it, mine did.
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« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2010, 12:28:48 pm »


If I'm reading between the lines correctly, it seems that you have fell in love with the GIXXER and are trying to justify buying it. If you got the bucks and room in the garage ( or living room) buy it, but pushing 60 with bad knees,back and neck and saying 99.9% of the people are faster than you, I think you are loco to buy it to go sport-touring. My two cents says if you're going to own multiple bikes, get a sport bike for local sporting and a sport touring or touring bike for touring. Trust me your aging body will thank you for it, mine did.


I suspect that I'm in the same camp as the OP.

Looking for justification is often part of the process. But, owning two bikes that you want to do the same thing is the hurdle; at least it is for me. And then there are issues about garage space. But most importantly, it's about dividing your time and interest between different bikes. Most of us understand that really getting to know one bike can be a challenge. Getting to know two bikes well is twice the challenge. I've never found a bike to replace my FJR. But I keep giving those Gixxers a sideways glance and wondering, what if...

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« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2010, 03:32:10 pm »



But most importantly, it's about dividing your time and interest between different bikes. Most of us understand that really getting to know one bike can be a challenge. Getting to know two bikes well is twice the challenge.


In that case Jay Leno must have multiple personality disorders.   Bigsmile




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