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« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2010, 05:15:00 pm »




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




Don't we all wish we were a little crazy like that. He once said that he was a founding member of the more money than brains club. But, it sure beats just watching your bank balance grow.
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« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2010, 04:06:24 pm »




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...




I was doing the same thing (only a CBR instead of a GSXR). I got the F4i in may, and as the summer went on, I found myself riding the FJR less and less. After my trip to MI on the F4i in July (thanks mostly to a leaking fork seal on the FJR that I couldn't get the parts for in time for the trip) I quickly reached the point where I was only riding the FJR when I was riding with my Dad (which meant I wanted the CB so I could talk to him).

If I figure out how to mount my J&M on the F4i...

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« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2014, 10:14:48 am »

I love this setup. How have you been holding up touring with the GSXR? I want to start touring with my 2003 GSXR 1000 as well.
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« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2014, 05:42:42 pm »

I'm not the OP but, All good on the Touring GSXR-1000 front. I totaled my beloved 06 when i went deer hunting with it, BadDad 1! deer-0.... Replaced it with a 2011 GSXR-1000, a lil more racey than the 06. I run it with the pegs in there lowest position and put Heli Bars on this time around. I also added Heavy HVMP bar ends as the new bike is a lil buzzy at higher sppeds. Otherwise use the same Ventura system and tankbag as on the last Gixxer. Took it on a 14 day, 17 state tour last year...all good. This year its a 14 dayer out to Glacier and around the west.

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« Reply #44 on: July 25, 2014, 06:03:00 pm »

I know that this is an old thread but I want to post.
Last year my 2 Brothers and Jim (74 years old) came out to Colorado for our last 3-Brothers' MC tour (had 6 tours in the 90's).
Anyway, Jim, has kitted a 2001 R1 for long distant traveling.  He added tubular handlebars and made his own cables and brake lines.  He rode this Bike with his Buddies out of KC, KS 1524 miles in 24 hours-Saddle Sore event.  It was on his 'Bucket List'.
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« Reply #45 on: August 23, 2021, 12:47:16 pm »

Been touring on my  '06 Gixxer Thou since I bought it new. My setup has evolved over the years, mainly in the direction of comfort and luggage. For me approaching 70, it's still an all day comfortable bike. The modifications have not stunted its performance at sane road speeds. It still makes me grin. A list of the significant mods:

LSL Superbike Bar Kit (Wide bars mounted on new top triple clamp)
Ventura Rear rack with H-B Topbox
Waterproof Saddlebags from Louis.de
MRA Highway Windshield
Lower footpegs
Corbin Saddle raised 1"
Oxford Heated Grips
Garmin Mount

My wife's Fireblade is set up similarly, sans windshield. She says "you have to draw the line somewhere".

Photos attached are from a few weeks riding around Romania.
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« Reply #46 on: August 23, 2021, 01:04:57 pm »

Well, isn't this thread a blast from the past. After all these years, I wore out my 2003 FJR, donated it to the Barber Museum and bought a new 2016.

But, a little more recently, I bought a 2015 Honda CBR1000RR as a light sport tourer. Covid has really crimped my touring but the bike is set to go. I did do an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1000 / 1600 Km on it last year here in B.C. and for a 65 year old, I had absolutely no issues. In fact, it was one of my best days of riding ever.

I've done a few mods and it works well so far. I designed and built a mount to install my FJR hard bags on it. Not a great colour match but I don't worry about that too much. This is also a great place to mount my tail bag. I am currently thinking of mounting a very low profile aux tank to add 100 miles of range.

Here's a link to some pics of how I made the hard bag mount :

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhcz0X7GIgUPE6vOinluIlCCsCX_hPXvIY17p8InyUg/edit







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« Reply #47 on: August 23, 2021, 01:36:06 pm »

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Really like the hard bag set up on your Blade. I would prefer hard panniers on my Gixxer mainly for security but lack your machining skills (and motivation). Turns out the waterproof soft bags haven't budged an inch over thousands of miles and wear like an old pair of shoes.  

Again your setup shows that one can tour on any bike modified to the owner's ergonomic personal requirements. Last year, in a moment of Covid Crazy, I bought a low mile 2014 R1200RT, thinking ok, let's see what I've been missing. Sold it after 2 months. Most uncomfortable bike I've ever owned, and that's after pouring money into the saddle and bars. Not to mention couldn't come to terms with the weight and the ponderous handling.  
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« Reply #48 on: August 23, 2021, 09:26:20 pm »

David- You are so far ahead of me in the engineering department you are now closing from behind!!! Outstanding job     Thumbsup  And as a bonus the Yamaha bags on your Honda will make it run better.
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