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Ok, I know this may not be VTX related but looking for some advice on getting a good sport touring Bike. For the record, My X is & always will be a keeper & she ain’t going anywhere so this will be a second bike.

As much as the X is a great bike in so many aspects it’s still a metric cruiser & I can’t hit the corners as hard as some of the other guys I ride with who have sport touring machines. A lot of riding I do is some of the more technical roads here in Ontario such as the 518 which is known as Ontario’s “Tail Of The Dragon”

I’m looking at getting a ZX-14 Concourse (shaft drive, probably a 2008)

I’ve read great reviews on it & want to know if any of you have a sport touring machine? I’m trying to stay within my budget which is approx. $10K.

I’m open to any suggestions so please chime in!
 

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The sport touring thing didn't work for me. Years ago I bought a second bike, a sport tourer (FJR1300) addition to my VTX 1800. I wanted something nice, with hard bags and with rain and wind protection for long trips. Rode it a few hundred miles and parked it and sold it later. That time my VTX was taken apart for modifications, so I didn't ride for a coupe months (despite of still having the FJR). It just wasn't fun after the VTX. Later I bought a second VTX 1800 and made a touring bike of it. To me riding is not about the comfort, how smooth the ride is of how fast I can curve the twisties. It's about feelig the vibration, the wind, the sun, the smell of flowers and trees,watching the scenery, having fun. I always say, if you don't like riding, go with car or on a sport bike. You can get to your destination quickly and jump off the bike and do whatever you like to do. If you like riding, you don't need to go fast, because it's about being on the road not about getting to your destination quickly.
 

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Although you can't argue with German engineering, BMWs make fantastic machines! Only problem is they are pretty ugly in my opinion! One of my buddies rides one and it's a big eyesore.
 

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Hell, the vtx is a touring bike. You already have one side of the coin, get yourself a sports bike and you will keep up with your mates. There are many to choose from and being as second hand bikes are so cheap something low mileage wont cost an arm and a leg. If you don't like it, ditch it and try something else. Speed = smiles. Life is short. Live for today.
 

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Based on some of the responses I’m seeing here I feel that maybe I was not clear in my OP as to why I want a sport touring bike in addition to my X.

It don’t matter how skilled of a rider a person may be, a metric cruiser can not take the corners like that of a sport touring machine. I love taking my X into the twisties & have scraped my floor boards more times that I want to remember.

Although Ontario Canada is relatively flat & straight there are some very technical roads here that will give you some sidewall sizzle.

A pure sport bike is just not for me. For me to consider a motorcycle, I have to ask myself if it’s a machine I can ride all long & I’m past the age + my back, shoulders & legs cannot handle that position for very long before the pain & discomfort sets in..

One guy I occasionally ride with has a BMW S1000 Super sport. A few of us rode down to the Ottawa River in July & we swapped bikes for about ½ hour or so. Although the bike felt like I was riding on a rail & handled flawlessly it’s just not for me.

When I got back on my X I had leg cramps for the duration of the day as I’m not used to riding in that position.

I know most ppl here are from the U.S. of A but if ever trekking northbound here is website of some of the nicest roads in Ontario.



https://ridethehighlands.ca/





There is a plethora of great roads in Canada especially in the west coast & the Rockies.



Ride safe brothers
 

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Yeah somewhat it is. The seating possition is sport touring as well as adjustability of tuning via the dash cluster. Very high tech bike.
That's far from sport touring bike to me. So, is the Harley Street Rod a sport touring bike? No. The seating position doesn't make it a sport tourer. Someone (Gearbanger 1800) compared the Diavel (a cruiser) to other cruisers on this forum. So, is it a sport tourer now? Or both? Come on...
BTW, I think it isn't a cruiser or a sport touring at all.
 

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Yeah somewhat it is. The seating possition is sport touring as well as adjustability of tuning via the dash cluster. Very high tech bike.
That's far from sport touring bike to me. So, is the Harley Street Rod a sport touring bike? No. The seating position doesn't make it a sport tourer. Someone (Gearbanger 1800) compared the Diavel (a cruiser) to other cruisers on this forum. So, is it a sport tourer now? Or both? Come on...
BTW, I think it isn't a cruiser or a sport touring at all.
For me it classifies as a sport tourer. I even had a backrest for a passenger. But, then again I come from a long line of very aggressive sport bikes. It just depends on a person's abilities / preferences I guess.
 
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