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    Does the trick for me ...

    No Goldwing I must admit but I've had some nice trips away on this one over the last few years . Another South Island trip coming up soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stylo View Post
    No Goldwing I must admit but I've had some nice trips away on this one over the last few years .
    For a small country with lots of windy roads (like New Zealand or Japan) I find sports bikes can make very good tourers for solo riding.

    Back in December 2001 when I took a new R6 for a test-ride from Red Baron, I was actually looking to buy a Kawasaki 636. Several things impressed me about the R6 at the time.
    • Dual trip meters, with a 3rd odometer that activated when you hit reserve
      A clock
      A wide, tractor-like seat
      Not too-aggresive a riding position
      A very torquey engine for a 600. Would pull smoothly away from 70 km/h in 6th.
      Better roll-on performance than a contemporary VFR750

    The main modifications I made that also helped it tour were:
    Ohlins rear suspension (with a softer spring than stock)
    Re-valved front end
    Higher front screen (major comfort improvement)

    Now, 18 years and 159,500 km later, it's still a great little sports tourer!
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