Touring Bike?

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Touring Bike?

Post by Hoosier Jack » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:05 am

I got my monthly issue of Rider Magazine and going through it I was reading about the new MV Augusta Turismo Veloce 800. Sounds like a good motorcycle, and I am not taking any issue with that. But what I am wondering about is why MV, and then the magazine, is pushing this bike off as a "touring motorcycle." Here is a picture:

As A. Lincoln said, "If that's the kind of thing you'd like, you'd like that kind of thing." Now, a touring bike does not necessarily need to be this:

But a bike that needs to be running at 7000 to get the power you need, has a riding stance that looks to be closer to Rossi than Jesse James, high ride height, little bitty fairing and then slap on a couple of pieces of luggage that will hold some jeans and maybe some water bottles, just does not seem in my mind a "touring" bike. Would you put the wife on the back of that and head off for Arizona? Maybe my idea of touring is antiquated.

Back in the day I bought a new GS400. I put a queen king seat on it, a nice pair of nylon bags and a Rooster fairing with a cassette player. Rode it east and west, thousands of miles and had to keep up with guys with much bigger bikes. Still had to buy out the store's supply of bungee cords to strap down all the stuff I needed.

Was that a touring bike? No. I toured, but.... Oh well, maybe I'm just old.

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Re: Touring Bike?

Post by minimac » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:22 am

Apparently, hunched over for hours in the saddle doesn't bother magazine writers. They must travel awfully light, because I'd fill those tiny saddlebags with just my raingear and a spare sweatshirt.

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Re: Touring Bike?

Post by themainviking » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:05 am

They probably mean "Day Touring" which means start out after 10 AM and home every night for supper.
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Re: Touring Bike?

Post by golden highway » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:49 pm

Disney says Jiminy Cricket is a cricket and everyone is good with it and believes he a cricket. He isn't even close to what a cricket looks like. I guess they think and I believe they are correct people will think it is a touring bike. I guess if you cant compete change the rules. People who have no idea what a touring bike is will buy it and the followers buy it to fit in.

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Post by CMReynolds1 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:04 pm

Might see a bunch in Goldwing showrooms in the future, as trade-ins on a real touring bike!
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Post by trike lady » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:58 pm

Looks like a sport-bike with bags.
I'd go with a GL650I with a tiny trunk and bags and have a collector bike also. :mrgreen:
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Post by harvey01 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:40 pm

I think most of us who ride Gold Wing are probably a little spoiled by the luxury and comfort. Hoosier Jack, I think you answered your own question as you discussed the GS400 and your tour. It is not really the type bike you ride on a tour but the bike that takes you on the tour. And we forget that years ago we toured on a lot less, with a lot less than we take today.
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Post by golden highway » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:12 pm

You are right about touring on a lot less. When I was young I put a lot of miles on a 250 and a 350. It was what I could afford and I would ride until I was out of gas. I was younger and never got sore. Now I wake up tired and sore.

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Re: Touring Bike?

Post by Al Lenz » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:36 pm

I rode a CB550 from California to Illinois in 1975, but I was a LOT younger then!!

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