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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-26-2009, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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So Thinking of switching rides

I'm thinking about going to a more of a touring/cruser bike... it's just in the beginning thoughts, but... I lived in maryland for 3 years, and i had twisties on hand like 10 minutes away... and if i really wanted some, i would ride 3 hours and hit the west va mountains.... Or take a road trip down the the dragon...

Well i know riding season hasn't even really begun yet here in illinois, and no real rides have gone down. But so far, i haven't heard of anywhere good to go.. I'm gettin a real shitty flat spot on my tire jus from riding around looking.. I know i won't find anything like the mountain twisties, but hell.. jus somethin to round my tires off will be nice..

So i was thinking of switching styles... Something that is comfterble and can ride for hours at a time... Reason being, my dad is thinking about getting a bike again.. So being home from the Marines, me and him going for a ride would be a cool thing... jus take off and go anywhere we want..

So what's good out there? what kinda bike could i look at getting.. Sport touring??
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-26-2009, 03:29 PM
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Yeah there's not twisties/canyons to rail 10 min. away around here, but there is good riding if you know where to go.

Go on a F4T (Flat Four Tour), ABC ride, etc and you probably won't want to sell your gixxer.Keep an eye on the group rides section of the forum, or take up trackdays.
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Yep, beautiful riding out that way man, it was a hard transition for me as well. Getting into the track is the only compatible riding you will find without riding for hours to a start point. Come out to a free nesba day and see what you think, if its not for you... buy a shadow. My .02




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Your in beach park 15 mins from WIS whats the problem

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Your in beach park 15 mins from WIS whats the problem
Theres nothing north of there either, same glacier path. Best riding ive found close to up there is nw by wilmot, but even that is like a kiddie ride in comparison to what he's used to.



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Plan on blowing 200-260 miles during a day trip just getting to/from anything decent.

North and west of madison is where the good stuff begins. Between Galena and savanna isn't too bad either. At least enough to make the suspension work some.

Rock river is good for a few hrs get away, but isn't all *that* challenging.

Plan on multiday trips to really satisfy the fix around here.
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-26-2009, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah.. well i got a truck.. some i'm willing to put my bike and maybe someone who knows some places on there and driving to a good place to spend a few hours riding... Thanks for all the input so far gents... I'm kinda holding on to a limb hopeing a job op will come to where i can move back out there.. Guess i shud jus keep on dreaming though...
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Yep. No matter how you slice it, no good roads without riding 2 or 3 hrs to get there...

I'm not sure what matters most to you in a bike but there are lots of sport touring options. If you want more tour than sport then the FJR1300, ST1300, or Kawi Concours are all excellent machines.

If you want less sport than that you could go full on tourer or cruiser w/ bags.

Personally, I dig the hyper-sport tourers like the ZX14, Busa, ZX12, Blackbird, K1200S, etc. They're still sporty enough to toss around in the true twisties but comfy enough you can ride to the gap & not be sore when you get there. They've also got enough motor to keep you entertained on the straight stuff. Bikes in this class do it all pretty well & just eat big miles easily.
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Yep, beautiful riding out that way man, it was a hard transition for me as well. Getting into the track is the only compatible riding you will find without riding for hours to a start point. Come out to a free nesba day and see what you think, if its not for you... buy a shadow. My .02

website or anything to find out when the nesba days are??
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website or anything to find out when the nesba days are??

http://www.nesba.com/Info/TrackEvents.htm?ddlRegions=3

Any day you want to go to, nesba gives the first 2 sessions free for first time track riders.




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Nice..
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MultiStrada or the VFR are my current favorites for IL riding.




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no idea what that means.. i'ma noob to illinois in a sense
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Fighter style bike, like a Speed Triple, SuperDuke, Monster.

Handle as good as a sportbike and comfy too. My Superduke was the best all-round bike ever. (and I've owned quite a few to compare it to) Cruising, twisties, occasional trackday, commuting, whatever. 600 miles of all of the above, no problem.

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def. lookin for a bike that can go 2 up no problem too... plenty of comfterbility for my girl too
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def. lookin for a bike that can go 2 up no problem too... plenty of comfterbility for my girl too
My fiancé liked the KTM too.

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no idea what that means.. i'ma noob to illinois in a sense
Riding in a straight line drooling on yourself out of boredom, then getting all excited and throwing it in if you get lucky enough to hit an of ramp LOL




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yeah, i can't even find a clover leaf to play on around me...
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if you're looking for wi rides check out wisconsinsportbikes.net im sure the folks there would be able to guide you in the right dir if you're up that way

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I loved my 05 FJR. It felt to me like it handled better than the subsequent ZRX that followed.
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I'm know the feeling. Coming here from the Northeast region has not made riding much fun. It helps to think of the straight roads as really really long sweepers. Curvature of the earth type sweepers


318 miles with 11 curves best describes the Midwest



The tracks have turns though!!
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318 miles with 11 curves best describes the Midwest
You found a road like this in Illinois? Please PM me your route. Haha.
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it all depends where you go. I got great riding area 5 miles away from me. I use to have a nice 50 mile ride. But now 355 extension and more housing development is going to take that away. I still have to check how much damage that 355 did.

When I picked up parts from this one guy. There was some cool riding areas in the northwest area. I have to look up where that was at. Also a buddy of mine and I went to pickup bike parts and we landed on some awesome farm land roads that had awesome deep drop hills.

love cruisers. min get a 500cc. you want power to haul a passenger and more power to get out of away from some douchebag thats going run you over with his car.
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Yeah here you go.....

https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...ad.php?t=77872



Seriously...... Tony's recommendation of the Multistrada is a good one... it has
the same engine as the GT ( 1000DS ) and it's a great piece. The mutistrada
has +1 for fairing and +1 for waterproof bags -2 for passenger comfort.... my wife
rides 2-up with me all the time and likes the GT1000 a bunch.


GT1000 is great.... but it is naked and has leather saddlebags..... great for fair weather
but for a long bad weather tour it might not be the ticket. Very nice bike.


Not quite as much as the ST3sABS that I bought to replace it.



Other recommendations...... Concours and FJR both nice.... but big and heavy-ish,
VFR.... nice but underpowered for 2-up, busa..... very committed ergo's, ST1300..
nice but sewing-machine boring.


Good luck with your choice !



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