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Hi all, new to the site. Planning on getting an older sport touring bike next spring.

Although I've ridden motorcycles in the past, I've never owned one. I'm going to take the MC safety course to get my MC license.


In the meantime I'll do plenty of reading and research on the specific bikes and gear I'm interested in.


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Welcome, mang! Which sport touring bike are you planning to get?
Thanks!

I like the Honda Pacific Coast 800, Honda ST1100, Kawasaki Concours ZG1000.

Of the motorcycles I've ridden, I liked the Yamaha FJ1200 the most. However, they're probably more motorcycle then I need at this point.

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Thanks!

I like the Honda Pacific Coast 800, Honda ST1100, Kawasaki Concours ZG1000.

Of the motorcycles I've ridden, I liked the Yamaha FJ1200 the most. However, they're probably more motorcycle then I need at this point.

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That's cool. You should do well on the basic rider's course since you have prior experience.
 

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That's cool. You should do well on the basic rider's course since you have prior experience.
Everyone I talk to about getting my MC license highly recommend that I take the course. My son (18 yo) might take it with me.

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Welcome to the forum!

The MSF course is a great way to spend time with family. I did it with my spouse and we had a great weekend. There was always plenty to talk about after the class, too. It's fun to share an experience like that.

Plus you get the benefit of knowing that your son got some good training.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

The MSF course is a great way to spend time with family. I did it with my spouse and we had a great weekend. There was always plenty to talk about after the class, too. It's fun to share an experience like that.

Plus you get the benefit of knowing that your son got some good training.
Thanks for the welcome!


Yeah, we're both basically just starting out. We'll take all the training we can get.


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Welcome to the site!!!

I have a couple vintage sport tourers. I daily a stripped down GL1100 and a Suzuki GS 850G.

To answer the question from your other thread, depending on how old you go you start having to deal with multiple carburetors and riding dynamics that have rightfully earned those old machines nicknames like "Widowmaker". And yet at the same time they're stupid fun to ride, practically invincible, and will turn heads absolutely everywhere!
 
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Welcome to the site!!!

I have a couple vintage sport tourers. I daily a stripped down GL1100 and a Suzuki GS 850G.

To answer the question from your other thread, depending on how old you go you start having to deal with multiple carburetors and riding dynamics that have rightfully earned those old machines nicknames like "Widowmaker". And yet at the same time they're stupid fun to ride, practically invincible, and will turn heads absolutely everywhere!
Miss Mercedes, thanks for the welcome!

The bikes I'm interested in are mid '90's to early '00's. I don't want to get anything to new as a first bike. Plus, they're the type of bikes I've always liked.

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You didn't mention BMW, so I wonder if you rode one and didn't like it. I've been riding my '03 R1150RT for about a year and absolutely love it. Great wind protection, lots of power and excellent handling. Plus good comfort on the long straight roads.
 

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The BMWs from the mid-90s to early 2000s should all have ABS, too, which is great. That and they are absolutely beautiful motorcycles.
 

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You didn't mention BMW, so I wonder if you rode one and didn't like it. I've been riding my '03 R1150RT for about a year and absolutely love it. Great wind protection, lots of power and excellent handling. Plus good comfort on the long straight roads.
The BMWs from the mid-90s to early 2000s should all have ABS, too, which is great. That and they are absolutely beautiful motorcycles.
I've seen some sport touring bikes as well as naked type bikes from BMW, Triumph and Ducati for sale. My buddy who has had motorcycles since he was 16/17ish, said those brands are harder to get parts for and I'd probably be better off getting a Japanese bike.

That said, I have no brand loyalty. ABS brakes would be nice. I know the FJ1200's came with ABS, not sure about the others I mentioned.

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