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With an aging demographics of motorcycle riders, Is there a market for a smaller sized touring bike with a fairing? Does every touring bike have to be over 1000cc and 600 pounds? Remember back when Honda marketed the 650 cc twin engine Silver Wing? Some riders on here are considering much smaller bikes to tour on in place of a Norge or Big block Guzzi. Many of us are realizing we can get by with a much smaller bike for touring.They’ve gone smaller with adventure bikes. Is there a market for smaller sized touring bikes with a fairing or is that market segment too small? Or have the adventure bikes taking on that role?
Lots of people tour with the NC700 Honda platform, but otherwise you are probably stuck with the adventure styling. Wee Strom and the Versys are popular with Kawasaki marketing the X300 as a tourer.
...Remember back when Honda marketed the 650 cc twin engine Silver Wing? ....
Tenere 700 with street tires?
Yamaha makes a really nice light weight 700cc twin cyl sport touring bike, but as usual the U.S. gets no respect and the bike is not available here.
I have also been asking for something like this. My 1400 has recently become a handful for me but I have solved some of that problem for now but eventually will be an issue again. I also have a V7lll to move to when this happens but I feel it is a bit small for touring but I will use it for that when it comes to that. I do not want to go to another brand, love my Guzzis. I would really like the see MG make a road going version of the V85. Lower, more conventional styling etc. I would trade both of my bikes for one of these if one existed. I also wanted to check out out a Roamer but the closest one was 800 miles or so away. I finally saw one a couple of weekends ago and it probably wouldn't fit the bill anyway.kk
Road going v85. Great idea!
1983 Honda GL650I Silverwing.
Problem is if you look at a lot of the smaller displacement motorcycles are still heavy just less HP.
Problem is if you look at a lot of the smaller displacement motorcycles are still heavy just less HP.The NC700 is 480lbs curb weight no bags. Heavy little devil. The V-Strom 650. Weights as much as a Hexhead GS with 1/2 the suspension, 40 less HP, shitty brakes, dimensionally as big or bigger but cramped ergos. The advantage is it gets 3MPG more than the Hexhead.
I was never much of a tourer, but these days I can ride this as far as anything else: That DR650 engine would be fab in a TU250 style frame. Suzuki will never build it. Maybe the Royal Enfield Shotgun will be a player when it is released. Depends on the ergos.
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