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You would be amazed at where weight savings can be made when designing a touring bike from scratch. The problem is that the price would either make it unsellable, or the profit margins would be less. the wet weight of a Harley Road Glide Ultra is 937 lbs.the wet weight of a Harley Sport Glide is just under 700 lbs. The goldwing tour is 837 lbs.The BMW 1600 GTL is 771 lbsThe BMW R1250RT is 615 lbs.So, I suppose I could move to the R1250RT, but the increased seat height might make it feel as heavy since I can't triangle out my legs like I can on the Harley.
if the op's criterion was a bike with a true full coverage fairing (the only thing that gets wet in the rain at 60 mph is the crown of the helmet and the tips of the riding boots), then in my book, the RT is still the lowest weight bike you can get. 615 is not bad, but the seat is pretty tall and there is a lot of weight up high.
The FJ9 / Tracer is a nice rig. If you want a light upright tourer, hard to beat. Beware of those behemoth FJR1300's. I understand the bikes are OK but don't be associated with the riders.
Beware of FJ1300 riders? Why?????
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