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As the owner of a 2012 Norge, it is a great road bike that will eat the miles but...in any significant side wind the wind will curl up from the windward side and dope slap the crap out of your head, I mean bad. Change of windshield or different height settings make no difference. GliderJohn
1200 Sport with hard luggage seems like a really good option to me. I tour all over the place on my Breva750 with 2 x HB cases and a Guzzi tankbag. Happy as Larry. Great advice to start out with 4 day trips, sort of like breaking yourself in gently. I believe there is such a thing as "bike fit" where if I have not done a longer trip for a while I get really tired the first day or two before I settle into it. As Luap says, take your time and see the sights. Especially on the first big one. Chill out. I often tour with a freind on his Norge and our plan is we have no plan! We have a good breakfast, set off about 9am, very light lunch in the middle of the day (bagette and cheese in France, jamon serrano and cheese baggette in Catalonia, and then ride until 5 ish and start looking for a hotel. Shower get changed and hit the town and see the sights!! Repeat next day etc etc...
I got back from a 3,151 mile, 7 day trip a couple weeks ago. The only thing I wished for was more time. I averaged 450 miles per day and the longest day I had in the saddle was 12 hours flat at 804 miles. That was way too much and exhausting. Plus, I visited 3 sets of people for around 36 hours each too. I wish now that I could have stretched it out to 12 or 14 days and went to see the Grand Canyon while I was only 100 miles away from it. The way I did this trip was not too much fun, but much needed "me time".Advice: Take your time. Enjoy things. If you see a historical marker sign, check it out. I say this because I wish I had.Next year, I'm gonna do another solo trip to the Southeastern states and take my time. I might even tame the dragon.
Fay and I are in the middle of what's turning out to be a month long 7 or 8000 mile ride. We're being flexible, stopping to see what we want, picking each day's route the night before from a road atlas.
Lannis, what bike are you and Fay riding? I'm not the guy for pounding down the Interstate all day long unless I was being chased by killer clowns...I also like a bike that looks like a bike and not a jelly bean with wheels...And a bike with thrust when the throttle is rolled is a must. .. I'm thinking now that something like a Guzzi sport or a big bore Ducati with just enough fairing to make it reasonably comfortable is good. Paying attention to the seating and handlebars to suit me would go a long ways.. There's many Buells out there for reasonable prices..I had a Buell but not sure I want to go there again...
IAn amazing motorcycle for putting down the miles and handles the curvy roads really nice. Best handling sport touring bike I have ridden.Electronic suspension, electric windshield, heated grips, accessory outlets, bluetooth, etc.
I like riding without a barn door windshield. The small 1200 Sport bikini fairing, plus the shape of the fuel tank, gives me all the protection I need, in combination with a full face helmet. I'm 5'8", 160#, with 30" inseam.CARC Forever!BobHere she is, without tank bag and rear rack. Still ready for a road trip!
I really prefer a two cylinder V twin with just a fairing...I want to suffer a bit...
Any mechanical issues in the time you've owned it? I test rode one last spring, thinking to downsize from my Harley, but my designated passenger wasn't as impressed as I was with the bike. She's also leery of the lack of a strong dealer network outside of major metro areas... She has the same issue with the Norge.
Well, maybe you *should* consider a Griso. They are pretty good on gravel too, in my experience. (Concerning real gravel, consult Kiwi_Roy's post about his recent trip to the Arctic Circle on his Griso 1100!)They pack up well enough for camping if you ever decide to try that too:
Seller offered me this bike for $3300....Not an Italian V twin but reasonably light weight, simple and looks like motorcycle..It won't be as punchy as a big Guzzi or Ducati but for solo riding it'll run at high speed no problem..I have never ridden a BMW like this, I expect the bike to pitch around some during gear changes and have reasonable handling and smooth at high speeds? I might go look at it ... https://buffalo.craigslist.org/mcy/d/1982-bmw-r100/6698488614.html
An '82 R100S is a pleasant, low key motorcycle with about the same engine performance as a Guzzi of the same era. Plenty smooth at speed. The chassis and brakes are not as good as the Guzzi (this was the case until the later paralever equipped BMWs) but depending on how you're built the BMW's comfort may be higher. A point to watch for on 1980-84 BMWs is receding valves, in 1980 they changed the seat material to address unleaded fuel and in tried-and-true BMW fashion made the problem much worse. I believe sometime about 1985 they came up with a solution that actually works and to update an earlier bike you need new valves and (importantly) new valve seats.
Thanks for the info...I'm 6 foot ,175 lbs ....I have the 900 Monster for hooligan riding, the 79 Triumph 750 for hooligan riding...So a third bike should be a "pleasant low key" bike... it's two hours from home, taking a trailer money and Pretus Rocks from this site who owns a airhead BMW... The bike has full service records and an actual 66,000 miles...So the valve work might be done...or ready to be done...The seller claims he would not hesitate to ride it cross country ....
You never know. I felt the same way about buying and riding a then comparably old R90/6 on a 1500 mile junket. The shift return spring broke and jammed the shifter hundreds of miles away from anyone who would service it. I wound up riding in second gear all the way up the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Sometimes old bikes are just old bikes, no matter what their reputation was as new bikes.
As with V11 Sports, shifter springs on airhead BMWs break occasionally,
I have about 150K miles on a LeMans and a 1000SP combined as well as maybe 80k on R100GS's. The best engine performance would be the LeMans, the SP engine performance is about the same as the BMW.
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