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you should have said .people tour on bicycles so why cant i tour on my motorcycle dumbass
i get what hes saying.sure a bigger bike can take more stuff,but if i wanted to take more stuff id have an rv

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I've ridden mine to two contries other than the one I live in. It is a fine touring machine.
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ha, i will ride as short and as long as i am willing to go, who cares what some random yahoo's think.
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Yea, I've been coast to coast a few times on mine. Done a couple of 1,000
mile days etc.
I do love the expressions of folks when they see NJ plate in CA....

Yesterday a co-worker was asking me for tips on touring. He was wishing
he could do the long trips. Then I asked him what bike he had, he said...
"A GoldWing"

It ain't the bike, it's the rider.
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I prefer my E-Glide for touring but the Sporty can most definitely handle it.

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Out for a ride yesterday and stopped at a mall to pick up a couple of things. When I came back to the bike, there was a couple in their 50's standing there looking at the sporty.

First comment: " we like your bike". I thanked them and said I did too
Second comment: " looks like it'd be great for running around town". I replied that it was, and it was also great for running across the country when we were so inclined.
Third comment: "you can't tour on that!!!!!". My response - why not??
That's where it got complicated. They were obviously riders, or had been, and their experience seemed to be with B-T or Wings. They had a million reasons why it just wouldn't work for touring. I had just as many reasons why it would.
I ride an 09 883C, with a Sundowner seat, windshield, bags and a Kuriakyn Grand tour trunk on the rear rack. When we're taking a long trip, my wife also straps a Butty-Buddy on the pillion. We've done a ton of 4, 5 and 600 mile days two up, through mountains, rain, heat...the bikes never missed a beat, We've never finished a day's riding in agony...in fact, we've always been very happy with the overall experience and the manners of the Sporty on the highway, and it's nimble handling in traffic.
We talked for probably 20 minutes...I doubt that they had any different feelings when we parted ways than when we started.
What is it with people and touring on a Sporty?? I guess I shouldn't complain too much...sometimes it's best to keep the secret about the Sporty being a fine touring ride to myself, I guess
I've heard that song and dance before. Don't you know that you have to buy a "real" motorcycle to travel. If it weighs less than 700 pounds and costs less than $25,000 it's impossible or at least immoral to ride more than 100 miles from home. Straighten up and fly right!

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I tour about 14K a year by myself on a 250 Ninja. It cost $3300 new, gets 70 mpg, tires cost $50 and it goes down the same roads as everyone else and keeps up just fine.
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Not knocking a Sporty, but I happen to be lucky enough to have it and a Road King sitting in my garage. I have toured on both, and now that I have a choice you can guess which one I choose for 500 mile days. Be honest, if you had a choice, which would you choose?
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I know exactly how you feel. MikeLI77 pulled about 8700 miles in a month or so with a stock seat !! (which amazes me)

I get this one all the time...

Them :"you ride every day?"
Me: "rain or shine. I don't do Hail or Ice!"
Them: "wow, what kind of bike ?"
Me: "Sportster"
Them: "Really? woowww" or some other Holy smokes reaction. It's good to Educate the un-informed..
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