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Old 11-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Sport Touring/Adventure Touring?

So I'm looking at getting a sibling for my CBR, and I've narrowed down my choices to either a '12 Kawi Concours or a '13 Tiger Explorer fitted with fog lights, heated grips, panniers, etc. (This one's a demo that a shop owner took cross country).

Basically, I'd like to have a second bike more suited to 2-up riding/longer distance riding.

Aside from the obvious price difference, I was hoping to get all of your thoughts. Impressions on either bike? I have ridden the Triumph, but I have not demoed a Connie.

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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I also have an '08 FJR and an '09 ZX-14. I think a sport tourer is a great companion to the CBR.

I test rode a Tiger once and thought it was OK but I was not crazy about it. I LOVE the engine on my ZX-14 and I think the Connie would be similar but I have not ridden one.

The Connie has a shaft drive and the Tiger is chain.

Yamaha upgraded the FJR for 2013, there should be great deals on left over '12 models. I think the FJR is similar to the Connie. I think the Connie and the FJR would be better choices than the Tiger for two up riding, the Tiger is a 1050cc engine. Triumph has announced a new 2013 sport touring bike with shaft drive and cruise control, I don't remember what they call it, I think it's a 1250 cc engine.
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I have a 1050 Tiger with bags that I use for touring. The 1050 has all the power that I need; but I usually travel without a co-rider. the Tiger is quite comfortable, smooth (3 cylinder), and gets surprisingly good mileage. Speaking of touring, I once rode my CBR (a 900 at the time) from Portland, OR to Caba San Lucas and back. With HELI bars and soft luggage It's not a bad tourer.

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies- Keep 'em coming!

The "new" Tiger is the one I'm looking at- It has the 1215cc engine, as well as the electronic cruise control (one thing the Connie does not).

I have the soft luggage (tank bag, saddlebags, and tail pack) and helibars on my CBR as well- Works o.k. for me, but it's not ideal for 2-up mode.
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Triples are schweet. Get the Tiger.
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ninja1000 is pretty sweet, but probably more sport focused than you're looking for...
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:39 PM   #8
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I owned and did several 1000+ mile trips on an FJR and it was a great bike for 2up and touring in general. I did get a chance to ride a Tiger 1050 and it was quite an impressive machine as well. If I was going for one over the other and 2up comfort was priority, it would be the FJR again. Solo though, the Tiger is quite a ride.

The guy that let me ride his Triumph was actually interested in trading for my FJR because he wanted to be able to take some longer trips with his wife so the two of them would be more comfortable.

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Yep- I rode one of those too...and it was a blast. I even considered trading in the Blade on the Multi, because it is sporty enough for more "spirited" riding and comfortable enough for touring. The engine is a beast, and I felt like the electronics/display were better than on the Explorer. My biggest concern was const to maintain/repair. I have owned Ducs before, and I think I'm spoiled by Honda reliability now!
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