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gibmini

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gibmini says:

Is it ok to tour on medium sized bike?

hi,

All I seem to see in mags etc is people doing pan-european tours on 'big bikes' 1000cc+ and rarely anything smaller. I've got a 2009 650 banditS with hard luggage and was intending to do south of spain to UK and back with the missus on the back.

Is my bike too small to consider this? I was hoping not as I'm not in a rush and with a decent set of bridgestone bt023's I was optimistically thinking it would be fine.

Any reason anyone can think of why I shouldn't consider the trip?


Cheers,

GM

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flookyk

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flookyk says:

You can tour

on whatever bike you want to, all you would have to do is adjust the speed and daily distance you plan to cover according to what is most comfortable to do on your bike.

The Honda Deauville site has members on there from Spain that have come to the UK and members from the UK that have toured abroad.

I have even met a couple of scooter owners (old Lambretta's) that had more tour stickers than paint on them and toured regularly all over europe.

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robsot

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robsot says:

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650 bandit should pull you and ya missus wherever u want to go mate

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scampisv

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scampisv says:

"go for it"

i'll set your mind at rest,done 25000 around europe on my sv650s including one trip of 4000 in 10 days to rumania,no problem at all,you'll have no problems and a great time on your bandit,have fun:biggrin: 

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LEO61

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LEO61 says:

Medium size

Do it !!! I went to France and Belguim on my 650, and loved it !! The bike never missed a beat. :biggrin::biggrin:

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gibmini

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gibmini says:

Thanks all!

well that settles it then! My trusty commuter bike will go on our first sort of epic journey this spring.


Not sure I could strip the engine if it gives out on the way to the UK though!

The tough bit will be dealing with the bloody speed cameras you fellas have - not used to them here!

Thanks again,

GM

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Meaty79

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Meaty79 says:

Just check out

touring on a 125

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gibmini

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gibmini says:

Now that sounds crazy

I've got an old 125 that wouldn't get my fat a**e up a hill let alone across Europe!


GM

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johnrodgers

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johnrodgers says:

Is it ok to tour on medium sized bike?

I think horsepower is vastly overrated for touring. As long as a bike can cruise at 70-75mph easily you can cover distance no problem.Bottom line is if the wheels move and you keep going you will get there. I find personally that somewhere around 60mph crusing speed is the slowest I am comfortable with for doing distance, anything slower seems like hard work (to me). Any Jap middleweight bike made in the last 30 years is more than up to the job. I rode around Europe on a 600 Diversion and found it a brilliant bike for touring. Reliability, comfort and fuel economy are all more important than performace for distance riding.

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johnrodgers

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johnrodgers says:

Small bike touring !

If you still think a 650 is too small................

Check out these two sites to show what can be done...

No fully kitted GS ADVs or KTMs for these guys......

Nathan Milward's trip from Sydney to London on a Honda CT110
http://www.thepostman.org.uk/the-bike/

Adam Paul's trip on a C90 from Chile to Alaska on a C90

http://www.mopedtrip.com/othermopedtrips/adampaul.html

 

 

 

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m1ks

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m1ks says:

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Why don't you ask all the people who tour on 125's?

Need I say more?

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