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Jun 12

Posts: 7

daytripper says:

Help me choose HD/BMW/Honda

I'm looking at the following used bikes in the price range of £8-10K



Honda ST1300 Pan European

I plan on doing one long distance tour a year supplemented by a number of shorter day trips on weekends.

I love the look of the V-Rod but wonder about the practicalities, suitability and reliability for what I want if for. Also the required fairing and panniers may change to look considerably.

As for the RT and ST I’m sure either would be great but not bold-over either way.

I’m looking for constructive or unconstructive comments ( :winkie: ) and view to help me make up my mind.


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Feb 08

Posts: 1952


:wink:The V-Rod is pulling at your heart strings,go for it. It'll handle a tour fine,same as any bike will really.

If you want an out and out tourer from those 3,it's the BMW,simple as that.  Not that the honda is a bad bike,far from it in fact,but long term you'll be better off with the BM. Selling on will prove it's worth when,and if the time comes.

Basically,any of these bikes are reliable,so that isn't an issue,but ultimately,buy the one that makes you feel good when you ride it,and just as importantly,look at it. Shallow maybe,but that matters

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Aug 07

Posts: 6169

stevebaldy says:

that is

a curve ball with the first choice against the other two!  Personally think the last two are pukka full on, Euro tour bikes, probably wasted on a day out?, plenty of other less heavy duty (and cheaper alternatives) for that........if you are really drawn to the HD (i like 'em too!) leave it as is, it'll look ferking naff with a screen and panniers, and make do!!  :smile

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Jan 10

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Beelady says:

No good asking me

I'm a bit biased. But I just have to say no to a fairing on a V-Rod. No, no, no, no. It's just wrong.

 Buy it if you love it, but otherwise buy the Honda. I think it might be a better idea.

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Aug 02

Posts: 1002

ANichol says:

I agree with Beelady

screened VRods are just bad. If you want VRod-esque cruiser styling (over traditional Harley stling) and touring ability, you may be better off with one of the "metric" cruisers (ie: Japanese).
Having a full-on tourer does make you feel a bit like you should be riding to Spain and back every time you throw a leg over.

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brutale r


Dec 07

Posts: 3258

brutale r says:


what type of person are you

V rod = try hard wanna be young and cool but realy a old fart and like to tour from a brakedown truck


BEAMER  = old fart and knows it dont forget the depend incontinant knickers


HONDA PAN = wanna be a look alike cop try hard


my advice for what its worth GSX 1400  great bike great for touring long and short  and not out of place if you want to  fang it


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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:


Have a beemer - love it.

Never fancied a Pan.

Now - those V-Rods..... (Night Rod) - there's something about them.....

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Jan 10

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albert88 says:

test ride

i would get a decent test ride on all bikes if you can . then you can make a better choice.good luck

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Aug 11

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babyrocket says:


GSX1400 never ever thought id say this but yer right best bike i have ever had the pleasure of doing distance on, absolutely awe inspiring and that roll on from 25 mph in top gear fully laden is addictive ffs id have to knock it down four to get the amout of liquid drive.

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Jun 12

Posts: 7

daytripper says:

Made me laugh

:lol: Nice summary, i'll have a look at the GSX, Thanks!

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Jun 12

Posts: 7

daytripper says:


Thanks for the "steer" and comments.

I'm defo looking at going where the heart is (HD) now....................maybe with a trailer for the long trip and to keep the looks? :hmmm::hmmm::hmmm:

:doubt: :hmmm: Never had a trailer before, so not sure how it ride, but I might be able to get a glass body match done? LOL

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