I have a planned route around europe (roughly 9000 miles) but do not really have any idea of what bike to take, needs to be reliable though, any ideas of what bike to take?
First time touring
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with a screen and luggage, I guess. You can tour on pretty much anything.
errrrrrrr how much
something up right (doesnt have to be but recommended) depends how big an engine you want and how much you want to spend so give us a ball park figure of how much you want to spend on a bike and will see what we are looking at
Get something comfortable:
My mate wants me to come on a trip round europe this summer with him, no where near as long as yours, but hes going to be on a nice soft tourer, and im stuck on a vfr400 because lack of cash untill the end of the year means i cant afford a new bike -.-" Which means as much of a laugh as it will be, after a few hours, ill be pretty sore.
Id be looking at something big, comfy, fuel efficient and reliable. coming from a vfr fan boy, you cant go wrong with a vfr800.
Whatever your on though, 9000 miles, the bikes gonna need some tlc at some point through your trip, even if its fully up to scratch at the start, youll probably use atleast a set of tyres unless your riding super tamely, your chain is going to need some regular loving e.t.c
The answer is in your question....
a good condition secondhand ST1100 Pan European
comfy riding position, lots of luggage space and a nice screen that keeps the worst of the weather - aka most of it - off you
Oh, and insurance on them is surprisingly cheap and engine is pretty much bullet proof, with no worry about a chain
fecking miles....that's not a tour, that's a very expensive slog....1500 quids worth of petrol,2 back tyres 1 front,3 oil changes and much much more.
Kindle not a fire that you cannot extinguish.
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On my Beemer it would be one change of the rear tyre. The front would do fine and I'd change the oil when I got back.
Honda Gold Wing...
Just read a book by Emillo Scotto...10 year ride twice round the world non stop 500.000 miles and it didn`t break down (apparently).. That should be ok for you?
toured around Europe and many different styles of bike, from a shoulder and spine killing Honda SP1, to the amazing KTM Adventure, Fireblades and Triumph Sprint 1050ST. Depends on what you want, I would recommend the Triumph as its got a reasonable size tank, Panniers and is still sporty . . .