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post #1 of 2 Old 05-03-2019, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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The Long Distance Touring

A friend of mine (known here as GT'er) posted this on the RT forum. I found it interesting.

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I like CaptJDavis's description of the 3 category of LD riders. I know a guy, who is undeniably a "Fame Rider". He's currently on a 20,000 mile ride from Singapore to London via basically the Silk Road.

Anyhow, IMO CaptJDavis missed a few other smaller categories or touring riders.

One of them is kind of a mix between Road Rider and Destination Rider, where the destinations are distance twisties, and the road in between are something maybe to half-way enjoy before the destination. Realistically, if my driveway drains into Mulholland Drive or US Route 129, I wouldn't even bother owning a touring bike. I'd keep a Triumph Daytona R and that's all I would need. Unfortunately, where I live there are hardly any good motorcycle roads within a day's ride, and the really good twisties are at least a couple of long superslabbing days away, so a sport touring motorcycle becomes a necessary compromise. Obviously, the more "touring" it is, the duller the blade becomes when it comes time to the slice and dice. Instead of "all day comfortable", I prefer bikes that are "all day tolerable", just to keep enough sharpness for destination canyon carving. The long interstate droning would be rather pointless, if there isn't some epic turn and burn to be had at the end of it. That's just me.

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