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I’m new to this forum and am seriously considering getting back into riding. I’ve owned a couple motorcycles in the past, but it’s been decades since then. I’m hoping to find opinions/advice/recommendations on makes and models. I’m interested in what I suppose would be considered a touring (or sport touring) model: something that will provide a comfortable highway ride on a multi-day road trip while still being nimble enough for a day-trip on a winding, mountain road or negotiating congested city traffic. I’ve done a bit of research on BMW’s R 1250 RT, Yamaha’s FJR1300A, and Harley-Davidson’s Street 750. Any input on these or any other bikes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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I’m new to this forum and am seriously considering getting back into riding. I’ve owned a couple motorcycles in the past, but it’s been decades since then. I’m hoping to find opinions/advice/recommendations on makes and models. I’m interested in what I suppose would be considered a touring (or sport touring) model: something that will provide a comfortable highway ride on a multi-day road trip while still being nimble enough for a day-trip on a winding, mountain road or negotiating congested city traffic. I’ve done a bit of research on BMW’s R 1250 RT, Yamaha’s FJR1300A, and Harley-Davidson’s Street 750. Any input on these or any other bikes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
i like the fjr but to heavy for me, also your pockets are deeper than mine. how about the mt 09 yamaha, its a tourer but very light.i have a suzuki sv650 light and nimble and will cruise at 75 easy.
 

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Welcome!

If you want to be "nimble enough for a winding, mountain road" and also have a comfortable ride for multi-day trips, you're going to have to be very selective.

The most fun you can have in the twisties is with a lighter bike - a 600 or 750. Heavier bikes are nice, but you need to move all that weight around the hairpins - it can be hard work.
Cruising up the highway is much more comfortable on a heavy bike - here, the 1250 or 1300 is perfect. You want lots of torque and lower rpms to go for hours.

You might find a compromise with something like the BMW GS or a Triumph Tiger 1050.
 

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I am biased. I cried when I sold my Vulcan 900 custom.
I think it might be the best all around motorcycle ever built.
And I have owned a LOT of bikes over 50 years or so.
The "custom" part is important though.
Smooth, lots of power, likes rev's and is relatively light and handles like a dream.......for a cruiser.
 

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i like the fjr but to heavy for me, also your pockets are deeper than mine. how about the mt 09 yamaha, its a tourer but very light.i have a suzuki sv650 light and nimble and will cruise at 75 easy.
Thank you. This is helpful. I'll investigate the bikes you've recommended.Thanks again!
 

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Welcome!

If you want to be "nimble enough for a winding, mountain road" and also have a comfortable ride for multi-day trips, you're going to have to be very selective.

The most fun you can have in the twisties is with a lighter bike - a 600 or 750. Heavier bikes are nice, but you need to move all that weight around the hairpins - it can be hard work.
Cruising up the highway is much more comfortable on a heavy bike - here, the 1250 or 1300 is perfect. You want lots of torque and lower rpms to go for hours.

You might find a compromise with something like the BMW GS or a Triumph Tiger 1050.
This is the type of information I'm looking for. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I certainly appreciate it.
 

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I am biased. I cried when I sold my Vulcan 900 custom.
I think it might be the best all around motorcycle ever built.
And I have owned a LOT of bikes over 50 years or so.
The "custom" part is important though.
Smooth, lots of power, likes rev's and is relatively light and handles like a dream.......for a cruiser.
Thanks for your input. It all helps and is much appreciated.
 
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