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"Since I have only 27,000 miles of experience on all a very forgiving 01 ZX-6R Ninja"



What number actually appears on your odometer? I find your claim to be suspicious, and you have a track record of being slippery with facts and, shall we say, creative with language.



So, how many miles does your odometer say you put on that bike?
 

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I'm using a ZX12R (the '02) as an ST.



2" Helibars, Ventura rack system (85 liters), Bagster tankcover and bags (30L and 12L), radar detector, double bubble, Scott Oiler, heted grips and heated suit outlet, and it's all day comfortable.



I find the Bus a little tight on legroom, for me the original Gixxer 1000 was more comfortable.



The ZX also handles a little better than the Busa, much more like a sport bike.



Biggest negative is the gas mileage, about 36 mpg at best, 165 miles on a tank or so. Tires are bearable if you switch to the Avon AV45/46 series.



Stats: 6'2", 210lb, 32" inseam, 50 yo...
 

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My actual miles are 26,769 sorry man....I usually put 120 miles a weekend. Sometimes more like 180 this last weekend. Sometimes less. In Seattle we can ride year around. I usually don't like to ride as much in the winter months. However, in summer I come home after work and take my Ninja out for a spin.. So it averages out. Ooops you are right I am lying. It rains here every day and I only have 2,700 miles on my bike...
 

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120 a week, see I know, I do the same thing. If I get 200 a week I'm doing well. I work 2.3 miles from home so it isn't worth starting the thing.

 

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See, that's what happens when you destroy your credibility.
 

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Lots of other bikes you might not think of make decent touring bikes. I've toured on both a 95 Duc 900ss/cr and a 97 Duc Monster 900, and both were passable touring rigs with soft saddlebags and a tank bag. And corbin seats. The CR worked better on the highway with the half fairing directing wind perfectly so that you were kind of suspended over the bars, little weight on your wrists and extremely comfortable. The Monster was better for two-lane backroads, but sitll OK-ish on the highway. 'Course I've also toured on a Honda Hawk, so take this with a bit of salt...
 

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Don't worry, nobody is going to relocate because of weather and curvy roads. If I were, I'd move to Napa......hey wait a minute, I live on a dry curvy road.
 

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I always though that a busa with corbin bags would be a fantastic sport tour machine. My friend has just that but decided to put a turbo on just for the hell of it. :)
 

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Did you check out a CBR1100xx? I own one and they are a better all around ST mount. Though not as high in the HP department you won't get stranded like you might with a Busa. Just check out the known problems between these two bikes.

http://www.hayabusa.org/cgi-bin/busa/ikonboard.cgi?act=SF;f=10;st=0

http://www.cbr1100xxforums.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=a182eb1e60b35ae2ec5f56fefd5e9bcb

The only common problem with the XX seems to be a weak regulator which I as of 30k on my 99 have not experienced
 

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My 2005 Busa got 42.3 mpg on it's first tank of gas. This was all highway miles and I varied the speed between 60 and 85 mph. Went 192 miles before low gas light came on. I'm sure gas milage will go down once I start givin' it the whip after it's broken in, but still, it's nice to know it can get great gas milage if driven moderately.
 

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Too much traffic on most of 2 though. Maybe northwestern IL just south of WI would have a few curves.



Having lived much of my life in Washington I know there are lots of great roads, but Norcal is hard to beat for motorcyclists. Lots of great roads, mostly decent weather, and lane-splitting to deal with the traffic.



See, that should steer a few of them further south. ;-)



Kurt
 

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What is the known problem that will strand the Busa and not the XX? Honda doesn't even make the XX anymore, so buying a new one is pretty much out unless you can find old one sitting at the dealer.
 

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You can still get a new one for around 8700,left over 04. Lots of low milage used ones for a song.

Busas have had so many problems over the years I can't just pick one issue. The link I posted has 35 pages of problems dating back to 02. Now I do know a couple of Busas that have had no problems but they seem to be the minority.
 

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You can get em for a song for a reason. Please pick one problem that will leave the Busa on the side of the road, like you stated above. I can't really find one, but maybe you can read better than me.
 

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Hey bk6a --

Interesting set of choices and neither a bad one. I've never ridden a Busa, though I know a couple of guys that own them. Generally they love them, but complain about mileage in the low to mid 30s and chewing up rear tires pretty fast (3-5K on Bridgestone 010/020 combo). I have a Triumph Sprint RS (similar riding position and de-tuned version of the Daytona motor). In 22K miles it's been dead reliable, high 40s/low50s for mileage, good on tires and brings a big smile to my face with every twist of the throttle...

A bit of a bias towards the Daytona 955i, but like I said, they're both good choices. You might check www.t955i.net for more info. It's a Swedish site and a lot of those guys use Daytonas for sport-touring... Cheers!
 
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