You only win in your own mind....I wish they wouldnt bait you but do you HAVE to respond?ignore the bait and we can concentrate on motorcycles,which is why i come to this site.If you like fussin with the boys,keep it to motorcycles and how your 100 mile weekends on windy roads make you a better rider than the rest of us. its no less silly than the political crap,but at least its on topic (MOTORCYCLES!!!)
If your main usage of the bike is sport touring, buy a sport tourer. If you want a Hayabusa for other purposes but want to use it occasionally as a sport tourer,it can be outfitted to do a decent job; but it wont match a purpose built machine (like for instance Aprilia Futura). Since most of us use a motorcycle for different purposes but can only have one street bike, our choice is usually a compromise. We can choose a bike thats optimal for one purpose and barely adequate for our other uses,or choose a bike that does all our needs satisfactorilly but no one thing great. I think the Hayabusa fits the second category unless you like to drag race and go very fast in a straight line.
I modified mine with; Corbin seat (wonder if the Tobin would have been better); Heli Bars, ZeroGravity windscreen, and use soft luggage.
I'm 6' tall and it is cramped, stopping for gas is welcome and regular, the light comes on about 185 on trips. You can cover miles fast but if you don't have the bags (camoflage) expect an escort. Denver to Omaha is a pretty easy ride, Denver to Salt Lake uses more gas but passes a lot faster. Rain has been somewhat disconcerting, lots of torque and wet concrete add up to lots of tire spin. Everyone I know seems to find comfort where it is unless they ride all out touring bikes, then it comes with the package. I like the rough edge on the engine, it really isn't that bad (like my daughter's glide), it's just kind of coarse (best description).
I did find that using synthetic oil helps the gearbox, after about 800 miles on an oil change mine got hard to shift until I changed to systhetic (cost point if you buy).
The best I've got from a set of tires is 3500 miles, so make sure you have lots of rubber before you leave home, buying tires on the road can be real painful. Note that the weight forward design tends to wear the front tire at about the same rate as the rear so they usually pass the tread bars in pairs.
I have a 2007 and I ride from so cal to Boise Idaho every June and September to visit my son. I love the bike and love to travel by bike. I ride aprox 400 miles a day and yes I am a little sore and the end of the day but by morning, I am read to go. I try to stop for the night at a hotel by casinos so there is somthing to do. Keep in mind that I am 55 years old but I dont plan to grow up. I ride aprox 65 to 80 mph and I get 47 mpg. Tuns of power and in the rain, no problem. I have ridden in all kinds of weather. Yes , I am very happy with my ride. I also have a R1 but the Busa is for the open road.
Hope this helps. Roadkill5
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