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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Touring on an F4....

I know it's a totally impractical thing to think about but I'm an eccentric kinda guy... I've got a bike rally in Highlands of Scotland this weekend.

I live in London (at the other end of the UK from the Highlands). The issue is that My GSX1400's in pieces for an engine rebuild and my ZX12R needs a service (which I'm going to struggle to achieve before needing to leave on Thursday). Shame as either would be ideal for riding there in one hit.

So I'm just sitting here thinking, could I ride from London to Scotland on an MV without crying and needing a spinal surgeon to meet me in North Yorkshire? And if I could, how would I carry anything.. at all. The storage might just allow cut-down toothbrush under the seat.

Anyone got any practical advice on comfort, carrying stuff and other essentials?

I should state at this point that I'm very used to bike touring and big-mile days, just not on a tiny exotic machine with a tail that would melt a bungee just by looking at it! Meaning my Kriega tailpacks just ain't gonna be of use here!
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I can help with the back pain portion, take 2 Aleve before your ride and you should be golden. As for carrying items with you, good luck, lol.

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i live in somerset and have done the trip to my native north east on my 312r a couple of times 420 miles on a scenic route(cutting out motorways) you will need to stop for fuel a few times which is a great help the last stint is a bit of a pain. sorry can't help with the luggage problem.
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I'm planning on going from London to South of France this summer. I used to do it on a ZX6, how hard can it be?

I'm thinking of a small rucksack, that small Givi plasticky tank bag thing they do and one of those Kriega tailpacks attached to the pillion seat (saw a 1098 with one once and thought it would go nicely on the F4).

I'm planning a max of 360 miles a day but the big mileage days will be autoroutes to get down to the Alps.

No point having a bike and not using it, my big concern is hotels with garages.
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. Come to think of it I don't have a garage since the old one burnt down!
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Good to to hear others do it. To be honest I find the MV comfortable on the twisties and A roads. As with any bike it's the motorways that cause discomfort after a few hours... they are useful for covering distance fast though.

I agree with you though Slappy, I'm happy to do the miles on my other bikes. I head to the South of France a few times a year. I'll be down there in August in fact, I'll keep an eye out for you. I'm thinking that if I can do this on the MV then I'll use it for that too

Still, damn this country for not having Autobahn rules in place. At top speed I could cut the journey to a few hours (and probably about 15 fuel extra stops! LOL).

I'm thinking tank bag and a lightly packed kriega rucksack might work. I think tail packs would melt or f*ck up the seat unit/ecu (I'm a single seater 1000R).

Just wish I'd had the time to get hold of some rearsets first.
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P.S. Cheers John. I may even end up handing you the keys to an MV and walking off in a strop
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I bought a Biposto with the intention of putting a tailpack on. That was before I knew about the 'heating issues' though. I had a datatool motherboard melt on me but I reckon as long as I keep moving briskly it should be ok.
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Ha Ha...cool! I admire your optimism
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Having ridden the F4 as far as Liverpool (up through mid Wales and back along the motorways) to catch the IOM ferry, I found it surprisingly comfortable. Much easier on the bum and wrists than the ST1100 and 1300 I used to ride all day in a previous life.
I did have a mate on a BMW GS to carry my luggage though - seriously how much do you really need for a weekend? Could you mail it up beforehand?
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