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Offline gsig

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VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
on: August 05, 2013, 03:30:57 PM
Have a VFR1200 which I've had for 2 yrs and put 21,000 miles on 2-up. Great bike. Thinking of going for a CT. Had a couple of demo rides. I like the more upright riding position and the way the bike is so easy to flick around. The engine, like the VFR12, is awesome in a real-world riding sort of way. Additional fuel capacity would be welcomed (though not critical). Seat height might be a bit of challenge but absolutely no problems when riding. Nearly all my riding is spirited 2-up with a lot of touring around the Alps. Anyone got first hand experience of the same move or the other way around?

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Offline Eltar

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #1 on: August 05, 2013, 04:51:31 PM
I have ridden 1200F but I don't own one. There are 2 or 3 people that have made the swap you are interested in, and at least 1 person who currently owns both IIRC.

CT is more lively at low revs, which I prefer in real life riding. You mentioned you ride 2 up, which I assume involves some touring. You will find CT somewhat better for the purpose, I have ridden over 900kms in a single day on it and wasn't dying to rest when I returned home.

I cannot un-recommend CT to anyone, as I think its a great bike overall. But each to his own. You will have to test it for yourself, sir, but my guess is you will like it if you can get it for a few 100 kms run.
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Offline paperman

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #2 on: August 05, 2013, 05:38:36 PM
Don't forget to try the DCT, perfect for 2 up or any spirited riding  :007:

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #3 on: August 05, 2013, 06:49:56 PM
Hi gsig,

I had a VFR1200 for 2 years, 9500 miles. Great bike as you say but I was getting uncomfortable with the lean forward. I have now had my CT manual version for over a year now and it is a great bike. So comfortable, also really good 2 up. Really flickable as you say and so easy to do slow turns and manoeuvers. The turning circle is next to nothing. We have done the same trips on both and the CT just gives us more pleasure. The engine is great and I reckon more appropriate for 'the real world'. You will not regret it one moment.

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #4 on: August 05, 2013, 07:02:42 PM
I had a VFR1200f for 3 years and loved every mile  :008:
Changed to the 1200x this year and love every mile
Never fear go for it you will love it :031:

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #5 on: August 09, 2013, 07:03:44 AM
I had a vfr1200f for 3 years. And I loved it.  Now I have a ct and must admit  that, at low revs,  it's a more useful bike.  But in the middle range, 1200f becomes an Eurofighter.

I miss it a lot. Hope ct makes me change my mind...

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #6 on: August 11, 2013, 07:21:02 PM
I've just ordered one after a recent test drive, currently have a 1200fd dct. The CT for me handles in an easier way, feeling lighter to turn, probably a combination of skinny tyres wide bars and higher c of g. I also prefer the upright riding position and really enjoyed two previous dl1000 V Strom's I had. The CT felt a lot quicker than I was expecting and the shaft drive was much less clunky than current bike. Looking forward to the new bike, just hope I don't regret going for the manual as opposed to auto.

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Re: VFR1200 to Crosstourer or Visa Versa??
Reply #7 on: August 11, 2013, 09:48:12 PM
You won't regret! I believe those who praise the dct, but for me a bike is a machine with a clutch. Sorry guys!  :431:

 



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