Standard as a touring bike??

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Silvertip, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Silvertip

    Silvertip Member

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    The wife is looking at a sotail standard. We do at least one long 6000km trip each year. Any body have any suggestions or pro's & cons of touring on a standard?
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  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Sure thing, I rode one in 2000, from Minnesota to sturgis and back with no problems:s
     
  3. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

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    Consider a windshield for the longer trips. Some kind of luggage. you may not want monted saddlebags as they kind of take away from the looks (IMHO)
     
  4. 91a10

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    once took a summer run of just about 9500 miles on a fxst. made some good friends/memories. you got to be a little tougher, and pack a little smarter. when i got back, within a week i had my first ultra. my .02
     
  5. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    It is possible to tour on almost any motorcycle however the amount of stuff you can carry and the amount of miles you can cover in 1 day may be different from that of touring bike
    I personally use my softail custom with large throw over bags as my touring bike my bike has a sissy bar and rear rack the rack is used to hold a dry bag with stuff in it and i can use the pillion seat for additional stuff all held tight to the sissy bar using bungee cords
    touring to me is moving through countryside enjoying the ride and the views and seeing what is there
    however to some people touring is covering as much miles as you can in 1 day

    Brian
     

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  6. fabrozor

    fabrozor Active Member

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    I drive my Electra Standard since 80000 km (work and holidays).
    I wouldn't change for a tour pack model because i couldn't put all i want in the tour pack.
    Clic that link it's a picture of my bike on the road.
     
  7. candave650

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    Windshield and bags are a must IMHO.
    However your age and physical condition are also factors .
    Now I have an EGC I could never go back to a softail for touring.
    Dave
     
  8. Slapp

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    As others have said, you can tour on any bike it is all a matter of storage and comfort. My personal opion would be go with the Heritage Classic better storage and a lot more comfort. Again just my thought.
     
  9. skywarrior

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    I tour with my 03 FXST. HD detachable saddle bags and Tour Master luggage. I have extended forward controls and a Sundowner seat.

    I'm 63 years old with a bad back and retired. I rode from upstate Ny to Key west FL then to New Orleans and back. Took my time and did a lot of sightseeing (5,000 miles/ 3 weeks). Went to the 105th. took the long way (5,000 miles/ 1 week).

    Can you tour on a softail? My answer yes and I will keep my bike till it can no longer be repaired or I can no longer ride.
     

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  10. BossMan

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    Since my wife got her on bike , I traded my 08 Ultra for a 2010 Heritage , best move I ever made. No need for for the Ultra unless you 2 up a lot. Now we both ride Heritage softails & love em, can't beat the way they handle.:D