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The VN750 Touring Bike?

I just realized that while on a quest to make my bike as comfortable as possible, I'm kind of turning it into a touring bike. I have a windshield, highway pegs, a fork bag, saddle bags, a luggage rack, and I just bought a protac driver's back rest and a saddleman seat. Is there a certain set of things you need to do or have on your bike so that it officially qualifies as a touring bike? I assume if you can go cross country with relative comfort, your bike qualifies but didn't know if there official items to sort of check-off while turning your bike into a "touring bike"...
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"Touring bike" is a pretty open ended phrase. Every bike is basicly a "touring bike" if you use it to "just ride and look at the scenery".

Most factory bikes that have a "touring" version on an exsisting model (the Suzuki C90 comes to mind) just add a windscreen and perhaps some saddlebags.

The concept of just having some kind of luggage attached to the bike usualy does the trick, my FJR is more or less a sport bike, but they added hard side cases and call it a "Sport Touring" bike. (Actualy Yamaha calls it Super Sport Touring)

But then on the other hand I used to strap on a few bags to my TS 185 Suzuki and go prettty much everywhere on it. They call street/offroad capable bikes with luggage "Adventure bikes" now. (Go rent "Long Way Around")

I think most owners make the Vulcan into a "touring bike" one way or another , I added rider and passenger floorboards, extra lights, a large windscreen and highway pegs, to name a few, and would refer to the bike as a "touring" mount.
As I mentioned in the other thread, the bike is a good solo touring bike, but not a good one for two up riding.

I don't think there is any "official" description of what exactly makes a bike a "touring bike" but most would agree the bike should be comfortable, have some type of wind protection, and at least be able to carry some kind of luggage. So.........You can toss a set of nylon saddlebags on a Busa and call it a touring bike............


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My best friend and riding buddy has an 1800 goldwing as his travel bike. But he also has a Ninja 250 that he put bags and luggage on, including I believe a tank bag and he uses it for weekend trips when he just wants to go a few hundred miles. I would think the hands would get pretty sore but he seems to like it just fine.

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I think the list of additions you recited has the bases pretty well covered. As long as the cycle is reliable and comfortable for you, it can be your touring bike. Enjoy the summer riding LP.

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If you really want to make it a "touring" bike, you might consider a larger gas tank! Or else you will look like this ===>

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I think the list of additions you recited has the bases pretty well covered. As long as the cycle is reliable and comfortable for you, it can be your touring bike. Enjoy the summer riding LP.
Thanks Hoss, you too. Its supposed to be really nice here on Thursday - 65 and sunny. Even nicer on Friday - 73 and sunny! Looking forward to it.

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If you really want to make it a "touring" bike, you might consider a larger gas tank! Or else you will look like this ===>
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I just realized that while on a quest to make my bike as comfortable as possible, I'm kind of turning it into a touring bike. I have a windshield, highway pegs, a fork bag, saddle bags, a luggage rack, and I just bought a protac driver's back rest and a saddleman seat. Is there a certain set of things you need to do or have on your bike so that it officially qualifies as a touring bike? I assume if you can go cross country with relative comfort, your bike qualifies but didn't know if there official items to sort of check-off while turning your bike into a "touring bike"...
I don't know how the definition works but I've had mine back and forth from Boston MA to savannah GA three times.... I think that qualifies mine to tour?

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Should do the trick LP...But just getting the burn out of my seat would get mine close enough to a touring bike for me...lol...
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"Touring bike" is a pretty open ended phrase. Every bike is basicly a "touring bike" if you use it to "just ride and look at the scenery"... You can toss a set of nylon saddlebags on a Busa and call it a touring bike............ KM
What Carolus Linnaeus was to biological classification, Knifemaker is to motorcycle classification!

I remember when a friend first saw my Vulcan outfitted with PF3 windshield and saddlebags. He said, with some disdain, "Your bike is a cruiser ~ it isn't supposed to be tricked out with those mods. You've made it look 'like' a tourer." (By the way, he rides a Vespa with gaudy decals plastered all over it...)

Some people enjoy "pure-bred" bikes like some enjoy "pure-bred" dogs. The pedigree is important. Me? I seem to be partial to mutts ~ whether they have four legs or two wheels! (Some thought I was nuts to replace the broken neck on my Martin HD-28 with a D-35 neck, making a hybrid out of it. But I liked the look, and for me it's a player's guitar, not a collector's item.)

My VN 750? It's a cruiser ~ I like to slowly wheel around town. It's a commuter ~ I use it for my 22-mile round-trip to work. It's a tourer ~ I've been on three 1000-mile trips. Whatever. All I know is this: I modify the bike to fit my practical needs/desires, and it delivers!

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