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post #1 of 12 Old 06-21-2019, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sport Touring

I love to take trips on my Gen1 Z

I just got back from a trip to the WV - VA area and had a great time. 1150 miles total

A KTM GT and a Triumph Speed Triple provided a good pace.



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tall windscreen, high bars, heated grips, usb plug for gps, corbin seat and it 's good to go



Does anybody else use their Z as a sport tourer ?
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newer pic, that GT is one heck of a bike

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Love the bike Jimz. Currently working on doing some sport touring mods to my 03 Z1000 for an upcoming trip a few weeks from now from Vancouver, BC down through Washington, back up through part of the cascades and then to Banff and back. Already have heated grips, just installed USB chargers (on the handlebar and under the seat), Ordered a Puig windscreen and I'm currently fabricating a rear rack to use my Cortech saddle/tail bags. Just finished one side and part way done the other and it's turning out really good so far. I'm also contemplating swapping out my bar end mirrors for weights from my Katana and putting the stock mirrors back on but I hate how those things look, lol.
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i use my ktm for touring...


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post #5 of 12 Old 08-06-2019, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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I'm currently fabricating a rear rack to use my Cortech saddle/tail bags.
Your setup looks great, I'd rather have saddle bags than draping a tail bag to the rear seat as I'm doing now.

Where are you attaching it to ?, the rear footpeg bolt ?


How did the trip go ?

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Recently got back from a trip to Deal's Gap, good time ! Great roads coming and going, found some stuff I'd love to revisit. Ended up with 1335 miles, 1/8 inch chicken strips and great memories. Back roads all the way, only had to jump on the 4 lane for a few miles.

It was Mazda Miata weekend at the gap, awesome good looking sport cars, club members said about 450 - 500 were expected to show, all hotels in the area were sold out. They were a good bunch and allways used the pullovers when I came up on them. On the down side, I didn't see a single other Z bike all week.

I pack 4 sets of undies, socks and t-shirts, shorts, sweats and shoes, toiletries; it's really all I need, traveling light but comfortably. I squeeze an electric vest in there for the fall weather.



somewhere in the south west corner of VA
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Iíve used my gen3 for several trips to deals gap and a week in Colorado. Sometimes we do point to point and most times weíve stayed in one place and done day trips. I have some saddlebags and brackets.


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My touring setup is for sale if anyone wants to get into sport touring on a gen3. The bike is for sale too. Lol


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Couple of pics from the Gap




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BTW, there is a great road (209 south out of Hot Springs NC) they're calling the Snake which is tighter than the Dragon, well worth the travel.
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