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One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:04:56 PM »
When we envision a “custom” motorcycle, we almost always imagine a motorcycle that has had some of its utility removed in the name of art. Mark Morel took the opposite approach. He modified a bike, with his own hands and skills, with the focus on the function, not looks. But if a "custom" is one person's unique vision of the perfect motorcycle, then this Kawasaki ZX-10R is the epitome of a custom. It's one man's idea of the perfect sport-touring motorcycle.

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http://www.theridesofar.com/2014/03/a-very-different-kind-of-custom

http://accelerate.presspublisher.us/issue/issue-2-2014/article/zx10st
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 08:39:29 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 10:51:14 PM »
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014, 05:54:12 AM »
Nice. I didn't do any metalwork on my 'busa for the saddlebags. The soft ones work fine for me. And I didn't need to do any fairing work other than making the occasional repair :) Is he here?

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 09:26:22 AM »
I call mine a Trophy 1200.  Others call theirs an FJR, or something else.

Not sure why the author got captivated by this guy.

Just to show the public that sport-touring exists?
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2014, 09:28:28 AM »
I had someone over on the other site pop in and snag me for an interview back in 2008

http://kevinhoffberg.com/blog/2008/04/21/conversation-with-carl-schelin/

Just luck of the draw I guess.

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014, 09:43:48 AM »
What happened to the CB750 chopper? 
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 09:52:51 AM »
Still being worked on :D

It's that last 10% that needs to be done stage. Where it looks right but needs a few bits here and there. I meant to do more work on it last year with Rita gone but did the garden shed instead. Maybe this year :)

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 11:09:48 AM »
pretty cool. wish i had the skills and tools to do those kinds of things. especially the hard bags.
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2014, 11:58:50 AM »
Now that is a sport touring machine. :beerchug:

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2014, 05:38:04 PM »
I call mine a Trophy 1200.  Others call theirs an FJR, or something else.

Not sure why the author got captivated by this guy.

Just to show the public that sport-touring exists?

Because anyone can buy a Trophy 1200 or an FJR. And if that's what you want, great. But if you want something that weighs 150 pounds less, you have to make your own.
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2014, 05:54:47 PM »
Hi Lance

I think your words here pretty much sum it up:

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One of the most elusive targets for motorcycle manufacturers to hit is the sport-touring ideal. Every sport-touring rider has a personal view on the right balance between sport and touring, between performance and comfort, and improving one side of that equation generally means making at least a small sacrifice 0n the other side. Morel wanted to minimize the compromise. So rather than give up the power and nimble handling of his Kawasaki ZX-10R and buy a touring bike, he set about making changes to it to make it more capable of touring: better wind protection, more relaxed ergonomics, a more comfortable seat, locking, weatherproof luggage and electrical upgrades to power everything from heated gear to his smartphone during long days on the road.

Motorcycle manufacturers? Try any sport-touring board.... I think this quotation sums up the debates we've had. Motorcycling is intensely personal and we ALL 'customize' our bikes by this definition. The trick is to choose your model to customize. Put the work there instead of bitching about what nobody makes.

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2014, 06:02:37 PM »
The trick is to choose your model to customize. Put the work there instead of bitching about what nobody makes.

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2014, 06:29:08 PM »
 It can't be a real sport touring bike. It has a chain drive.

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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2014, 07:57:33 PM »
It can't be a real sport touring bike. It has a chain drive.

good one. I see what ya did there.
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Re: One man's idea of the perfect sport-tourer
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2014, 08:38:55 PM »
Hi Lance

I think your words here pretty much sum it up:

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One of the most elusive targets for motorcycle manufacturers to hit is the sport-touring ideal. Every sport-touring rider has a personal view on the right balance between sport and touring, between performance and comfort, and improving one side of that equation generally means making at least a small sacrifice 0n the other side. Morel wanted to minimize the compromise. So rather than give up the power and nimble handling of his Kawasaki ZX-10R and buy a touring bike, he set about making changes to it to make it more capable of touring: better wind protection, more relaxed ergonomics, a more comfortable seat, locking, weatherproof luggage and electrical upgrades to power everything from heated gear to his smartphone during long days on the road.

Motorcycle manufacturers? Try any sport-touring board.... I think this quotation sums up the debates we've had. Motorcycling is intensely personal and we ALL 'customize' our bikes by this definition. The trick is to choose your model to customize. Put the work there instead of bitching about what nobody makes.

Thanks, Viffergyrl. I couldn't agree more.
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