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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-10-2018, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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1,500 Mile Tour on the Bobber - Notes

Hi, just got back from a 1,500 mile trip from the uk through France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium so wanted to give a couple notes on using the Bobber for touring. First, it’s perfect! I’m 6” and 80kgs and I didn’t have a single issue riding down an entire tank of fuel in one sitting on the motorway and we did a minimum of 400km a day with no rest days. This includes a few blasts on the autobahns with 100mph over takes but I have to admit I 100% could not get faster than that, possibly the luggage drag but that was it.

The only thing that gave me a scare once was in the French hills we found some awesome hairpins, got carried away and just made it to a fuel station with less than half a litre left. Kindly my support Tiger agreed to carry a 5L fuel can for me but we never had to use it.

Luggage wise, I grabbed the Triumph pannier rails and just strapped an old pair of Oxford panniers to them, which gave more than enough space for a week.

Overall there wasn’t a single point where I felt like I wanted to swap with my mates Tiger and in the Swiss alps he wanted to swap with me as I had to keep pulling over to wait for him. I could pass anything on the road except a fuel station!

I’ve had 2 x Suzuki GSXR 600, Suzuki TL1000R, BMW K1200S and some other bikes and I never felt for a moment I brought the wrong bike.
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Absolutely fantastic, no reason whatsoever not to tour on a bobber, people do it on honda c90s

made me smile when you said passing anything besides a fuel station,
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Wonderful write up Anthony,

Pleased you had a cracking time and thanks for sharing your experiences.

Cheerio,

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Anthony I enjoyed your write up on your recent touring experience on your Bobber. I had been touring on Harley’s for a long time, sold them and bought my Bobber last year. I had been somewhat skeptical about doing any long trips on the Bobber, but your narrative convinced me that our minds create our on limitations. Glad you had a great trip!
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Awesome timing. I'm leaving in 12 days for a 10 day ride (probably a 2000 mile +/- ) trip. Love seeing another Bobber used like a motorcycle.
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So far behind , I think I'm in first place.
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Fantastic trip. Wish we were there!! 👍👍
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Nice man, I'm just back from a 1700 mile bike/camping trip to Germany and I feel the same, my mate was also on a tiger and i wouldn't of swapped not even for a second.

The Bobber is actually just a bloody good all round bike, ok it takes a few mods to do what i did with the luggage but SO worth it.

Ive actually nicknamed mine "Adventurebob"

It gets stripped right down again when I'm not touring though
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1.500 km...

Interesting,

I went to Austria (the Newchurch event) say 3 weeks ago, having the choice of using my Tiger800 or ( for the first time) my Bobber Black, i choose the last one but was after say 200 km quite painfull reminded that I made a mistake (at least that is what my ...told me). Driving in the mountains, ok quite good possible (except the petrol problem we all know of course) but going around the corners with a Tiger 800 is going at least without the scraping sounds you get with a bobber. Strange that you have opposite experiences. (Btw I love my bobber)

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A) Tiger 800 Jet Black
B) Bobber black about 9.000 km ago
C) a backpack to be used with B) if you need a toothbrush AND a fresh t-shirt.
Btw WARNING!
Please try to avoid C) as it’s going to break your back on the long run.
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I have no doubt that if you were banging in 500 mile a day etc the tiger would be more comfortable but my trip was only about 200 miles a day average, even on the days we did 350 miles i found the bobber plenty comfortable though and for me it is a balance of fun AND comfort and the Bobber would always win for me on my trips.

I did add a sheepskin seat cover that might of helped more than i realize too
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Rex,

Of course, max 200-300 km a day, definately Bobber area, I can only agree w you beyond that distance ==>Tiger :-)

A) Tiger 800 Jet Black
B) Bobber black about 9.000 km ago
C) a backpack to be used with B) if you need a toothbrush AND a fresh t-shirt.
Btw WARNING!
Please try to avoid C) as it’s going to break your back on the long run.
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