well so far ive only toured twice - my first time was from Riyadh to Haql in the far northeast of saudi Arabia, actually you can see the lights of Egypt and Israel from there (about 2000km), and the second time was to Dubai and back ... both on a Goldwing ... but the bike wasn't mine and rode two-up taking turns in riding ... so im not too experienced in highway touring, let alone getting lost in backroads ... maybe next time!
its GREAT for distances, but like I said, i want something I can keep ... my previous bikes were: Suz GSX400F, Yam R1, Kaw ZX9R ... so i guess i like sport bikes ,,,, plus in Saudi Arabia BMW bikes are not available ... only H-D, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda. Kawasaki and its parts are available through importers from the UAE, so i think a BMW or a unpopular Yamaha would be difficult to maintain, I especially avoid this situation after my Suz GSX400F, i crashed id and couldnt get any parts for it, after 3 months I sold it as is in its damaged condition ...
plus here I can easily get a good clean ZZR1100, say a 2000 or 2001 model for about $3500 ...
what i needed to know is are there any issues with long-range touring on it? does it have any annoying niggles you dont read about in the spec sheet, of things city riders dont notice ... if you know what I mean ... what should I look out for when buying one - i.e. any ZZR-specific issues?
[This message has been edited by dragonninja (edited 18 December 2004).]