THIS Is the Bike I Want!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you..the Buell 1125ST!

Now here’s a bike that has everything I want. A fully-faired, touring-ready version of the Buell 1125R. What’s not not like about this bike. It has everything I want! A full fairing with electrically-adjustable windshield. The 146HP, water-cooled Rotax engine. Two 12-volt electrical outlets to power aftermarket stuff. A stereo system in the fairing. The Ulysses 2-up seat. Full luggage.

This bike has everything! Massive power on tap, unparalleled corner-carving ability. Great weather protection. Comfort for two people.

This bike has it all.

In fact, the only possible drawback there is to this motorcycle is…it doesn’t exist.

I know I’d buy it if it did, though.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

3 thoughts on “THIS Is the Bike I Want!”

  1. You’re probably gettng tired of advice from strangers, but you might want to keep an eye on craigslist, especially if you are willing to wait for a while. If you really want an R1200, I see R1150s and R1200s in the San Diego section regularly. Let someone else pay for the first year depreciation and the intitial break-in maintainence.

    Also, if you have any questions about FJRs, I might be able to help since that is what I ride.

    However it goes for you, have fun hunting.

  2. Oh, I have tons of questions about the FJR.

    From what I’ve read, it seems to strike most people as less comfy than the ST1300. A little more lean is required to reach the handlebars.

    Do you find it comfortable for long rides. Do your legs get a bit cramped after a while due to the footpeg position?

    What about passenger comfort?

    Does the windshield still retract to the lowest position every time you shut off the bike?

    How is the weather protection for cold/wet weather? Air Flow? Helmet buffeting?

  3. I’ll try to answer what I can. FYI, a good source for info on the FJR is . Also .

    I’ve never had the opportunity to ride an ST, so I can’t compare comfort between the two. The FJR does have adjustable handlebars (about 3/8” fore and aft). And aftermarket risers are readily available the both lift the bars and move them a bit rearward (example – ).

    As far as longer rides, I’ve used my FJR mostly for commuting since I bought it in June. One the two rides that I did up to our local mountains (Julian) the seat was so-so. A lot of folks will get aftermarket seats from Russell, Corbin, Mayer, etc. Footpeg position is fine for me (6’0”).

    Can’t comment on passenger comfort. After just a few rides on the back of my FJR, wife decided to take the MSF class and get her own bike. But apparently she liked it enough to do that. Not sure what the means.

    The windshield still retracts every time the bike is shut off. But there is a quick and cheap (free!) fix for that.

    Weather protection is good, but then I have only ridden “naked” bikes until I got the FJR so I don’t have anything to compare it to. The few times I have been in wet weather with it, it worked well. Above 55 mph, it did seem a bit noisy to me even at the highest position, but not real bad buffetting. I put on a Cee-Baily aftermarket windshield and I’m very happy with it. Very quiet, still air, and very little buffeting at speed. Generally, I ride with the shield down below 50 mph, and put it up above that.

    One other thing to consider, is that there are two generations of FJRs. The GenI is 2003 through 2005. The GenII is 2006 through 2008. Other than color, it is hard to tell them apart by just looking. The GenIIs have the adjustable height seat and supposedly fixed the heat issue, among other changes. I have never had any problem with the heat coming off of the engine of my GenII, but then again I have never had a chance to ride a GenI bike to compare it.

    Hope that helps a bit. Let me know if you have other questions.

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