For our 1999 tour, I found myself without a touring bike in my stable after
having sold my 1993 Honda ST1100 the previous year. I almost bought a new
bike, but finally decided just to press my R1 into service. The first day
was bit of a trial, but over time, I adjusted to doing big miles on a sportbike
and actually had a great time, at least as long as the weather wasn't too bad.
This bike was a revelation when introduced in 1998 and even today can hold its
own with current sportbikes. The fit/finish was incredible - the bike was