Sports Tourer

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 ABS (110 kW) [13]
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Ducati Multistrada 1200 ABS (110 kW) [13]

Enduros, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1198 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

With the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati have changed the rules again. Its electronics are simply stunning, and Fast Bikes were completely taken with its ride quality once they figured out the optimal …

2 reviews

 

CBR1000RR Fireblade (119 kW) [10]
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Honda CBR1000RR

Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 1000 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

The only second-hand bike in this round-up, the 2010 CBR1000RR is a very well balanced effort that offers amazing bang for your buck in Fast Bikes' opinion thanks to its excellent motor and

4 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue December 2012 Hi finance Paying a five-figure sum upfront for a new bike is simply impossible for most prospective buyers, which means that, in most cases, financing is the way to go. Fast Bikes track down the best offers.... In test: Four motorbikes were reviewed and rated on the headings track, fast road, hooligan, new rider and desirability. Final scores of 3 x 8 and 1 x 9.9 points out of 10 were awarded. … to review

Triumph Tiger Explorer ABS (101 kW) [12]
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Triumph Tiger Explorer ABS (101 kW) [12]

Enduros, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1215 cc; Number of Cylinders: 3; ABS

While the Tiger Explorer is a great mile muncher, its suspension and fork mean it's not the most comfortable option and fuel consumption is high. Fast Bikes nevertheless thought that these …

1 review

 

 
Z 1000 [11]
Kawasaki Z1000 [11]

Naked Bike, Tourer

As far as performance is concerned, the Z1000SX has little to envy its top-tier stablemate, making it a much more interesting proposition for the money. Fast Bikes were happy to see that Kawasaki has

1 review

 

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue August 2012 ZX-10R Versus Z1000SX If the sharpness and power of Kawasaki's ZX-10R is not for you, maybe the Z1000SX, with its all-round focus, might be a better alternative. Fast Bikes put both of them to the test to find their strengths and weaknesses. In test: Two Kawasaki bikes were reviewed. No ratings were given. … to review

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 [11]
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 [11]

Enduros, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1151 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

Thanks to its charm, good looks and performance, the Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX makes a good alternative to the BMW GS, though it falls short on the tyres which lose traction and affect its ability …

1 review

 

G 650 GS Sertão ABS (35 kW) [12]
BMW Motorrad G 650 GS Sertao ABS (35 kW) [12]

Tourer, Enduros; Cubic Capacity: 652 cc; Number of Cylinders: 1; ABS

The G 650 GS Sertao is an off-road dirt bike through and through, so if you're expecting to take it on your commute or plan on using it on the road for long stretches, Fast Bikes reckon …

1 review

 

 
Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS (87 kW) [12]
Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS (87 kW) [12]

Enduros, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1043 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; ABS

Even though Fast Bikes declared that the Kawasaki Versys 1000 offered a solid ride and superb turbine-like motor, they couldn't get over its appearance. The electrics are irregular too, and even …

1 review

 

Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide [13]
Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide [13]

Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1690 cc; No ABS as standard

It's hard to love the FLHX Street Glide at that price, especially considering that it's not exactly equipped with the latest technology, although nostalgia is a big part of its raison

1 review

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue December 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide Year after year, the Street Glide is Harley Davidson's best-selling model in the USA, but is it really deserving of such success? … to review

Crosscountry Tour (68kW) [12]
Victory Motorcycles Cross Country Tour (68 kW) [12]

Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1731 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

While on one hand there is a lot to like in the Cross Country Tour such as its amazingly comfortable sitting position and superb gadgetry, its high price, lack of aerodynamic efficiency and poor town

1 review

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue Summer 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour The Cross Country Tour is sort of an acquired taste, the kind of ride that you either love or hate. What's it going to be for Fast Bikes? … to review

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (145 kW) [08]
Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (145 kW) [08]

Tourer, Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 1340 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; No ABS as standard

Suzuki's Hayabusa is a large and hefty bike, but Fast Bikes say it can be picked up fairly cheaply second hand, and it handles very well. It doesn't look the best, but it's more than

2 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue January 2012 Used Bike Guide - 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa Suzuki chose not to conform with the concept that there is no need for a bike that can so easily crack 200mph with little modification - the Hayabusa is a true speed demon which deserves respect. … to review

 
BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Rallye (81 kW) [12]
BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Rallye (81 kW) [12]

Tourer, Enduros; Cubic Capacity: 1170 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; No ABS as standard

1 review

 

 
990 SM T ABS (85 kW) [11]
KTM Sportmotorcycle 990 Supermoto T ABS (85 kW) [11]

Tourer, Supermoto; Cubic Capacity: 999 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

The KTM 990 SM T's fuel range is poor, the throttle is harsh and riding through town feels jerky, but if you can put up with this, Fast Bikes say it grows on you. It has good springs and Brembo

2 reviews

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue May 2011 KTM 990SMT ABS A KTM supermoto with ABS? Has the world gone mad? Fast Bikes takes a soggy trip to Spain to find out if the addition of ABS has neutered the SM T... … to review

Rocket 3 Touring ABS (78kW) [12]
Triumph Rocket III Touring ABS (78 kW) [12]

Tourer, Chopper / Cruiser; Cubic Capacity: 2294 cc; Number of Cylinders: 3; ABS

Due to its massive weight, the Rocket III Touring is not exactly the best choice for town riding since it's so hard to steer at slow speeds and it's a huge drag to clean, but Fast Bikes …

1 review

 

Triumph Tiger 800 [11]
Triumph Tiger 800 [11]

Tourer, Enduros; Cubic Capacity: 799 cc; Number of Cylinders: 3; No ABS as standard

"Plus: Engine, chassis, steering. Minus: Brakes, minor niggles, wind."

1 review

 

CBR250R ABS (19 kW) [11]
Honda CBR250R ABS (19 kW) [11]

Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 250 cc; Number of Cylinders: 1; ABS

"Plus: Excellent commuter/newbies bike, ABS, comfort, price. Minus: Not a riot, bit budget."

1 review

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue June 2011 Honda CBR125R & CBR250R Launched simultaneously with the 600F, Alastair got to sample the Thai-produced junior CBR Brigade. In test: Two junior sports motorbikes were reviewed and rated. … to review

Stelvio NTX 1200 4V (77 kW) [11]
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V NTX ABS (77 kW) [11]

Enduros, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1151 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

1 review

 

SV650S (modified) [11]
Suzuki SV 650 S (modified) [2011]

Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 645 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2

The styling of the Suzuki SV650S is rather bland, the geometry is rubbish and the brakes are sub-standard, so even though Fast Bikes liked the price tag, revs and noise it made, they did not rate it …

1 review

 

Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F ABS (57 kW) [11]
Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F ABS (57 kW) [11]

Tourer, Sports Bike; Cubic Capacity: 600 cc; Number of Cylinders: 4; ABS

1 review

 

BMW Motorrad R 1200 RT ABS (81 kW) [05]
BMW Motorrad R 1200 RT ABS (81 kW) [05]

Sports Bike, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 1170 cc; Number of Cylinders: 2; ABS

"Plus: Comfort, fuel economy, light on the move, well built, panniers, comms package. Minus: Vibey boxer motor, size, filtering nerves."

1 review

 

More information at: Fast Bikes, issue April 2011 BMW R 1200 RT It may not be far off being a car with two wheels missing - but it's surprisingly good. … to review

XT 660Z Ténéré [11]
Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré [11]

Enduros, Tourer; Cubic Capacity: 660 cc; Number of Cylinders: 1; No ABS as standard

"Plus: Comfort, fuel economy, fairly light, rugged, go anywhere, panniers available. Minus: Gutless, vibey, road manners, OE tyres."

1 review

 

 

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Yamaha FJR1300A Fast Bikes February 2011 - Crossing a continent and want to be able to stand up on arrival? Get this.

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With a combination of sportiness and practicality, for 20 years the sports tourer has successfully aimed itself at motorcyclists who put a high value on both riding pleasure and comfort. The current trend towards naked bikes once again proves that the strong engine power is responsible for this success.


Since the end of the 1980's the sports tourer has been very popular with motorcyclists because of its combination of day-to-day practicality and sportiness. Since they barely differ from pure sports bikes in terms of engine performance, strictly speaking they are primarily a sports machine – including of course the required brake system for this – but with emphasis on everyday practicality. If anything, the small difference from the sports machine only becomes apparent in the engine characteristics, since these machines are not designed for torque. So those who want to combine driving pleasure and comfort will find the sports tourer a good choice. A majority of these bikes prove their suitability for touring with their good ride comfort; the handlebar position allows for a more ergonomic seating position than is offered by sports bikes. The rider also doesn't have to travel on long journeys alone, as the seat is usually sufficiently big enough for two people. The overtly 'sporty' look of this sport tourer also reflects the growing popularity of so-called 'naked bikes'. Following the slogan “back to the roots”, the naked bike dispenses with all fairings, although those who do want some wind and weather protection can also order full or half fairings for their sports tourer. Half fairings that attach to the frame of the headlights, handlebars and instrument panel are optimal, as they have less influence on the handling than those with a handlebar fixing. However, because the fairings usually only extend to the upper part of the engine mount, there is no adequate weather protection for the legs and knees.