Sport-Touring Motorcycle Reviews

A sport-touring bike blends the features of a sportbike and a touring bike. Sport-tourers are more comfortable and with greater luggage-carrying capacity than a sportbike, but far more agile than a ponderous luxury-touring rig. They have a more relaxed, upright seating position than sportbikes and usually come with some sort of saddlebags.

2012 Motus MST Preview

Brian Case and Lee Conn, the brains behind Motus, have developed a new American-made sport-touring motorcycle they are hoping will reach production late in 2011 – the Motus MST. The goal was to build a do-it-all motorcycle that was sporty and comfortable.

2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 Revealed

American Suzuki surprised the industry last year by deciding not to import 2010 streetbikes while it tried to clear inventory in a depressed market. But for 2011, it’s rebounding in a big way with the revamped GSX-R600 and the GSX-R750.

2011 Triumph Sprint GT Review

Triumph has enlarged the waistline of its Sprint 1050cc Triple for 2011. The formerly designated Sprint ST (Sport Tourer) has now evolved into the 2011 Sprint GT (Grand Tourer). In becoming so, it delivers more cargo room and a plusher ride. Best of 2010 Awards

Now in its second year, our Best of awards selections process gives us the chance to reflect on the year that was. And for 2010, the spotlights were generally shining on European manufacturers.

2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 vs. BMW R1200GS

BMW’s go-anywhere GS has a 30-year history of leading the now-popular adventure-touring segment. But Ducati’s all-new Multistrada 1200 says “Game on!” to the venerable R1200GS. We pit ‘em together to see if the Duc has what it takes to overrule the GS.

BMW Unveils New 6-Cylinder K1600GT and GTL

BMW has once again proven its status as an engineering innovator in full force these days. The 6-cylinder K1600 GT and GTL promise a new level of sport- and luxury-touring performance combined with a new spirit of ride-ability.

2010 VFR1200F with DCT Review

We wrote about the Honda VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) when it was announced last summer, then after it was ridden by American journalists in Japan last fall. At long last it’s coming to the U.S.

2010 BMW K1300S vs Honda VFR1200F Shootout

Honda’s new VFR1200F and BMW’s new-for-’09 K1300S occupy a similar in-between niche. On one end are liter-sized sportbikes bred on the racetrack, while the other end is occupied by big sport-tourers. The K13 and VFR stand apart in their tween-ness.

2010 Ducati Multistrada Review

The versatile new Multistrada is set to open the Ducati experience to a wide swath of conquest consumers. The Multistrada 1200 isn’t just good, it’s good enough to be a contender for bike of the year.

2010 Honda NT700V vs. Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS

While large-displacement rockets adorned with big screens and electronic wizardry, like BMW’s K1300GT or Kawi’s Concours, have come to define sport-touring, Aprilia’s Mana GT and Honda’s NT700V might just create a new sub-segment: sport-touring lite!

2010 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS Review

The 2010 Aprilia Mana 850 GT is a shining star on the horizon for new riders and old. Twisting your wrist to go has never been more fun thanks to this liquid-cooled automatic transmission V-Twin from Europe.

2010 Honda NT700V Review

North American Honda brings yet another price conscious Euro-popular model here to US. This time in the form of a commuter large enough to tour the country with, the NT700V.

2009 Triumph Sprint ST Review

Triumph’s Sprint ST was last updated in ‘05. Yet tractable power, rock-solid handling, unmistakable exhaust note and long day ergos still best characterize the ST. It’s an old man of the sport-touring group, but it’s still a major player.

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Review

Only two years after its 2008 introduction the Kawasaki Concours 14 receives heaps of revisions for 2010. With lots of features aimed at touring comfort, and two new high-tech features, the Connie raises the stakes in the sport-touring market.

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