2005 Sport Touring Comparo

BMW R1200RT :: Buell Ulysses :: Honda ST 1300 :: Honda Interceptor ABS :: Yamaha FJR1300

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This is a first for MO. Never has a BMW so completely stomped the competition in a large shootout. It's a nice thing to see, and well-deserved. It demonstrates that BMW is perhaps beginning to figure out that to expand market share, they will have to start building bikes with broader appeal, without the odd and aggravating quirks that drive cross over buyers away.

We at MO wonder how much of it had to do with the fact that we had passengers along, something we don't do as much as we should on our shootouts.

We'd love to hear from you, to see if it adds a needed dimension to our comparison and if you think we should include passengers more often.

It's also nice to have five bikes and not have any that are particularly awful to ride. Only the Interceptor was purposefully avoided by those with companions because of the passenger seat. It's not really that bad: compared to most sportbikes it's heaven, with its humane footpeg placement and nice big nylon grab rails. But the other bikes offer such nice passenger seats it's no contest.

Like any comparison, you should use our feedback to inform your decision, and not take it as gospel truth. Yamaha fans will love that R1 feel of that whooshing 1300CC four, and if you've had an old ST 1100 for years and love it, the new ST 1300 will knock you out. But the BMW's touring excellence -- and sporting competence -- made it a clear winner for those of us at MO.

" The BMW won?" We've voted, tell us what you think.

Voting Table

We award points in reverse of the ranking, with an extra one point bonus for first. Six points for first, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth, and a single sympathy point for fifth, so nobody goes home empty handed, like a middle school track meet.

"With My Money..."
  Alfonse Gabe Pete Sean Totals
BMW R1200RT 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 15
Buell Ulysses 5th 4th 1st 1st 15
Honda ST 1300 1st 5th 4th 4th 11
Honda Interceptor ABS 2nd 3rd 5th 2nd 12
Yamaha FJR1300 4th 2nd 2nd 5th 11
  Alfonse Gabe Pete Sean Totals
BMW R1200RT 1st 1st 1st 1st 24
Buell Ulysses 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 9
Honda ST 1300 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 16
Honda Interceptor ABS 3rd 5th 5th 5th 6
Yamaha FJR1300 4th 3rd 4th 4th 9
Sport Riding
  Alfonse Gabe Pete Sean Totals
BMW R1200RT 4th 3rd 5th 4th 8
Buell Ulysses 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd 13
Honda ST 1300 3rd 5th 4th 5th 7
Honda Interceptor ABS 1st 1st 1st 1st 24
Yamaha FJR1300 5th 2nd 2nd 3rd 12
Passenger Comfort
  Alfonse Gabe Pete Sean Totals
BMW R1200RT 1st 1st 1st 1st 24
Buell Ulysses 4th 4th 4th 2nd 10
Honda ST 1300 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 15
Honda Interceptor ABS 5th 5th 5th 5th 4
Yamaha FJR1300 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 11
Overall Points
  Touring Sporting Passenger Bike I'd Buy Totals
BMW R1200RT 24 8 24 15 71
Buell Ulysses 9 13 10 15 47
Honda ST 1300 16 7 15 11 49
Honda Interceptor ABS 6 24 4 12 46
Yamaha FJR1300 9 12 11 11 43

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