These bikes have an appetite for trips and speed
Going on a trip on a motorcycle is ten times better than any other form of travelling. The touring bikes might be a bit boring, but if you choose wisely, you can get a powerful and comfortable, ride at the same time. Based on three simple criteria: fun factor, power over 140 hp, and comfort, we’ve made a top of the sports-touring machines currently on the market. Here’s what we’ve come up with:
KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
Also called the “Adrenaline Express”, the Super Duke GT keeps the thrills up with a powerful V2 engine that delivers 173hp. Is not a tamed version of the 1290 Super Duke R, is just a comfortable two seater that’s not afraid to perform. The 1290 Super Duke GT can keep up with modern superbikes while sharing the ergonomics of a touring bike. It features semi-active suspension, state of the art Brembo brakes and the latest electronics package. The weight stands at 228kg fully fuelled, and the ergonomics are improved for a relaxed ride. The adjustable windshield, the cruise control, heated grips and integrated pannier mounting points, makes it a touring ready machine. All this fun comes with a price $21.499.
You might say the XR is a more adventure intended bike because of the long travel suspension, but that might be a bit too much. The first time I’ve tested the XR, it was on track, and I must admit this bike can perform. It inherits the engine and electronics from the S1000RR. The design is inclined towards a touring bike, a very powerful touring bike. Delivering 160hp and long trip ergonomics the XR is the recipe for a versatile ride. The windshield and saddle can be adjusted to enhance the comfort level. The sharp design and the almost symmetrical headlight makes it look ready to eat miles. The price starts at $16455, guaranteed satisfaction.
Built to become to own the road, the GSX-S1000F is a superbike wearing touring fairings. It's powered by a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine that produces 145hp at his peak. The power plant comes from the famous GSX-R1000 2005-2008 that proved to be a legendary bike for its low and mid range output. The electronics package consists of mandatory ABS system, traction control and a full LCD dash. The suspension is fully adjustable, and ergonomics are adjusted for all day riding. The price is pretty small for the whole package $11,299.
The Z1000SX proved to be a very reliable touring machine since it was launched back in 2010. For 2017 Kawasaki managed to make it even better. The looks are changed, and the ergonomics are improved. It comes now equipped with an IMU ( Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit ). It allows the SX to feature cornering ABS and traction control. The engine produces 140hp, and the restyled looks bring it closer to the Ninja looks. The price tag is £10,000.
The well-known FJR just got revised last year, and now it offers a six gear transmission. The powerful 1.3-liter engine develops 146hp making the FJR feel close to a superbike. It packs a lot an electrical windshield, riding modes, traction control and cruise control. The ergonomics are enhanced by the clutch-less gear shift system that allows you to change gears without using the clutch. The FJR features shaft drive and the price starts at $17.999.