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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycles

Motorcyles guides discussing Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycles include discussion of sportbikes that resemble road race bikes with turn signals and license plates, and motorcycles that blend the performance of sportbikes with the wind protection, comfort and luggage capacity of touring bikes. Sportbikes, some of which are homologated for racing and others that offer the go–fast look but are designed exclusively for street riding, cover a broad range of engine sizes (from the 150cc Kymco Quannon 150 to the 1,441cc Kawasaki Ninja ZX–14R), numbers of cylinders (singles, twins, triples and fours) and configurations (parallel twin, V–twin, V4, in–line triple or four), but according to reviews and road tests, most have performance oriented engines and components, aerodynamic bodywork and aggressive riding positions. Because sport–touring motorbikes are a hybrid category, guides also cover a broad range of engine sizes and types, but reviews state that they tend to have comfortable riding positions, good wind protection thanks to a windshield and fairing, standard luggage (saddlebags, perhaps a trunk) and touring amenities such as cruise control, ABS, audio systems and more.

2015 Yamaha R3 – First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
October 16, 2014

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 in Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver Entry-level sportbikes have been coming on strong lately, with the recent release of the all-new KTM RC390, the updated-for-2015 Honda CBR300R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which received a major revamp for 2013. Now Yamaha is getting into the game, as... Read more »

2015 KTM RC 390 — First Look Review

2015 KTM RC 390

Greg Drevenstedt
September 4, 2014

2015 KTM RC 390 KTM takes its “Ready to Race” motto to heart. It has been the spec manufacturer for the Red Bull Rookies Cup since the series debuted in 2007, running the two-stroke KTM RC 125 for the first six seasons and the Moto3-spec four-stroke KTM RC 250 R for 2013 and 2014. In the... Read more »

2015 Victory Magnum—Ridden & Rated

2015 Victory Magnum in Ness Midnight Cherry

Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

The Magnum is first and foremost about making a statement, but underneath the flashy paint and chrome is the very solid Cross Country platform. With a significant share of Polaris Industries’ motorcycle R&D focused on the Indian branch of the family tree, Victory’s new-for-2015 models are stylistic... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R LE

Rider Magazine
July 11, 2014

The 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R LE features special paint reminiscent of the 1984 Ninja 900. Kawasaki is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ninja with a very limited edition of numbered 2015 ZX-14R ABS motorcycles. Only 300 ZX-14R Limited Editions will be available, all individually numbered and... Read more »

2014 BMW R 1200 RT—Road Test

BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 RT

Mark Tuttle
July 11, 2014

BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 RT has gained power and lost a little weight, and it’s nearly as pretty as the sunrise over Sedona, Arizona. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Sport-touring bikes have a love/hate relationship with weight. A rider generally moves up to a sport tourer in order to get creature comforts... Read more »

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack—Road Test

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2014

Revived in name but all-new in execution, the Caponord splits the difference between an adventure bike and a sport tourer. (Kevin Wing and Courtesy Aprilia) Norway’s Nordkapp (North Cape) is a 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the frigid Barents Sea, reached by riding through a 4.3-mile undersea tunnel... Read more »

2014 Honda CBR650F – First Ride Review

2014 Honda CBR650F First Ride Review

Greg Drevenstedt
July 1, 2014

The all-new Honda CBR650F is powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc in-line four and fills the gap between Honda’s entry-level and high-end sportbikes. Photography by Kevin Wing Since 2012, Honda has rolled out more than 30 new or updated models, everything from the playful new Grom 125 to a revamp of... Read more »

2015 Ducati Monster 821—First Ride Review

Ducati Monster 821

Jeff Buchanan
July 1, 2014

The 2015 Ducati Monster 821 in the land of its creation—Italy. (Photos courtesy of Ducati) It’s hard to believe the Ducati Monster has been with us for over two decades. The Italian manufacturer continues to evolve the machine, creating a multi-displacement lineup that speaks to a wide range of enthusiasts’... Read more »

2014 Honda VFR800 Interceptor—Road Test

2014 Honda VFR800 interceptor

Mark Tuttle
June 30, 2014

While it’s still immediately recognizable as an Interceptor, the 2014 model is thoroughly revised and updated, from the new LED headlight and fairing, down to the new wheels, and back to the single muffler and LED taillight with integrated turn signals. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Honda has unleashed so... Read more »

BMW Unveils Boxer-powered Concept Roadster

BMW Concept Roadster

Rider Magazine Staff
May 28, 2014

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, held on the edge of Lake Como in Italy, BMW Motorrad unveiled its latest design exercise, the BMW Concept Roadster. Last year the German manufacturer presented its Concept Ninety, a modern interpretation of a classic boxer-twin motorcycle, at the same... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Road tests have found that Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycles appeal to a wide range of riders, including men and women of all ages, but what unites them is a love of performance. Sportbikes and sport tourers are designed to go fast, be it on the track, in the canyons, or down an interstate highway. Sportbike riders are usually willing to sacrifice some comfort in exchange for light weight and sporty handling, which may involve firm suspension, low handlebars and high, tucked–back footpegs. Motorcycle reviews indicate that Sport–touring riders don’t want to concede too much performance, but they’ll accept a heavier motorcycle that offers more comfort, wind protection, luggage capacity and features that make life easier when you spend long hours in the saddle.


Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Standouts

All major European and Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have sportbikes in their lineups, and many offer sport–touring bikes as well. Popular sportbikes in reviews and road tests include the Aprilia RSV4; BMW S 1000 RR; Ducati 848 and 1199 Panigale; Honda CBR250R, CB500R, CBR600RR and CBR1000RR; Kawasaki Ninja (300, 650, 1000, ZX–6R, ZX–10R and ZX–14R); KTM RC8 R; Suzuki GSX–R (600, 750 and 1000) and Hayabusa; Triumph Daytona; and Yamaha FZ6R, YZF–R6 and YZF–R1. Motorcycle guides indicate that some popular sport–touring bikes include the BMW R 1200 RT and K 1600 GT; Honda VFR1200F; Kawasaki Concours 14; Triumph Trophy; and Yamaha FJR1300.

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