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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 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – First Ride Review

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

Greg Drevenstedt
April 16, 2014

The 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack is a very capable sport tourer with adventure bike styling and ergonomics. Photography by Kevin Wing Not that long ago, back when only a select few knew how to get the clock on their VCR to stop blinking after a power outage, all you had to do was get on... Read more »

2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES—Road Test

Yamaha FJR1300ES

Greg Drevenstedt
February 3, 2014

The new FJR1300ES adds electronic suspension to the FJR’s extensive list of updates for 2013, which improved styling, power, handling, wind protection and more. (Photos by Rich Cox) Feeling snubbed for missing out on the all-new Yamaha FJR1300 sport tourer, which debuted in Europe for 2001, Americans... Read more »

Aprilia USA Announces 2014 Model Lineup

Press Release
January 31, 2014

Aprilia has experimented with new ideas and technologies from the beginning days as a motorcycle manufacturer, and it is through this dedication that Aprilia has become the most victorious European brand of any operation today in the history of motorcycling. From MotoGP to Motocross, Superbike to Supermotard,... Read more »

2014 BMW R 1200 RT First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

The 2014 BMW R 1200 RT gets the new liquid-cooled boxer engine along with updates to its chassis, bodywork, ergonomics, instrumentation and options. With the introduction of the liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the lighter, more powerful “water boxer”... Read more »

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale – First Look

The 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale in Arctic white with red wheels ($15,295).

Greg Drevenstedt
September 9, 2013

The 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale in Arctic white with red wheels ($15,295). Two years ago Ducati unveiled the 1199 Panigale superbike, a technological tour de force featuring the all-new Superquadro L-twin engine (claimed 195 horsepower at the crank), an aluminum monocoque chassis with the steering head... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – First Look

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Greg Drevenstedt
September 6, 2013

For 2014, Kawasaki’s entire street lineup returns except for the Vulcan 1700 Classic—only baggers will be in the Vulcan 1700 cruiser lineup. Tweaks to paint and prices will be the extent of changes. For 2014, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS gets engine upgrades, KTRC traction control, Power Modes and... Read more »

New for 2014 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles

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Mark Tuttle
September 6, 2013

The 2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES adds electronically adjustable suspension, adding to the long list of changes made last year. To date Yamaha’s big news had been the launch of the 2014 FZ-09 triple, which was so well received the company has added a Blazing Orange paint choice to the Liquid Graphite and Rapid... Read more »

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo Road Test

The new-for-2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 has a revised front fairing, a larger windscreen and LED low-beam and position lights. The S Granturismo version gets an even larger windscreen, as well as LED auxiliary lights, engine protection bars, larger saddlebag lids and more.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2013

If, as the saying goes, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul, then the Ducati Multistrada 1200—a snarling, sexy, technological tour de force—gives my soul whiplash. Among the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve ridden over the past few years, it’s one of a select few endowed with a... Read more »

2014 Yamaha FZ-09 – First Look

Yamaha FZ-09

Greg Drevenstedt
June 12, 2013

Last fall, at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, Yamaha unveiled the Crossplane Concept in-line triple, promising that, “with its clean torque output, this advanced new, light, slim and compact 3-cylinder engine will shape Yamaha’s future motorcycle lineup.” The engine was displayed on a platform... Read more »

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada – First Ride

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada

Greg Drevenstedt
June 9, 2013

Three new-for-2013 Ducatis have strada, the Italian word for “road,” in their model names, each offering a different take on high-performance touring. The Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer, the Diavel Strada muscle cruiser and the Hyperstrada, a new touring version of the Hypermotard supermoto, differ... 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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