There's just nothing like taking off on your own on a cross-country motorcycle trek. You might either go with that special someone or as part of a group. It's one of the least expensive and most flexible ways to travel, especially if you're riding a sport tourer. If you see a little off-road path you want to explore, go ahead and check it out from the comfort of your bike. The best sport touring bikes offer a variety of suspension settings. Therefore, you can easily switch from road to off-road with the push of a button. Here are the answers to some of your questions about the best sport touring bikes on the market.
Is the 2018 Multistrada a good, comfortable touring bike for cross-country trips?
The 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 is one of the best sport touring motorcycles on the market today. If you have the means, the Multistrada 1260 is the way to go for long cross-country treks, weekend trips or sunny afternoon pleasure rides. For greater stability, Ducati stretched the wheelbase on the 2018s by a full 2.2 inches. They also enhanced the frame to accommodate the 158-hp 1,262 cc XDiavel engine. This new engine makes 95.5 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. The adjustable seat is unbelievably comfortable. The pinch-and-slide windscreen is also easy to adjust when the weather turns bad. This sport tourer comes in three trims: the base 1260, the 1260 S, and the 1260 Pikes Peak. Of the three, the 1260 S is the best bike for the money. It comes equipped with the Ducati Quick Shift, Ducati Multimedia System, centerstand, enhanced suspension, color dash, and LED headlight. Starting MSRP for the 1260 S is $20,995. The base model starts at $18,695, and the Pikes Peak starts at $24,995.
Does BMW make a sporty touring bike?
Yes, they do. Coming in second only to the Ducati Multistrada, the R 1200 R roadster is a very good sport touring bike. It has a more bare-bones style than the Multistrada, which is something lots of motorcycle enthusiasts prefer. The heads on the 125-hp 1170 cc boxer engine are easily visible, as are the jugs and rocker boxes. The windscreen isn't even a windscreen, though. It's just the rear edge of the instrument cluster housing. You'll definitely need a face shield on your helmet if you decide to take this motorcycle on a cross-country trek. The R 1200 R's narrow waist makes it easy to reach the ground. It comes with a seat height of 31.1 inches, although seat heights ranging from 29.9 inches to 33.1 inches are available. The BMW's Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment system automatically adjusts the suspension to the road conditions. The two setting options are 'Dynamic' and 'Road.' MSRP for a 2018 R 1200 R is $14,345.
Is the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT getting any changes for 2018?
Not exactly, for 2018. The newly updated 1290 Super Duke GT will be available in late 2018, but it will actually be the 2019 model. Based on test-model spy shots, there are a couple of fairly obvious changes. The headlamp looks more like the one on the Super Duke R, although it sticks out a little farther and has a more bulbous shape. The windscreen is larger, too, and appears to be mounted a little higher for more coverage. The larger updated TFT dashboard looks similar to the one on the Super Adventure S. The hand-guards appear to be different for 2019, too. There's no word on possible engine changes. The current models come with a 170-hp 1,301 cc V-twin engine that KTM claims gives it the power to crush superbikes. This top sport touring bike is also equipped with a WP semi-active suspension with three settings. Controlling the bike is made easy with a steering damper. The seat position on this sport tourer makes it incredibly comfortable to ride. A new 2017 model starts out at $19,999.
Does Suzuki make a good sport touring motorcycle?
Suzuki actually manufacturers a couple of the best sport touring motorcycles available. The GSX-S1000F is not meant to be a sport touring motorcycle, but it can suit a single rider. It wouldn't be comfortable for a passenger on long trips, though. Suzuki says it is a 'comfortable sport bike.' This motorcycle is equipped with a 149-hp 999 cc liquid-cooled inline-4 engine and is a little more sport than touring. The 2018 model is extremely budget friendly with a starting price of just $10,999. The Hayabusa also leans more toward sport than touring, but it is surprisingly comfortable on long trips. It has a longer wheelbase and subsequently longer reach than other sport bikes, but many riders find that makes it more comfortable. This Suzuki comes with a 197-hp 1340 cc engine that makes it one of the fastest motorcycles allowed on the road. A new 2018 Hayabusa has a starting MSRP of $14,699.
Is the Triumph Trophy SE a good sport touring motorcycle?
Yes. The Trophy SE is one of the best sport touring motorcycles. Extremely comfortable for two, this tourer has all the bells and whistles you could want on a long trip. Adjustable seats, power-adjustable headlight and windscreen, cruise control, an anti-theft system that immobilizes the bike, traction control, and ABS brakes are some of the standard options on this bike. It comes with adjustable suspension that includes comfort, normal, and sport settings for the rear and front. It also has three payload adjustment settings. Its 132-hp 1215 cc DOHC in-line 3-cylinder engine provides plenty of power for long, flat stretches as well as steep inclines through the mountains. A 2018 Triumph Trophy SE has a starting price of $19,500.