2-The Controversy

Best Sport Touring Motorcycle

Part 2 of 5


Now, some sport-touring riders will object to the previous four hardware qualifiers and would credit a much larger selection of bikes to represent the sport-touring category. In fact, many riders “do” go sport touring on motorcycles with smaller windshields. And it’s true that there are a number of other bikes that are referred to as “sport-touring motorcycles” that do not have a shaft drive. Of course, plenty of riders add saddlebags and other long-distance accoutrements to their sport bike to go touring.

That’s fine; the real point of sport touring is the actual riding experience, anyway. So a broader “sport touring” definition to the above could include any performance motorcycle used for a longer trip.

Heck, when I embarked on my first sport-touring, multi-state adventure a number of years ago, I didn’t have a windshield at all, and shaft drives were not very common back then — and I sure didn’t have one. However, I did have a performance bike (for the time) with a duffle bag strapped on! Now that may have been a few decades ago, but back in the 70’s that was a typical way to travel by bike. (Although I would not prefer to travel cross-country that way again.)

Being more comfortable, over longer distances, not only makes the ride more enjoyable, it increases rider safety: The rider can go longer, experience less fatigue, and as a result be more alert to the adventures of the road.

More to the point, for the purpose of this website, we are really focusing on “purpose-built,” sport-touring motorcycles and which is best for you.

Before we get to the nitty gritty comparisons, we have to get on the same page about some rudimentary assumptions. I was taught to never assume anything, but in this case, if you and I don’t agree on some basic parameters, the comparisons will be naught. So, let’s check out the final qualifiers….

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