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Best Sport Touring Motorcycle

Part 4 of 5

SO, WHICH IS THE BEST SPORT-TOURING MOTORCYCLE?

Here are the comparison results of the primary, purpose-built, sport-touring motorcycles, based upon the earlier noted sport-touring definition and assumptions.

HORSEPOWER

SPORT-TOURING MOTORCYCLE COMPARISON

If you are really a sport-bike rider at heart, but want to travel longer distances with more comfort, then your primary interest will revolve around power. Here’s how the bikes line up based on “claimed” horsepower from each manufacturer:

(Note: “RV” means “ranking value,” which is the relative ranking of each bike within this group).

  • BMW K1300GT at 160 claimed horsepower (RV=1)
  • Kawasaki Concours14 at 156 horsepower (RV=2)
  • Yamaha FJR1300 at 145 claimed horsepower (R=3)
  • Honda ST1300 at 125 claimed horsepower (RV=4)
  • BMW R1200RT at 110 claimed horsepower (RV=5)
  • Kawasaki Concours at 108 claimed horsepower (RV=6)

Get a BMW GT or Kawasaki C14 to satiate those power urges.

FUEL CAPACITY

SPORT-TOURING MOTORCYCLE COMPARISON

If “long-distance riding” and attendant fuel capacity are what drive your sport-touring requirements, then here’s how these bikes line up:

  • Honda ST1300 at 7.7 US gallons (RV=1)
  • Kawasaki Concours at 7.5 US gallons (RV=2)
  • BMW R1200RT at 7.1 US gallons (RV=3)
  • Yamaha FJR1300 at 6.6 US gallons (RV=4)
  • BMW K1300GT at 6.3 US gallons (RV=5)
  • Kawasaki Concours14 at 5.8 US gallons (RV=6)

An ST1300 or a used Concours ZG1000 will take you the longest distance with more than adequate power along the way.

HORSEPOWER & FUEL CAPACITY

SPORT-TOURING MOTORCYCLE COMPARISON

Now, what if horsepower and fuel capacity are both the most important to you? Well, you could multiply HP x US Gallons to establish a ranking order:

  • BMW K1300GT, (160×6.3) = 1008 average
  • Honda ST1300, (125×7.7) = 963 average
  • Yamaha FJR1300, (145×6.6) = 957 average
  • Kawasaki Concours14, (156×5.8) = 905 average
  • Kawasaki Concours, (108×7.5) = 810 avg
  • BMW R1200RT, (110×7.1) = 781 average

The new kid on the block, the BMW K 1300 GT comes out on top again when you consider fuel range and horsepower together.

WEIGHT

SPORT-TOURING MOTORCYCLE COMPARISON

Less Motorcycle Weight means greater riding agility. Here is how these bikes rank from lightest to heaviest:

  • BMW R1200RT, 505 lbs claimed dry weight (RV=1)
  • BMW K1300GT, 562 lbs claimed dry weight (RV=2)
  • Yamaha FJR1300, 582 lbs claimed dry weight (RV=3)
  • Kawasaki Concours, 595 lbs claimed dry weight (RV=4)
  • Kawasaki Concours14, 615 lbs claimed dry wgt (RV=5)
  • Honda ST1300, 637 lbs claimed dry weight (RV=6)

The BMW R1200 RT is the lightest sport-tourer. It’s 154 lbs lighter than the heaviest (ST1300) in this comparison. It’s also worth noting that the “RT” lineage represents the grandfather of all bikes in this category. The earliest RT’s go back to the late 70′s, although in that era an RT was considered a large, luxury tourer and not a sport tourer.

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