April 2018

I’m of an age where, if I’m asked “What’s the best bike in the world?”, the words “Honda VFR750” are halfway out of my mouth before I remember what year it is.

Honda more or less invented what we recognise as the modern sports tourer with that bike — it was one of the machines that inspired me to ride. But, great as it was in its day, the world has moved on. So what does it take to make a great sports tourer in 2018?

There’s no single formula but lots of still-great versions of the sporty, comfortable machine that can cover huge distances and nail apexes with equal ease. We’ve dedicated a chunk of this issue to celebrating these brilliant, versatile motorcycles — and there’s one for all tastes and all budgets. Perhaps one of them will inspire you.

Whatever you ride, enjoy the issue.
 

 

The Underdog Boxer

With sporty looks, a compact chassis and the same engine as the best-selling BMW R1200GS, the R1200RS is the overlooked sports-touring contender

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The World's Greatest Sports Tourers

If you’re going to ride hundreds of miles to find a great road, you’d better have something fun to play on when you get there…

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Blown away

Sports touring will never be the same again. Here’s why you need to ride the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

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