Sports tour­ers

Motorcycle Monthly - - Fast Riding -

BMW S 1000 RR

Packed to the gills with rider aids and awe­some tour­ing tech, such as cruise-con­trol (which means lots to play with), the BMW has ev­ery­thing you need for jour­neys long and short, plus the skills to en­thral when you get to the good stuff; be that moun­tains or any track you’d care men­tion.

Kawasaki ZX-10R

The sofa of the trio, the Kawasaki’s strong, yet leisurely, power de­liv­ery and long gear­ing suit se­ri­ous dis­tance rid­ing. The seat is wide, rid­ing po­si­tion spa­cious and com­fort­able, and fuel economy is eas­ily the match of the BMW. Also a dab hand at any track you chuck it on, too.

Yamaha YZF-R1M

The least suited of the bunch on face value, the R1’s tighter rid­ing po­si­tion may not suit ev­ery­one and its top-end heavy power de­liv­ery can’t quite match the ease of use of the oth­ers. That be­ing said, it was still great and Si­mon did near 4000 miles on an R1 with­out a sin­gle com­plaint.

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