‘It has to be the win­ner here’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Tourers Group Test -

Over a beer and burger at the Buc­cleuch Arms, we com­pare notes. Which one would we choose to do the trip on again? Does the big­ger bud­get of the RT make it bet­ter than the Ver­sys or Tracer?

It does not. James ac­tu­ally prefers the Yamaha, money no ob­ject: “I’d take the Tracer ei­ther way,” he says. “The one thing that lets it down is tank range – 130 miles isn’t enough – but aside from that it’s light enough to have fun on, it’s com­fort­able, it’s nim­ble and, best of all, it’s bril­liant value.”

Mean­while Jimmy rates the Ver­sys his favourite: “It’s tricky, be­cause all three are ex­cel­lent; but if you take into ac­count prices, there’s no way the RT’S ride is seven grand bet­ter than the Ver­sys. But is the Ver­sys – my favourite – four grand bet­ter than the Tracer? You have to say no.”

And I agree with both of them: the BMW is my favourite over long dis­tances, the Kawasaki is my favourite on this test, but the Tracer 700 is such good value it has to be the win­ner ev­ery­where.

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