‘The Honda is solid and so much cheaper’
The latest incarnation of GS is more impressive than ever and now even smoother. The gearbox is light and the fuelling is faultless; that’s the easy bit of the verdict done. However, choosing a winner is incredibly difficult, especially when you consider price.
The Honda is by far the cheapest, it almost offers the same as the BMW and Ducati, it’s just a little slower, slightly less glamorous and a little less comfortable. But it has true off road potential, and if it was my money it would be the one I’d choose.
But if money were no object, the Ducati is the best bike here – the most advanced, sportiest, the most fun and arguably the most desirable. For the six months of summer of touring up mountain passes in Europe then it would be the Duke every time.
But the BMW is so classy it can’t be ignored. In the depths of November it was the one I always wanted to ride home and would be my first choice for big miles. The maintenance-free shaft drive is super-smooth, it has more allround capabilities than the Ducati and is just as desirable – but it’s just as expensive too.
Last one home washes the bikes…