‘The Honda is solid and so much cheaper’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test - ADAM CHILD SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

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…

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