CRUISE MIS­SILES

MT-10 Tourer * Su­per­sport * S1000XR Tracer 900 * FJR1300 * GSX-S1000F

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Michael Neeves CHIEF ROAD TESTER @MCNNEWS mo­tor­cy­cle­news

Big-ca­pac­ity sports tour­ers have come a long way since the long, low, heavy, slightly unin­spir­ing ma­chines of the not-so-dis­tant past. Now there are ad­ven­ture bike­shaped sports tour­ers, like the BMW S1000XR, and an­gry ones, like the K5-en­gined Suzuki GSX-S1000F. There are hugely ca­pa­ble bud­get ones, like Yamaha’s Tracer 900; ex­otic ones, like the new Du­cati Su­per­sport S; and even ones that be­came sports tour­ers by ac­ci­dent, like the MT-10 Tourer Edi­tion. And of course those tra­di­tional sports tour­ers still ex­ist in the gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned shape of bikes like the Yamaha FJR1300.

Are these sports tour­ers re­ally the ultimate all-rounders? Can you set a course for the sun, sit back and re­lax in all-day com­fort? Will they flinch when ar­row-straight roads turn into spaghetti-shaped switch­backs? We’re head­ing north to some of the Scot­land’s finest moun­tain roads to find out. Let’s first try that FJR1300 for size...

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