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