Buy­ing a tour­ing bike, for many, sig­nals a change in their bik­ing am­bi­tions, or es­sen­tially a move to gen­tler pas­tures. How­ever, there are one or two tour­ing bikes that cram in loads of sport­ing am­bi­tion…

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There’s lit­tle deny­ing that mo­tor­cy­cles in the ‘tour­ing’ type mould, haven’t, his­tor­i­cally, been our thing here at FB. Some are ter­rific ma­chines, no doubt, and we’ve had a lot of fun on a great many of them over the years, although that’s usu­ally when do­ing things on them we weren’t not re­ally sup­posed to!

We can un­der­stand, sort of, why some peo­ple even­tu­ally chop in their sports­bikes and head in this di­rec­tion, even pass­ing straight over the naked class without even a glance, in many cases. Rea­sons for this are many: older, scared, want­ing a qui­eter life, tired of go­ing fast, phys­i­cal com­plaints

– the list goes on, and all are gen­uine and ac­cept­able rea­sons. Af­ter all, we’d much rather peo­ple re­mained bik­ers in some fash­ion, than not at all, nay?

Yet while some tour­ing ma­chines have a bit of pep to them, there are a cou­ple out there which do the job that class de­mands, but al­legedly with a se­ri­ous sport­ing slant. Okay, okay, the fact is that one of the bikes we have here is, frankly, cheat­ing.

Yamaha’s MT-10 Tourer Edi­tion is sup­posed to fill the void be­tween a nor­mal MT-10 and some­thing like Yamaha’s Su­per Ténéré range. The ST is a de­cent enough ad­ven­ture bike, but when it comes to com­par­ing it to, say, a Ducati Mul­tistrada, it falls some­what short in the dy­namic ex­cite­ment de­part­ment. But with a sack of of­fi­cial Yamaha ac­ces­sories thrown at an MT-10, this is now ap­par­ently a vi­able tour­ing op­tion. And we say vi­able, be­cause it has an ap­pro­pri­ately sized front wheel (17in) for what 99.99% of these kinds of bikes do when they’re bought solely for the road.

As has the other ma­chine here, MV Agusta’s Turismo Ve­loce ‘Lusso’. MV pride them­selves on al­ways keep­ing a heady dose of sport­ing tal­ent in­grained into what­ever bike they build, for what­ever class. We rode the first Ve­loce a cou­ple of years ago, and de­spite a few rough edges it did in­deed dis­play many sport­ing traits. This ver­sion, the Lusso, wears elec­tronic sus­pen­sion and a few other classy bits and bobs over the stock Ve­loce, jus­ti­fy­ing the ex­tra few grand it costs over its pau­per non-lecky suzzied sib­ling.

But, can ei­ther of these two con­tinue your love of fast, naughty and sport­ingly ef­fec­tive ma­chines, but on a tour­ing slant? My­self and the Gawler headed out for a cou­ple of days on them, zap­ping around the south west of the UK and Wales, be­fore re­mem­ber­ing we hate pan­niers! So we chucked them back at HQ be­fore rip­ping up Wilt­shire and the south coast, to see if ei­ther of these pair fit the FB bill…

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