You’d expect a launch control function on a motorbike made by MV. Even on a tourer like the Turismo Veloce. But its smart clutch delivers perfect launches from every traffic light. And the luxury of clutchless riding. It’s all-day pleasant as well, with a well-padded seat (for the rider at least), and comfortable ergonomics. Add in panniers that stow a fullface helmet plus a huge fuel tank, and you have a soft, big trip-ready MV. Shame about the stratospheric asking price, and the last-generation electronic integration. In comparison, riding Ducati’s Multistrada 950 feels like great value. It pips the MV on build quality, and turns touring into a less performance-centric affair. Instead, bed down in the comfy seat, behind the brilliant screen, and tug at laid-back V-twin thrust. When the crank gets round to it, peak torque is actually the strongest here. Just make sure to stay alert for slow-speed manoeuvring and be ready to spend another £1000 on essential touring kit. Centrestand, panniers, heated grips? They’re all extra. And after you’ve spent £12,606 you’ll still be missing cruise control and LED headlights. Both find their way onto Yamaha’s newest great-value tourer. This seductive blue GT takes the new 2018 Tracer 900 – high-speed stability, effective electronics, sledgehammer engine – and adds a long list of extras. It lacks the Ducati’s unflustered charm and the MV’S luxurious excess, and high-speed handling should be more responsive. But the addictive engine and bulging bag of extras make its low sticker price almost unbelievable.
‘The addictive engine and bulging bag of extras make its low sticker price almost unbelievable’