The tourer: Kawasaki 1400GTR

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Rich, 43, has owned his 1400GTR for seven years and 80,000 miles

AF­TER A BLAST on the roads around An­dover, Rich’s smile is wide: “I like it. I’m im­pressed with its power de­liv­ery; it’s for­giv­ing and sta­ble at low speed and then sud­denly it hits. I thought I’d be fight­ing a more ag­gres­sive, heav­ier beast but it’s well ex­e­cuted. The rid­ing po­si­tion is far more sports­bike but it’s not heavy on the wrists — you lean for­ward but it’s not forc­ing you. It’s not as loud as I thought it would be — it doesn’t sound yob­bish! No is­sues with the throt­tle — it’s very smooth; there’s noth­ing rough about the bike. Not sure if it’s a tourer though — I pre­fer the seat, high bars and screen of the GTR. Even get­ting a tankbag on it is tricky but it comes with a cen­tre­stand. So yes, it’s im­pres­sive and beau­ti­fully en­gi­neered but I’m not sure if I’d want to spend a week and 2000 miles on it.”

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