Top 10 Sports Tourers

A countdown of the best sports tourers you can buy

Posted: 11 May 2010
by Visordown

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Comfort and speed, with a dash of great handling are some of the ingredients that make up the perfect sports orientated tourer. Today's Top 10 is a breakdown of the best sports tourers that you can buy.

Sports-tourer buying advice.

With buyers of new sports-tourers migrating to adventure bikes, now’s the time to bag a versatile bargain:

  • These bikes tend to be well looked after by mature owners who service them. Steer clear of anything with any tasteless bolt-ons, small plates, loud pipes, small indicators or other rude boy modifications.
  • Some extras are worth having. Quality hard luggage and aftermarket suspension are particularly worthwhile as carrying capacity is handy and these bikes can do loads of miles heavily laden so original suspension can get tired. 
  • High mileage bikes are not uncommon and can be good value for money – if well maintained and that includes things like greasing the rear linkage, head bearings and looking after suspension. 
  • Buying privately can be worthwhile as you can check out the owner as well as the bike, pay less and these machines tend to hide less horrors than most. Do a data check. do an online one that includes motorbikes for £3.95. For that money it’s not worth travelling to view a bike without checking it first.

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Yeah, the brown connector. Go through all the forums and you'll find maybe five out of the thousands build that have had problems. Hardly unreliable.

Posted: 04/06/2010 at 22:58

mine is fantastic done many european trips with the wife and baggage no problem and handles fantastic.

Posted: 09/06/2010 at 09:08

Fantastic R1100SS done thousands of miles on it with my wife and luggage handles great plenty of torque.

Posted: 09/06/2010 at 09:10

Id vote for the twins of that era sometimes incorrectly classed as sports, but are infact sports tourer. The Yamaha TRX850 is lighter and nimbler than the bulky monsters listed, amazing fuel economy and plenty of power for the road. Also the VTR1000F is a hoot as a tourer. But I guess thats why they were discontinued, they just didnt capture the imagination and they weren't classified properly.

Posted: 24/08/2010 at 09:06

Sorry guys bit it is clear this list is seriously flawed, and as such completely invalid. Back to the drawing board for you all as the bike that is missing from this list has consistently been top of the recent years polls when owners are surveyed, and is clearly top sports tourer in those stats. It wiped the floor with ZZR1400's, Busa's (its quicker to a ton than the Busa, and Blackbirds are not in the same league!
The bike?? K1200/1300S! You know I am right!

Posted: 12/09/2011 at 07:54

No mention of the TDM or the TRX 850/900 Yamaha's ? Both can be punted along quite nicely . The TDM leans more towards the tour, and the TRX towards the sport. Reliable, economical, handle, light weight (190kg) reasonably comfy,cheap to maintain, and ooze character. Well at least the TRX :)
That's a hard combination to beat don't you think?

Posted: 15/11/2011 at 03:56

Try softening the suspenders on the Blackbird when things get a bit rough.

BMW rules sports touring.

Posted: 01/12/2011 at 07:01

Odd. Aprilia Falco is listed but not the actual sport touring bike made at the same time. The Aprilia RST1000 Futura. Best seat on a production motorcycle until the K1200s came out, same 997cc V-twin, brilliant panniers and superb weather protection. Also one of the best passenger perches in the business.

Love mine!

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 11:55

Hi Girls and Guys,
I'm getting back on two wheels after a spell away. Must be a midlife crisis or something as I'm nearing 51!
Want sensible suggestions please. Like sports tourers, not too high as I'm 5'4", 29" inside leg. I know kits are available and/or some seats can be lowered. I like the look of honda VTEC but is the "bump" disturbing when it kicks in at low revs? What else do you think I should look at?

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 13:32


5' 4" with a 29" inside leg is a pretty long legged 5' 4" lady... now I am getting side tracked. As a 52 year old male with the same crisis I went for the VFR 800, pre VTEC. Is it the 800 your after or larger? Might be a bit tall but also despite its famed engine...well deserved its great....the 800's are not good below 3000 rpm and to be honest only come into their own above 5000 rpm. There is a tendancy to 'fall' into corners but as long as you have the revs up then you can open up the throttle and power out on line, making the handling great. They were the sporty end in their day, now a sports tourer. Howver if you want more smoothness then go for an in line four shug x

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 05:48

May I suggest the Honda Shadow 750, it has a very low seat. I have a 29" inside leg too and it is fine for me.
On top of that it is an excellent bike.

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:40

The VTEC is fine. The ugly bump that's hated is of little or no significance in all truth, especially on a bike with miles and a service history. I've an 03 and it rides beautifully.

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 03:21

No BMW K series, any K...RS, S? Really? Come on>

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 08:30

You are spot on particularly with the TDM they make a fantastic tourer because they are reliable and very comfortable bike when cover big distances. Sadly journalists always over look the TDM900 but the owners know what a great touring bike they have.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 17:39

TDM? Spot On, brilliant tourer.

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 15:54

I have 2 mates that do massive mileages on CB500s,both are heading quickly for 70,000 miles and both blokes have bigger,much newer machines but prefer the little Honda for touring.
Basically you can tour on anything,or so Ted simon says and he should know.

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 21:56

Huh ? No mention of the big-bore Bandits :-((

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:24

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