Top 10 sports tourers 2017

Want to do a bit of everything? A sports tourer might just be the bike for you

SPORTS tourers are among the hardest bikes to define. It’s a class that arguably contains machines as wide-ranging as the Suzuki Hayabusa and the Yamaha Tracer 700. And ‘arguably’ is a key word here, as the exact qualifications for a sports tourer depend very much on whether you’re interested in the ‘sports’ or the ‘tourer’ aspect.

For our list we’re trying to keep both in mind. So we’re thinking of bikes that you could happily jump on at a moment’s notice and ride to the south of Spain, but when you get there would also be comfortable doing a few laps of Almeria.

Here, then, is our top 10 countdown, starting with...

10: Triumph Sprint GT

We’ll almost certainly be waving goodbye to the Sprint GT soon, as it’s likely to disappear from the range in the next year or so, but it’s actually a hidden gem in Triumph’s line up. Yes, it’s based on the old Sprint ST, but in GT form it really hit its stride. These days it comes up short on the high-tech front – where’s the TFT display, traction control etc? – but comes up trumps on value for money at under £9k.




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