Sport-Touring Test Underway
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Our sport-touring steeds gaze at the Columbia River (top) before approaching our Day 1 destination, Aberdeen (bottom).
With the first days of Fall approaching, it’s time to get those long-distance tours finished before the rain and cold take over for good. Here at the Motorcycle USA HQ in Medford, Oregon, we’ve rustled up a trio of bikes for this year’s sport-touring comparison: the all-new Triumph Sprint GT
, Honda VFR1200 and Kawasaki Concours 14. Yesterday we bolted up Interstate 5 through Portland and turned west to the coast on Washington’s Highway 4 then north on US 101 to our night’s digs at Aberdeen. It’s been my experience that coast towns are either fluffy tourist havens, or gritty working towns with some dirt under the fingernails. Aberdeen is the latter. Already the scenery’s been amazing on Day 1 and today promises even more, with good weather and a great riding up the coast and through Olympia National Park.
Now before you get down to the comments section and start typing “Sport-touring, but why no (FJR, BMW K1300, Honda ST1300…). We snagged the bikes that were available, namely the all-new Sprint GT. BMW is keen to have its new Inline-Six K1600GT be its featured flagship touring model, but the big Beemer is unavailable as of yet. The FJR was not available either, as it appears there may be a redesign in its future too. So the 2011 Sport-Touring test will be a massive humdinger that we’re already looking forward to! For the here and now, we’ve got our Sprint GT, VFR and Concours 14.
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