The brilliant Australian track is a rider favourite. It has long been considered one of the jewels on the current calendar. Its series of long, flowing curves, taken in third and fourth gear are spread across 2.7 miles of glorious, undulating tarmac. Its proximity to the Bass Straight means it gives Mugello a run for its money in terms of the most spectacular setting of the year.
In the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team) is the man in the lead heading in, but his gap has been cut significantly in recent races – not least of all thanks to a stunner of a triple threat from Izan Guevara (Openbank Aspar Team) in Aragon last time out. The rider now second overall won all three races at MotorLand and from way back on the grid, bringing him to within just 10 points of Artigas’ lead. Can he continue that form in Valencia? There are 75 points on the table in three remaining races for the FIM Moto3™ JWCh, so it’s not the tall order it once was for a late charge at the crown. Artigas has good form at the track though, not least of all a Grand Prix podium in Moto3™ as a wildcard, so it won’t be easy.
Good news from the Americade camp, American 2021 has been announced and is set to take place in the Lake George area on June 7-12, 2021. For more information, please read the official statement below.
From Press Release:
Organizers of Americade are already planning an Americade 2021, and are optimistic that the 38th annual motorcycle rally will be held in the Lake George area on June 7-12, 2021.
“Interest in Americade 2021 is very high because so many 2020 events were canceled, and we are expecting a huge Americade 2021,” said Christian Dutcher, Americade’s director. “Naturally, COVID-19 may have a say in this, and if we need to push Americade later, then we would postpone until later in the year.”
2020’s postponement from June to July, though ultimately canceled, compelled organizers to carefully consider all safety measures put in place by state and federal health agencies while still offering attendees a true Americade experience. Those precautions are still at the forefront of planning for 2021.
“We created a touch-less Americade 2020, which would have made the event a model for how to run a large event during COVID-19,” said Dutcher. “We plan on doing the same in 2021 if needed. It’s simply a safer way to run an event.”
For nearly four decades, Americade has offered not only the best guided and unguided rides in the Northeast, but also the most factory demos of any motorcycle event in the U.S. as well as AMERICADEXPO with the largest concentration of motorcycle vendors in a single location at one time. Lake George area businesses have supported Americade week and consider it to be the kickoff to their summer season.
What do you do when you’re pinned down in Monaco and bored? Voxan had planned to travel to Bolivia last July to have its cutting-edge electric motorcycles break a bunch of speed records, but instead they’re going to Châteauroux airport in France to let their 367-horsepower (270 kW) electric bikes burn some electrons.
Voxan Press Release:
Max Biaggi during the last test sessions of the Voxan Wattman at Châteauroux airport (France)
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BRP Australia has issued a recall for their entry-level Can-Am Ryker three-wheeler roadster because a front wheel may drop off.
Riders have been advised to stop riding their Ryker, according to the official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The issue only affects 30 of this year’s models sold between March 27 and September 26.
Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of affected vehicles are listed at the end of this article.
The notice says the front wheels assembly may not have been installed properly, referring to the amount of torque applied to the installation of a red locking clip (pictured below).
“This could result in a wheel loss, reducing the vehicles handling and control,” the notice quaintly asserts. “This increases the risk of an accident, potentially leading to serious injury or death of the rider or other road users.
“Do not ride your vehicle until it has been inspected and repaired.”
BRP will contact owners by mail and arrange to repair involved vehicles, free of charge.
The company has only issued three other recalls in Australia for their Spyders, twice for brake defects and once for the vehicle bursting into flames.
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Yammie Noob has been giving away free motorcycles like it’s his day job… Because it is his day job. This 2020 Triumph Street Scrambler is one of three motorcycles he is giving away with his “Beginner Bikes Giveaway” Series.
Today ‘Papa Yams’ takes us through a full Revzilla-esq overview and first impression ride of this classy motorcycle. He owns a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Edition with a lot of time on the saddle so he comes from a good place when providing feedback for the motorcycle.
For those unfamiliar, this heritage-based motorcycle comes equipped with a 900cc twin Bonneville engine producing 18% more power than the 2019 model. Triumph knows know to make high-quality bikes, so rest assured this model comes fully equipped with a Brembo front brake caliper, ABS, TC, Rain riding mode (which Yams showcases in the video), and everything else you would expect from an $11,000 motorcycle.
Having a vintage-looking bike equipped with all the modern technology of new motorcycles is always a great option when navigating a market saturated with sportbikes and things that look fast without having to settle for a cruiser.
Yammie Noob takes this Scrambler through the paces in its natural habitat, bringing it off-road – at quite high speeds – and is pleasantly surprised with how it fares on the gravel.
I’m very surprised by Yammie Noobs’ reaction to the motorcycle because he is typically found riding extremely fast sportbikes and this type of riding isn’t up his usual alley. If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on a 2020 Street Scrambler and are still unsure about it, this is the video that will tip you over the edge.
There’s no easy way to catalog the best touring motorcycles ever made. There’s simply too much difference of opinion about what a true touring motorcycle is.
The problem is that touring motorcycles come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Today, it’s a broad genre, and what classifies as a tourer can vary from one rider to the next.
For traditionalists, a real touring motorcycle has an engine with plenty of low-end horsepower, a relaxed riding position, and practical accessories such as large fairings and saddlebags. In the US, the touring segment has its own subgenres, including baggers, dressers, full baggers, full dressers, and more.
However, there are plenty of riders who would class a modern adventure motorcycle as a touring machine. While adventure bikes lean towards rugged riding that asphalt cruising, they do feature comfortable upright riding positions, luggage options, and enormous capability for continent-crossing touring.
Of course, you can also tour on any motorcycle, from a moped to a sports bike, providing that you’re equipped with enough enthusiasm!
For the purpose of this list, we’re going to mention some of the best touring motorcycles ever made but without committing to any clear-cut definitions of what a touring motorcycle truly is. We’re going to look at highlights from across the whole spectrum.
Naturally, the best touring motorcycle is the one that you can afford, but without further ado, let’s look at some of these iconic and crowd-pleasing fan favorites.
Sports Touring Motorcycles
Kawasaki Concourse 14
Kawasaki knows a thing or two about headlining grabbing sports touring machines. There are plenty that we could’ve picked, from the attention-seeking supercharged H2 SX SE+ to the no-less intimidating Ninja ZX-14R. However, we’ve settled on the Concourse 14: a motorcycle that truly offers the perfect balance of sports performance and touring-friendly comfort.
Unlike a lot of larger motorcycles, the Concourse is surprisingly nimble and handles like a real sports bike. It also features an absolute beast of an engine, with a 1,352cc liquid-cooled inline-four delivering 158 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque. It’s got plenty of sport. But—and this is a big problem—especially if you’re comparing it with other large sports-tourers: it doesn’t have cruise control.
The lack of cruise control is a deal-breaker for many touring aficionados. And quite rightly so. However, for those who are more concerned about the performance side of things, with plans to tour every now and again, it’s not such an issue. Even so, the Concourse 14 is a legend. Even without cruise control.
The BMW R1200RT is a fantastic touring motorcycle. It has been a staple of the BMW touring range since it was first introduced in 2005, but it has roots that go back all the way to the late 70s when BMW launched its first Reise-Tourer (travel touring) model.
From 2005 to 2018, the R1200RT was equipped with a powerful 1,170 cc boxer-twin engine with a six-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The result was a potent 109 horsepower and 89 lb-ft of torque, wrapped in a competent and nimble chassis. What made it such a great touring machine was the addition of semi-active suspension, shift assistant pro technology, and of course, remote locking luggage.
Today, the BMW R1200RT has evolved into the BMW R1250RT, a touring machine with almost the same DNA as the older model, but with extra displacement and the addition of variable valve timing.
The Yamaha FJR1300 is a legendary sports touring motorcycle. Ever since it rolled onto the scene in 2001, it has received universal praise almost immediately. When the model made its way to the US a year later, it was met with an even more positive reaction. Over the years, it has developed and evolved into one of the most formidable machines in the Yamaha line-up.
The most advanced iteration of the FJR is the FJR1300ES. It uses a powerful 1,298cc inline-four engine that produces a hearty 142 horsepower and a muscular 101.7 lb-ft of torque. That power is delivered to the rear wheel by a practical shaft drive and kept under control using selectable traction control, chip-controlled throttle, cruise control, and dual-zone ABS.
What makes this one of the best touring motorcycles ever is the fact that it offers comfortable, hassle-free touring but with easily removable bags and plenty of sports performance for days when practical mile-munching isn’t your main priority.
Adventure Touring Motorcycles
While we’ve opted for the R1250GS, it could just as well be any of the big R/GS models of the past 20 years. These bikes are what this subgenre is all about: they’re essentially big dirt bikes with comfortable ergonomics, designed to tour the globe. The most famous GS model would be the R1150GS, the very same model that Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman rode from London to New York in Long Way Round.
The success of Long Way Round ignited a global interest in motorcycle touring, resulting in the R1150GS and its subsequent successors becoming the brands best selling bikes year after year. Touring wouldn’t be the same without them.
The current flagship touring from BMW is the R1250GS. It features a 1,250cc boxer-twin engine that delivers an impressive 136 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. It’s a versatile motorcycle that can take you through narrow city streets, into uncharted off-road territory, and across entire continents. That’s why it’s one of the greatest touring motorcycles ever made.
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
The all-new Africa Twin takes everything that we loved about the original and turns it up to eleven. When the reborn Africa Twin first appeared in 2016, we were instantly smitten, and each year has seen the model improve upon the last. The latest Africa Twin now features a 1,084cc parallel-twin engine that offers 92 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque. Ideal for traveling anywhere.
Previously, we wouldn’t have considered the legendary Africa Twin for a list like this. Sure, it’s a great adventure motorcycle, but it was lacking one key feature. However, Honda righted that wrong in 2020: they added cruise control. In fact, it’s the very same cruise control that you’d find on the Gold Wing.
Add in convenient features such as Apple CarPlay, taller handlebars, optional dual-clutch transmission, selectable ABS, selectable ride modes, and Honda’s very own selectable torque control, and you have a formidable touring machine.
Yamaha Super Tenere 1200
There are plenty of good choices out there to round off this sports touring section, but we feel that the Super Tenere is the best of the rest. It’s rugged, tough, durable, and race-proven. If it’s good enough to compete in the Dakar Rally, it’s good enough for the casual tourer, either on or off-road.
The current Super Tenere uses a 1,119cc parallel-twin engine that produces 110 horses and 84 lb-ft of torque, delivered to the wheel via a rock-steady shaft drive. The power is accessible in the low and mid-range, making it ideal for heavy-duty off-roading or more relaxed highway cruising.
It’s more than just a big dirt bike. Super Tenere riders can enjoy everything you’d expect from a road-focused cruiser too. It’s got heated-grips, additional luggage options, adjustable suspension, and of course, cruise control. Granted, the luggage options aren’t included, but there are plenty of factory add-ons to help riders transform this ride into whatever they need it to be. All for an affordable price too.
Traditional Touring Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson Road Glide
Now that we’re focusing on traditional bags and front-faired touring motorcycles, it would be an injustice not to include the Harley-Davidson Road Glide. The old-school Tour Glide was first introduced in 1979, evolving over the years into the current Road Glide that we have today. It’s an American icon.
The most recent iteration of the Road Glide uses Harley’s relatively new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. It’s a 1,753cc air-cooled V-twin engine that produces approximately 76 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque. This engine has that classic Harley sound and delivers power right where you need it, whether you’re riding in congested city traffic, or stretching your legs on the open road.
It ticks all of the traditional touring motorcycle boxes: it has a large front fairing, an upright riding position, floorboards, a passenger seat, saddlebags, and a comprehensive infotainment system. It’s got cruise control, ABS, fancy electronics, and plenty of storage space.
For some riders, this is the best touring motorcycle there is.
The Indian Roadmaster is another iconic heritage machine designed specifically for touring. Over the years, the Roadmaster has evolved into an instantly recognizable American classic that does exactly what its name suggests: it masters the road.
The modern Indian Roadmaster uses Indian’s beastly Thunderstroke 116 engine. That’s 1,890cc of pure joy or 116 cubic inches in old money. In terms of power, the Roadmaster produces 92 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. We can all agree that the figure is more than enough for solid highway cruising.
Naturally, the Roadmaster features everything a real touring motorcycle needs. It’s got heated seats, heated grips, highway bars, ABS, cruise control, an electronically adjustable rear shock, LED lighting, and an advanced infotainment system. The infotainment system has a 7-inch display and a powerful 200 Watt four-speaker sound system. If that wasn’t enough, the bags and top box can hold up to 37 gallons of storage.
Those are just a few of the highlights of this beautiful touring motorcycle.
The BMW K 1600 GTL is one of the most formidable touring motorcycles currently on the market. If luxurious two-up touring is your thing, then this is a motorcycle worth considering. Not only does it pack a powerful punch in the engine department, but it also features bucket loads of comfortable options to make your next long-distance adventure an absolute breeze.
The GTL is the top model in the K1600 range. Every model uses the same 1,649cc flat-six liquid-cooled engine, which is capable of producing an eye-watering 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. It’s a heavyweight motorcycle, but surprisingly nimble when you take it out in the canyons.
The engine alone would be enough to make anyone fall in love with this tourer, but it’s the level of luxury that sets it apart from the crowd. It has all the bells and whistles. These include heated seats, Dynamic ESA, Xenon headlights, ABS Pro, clutchless shifting, reverse-assist maneuvering, and more.
If that wasn’t enough, it comes with plenty of storage space, which is a must for any serious touring motorcycle.
Honda Gold Wing
No list focusing on the best touring motorcycles ever made would be complete without listing the most important: the Honda Gold Wing. The legendary Gold Wing has been the ultimate touring motorcycle ever since it first rolled onto the scene back in 1974. Over the years, its overall styling has changed, but its mission has remained the same. It was put here by Honda to be the benchmark standard for all touring motorcycles.
The very first Gold Wing used a 999cc flat-four engine with a shaft-driven power train. Back then, it was a very standard looking roadster, without any kind of fairing. Today, it’s an entirely different beast that comes equipped with every bit of equipment that a motorcycle could need. And quite a lot of extra equipment that most motorcycle really don’t need, too.
Today’s Gold Wing uses a gigantic 1,833cc liquid-cooled, horizontally-opposed, six-cylinder engine. It’s a heavy engine that keeps the bike’s center of gravity low, making it ideal for slow-speed maneuvering and stable, speedy highway riding. In terms of power, the Gold Wing produces a maximum of 118 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.
Couple that power with a shopping list of top-shelf features including a premium infotainment system, a slipper clutch, walking mode, cruise control, ABS, Dual-combined braking, and optional DCT, it’s not hard to see why the Honda Gold Wing has remained on top for all of these years.
I find motorcycles are akin to the culinary world in that there is a cornucopia of flavors to analyze and ponder while parked on the couch. We all have our preferences, but some flavors are more pronounced and distinctive than others — low-fat plain yogurt just doesn’t have the complexity of a Pepperoncino pepper. When it comes to unique motorcycles, the 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel leaves a lasting impression on the palate.
The V85 TT line rolls out of Moto Guzzi’s Mandello del Lario factory, on the shore of Italy’s swanky-villa spackled Lake Como, and offers an unexpected proposition: a vintage-styled ADV-Tourer from a heritage brand. With the Stelvio 1200 put out to pasture, a new ADV machine was needed in Guzzi’s ranks, and much like the combination of fried foods and ice cream, the V85 TT was something I needed in life.
Introduced for 2020, the Travel is the third member of the V85 TT lineup and mechanically identical to its brothers. With a few tweaks to the recipe, the Travel is aimed at those looking to rack up mileage faster than a millennial’s college loan debt. Those tweaks include a windscreen with 60-percent more surface area, heated grips, LED fog lights, the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia package, key-matched panniers and an exclusive rugged-looking colorway called Sabbia Namib. Best yet, you get all that for a $400 upcharge above the V85 TT Adventure.
Out on the road, the larger windscreen deflects much more air and reduces buffeting noticeably when behind the Guzzi’s wide handlebar. The comfy 32.7-inch saddle remains the same, and its lower height is an advantage when you need to get your boots on the ground — something that taller, more off-road focused ADV bikes don’t accommodate as easily.
Powering the Goose is the 853cc transverse V-twin with all the Guzzi flavor fans adore, sans the gamey, unrefined top-end juddering of the past. In keeping with tradition, a pushrod valve train is used, while modern engine building influences are reflected in the lighter and stronger titanium intake valves, aluminum rods, updated roller tappet design, a new low-profile piston and a redesigned crankshaft. It’s a far cry from the V7 III powerplant that shares similar architecture — all the soul and none of the funk.
On the Jett Tuning Dyno, our 2020 V85 TT Adventure test bike (January 2020 and on ridermagazine.com) put out a modest 66.3 horsepower at 7,900 rpm and 48.6 lb-ft of torque at 5,300 rpm of supremely tractable power, with buttery low and mid-range grunt that gleefully spools up on a whim. In truth, you’re best served short shifting and exploiting the punchy mid-range power.
Between the well-spaced 6-speed gearbox’s ratios and tractability, it’s easy to put power down when exiting corners in the streets. This middleweight engine hits the sweet spot of useable grunt off-road, too, forgoing the wheel-spinning madness of larger displacement competitors.
A long 60.2-inch wheelbase and relaxed 28-degree rake make the Travel surefooted on tarmac, tipping in without effort and showing nod-worthy sport-touring prowess when the pace picks up. Suspenders are in the form of a 41mm KYB fork and cantilever shock, featuring spring preload and rebound damping adjustment. Initial settings are a bit soft and cranking them up will pay off, especially if you’re feeling invigorated. Once dialed in, the V85 TT can do some quickstepping in the canyons. Off-road, the 557-pound Guzzi asks big questions of the suspension — stick to groomed fire-roads or trails on the way to your campsite, and hopefully, a cast iron pan-fried dinner.
On those longer rides, the robust key-matched panniers are built to take a hit and also stow away your goods. It’s far more convenient than the V85 TT Adventure, which had individual keys for each piece of luggage. At night, I was certainly glad to have the three-level heated grips to stay toasty, and the LED fog lights are a noticeable help.
The 19- and 17-inch wheels laced up with beefy Michelin Anakee Adventure tires are a good pairing, allowing you to hit groomed fire roads and rocky sections with confidence, without sacrificing on-road manners the way a 21-inch front wheel would. Though the wide front tire isn’t particularly adept in sand.
Radial-mount four-piston brake calipers up front grab on 320mm rotors and provide good stopping power, but require a little extra effort at the lever to get the job done quickly. A single two-piston caliper works in junction with a 260mm disc in back, with a fairly relaxed bite that prevents you from prematurely locking the rear in dirt.
Moto Guzzi has done something special with the V85 TT line, creating a distinguished motorcycle that can do a bit of it all; commute, tour, sow wild oats in the canyons and head off for a weekend in the backcountry. The styling and experience give it an unforgettable charm and with the V85 TT Travel’s smart accessories, this model becomes the pinch of salt in the chocolate milk, elevating the whole affair.
2020 Moto Guzzi V 85 TT Travel Specs:
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
Type: Air-cooled, longitudinal 90-degree V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 84.0 x 77.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Valve Train: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: 6,200 miles
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 52mm throttle body
Lubrication System: Wet sump, 2.1-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated dry clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
Charging Output: 430 watts max.
Battery: 12V 12AH
Frame: Tubular steel w/ engine as stressed member, cast aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 60.2 in.
Rake/Trail: 26 degrees/5.1 in.
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Suspension, Front: 41mm USD fork, adj. for spring preload & rebound damping, 6.6-in. travel
Rear: Single shock, adj. for spring preload & rebound damping, 4.0-in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm floating discs w/ radial 4-piston calipers & ABS
Rear: Single 260mm disc w/ 2-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Spoked tube-type, 2.50 x 19 in.
Rear: Spoked tube-type, 4.25 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 110/80-VR19
Wet Weight: 557 lbs.
Load Capacity: 431 lbs.
GVWR: 988 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 6.1 gals., last 1.3 gals. warning light on
MPG: 90 AKI min. (low/avg/high) 36.5/46.3/42.1
Estimated Range: 256 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 3,600
2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel Photo Gallery:
Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO: “First and foremost, I wish to thank Bradley for his efforts this season. He took one the unexpected role of factory rider with great dignity and outstanding performance, and his contribution was extremely valuable. Now we are excitedly awaiting Lorenzo’s début. This promotion is certainly a reward for his great season as a CIV rider, dominating the Superbike category. But it is also a step of growth for a rider who will be a tester for our RS-GP in 2021 as well. Riding our fledgling project in the race as well will certainly be a step forward for Lorenzo and, therefore, for all of Aprilia Racing.”
Pulling away from turn 10 and onto the longest straight section of the track, head all the up to sixth gear before speeding through the fastest corner, turn 11, in fifth – and up to 260km/h. The following two right-hand turns will benefit from shifting to third gear, before preparing for Carro at corner 14, which means back to second gear, or even first if it seems necessary.