5 great mini-twin tourers

Published: 25 June 2009

Who says you need a BMW R1200GS or a Kawasaki GTR1400 to tour over big distances?

A smaller capacity tourer is good on fuel, easy to ride and more fun to throw around when you dump the luggage in the hotel room and go looking for some good roads.

Here's 5 middleweight two-pot tourers that are comfy enough for the motorway and fun enough for the twisties:

 

Honda Transalp

Honda Transalp (2007-current)
"The motor is just quick enough, should last forever, and offers a smile when the mood takes you. The Transalp’s handling isn’t bad, either, considering the market the motorcycle is aimed at. Looks-wise it’s funky, versatile, practical, user-friendly, easy to ride and should prove a top seller for Honda, although it would benefit from a larger tank, bit more power and a sixth gear."

 

Kawasaki Versys

Kawasaki Versys (2006-current)
"As the marketing driven name suggests the Kawasaki Versys is incredibly versatile, the jack of all trades. The Kawasaki Versys does everything well. That said, the Kawasaki Versys is incredibly easy to ride, fun at low speeds and looks funky. At under £5000 for the basic model, the Kawasaki Versys is a versatile bargain."

 

Ducati Multistrada 620

Ducati Multistrada 620 (2005-current)
"The entry level Ducati Multistrada 620 is more of an ‘all-rounder’ motorcycle to the Monsters’ ‘roadster’. The looks are an acquired taste and it’s not got a whole lot up top in the power department but the Ducati Mulitstrada 620 is a good, practical first big motorcycle. A bit more oomph and a bigger tank would have made it even more so."

 

BMW F800GS

BMW F800GS (2008-current)
"BMW's new F800GS is virtually unique: a 750/800 class adventure bike, that to most degrees offers the best of both worlds. It’s light, slim and perky enough to be a credible off-roader yet it’s also substantial, grunty, roomy and potentially sufficiently well equipped to tackle crossing continents. It’s also got a price that’s hugely tempting too."

 

Suzuki V-Strom

Suzuki V-Strom (2004-current)
"As a fun, realistic alternative to a licence-bashing sports middleweight, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom's on to a winner. That engine is sublime, with mountains of really useable power where you want it. To an extent, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is built to a budget, but it’s a real performer. Cost-effective and versatile, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is well worth a second glance."

 

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