The £11,299 (2020 launch price) Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT looks temptingly affordable, especially with its new electronics.
But do the cheaper middleweights, like the Triumph Tiger 900 or Ducati Multistrada 950, outclass it? I’d also like to see if it can handle the rough stuff, while a two-up trip to France should test its touring mettle.
The rider Jordan Gibbons, News Editor, 29, 5ft 7in. Riding for 13 years, both on and off-road. Jordan.email@example.com
Bike specs 1037cc | 107bhp | 236kg | 855mm seat height
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