Best Sports Touring Motorcycle of 2021


Best Sports Touring Motorcycle of 2021: Ducati Multistrada V4 S

Best Sports Touring Motorcycle of 2021: Ducati Multistrada V4 S

With the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour take the high honors of our Sports tourism MOBO in 2020, it should come as no surprise that the 2021 Multistrada V4 S further strengthens the Italian dominance of the category. The new Multi V4 is fundamentally better in every way, from its powerful new V4 that can act as a lightweight tourer or wild canyon ripper, to its more versatile 19-inch front wheel and world-class electronics package that includes a Adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring as well as Ducati Skyhook electronic suspension. The new Multi continues to impress in a surprising way for a bike of its size.

As mentioned in our recent heavyweight naked bike shootout, Ducati has managed to tune its V4s – the Granturismo variant in this case – in a way that provides a dual-purpose feature that makes the 1,158cc engine easy to use in town or for touring while still delivering jaw-dropping performance when in use. pull on its tail. This, combined with the variable drive modes, TC, ABS and electronic suspension, allows the user to fine-tune the ride as they see fit. Where the Granturismo also comes in handy for touring riders is its 36,000 mile service intervals thanks to Ducati ditching the Desmo valve train for a more conventional spring system.

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 Review – First round

The addition of the 19-inch front wheel greatly helps the all-terrain chops of the new Multi, where the 17-inch wheel of the previous model was never very inspiring in soft terrain. This comes at the expense of some flexibility on the road, but not enough to cause much concern. If sports tourism is exclusively your cup of tea, the Model Pikes Peak uses 17 inch wheels and will guarantee an exhilarating ride. The larger front wheel doesn’t diminish performance enough to pull it away from this class, rather it adds to the Multi’s bag of tricks.

With 170 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of claimed torque, premium brakes are needed and the Brembo Stylemas combined with the stable chassis keeps the ride well composed even when it shouldn’t be. The ergonomics also place the pilot in a perfectly neutral position and there are also numerous passenger accommodations. In our opinion, the Multistrada V4 S is a stellar touring machine that can deliver performance that probably won’t leave any rider missing, and it should cost $ 24,095.

Finalist for Best Sport Touring Motorcycle of 2021: Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

In a landscape where adventure motorcycles encroach on the area of ​​cycle tourism, the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is a breath of fresh air. To be fair, many adventure touring bikes do the touring job very well, but for the sporty aspect of it all, the tall and narrow front wheels take away some of that magic.

The Tracer 9 GT doesn’t pretend to be an adventure bike. It makes this point clear with its 17-inch wheels at both ends, letting it be known that it’s made for asphalt paver ribbons. Mix that up with the bigger 890cc Triple first seen on the update MT-09, a five-gallon fuel tank, luggage, luxury front and rear seats, adjustable bars and footrests, electronic suspension and the R1’s Driver Assistance Package – including a smaller IMU – and you have the recipe for a helluva sport-touring package.

During our First lap with the Tracer 9 GT, in and around the Los Angeles foothills, the combination just worked. The 890cc engine is a low love, but can get you around enthusiastically once you turn on the taps. All the while, that sweet three-cylinder song comes out of the exhaust. With its sophisticated electronics, even if you find yourself a little uncomfortable, the TC will engage gently to remind you to keep your throttle hand in check.

2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Review – First Lap

Whatever your body type, the adjustable seat and ergos ensure that you will feel comfortable for long rides in the saddle. Even the wind protection offered by the (manually) adjustable windshield is nice. It’s as concentrated of a sport-tourer as the Tracer line has ever been, and at $ 14,899, it gets the job done without breaking the bank.

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