Best Touring Motorcycle of 2019


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Best Touring Motorcycle of 2019: BMW R1250RT

Best Touring Motorcycle of 2019: BMW R1250RT

Well the new RT 19 took 20 pounds compared to the R1200RT that came before it, but a good thing about that weight gain is that it’s much easier for us to justify calling it the best touring bike – an award that’s traditionally given to your Golden wings and your FL Harley-Davidson.

2019 BMW R1250RT Review

Six hundred and thirty-seven bees (with 6.6 gallons of fuel on board) is still a lot of motorcycle, but it’s at less 150 pounds lighter than a Gold Wing or a ‘Glide. And now that the new Twin 1254 cc boxer, with Shift Cam technology, has been squeezed under the decks, the new RT seems just as eager to move two people and their things with as much gusto as these two. Maybe more. It looks like you don’t really need 1,800cc to produce 121 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque, an amount of each that seems more than enough. Plus, BMW made the new engine even more fuel efficient while they were at it: we saw around 45 mpg figures on our beloved long-term RT test.

2019 BMW R1250 RT vs. Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT SE +

It’s not like giving up the big gear on touring bikes, either. Electronic suspension, with a new self-leveling feature, means you’ll never have to mess with preload again. This large electric windshield lets you adjust your preferred airflow, and the central locking with remote control lets you get in and out of bags like the first world. We have heated seats as well as handles, a stereo system… What is missing is the large TFT screen that BMW has offered to its GS line; once you get past the offense stage, you don’t really miss it. Okay, maybe a little.

What you gain with the RT’s reduced mass compared to a full tourer is increased athletic performance (not to mention the less strenuous experiences in driveways and parking lots). Granted, Gold Wings and ‘Glides can demolish back roads as well, but the physics of the thing mean that a much lighter bike can go even better, with a dramatically increased safety margin thanks to ABS and TC electronics. tilt sensitive. For 2019, less touring bikes are more. This year we are blowing up the boxes!


Finalist for Best Touring Motorcycle of 2019: Honda Gold Wing Tour

Finalist for Best Touring Motorcycle of 2019: Honda Gold Wing Tour

Nothing has changed since last year when the Honda Gold Wing Tour won last year’s MOBO tour. When a manufacturer produces a complete update to a flagship motorcycle, we don’t really expect big changes next year. So Honda didn’t surprise us by sticking to the status quo this year. Still, there is a lot to love about the wing.

2018 Honda Gold Wing Tour review

Power is still derived from the same 1833cc, 24-valve SOHC flat-six with two transmission options, 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT. We still love the double wishbone front suspension which reduces diving. Watching the linkage do its job on all kinds of different pavement qualities is a great way to get through the miles of a long day in the saddle. In addition, the cold front section allowed the engine to be mounted further forward for better handling. So when the road gets twisty, the Gold Wing is just as comfortable as it engulfs large expanses of freeways.

Yet there is always room for improvement. Two key cuts drew a lot of criticism when this iteration of Wing was released. We’re less concerned with the smaller gas tank since the range can reach over 200 miles – although a little more would be nice. However, the 27% reduction in cargo capacity leaves some people short of space for their gear. We will be interested to see if / how Honda resolves this issue in the future.

The Wing’s full infotainment system revolves around a beautifully laid out 7-inch TFT display screen, housing the menus for driver aids, the audio system and, most importantly, the navigation system. Including 10 years of GPS map updates with the system is a nice gesture. Additionally, Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to access their favorite entertainment and navigation apps. Standard Bluetooth also allows riders to listen to music, navigation, and phone calls privately through their headphones, if they choose.

For these reasons and more, the 2019 Honda Gold Wing Tour is the Motorcycle.com Best Tourer finalist of 2019.


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