the first part we looked at how each bike performed on our long weekend trip, without much of a judgement being made between them. But if you’ve read all three write-ups and got close to $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you’ll want to know the dirt that will help decide where that hard earned cash is going to go.
The new ST 1300, FJR 1300 and ZZR 1200 represent the cutting edge of modern sport-tourers, and although they excel and not-so excel in different areas, they’re all extremely competent when it comes to the long distance ride.
Okay, so last week we talked about where we went, who we went with and what Art thought of the bikes, but what about that wanker ‘arris?
Living in Toronto has its good and bad points. The good is that feeling of being in the middle of it all – there’s lots to do and see. The bad side is, well, that you’re in the middle of it all.
There’s no doubting it, this is a good time to be a motorcyclist. Manufacturers are currently building bikes of a never-seen-before variety, blending core qualities of different styles and throwing in innovative technology wherever possible. Hey, it’s now difficult to choose a genre, let alone a specific bike.
I like scooters. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the way that you sit “inside” them, legs together, as if perched on a chair at the dinner table. However, instead of a nutritious helping of Kraft Dinner, the open road is before you.
Thankfully Triumph have come a long way since the original triple motors that graced such models as the Thunderbird (still around) and the rather bland Thunderbird Sport (dead and good riddance).
Wow, what a difference a motor makes! Triumph have been busy upgrading their triple line with the new 955i motor ever since it debuted in 2001, with the first lucky models to get this gruntmeister heart being the Daytona and Tiger. But that wasn’t all that the Tiger gained, it also got slightly reworked and stiffer suspension, and that makes a BIG difference.
Suzuki’s GSXR 1000 is not a motorcycle for the fainthearted. It’s deceptively easy to ride which is attractive to riders of less experience but rider beware, this bike is bipolar; it has two distinct personalities.
When you swing a leg over the KTM, the 36.4″ seat height seems a little formidable at first as you cramp up trying to get your toes to touch the ground.