Comfortable to ride, good tank range, decent luggage space, and effortless mile-munching ability.

It’s no surprise touring by motorbike is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to ride.

In this new list, we’re looking at the 10 of the best touring motorcycles money can buy…but which will come out on top?

10. Suzuki V-Storm 1050

Kicking the list off, we have a member of the big 4!

Through a makeover and a new set of clothes Suzuki have reinvented their V-Storm 1000, enter: The V-Storm 1050. A restyled exterior, upgraded electronics, and Euro5 compliant motor work hand in hand to create a repackaged adventure tourer.

Experience the bike’s power through its liquid-cooled, V-twin engine and witness its versatile nature as you take adventure to the next level. With low RPM feel that deep rumble as you accelerate smoothly and cruise comfortably. Monitor and control speed effortlessly through heaps of advanced rider technology including Suzuki easy start system, clutch assist, and traction control.

The compact and lightweight frame is slim, even with a 20L tank, and lets you place your feet firmly on the ground whilst stationary, so you’ll feel stable and have the capacity to ride for miles and miles. And the fun doesn’t stop there, Suzuki has included all the characteristics tourers are famous for – long-range, adjustable screen, relaxed seating position, and steady low-end horsepower.

Based on its flagship spec, and compared to its competitors, the V-Storm 1050 competes pretty well, and it helps that it's extremely well priced coming in at just under £10k. So, if you’re after a tourer that looks the part and aren’t too fussed about keeping up with some of the bigger boys (even though its power is still impressive) then prepare to ride up a V-Storm on this whirlwind. 

Engine 1,037cc, 107 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 20L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 855mm
Weight 236kg
Price (starting from) £9,999

9. Harley Davidson Road Glide Special

Are you looking for a classic tourer that captures the spirit of American touring and has bags of power and, well, bags for all your stuff? Well, we’ve found it. Introducing: Harley Davidson’s Road Glide Special.

An epic 1,868cc Milwaukee-Eight engine unlocks the Road Glide’s full potential and gives it a complete identity of its own. Compared to its heavy-weight rivals, the Road Glide is the heaviest with the lowest power output so, if you are looking for something a little faster, this model isn’t going to get your heart racing, but don’t get me wrong, with 89hp this bike can still move and quick at that, it just won’t be as nimble as some of the others but, then again, you should expect this with its cruiser styling.

Moving onto the design, feel protected through its bulky, tough-looking exterior and shark nosed face, roll with style and attitude with black, glossy wheels and a sleek fairing, and be spoilt for choice with the range of colourways available – I definitely think the Billard Teal with chrome finish is my favourite!

As we all know, Harley Davison are a flagship, world-renowned brand, and they haven’t disappointed with their Road Glide Special. Even though it’s one of the most expensive bikes on the list, coming in at a whopping £24,995 (starting price), we all know H-D’s are made to last and normally due to low depreciation have great resale value. So, if the budget is there then this is a stand-out model that is sure to satisfy and impress!

Engine 1,868cc, 89 hp, Milwaukee-Eight® 114, air-cooled
Fuel tank 22.7L
Brakes Front and rear fixed 4-piston
Seat height 695mm
Weight 387kg
Price (starting from) £24,995

8. Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX Performance Tourer

Still keeping all that character and sports-spirit you know and love, but with a few added extras, the new Ninja SX is receiving a glow-up for 2021.

Get ready to see a double bubble smoke windshield for weather protection and front and rear frame sliders for extra bodywork protection. Reaching an exciting 142 hp, through that mighty 1,043cc liquid-cooled engine, makes this beauty 2hp more powerful than its former 2020 self!

It’s packed full of tech too! Expect to see Kawasaki’s traction control, anti-lock braking system, and cornering function, as well as, ABS, assist and slipper clutch, cruise control, and smartphone connectivity.

For all that, the starting price for the Ninja SX comes in at £12,349, with that price increasing to £12,549 if you want to change the colour from 'Carbon Grey' to 'Moondust Grey' or that legendary 'Blazed Green'. But all in all, that’s pretty good going compared to the £15k+ price tag of some of the competition.

It’s clear to see that Kawasaki is yet again bringing that magic combo of style, power, and versatility to the table with both models featured on our list.

Engine  1,043cc, 142 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank  19L
Brakes  Front and rear disc
Seat height  835mm
Weight  235kg
Price (starting from)  £12,349 (Carbon Grey) £12,549 (Moondust Grey & Blazed Green)

7. Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

It may have the lowest displacement, but with an 890cc liquid-cooled engine it’s Yamaha’s sportiest tracer ever and is packed full of fancy new spec – including LED cornering lights, heated grips, and a lightweight frame – all set to provide that classic touring comfort and rideability.

Furthermore, with the addition of a quick shift system, lean-sensitive rider aids and electronic suspension Yamaha has utilised modern-day tech to ensure the ride is as stable, precise, and smooth as possible.

Hard side cases, that can fit a full-face helmet, are included as standard and as well as this, you’ll have the option to fit an extra top case. But don’t worry because the floating luggage system makes sure the bike is balanced and doesn’t feel too heavy – even when fully loaded!

Priced at £12,202, Yamaha’s Tracer 9 GT is set to take over the sports touring market!

Engine 890cc, 117 bhp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 19L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 810-825mm
Weight 220kg
Price (starting from) £12,202

6. Kawasaki Versys 1000S Tourer

For 2021, Kawasaki are giving their much-loved Versys 1000 range a makeover. Expect to see a higher spec with truckloads of extra bling and tech for rider convenience and comfort including 56L panniers, LED lights, adjustable windscreen, TFT dash, and heated grips.

And just wait until you hear this –  through the use of highly durable paint, you won’t need to worry about light scuffs or marks because the semi-liquid molecules in the coating work to change the appearance of the bodywork and remove any moderate damage caused.

And the tech doesn’t stop there either…get ready to see traction control, an anti-lock brake system, cornering function, and integrated rider modes.

A 1043cc in-line engine brings the fun factor and though not designed for off-road use, long-travel suspension and lightweight 17” wheels give it that all-important quick and sporty handling.

Kawasaki has created a true recipe for success that really will (as the green giants say) let the good times roll!

Engine 1,043cc, 118 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 21L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 840mm
Weight 255kg
Price (starting from) £12,999

5. Triumph Tiger Sport

Balancing the comfort of a tourer with the sleek nature of a race-ready sports bike, Triumph’s Tiger Sport is redefining the world of long-distance riding.

Triumph’s signature triple 1,050cc engine, a sporty frame and 3 riding modes work together to improve the capability and overall response of this versatile and athletic mile-muncher.

Advanced rider tech such as cruise control and ABS maximise comfort, control and delivers an all-around dynamic two-wheeler that is bursting with character. Matte black bodywork and neon yellow detailing catches the eye and provides a clean, funky, and striking finish.

I’m not finished yet though, with a 6-speed gearbox and ride-by-wire throttle feel the slick response as you maximise power for longer, and with a silencer, you’ll appreciate and really amplify this Tiger’s rich, intoxicating growl.

Saving the best for last, get ready to pounce because priced at £10,950 this model is considerably cheaper compared to the other entries on the list.

Engine 1,050cc, 123 bhp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 20L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 830mm
Weight 218kg
Price (starting from) £10,950

4. KTM Super Duke GT

KTM are blending the performance of the Super Duke R’s v-twin engine with the comfort and equipment needed for all-day riding, not forgetting a few flashy extras, to create a well-rounded, well-equipped, and well-styled sports touring beast. I’m introducing you to the KTM Super Duke GT.

Thanks to the four-valve cylinder heads with titanium valves and the crankshafts low weight, this beauty’s liquid-cooled engine is smooth, powerful, reliable, responsive, and able to reach a mighty 175 hp, the most powerful on our list today in fact!

Built for long-distance, this Duke features refined ergonomics, adjustable suspension, Pirelli tyres, and a 23L fuel tank. The Super Duke GT offers an incredible mix of touring comfort and sports performance.

KTM has also sprinkled this good-looker with all the tech and touring features needed for maximum comfort, control, and convenience, such as multi-adjustable handlebars with over 22mm of movement and four positions, heated grips, a 9-way adjustable windshield for increased weather protection, cornering ABS, LED lights, cruise control, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

And I can’t forget about its styling because it has that classic sporty look the brand is known and loved for!

The Super Duke GT does have a higher price tag, coming in at just over £17k, but with all that spec and KTM’s reputation it ticks a lot of the touring boxes so, it’s hard to argue that this bike wouldn’t make the perfect travel companion.  

Engine  1,301cc, 175 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank  23L
Brakes  Front and rear disc
Seat height  835mm
Weight 209kg
Price (starting from)  £17,249

3. BMW K 1600 GT

BMW’s K 1600 GT brings a stylish, sporty, and confident road presence with all the comforts needed when touring, including a large adjustable electric screen and reshaped fairing to keep you protected from the elements. With the inclusion of Dynamic ESA as standard, BMW's electronic suspension system, which claims to ‘ensure the best damper settings in every driving situation’, the K 1600 GT has true comfort at the forefront of its design. And with a whopping 26.5L fuel tank you’ll ride for miles, and miles, and miles undisturbed!

BMW’s K 1600 GT is a well-equipped, innovative machine with standout features including an emergency call button that, if the worst were to happen, allows you to sound the alarm and contact the emergency services immediately. A dynamic, smooth, and responsive 6-cylinder engine reaching 160 hp. And two rear stainless-steel silencers that not only let you hear that power from that engine but experience it!

If that wasn’t enough, expect to see BMW’s own Duolever suspension, Xenon headlights, watertight storage compartments, ABS, reverse gear, hill-start control, traction control, cruise control, 3 riding modes, luggage rack, and heated seat and grips. 

But even with the higher price tag, with that power delivery, spec, and iconic BMW status, this is a tourer that delivers the whole package and then some!

Engine 1,649cc, 160hp, air/fluid-cooled
Fuel tank 26.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 810-830mm
Weight 206kg
Price (starting from) £19,840

2. Ducati Multistrada V4

After teasing fans for a while Ducati has finally pulled the covers off their 2021 Multistrada V4.

Through 4 perfectly balanced riding modes the V4 has been designed to tackle any terrain and make low-speed manoeuvring easy, comfortable, and fluid. Slice through the wind and reach maximum comfort levels with the signature aerodynamic design that includes a wind cooler bypass, adjustable windshield, and front winglets.

Strongly influenced by its technical soul, Ducati has combined a mixture of functionality, Italian styling, and innovation to create an improved, compact, and unique beast. Producing 170 hp means the V4 is not only the second most powerful model on our list but is also jam-packed full of horizon-chasing power.

It features the most advanced and state-of-the-art Ducati electronics, including blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, lean-sensitive ABS, and Skyhook suspension, evolving the two-wheel world one ride at a time.

As the first model produced with a front and rear radar system, you’ll feel safe, supported, and like the bike has a mind of its own. Its intuitive nature helps to identify and prevent potentially dangerous situations instilling confidence in its rider.

Priced at just under £16k, and with that spec, technology, badge, and being new for 2021, I’m not surprised it’s got such a high price tag – it’s a desirable model that’s definitely earned its place on this list! 

Engine 1,158cc, 170 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 22L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 840-860mm
Weight 240kg
Price (starting from) £15,705

1. Honda GL 18010 – Goldwing

As one of the biggest names in the game, Honda has improved their ultimate tourer the GL18010 (AKA the Goldwing). Though the basic formula has stayed the same – comfortable seating position, weather protective aesthetics, and a large tank –  it’s full of updated features that are set to go for gold. So, what’s new?

A slimmer and lighter frame uses aluminium to improve stability, agility, and steering accuracy. Pro-Arm adjustable suspension and revised damping setting provide a high level of control and luxury that enhances rider and passenger comfort. A 1,833cc liquid-cooled engine produces 170 Nm of torque and with 4 rider modes – tour, rain, econ, and sport – you can spread your (gold) wings and fly down motorways, city streets, and country lanes.

Just shy of £23,000, the Goldwing is more expensive than most of its competition but, built on that reliable Honda reputation, would you expect any less? We didn’t think so either, so based on that it’s got to drive away with the #1 spot!

Engine 1,833cc, 90 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 21.1L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 745mm
Weight 366kg
Price (starting from) £22,849

One last stop

There really is only one type of bike that can accommodate mile after mile whilst providing comfort, style, range and space – and that’s a tourer!

We want to know what you think, let us know your thoughts in the comments below now!

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