Sport-Tourer Comparison- Aprilia RST1000 Futura vs. BMW R1150RS…

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Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

Sport-Tourer Comparison– Aprilia Futura vs. BMW R1150RS vs.Ducati ABS vs. Honda VFR800 ABS vs.Triumph ST–The Flexible Five

Comparison– Aprilia RST1000 vs. BMW R1150RS vs.Ducati ST4s ABS vs. VFR800 ABS vs.Triumph Sprint Flexible Five

It’s a gig, building a sport-touring On the one hand you’ve got to design in “sport” to keep the fun factor But on the other hand, the bike comfort and amenities to satisfy the part of the equation.

We gathered sport-tourers and went for a two-day, flog–and then some–to which bike best the two halves into a perfect

This eclectic mix of bikes the gamut from an almost-new liquid-cooled V4 to an old German air/oil-cooled with practically everything in The Aprilia RST1000 Futura, one of the company’s successful Mille V-twin spinoffs, has been for several years and was the focus of our staff tour in 2001 States, Three Days,” ‘01). BMW’s R1150RS was the boxer to receive the updated oilhead engine 10 years and has been steadily tweaked then with bigger lighter wheels and brakes, and ABS and servo-assisted linked brakes.

The gets its 996cc motor the sporty side of Ducati’s and has steadily evolved since its introduction as the 916cc ST4. New year are an improved seat, new and instruments and a reshaped fairing. VFR800 Interceptor moved into this category its ‘02 redesign (”Red Techno-Buff,” ‘02).

And the Triumph Sprint ST triple–upgraded in ‘02 the …-cast engine common to the Triple and 955i–was the winner of our sport-touring test, way back in ‘00 Centerstand Quartet,” Feb. All these stories, as well as a few tidbits, are online at

Nothing better than the tour portion of the test out of the way as as possible, so the opening part of our took place on California’s 5–hot and hilly as it winds its way the Grapevine north of Los Angeles. Cook, quick to complain at the of times, found the Futura a ride for this portion, decent wind protection only a bit of turbulence, great and a nicely shaped saddle bike’s, not his own) as pluses. you’d think the dual-counterbalanced would be silky smooth, one of the busiest-feeling of the five on the freeway.

We all Kunitsugu drew the short being “saddled” with the BMW for the leg of the trip, but Kento said at the first stop. The R1150’s riding position and wide, seat are plenty comfortable for a spell on the road. As long as you the revs low–easy to do with the sixth gear–the engine is enough; venture above 70 though, and the buzzing in the bar and pegs

With the RS’s adjustable you can dial in a comfortable amount of protection for your torso and but the screen’s narrowness leaves shoulders out in the breeze.

While the BMW is maxing out at 80 mph, the is just getting started. Its tall gearing has the engine along at freeway speeds, and gear is only good for illegal speeds–probably why Steve (back in the fold after ostracized for a short period) even mention the gearing at the stop. The mild thrumming of the twin seems sewing-machine after the BMW, and this new seat is comfortable for about an

Much more than however, and the seat’s crowned combined with stiff and ergos at the sporty end of this will have you squirming.

Marc Santarpio from thought the VFR’s engine was smooth for his highway jaunt, but the riding position was a bit cramped–as expect for a big guy on the sportiest bike Wind protection is good, and the not as plank-hard as recent CBR examples–is the plush of the five.

As keeper of the map and of the trip, yours truly up on the most comfortable bike for a haul–the Sprint ST. The combination of perfect ergos for touring, a shaped seat, softly suspension and that velvet-smooth engine make the Triumph of daylong trips with

The reach to the bars is a bit far for shorter which can force you to the harder portion of the seat at times, and expansion joints are felt than on the other bikes of the damping-rod fork. Otherwise, not much to complain about on the


With the droning of the trip out of the way, the fun–and the ego While at every stop our raved or bashed certain of the bikes, oddly enough much was mentioned about the Flying under the radar, the really does nothing as a sporty bike.

The engine is peppy enough and has a flat spread, as you’d expect its Mille heritage. Off/on response is acceptably smooth, and the and suspension remain composed. The plain old Brembos, are the best of bunch. Nonetheless, just you forget the Aprilia is a sport-tourer and try to it behave like a sportbike, the MEZ4s and the centerstand remind you in a

At aggressive lean angles the are slippery and tend to let the bike in the last little bit; the issue and the centerstand digs in (though only our, um, testers complained about we’ve got to stop using ex-Motorcyclist staffers).

Switch the Futura to the BMW and you’re in for a shock. The RS to be kept on the boil to make and hand in hand with higher rpm is a hammering vibration. aspects of the BMW don’t so much performance as they are unsettling: The front end, while good wheel control bumps and some built-in effect, offers little under braking.

The linked and assisted brakes are powerful, but again, they little feel and no progression. And the handlebar adds to the front vagueness, especially over pavement. Still, nothing the boxer twin motor off corners surprisingly well and a rider will by no means get behind on the BMW.

With its background, you’d expect the to shine when the road twisty; however, details in the leave the package a bit short in company. The engine is quite and easily the most powerful of the but the tall gearing and very throttle response make it to harness that steam. The with a top-shelf Showa and an hlins shock, is quite and the brakes, though plenty lack feel and progression.

the ST4s undoubtedly has the most our particular test unit had vibrating brakes (unlike example we tried, on which the didn’t shudder but had much stopping power), and was delivered a severely worn (and rear tire, which cord at the end of our trip. Why Ducati to fit such a quick-wearing 180-sized tire to the heavy, powerful we’re not sure.

The Interceptor be considered the overdog in this as it’s more sport-oriented, and for the part that is the case. The and handling are outstanding, with yet sportingly stiff suspension, and reasonably light steering and stability. Heavy riders regularly touch down the feelers; push hard and the pipe will soon also.

The linked ABS brakes require a bit of because the front end dives when you apply just the brake, and the front brake sits way too high and can’t be down. But the big letdown is the VTEC which is lethargic and uninspiring in company. Even above rpm with all 16 valves flailing there’s just not enough jam to the Honda’s heft (and

It’s the heaviest in this at a rapid pace.

The Triumph just the opposite comments our testers–a fantastic engine let by a so-so chassis. The Sprint’s mill has a great power with good throttle (though the twistgrip’s throw is a bit and a silky smoothness right to The brakes have adequate power, but the lever has an unsettlingly movement before anything

Steering is neutral and reasonably and on smooth roads the Trumpet’s is quite controlled. There’s decent clearance, with the peg feelers grinding when the heats up. But hit some bumps or be with the throttle or brake and the front fork will the bike pitching about the Minnow on a three-hour tour.

riders will have an time, but the bike is too softly for heavier riders to be aggressive.

At The Office

With the votes and the opinions in, it’s the Aprilia comes out on top here. The remaining are let down by details that even be an issue considering each bike costs. The BMW has an because it’s definitely the bike of the group.

Still, the brakes could be sorted, and more steam hurt. The Ducati, for all its top-notch should be an easy winner but is by its brakes, unsorted handling and inconsistent clutch. The Honda more torque for serious and the Triumph needs better and brakes.

The Aprilia is ranked at the top not so because of anything particularly but rather because it handles sport and touring duties equal ease and no fanfare. In words, this class is territory for a comfortable, capable with nice bags and no offered at a decent price.


Suspension Settings

RST1000 Futura


preload: 3 lines showing

damping: 1 turn out from stiff

Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura
Aprilia RST 1000 Futura

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