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Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

Big-bore touring bikes the handling and brakes to cash all the the engine can write.

August 1, 12:00 AM

In the movie Top Gun, Tom mode of earthbound transportation is a And it’s not because he can’t a car. It’s because two are generally twice as much fun as

Way more. If you want to be bad and fast and when you’re not in your then straddle some horsepower and watch the asphalt under your front

The final ingredient of this recipe, of course, is your somebody else as company. a weekend’s worth of two-up requires hauling more than you can carry in your So to do this right, you’ve got to a motorcycle that offers seating for two, enough space for clean unmentionables, gear and assorted other

What you’re going to is a stylish bike with a powerful motor, excellent sure brakes, detachable carriers, a seating position somewhere between a sportbike’s and a lazy tourer’s, and a windscreen to your teeth free of bugs. To help you understand currently available in the sports-tourer we assembled 10 bikes from the world in Southern California. At we tried to.

Despite our best both Victory and Harley-Davidson unable to supply us with the we hoped for, due to logistical But this would hardly be a test if there were not a in it. Ditto for Victory, so we included the they were able to us.

Here are our findings, in alphabetical within geographical group with bikes made in followed by those made in and Europe).

Honda ST1100 ABS II

The bike in this category is fresh and contemporary, and, nearly a decade in production, unchanged. The Honda’s riding for both rider and passenger is The seat is wide and has enough of a to allow the passenger to see above the shoulder.

Steering effort, in tight, twisty downhills, is enough to make you wonder why of the other, lighter bikes your forearms quake a couple dozen bottom-gear

The ST1100’s four-cylinder engine longitudinally, making for a bike narrower between the ankles many, and it certainly uncomplicates the needed to drive the enclosed The modest powerband is wide but not torquey. Lots of throttle a blatting, annoyingly modest note.

Kawasaki Concours

the Honda, the Kawasaki has an eminently seating position for rider and However, the seat padding is a harder and a shorter passenger can real problems seeing the rider’s shoulder. Our second-seater complained that the right peg-which shares some hardware with the exhaust enough to keep that foot tingling for a half-hour the ride is over.

Like the the Kawasaki is a fine middle-of-the-road bike with no outstanding or gleaming high points.

Suzuki Bandit 1200S

The is affordable, well-made, fast and It’s technically not a sport but with the factory-accessory soft strapped on the rear seat, it close. The seating position is upright for both riders, but the is short.

The powerplant is right on Although, like the other bikes, it’s perhaps a short on low-end and midrange While the Bandit has few rough neither does it shine in any area.

Yamaha FZ1

We found the to be much like a Suzuki with attitude. The FZ1’s position is too hunched over for you to to spend much time the freeways. Handling is razor-edged.

We ourselves carving and recarving of California’s more lonely

The engine is surprisingly soft at speeds and simply explodes at rpm. Getting the front off the ground and keeping it there is all too But, antics are not likely to your rear passenger than it did ours.

The Yamaha’s already has enough to complain thanks to the skimpy capacity of the soft bags.

Buell S3T

The Buell is pretty good. the bike’s hard springs do not real road feel the bars. The Harley-based 1200cc has plenty of low- and midrange Plus, it carries the powerband into the rev range than the necessitating fewer gear

But in spite of Buell’s innovative system, at standstill the bike like an outboard with a prop.

The seat is hard and for rider and passenger. And perhaps disappointingly, the S3T uses only a front disc, which explain the spongy feeling in the

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Glide

Not the Dyna T-Sport we had for, this Road is a limited-edition factory custom carrying almost 10 grand in It’s not the kind of bike pick to tackle Laguna Surprisingly, it managed to keep up the back of the pack on Mulholland well ridden.

This is a good example of the center of of Harley-Davidson’s renascence, a blend of V-twin engineering and Harley’s excellent build quality with 1550cc of fuel-injected Cam 88B Screamin’ Eagle engine.

The position is sit-up-and-beg upright, and the and passenger may as well be in an easy However, the chrome crash are located just in front of the so your passenger should some bruises.


This bike is really of a sport cruiser than the we had hoped for. And that the bike’s styling-and its handling. handlebars as wide as Stone Steve Austin, the Victory eager to be stuffed into a although we never dragged on the pavement no matter how far we leaned.

The clutch and the brake levers more finger strength a frozen lid on a jar of pickles.

The big twin gobs of power right off with plenty of punch for off corners. Unfortunately, the power and are all used up by about 5000 And shifting the Victory is not to be taken gears make a clunking like a dropped anvil shifting.

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

Passenger appointments are Fit and finish is first-rate, though the lines, wiring looms and components are not tucked away out of It’s also the only that weeped oil from the

BMW R 1150 R/T

The shaft-drive R/T feels tall and tippy. This has more high-tech features a PlayStation 2. Start with the system-it’s hydraulically boosted by the ABS providing short lever and extremely light, progressive and feel. The seats and handgrips are heated.

The windscreen is motorized to up and down 6 in.

Handling is excellent, you get used to the high center of Our passenger voted this the most worthy of a cross-country

Ducati ST2

This machine is an universal object of lust for men and women. The Ducati’s assorted clatter is unmistakable, as is the 90- twin’s exhaust note. The ST2’s is razor-sharp, with the powerful twin front discs of lifting the rear wheel off the pavement in a high-speed stop only two fingers on the lever.

Some of the other bikes more power, but often concentrated in one corner of the tachometer. The doesn’t care. Just the throttle back, hang on and leave town with significant other.

The crisp comes at the expense of a riding with high pegs, drooping handlebars and serious lean. Great for racing, but not to traveling on the freeway for more a few minutes.

Fit and finish is superb, and the have more usable inches than any other here.

Triumph Sprint ST

once-proud brand of bike is after virtually putting out of business a generation ago by building unreliable bikes. The powerband is not as immediate as the Ducati’s, but a strong and turbine-like smoothness to the very end of the tachometer make this one of our favorites on fast sweepers. also a favorite ride on the with low pegs and a soft, seat.

We are really impressed the bike’s fit, finish and hardware. The Triumph’s saddlebags are the ones in the test that use two latches to close.


The bikes are all competent machines. The Kawasaki and Honda are tremendously but they don’t inspire us. The and, in particular, the FZ1 are standard/sportbike-flavored but still could be pressed service for extended or overnight

The Harley really can’t be with the others because do Harley buyers cross-shop for brands. The Buell’s rough-edged image is well-deserved, but few passengers be willing to put up with the vibration, if they could get past the graphics. The Victory, kitted out a windscreen and saddlebags, might a decent traveling bike for whose driving style include frightening horses.

need to change some on the Ducati to make it an acceptable But we love the sounds it makes and the way it around a corner. The BMW is a technical de force, with more on board than Apollo 11.

Its and competence make it one of our favorites.

leaves the Triumph Sprint ST. It in first or second in every and we’ve yet to find the fatal so it’s our overall winner.

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring


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