If you’re in the market for a motorcycle with the look and power of a sport bike combined with the long-distance comfort and features of a touring motorcycle, look no further, sport touring motorcycles are designed for just that.
Sport touring motorcycles could easily be mistaken for a standard sport bike by the untrained eye due to their sleek design and ability to easily crank out speed and power. The touring element comes to play with the motorcycle's upright seating positions, fairings and higher windscreens, larger fuel tanks for extended range, passenger seat, and luggage system. Essentially, sport touring models are sport bikes that have been modified to efficiently handle hours on the road.
A sport tourer tends to lean the rider slightly more forward in the seated position than they would on a touring motorcycle model, but the rider is in much more of an upright position than they would be on a pure sportbike. The bikes provide a decent amount of storage space making them an ideal candidate to travel on long road trips or holidays. They usually also feature footpegs for anyone wanting to bring a companion with them.
The bikes are perfect for adrenaline junkys looking to have fun up in the mountains, lean into the curves, or accelerate on the straights. If you’re new to riding it’s hard to know where to begin your search for a new sport touring bike. Although there isn’t one bike that’s better than all the rest, there are some models that we see riders gravitating to more frequently. The best sport touring motorcycles for beginners are those that are comfortable to ride, have plenty of power, and are able to handle long-distance trips. Some of these include the BMW R1200RT, the Ducati Multistrada 1200, and the Yamaha FJR1300.
There’s more where that came from, so we’ve compiled a full list of sport touring motorcycles that are perfect for beginners.