Sports Touring Bikes

Whilst they may not have the razor-sharp handling of the very best sports machines, sports tourers are not always as compromised as their name might suggest, in fact in many cases the average rider would be hard-pressed to use their performance to the full even on the confines of a closed racing circuit. Advancements in motorcycle technology have not only offered increased performance, but also improvements in overall ‘rideability’, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the sports touring bike market. Now you can have 99% of the thrills on a bike which is often much easier to live with if you like to rack up the miles, and definitely more comfortable if you regularly carry a pillion passenger!

 

Sports Tourers For Sale

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2013 Honda ST1300 POLICE 2013 HONDA ST1300 55K MILES

2013 Honda ST1300 POLICE  2013 HONDA ST1300  55K MILES
Price:
$3,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
4d 21h 37m
Seller: eBay

2009 Honda ST1300 WABS 2009 Honda ST1300 WABS Used

2009 Honda ST1300 WABS 2009 Honda ST1300 WABS Used
Current price:
$260.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
2
Ends in:
5d 8h 4m
Seller: eBay

2009 Honda ST1300 2009 Honda ST1300 Sport Touring

2009 Honda ST1300  2009 Honda ST1300 Sport Touring
Price:
$5,950.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 12h 31m
Seller: eBay

1993 Honda ST1100 honda st 1100

1993 Honda ST1100  honda st 1100
Current price:
$500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
6d 7h 25m
Seller: eBay

1997 Honda ST 1100, with ABS Great Choice for Sport Touring

1997 Honda ST 1100, with ABS  Great Choice for Sport Touring
Current price:
$1,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
9
Ends in:
0d 9h 23m
Seller: eBay

2004 BMW R-Series 2004 BMW RT 1150

2004 BMW R-Series  2004 BMW RT 1150
Price:
$5,400.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 9h 5m
Seller: eBay

2008 Triumph Sprint 2008 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS with hard bags

2008 Triumph Sprint  2008 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS with hard bags
Current price:
$3,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
5
Ends in:
0d 18h 20m
Seller: eBay

2007 Honda ST1300 -- 2007 Honda ST1300 for sale!

2007 Honda ST1300 -- 2007 Honda ST1300 for sale!
Price:
$6,499.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
21d 1h 8m
Seller: eBay

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 2009 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 2009

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 2009 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 2009
Current price:
$2,642.80
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
2d 6h 21m
Seller: eBay

2005 BMW R 1200 ST 2005 BMW R 1200 ST Used

2005 BMW R 1200 ST 2005 BMW R 1200 ST Used
Price:
$3,555.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
17d 23h 45m
Seller: eBay
 
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As if to underline that fact, the majority of manufacturers now include at least one sports touring bike in their range, and in many cases they have proved to best sellers. Honda’s VFR range spans back decades, but is still a firm favourite. Early VFR750’s are still popular, but the more recent VFR800 (and it’s technically advanced brother-the VFR800 VTEC) are proof (if it was needed!) that sports tourers can handle like a sports bike if you want them to. BMW offer a range of sports touring bikes including the boxer-engined R1200ST and R1100RS, the K1200R with an in-line 4-cylinder motor and even parallel twin powered machines such as the F800ST. Kawasaki’s ZZR range is a perennial favourite, with 600cc and 1200cc versions offering great all round performance combined with acceptable levels of rider comfort. From the UK, Triumph’s Sprint ST is a very capable machine which has a loyal following and an enviable reputation for great handling and practicality.

If you are looking to buy a used sports touring motorcycle, it’s well worth taking the time to ride a few before you make your mind up, particularly if you have been used to sports bikes previously. Designed to eat up the miles with ease, many sports tourers will have covered more miles than the equivalently aged sports bike, so a careful mechanical inspection will pay dividends. Though their generally lower powered motors will be less stressed than that in a sports bike, it’s well worth seeking out a bike with a carefully documented service history.

In keeping with their touring ability, many machines will be equipped with accessories such as panniers and top boxes, in some cases aftermarket items, though often factory fitted. Other popular accessories intended to improve rider comfort include heated grips, adjustable windscreens and even motorcycle sat nav systems. Many modern sports tourers are also fitted with ABS brakes, which whilst being generally very reliable, can be more expensive to repair than conventional systems and should be carefully checked.