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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2009 Honda Interceptor 2009 Honda Interceptor VFR800 - NO RESERVE

2009 Honda Interceptor  2009 Honda Interceptor VFR800 - NO RESERVE
Price:
$2,700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
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5d 2h 13m
Seller: eBay

2007 Honda ST 1300 2007 Honda ST 1300

2007 Honda ST 1300  2007 Honda ST 1300
Current price:
$5,499.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
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6d 7h 33m
Seller: eBay

2006 Honda ST 1300 2006 Honda ST 1300 Nearly Flawless. Low Miles

2006 Honda ST 1300  2006 Honda ST 1300  Nearly Flawless. Low Miles
Price:
$6,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
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Seller: eBay

2010 BMW F-Series 2010 BMW F800ST low miles with extras

2010 BMW F-Series  2010 BMW F800ST low miles with extras
Price:
$5,200.00
Type:
Fixed price
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5d 1h 45m
Seller: eBay

2005 Honda ST1300 2005 Honda ST1300

2005 Honda ST1300  2005 Honda ST1300
Price:
$4,400.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
3d 5h 35m
Seller: eBay

2004 BMW BMW RT 1150 2004 BMW 1150 RT

2004 BMW BMW RT 1150  2004 BMW 1150 RT
Price:
$4,200.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 1h 45m
Seller: eBay

F-Series -- Dream Machines Indian 2007 BMW F 800 ST 33102 Miles Blue

F-Series -- Dream Machines Indian 2007 BMW F 800 ST  33102 Miles Blue
Price:
$3,992.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
23d 8h 17m
Seller: eBay

VFR800 Interceptor -- 2003 Honda® VFR800 Interceptor for sale!

VFR800 Interceptor -- 2003 Honda® VFR800 Interceptor for sale!
Price:
$4,999.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
28d 19h 10m
Seller: eBay

VFR800 Interceptor 2006 Honda VFR800 Interceptor

VFR800 Interceptor 2006 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
Price:
$3,988.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
4d 15h 53m
Seller: eBay

2004 BMW RT BMW 1150 RT motorcycle

2004 BMW RT  BMW 1150 RT motorcycle
Price:
$4,005.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 1h 43m
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.