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Sport Tourer Reviews

Video Reader Review: BMW F 700 GS

Cruiser rider transitions to a dual sport and tells us why

8/30/2016, By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
WRN reader Michele Karaffa Cage used to ride a cruiser, but she wanted to ride on gravel roads. Listen to her tell us why she chose the BMW F 700 GS as her do-all motorcycle.
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Motorcycle Review: 2013 BMW F 800 GT, A Sport Tourer You'll Love!

An economical way to buy into the BMW family

8/13/2013, By Evans Brasfield, Photos by Jonathan Beck
What’s in a letter? That’s the challenge BMW set out to tackle. The BMW F 800 ST carried the company’s middleweight sport touring flag for six years, but after listening to ST owners—and wannabe ST owners who felt something was preventing them from pulling the trigger—BMW decided the bike needed more gran turismo (i.e., touring elements).
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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: 2010/2011 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS

No clutch and no shifting, if you choose

5/31/2011, By Tricia Szulewski, Photos by Bob Feather and Tricia Szulewski
The middleweights—the 750, 850 and 900cc bikes—are a popular class of motorcycle among women who prefer sport touring. In 2008, Aprilia introduced the Mana 850 to the United States, and women have been interested in this sport tourer ever since.
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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: 2010 Honda VFR1200F DCT With Automatic Transmission

No clutch, no shift!

4/5/2011, By Pamela Johnson
Manufacturers regularly update and improve upon motorcycles already in their lineups, but last year Honda didn’t just make an existing model better—it designed a brand-new VFR. A sleek, 167-horsepower, liquid-cooled, 76-degree V-4 VFR1200F has taken the place of the “either you love it or hate it” VTEC VFR800.
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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Kawasaki ER-6n: A New Favorite for Women

It does most everything right

11/16/2010, By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
After sitting on the Kawasaki ER-6n and then taking it for a test ride, I knew instantly that this all-new motorcycle, introduced in model year 2009, has that special quality that will (and is) attracting lots of women riders.
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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Kawasaki Tourers for Every Taste

Testing Kawasaki's long-in-the-saddle bikes

8/23/2010, By Carla King
People ask me, “What is a touring bike?” and I always say it’s any bike you’re touring on. I know I know, but really, unless you’re doing some truly hardcore riding, anything with a decent-sized gas tank that’s comfortable for a couple-day’s ride that you can strap some gear on is fine. Still, it’s very nice to have a bike that’s actually built for touring and the 650cc Versys is a versatile choice.
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By Kathleen Cudmore, Baltimore, Maryland

7/15/2009, Kathleen's height: 5 feet 7 inches
The Buell motorcycles have come a long way since the late 1990s, from tubular frames to frames with the gas tank included in the design. Riding a Buell motorcycle is unique in that you are included in the Harley, BMW and metric sportbike crowd. Most of the models look like the metric sportbikes but are actually open standard motorcycles, with the exception of the new 1125R and the Buell Firebolt.
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By Monica Holmes, New York, New York

5/13/2009, Monica's height: 6 feet
The BMW R 1200 GS is one of the most successful production models for the company. BMW began as a producer of aircraft engines in 1913, and it began producing motorcycles before it produced cars. In 1921, BMW developed the M2 B15, also known as the first "Boxer" motorcycle.
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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: BMW G 650 GS: Versatile and Affordable

A bike aimed at new and returning riders

2/27/2009, By Perri Capell, Photos by Jonathan Beck
BMW believes its success in the US motorcycle market now and in the future requires grabbing hold of newcomers and not letting go. The company has identified many newcomers as women, in addition to older and returning riders and, surprisingly, people of smaller statures.
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MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: Kawasaki Concours 14

Comfortable touring to excite your inner teenager

11/7/2008, By Carla King
The press office steers me toward its Concours 14 supersport touring model instead of the smaller bike I had asked for. "It's the most comfortable bike you'll ever ride," I'm told, and an hour later I'm cruising Highway 5 wondering how 1352cc and 650 pounds could feel so ... well, so darn light and nimble.
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