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THE PASSPORTS: Your Tour Starts Here

Wahid Ooi Abdullah April 19,2016
Although you could tour on any motorcycle, there’s no beating those that are specifically built for sport-, adventure-and touring. Comfort and practicality are the most important factors, besides being able to cover large distances at reasonable speeds. These are the bikes of this genre we’ve reviewed thus far and you can’t really go wrong with any one of them. In alphabetical order, they are:


Aprilia Caponord 1200

Hailed as the “World’s Most Advanced Sport-tourer,” the Caponord’s 90-degree V-Twin delivers a continuous rush of acceleration and holds (really) high speeds easily. Additionally, Aprilia Dynamic Damping (ADD) semi-active digitally controlled suspension handles every type of road with aplomb, besides providing a wonderfully stable platform.

Aprilia Malaysia imports the top-end Caponord Travel Pack that are equipped with gel seats, ADD, cruise control and colour-matched panniers.

Check with Aprilia Malaysia for the latest price as they’re having a super promotion!

Engine: 1197 cc, 90-degree V-Twin

Power: 125 bhp @ 8,250 RPM

Torque: 114.7 Nm @ 6,800 RPM

Fuel capacity: 24 litres

Seat height: 840 mm

Dry weight: 228 kg

MRSP: RM 85,000 (on the road, inclusive of GST)

  1. BMW R 1200 GS LC

BMW R 1200 GS LC

We probably don’t have to describe this bike at all, as no other is more ubiquitous to adventure-touring than the GS.

That's because it ticks all the right boxes for being the benchmark: Handling, comfort, reliability, practicality, and the ability to lug loads of any imaginable size. It’ll go anywhere. That explains why it’s the best-selling bike in Europe for so many years.

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Engine: 1170 cc, Flat-Twin (Boxer)

Power: 125 bhp @ 7,750 RPM

Torque: 125 Nm @ 6,500 RPM

Fuel capacity: 20 litres

Seat height: 850 - 870 mm

Dry weight: 205 kg

MRSP: From RM 107,400 (basic selling price)



Ducati Multistrada 1200

Being totally new, it’s vastly improved over its predecessor, especially in terms of power delivery with the addition of Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT). 160bhp and 126Nm seem lofty, but it’s now more civilized thereby allowing you to fully access that potential. Comfort, handling, practicality, rider aid, switchgear were updated too. And oh, it weighs only 209 kg, dry.

Expensive as it is, do remember that you have 4 distinctly different bikes wrapped into one.

Engine: 1198 cc, 90-degree V-Twin

Power: 160 bhp @ 9,500 RPM

Torque: 136 Nm @ 7,500 RPM

Fuel capacity: 20 litres

Seat height: 825 - 845 mm

Dry weight: 209 kg

MRSP: RM 119,999 (basic selling price inclusive of GST)



KTM 1050 Adventure

As KTM’s entry-level adventure-tourer the 1050 is simple to operate. Predictable power delivery and handling traits, and lowest seat height among KTM’s adventurers are aimed at attracting newcomers. It’s more of a sport-tourer than dual-purpose adventurer though, as it doesn’t have an offroad power mode. But so what, it’s one of the most affordable 1000cc adventurers.

Engine: 1050 cc, 75-degree V-Twin

Power: 95 bhp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque: 107 Nm @ 5,750 RPM

Fuel capacity: 23 litres

Seat height: 850 mm

Dry weight: 212 kg

MRSP: RM 68,888 (basic selling price without GST)



MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso

This is MV Agusta’s bravest move. The Italian manufacturer had always placed sportbikes and naked sportbikes as their core products, banking on their racing heritage as the winningest brand, but now being partly held by AMG, they’ve invested on touring bikes.

Beautiful, refined, comfortable, easy to learn and easy to ride, it’s even easier to fall in love with.

2 versions are available - Standard and Lusso (Deluxe). The standard shares all the electronic wizardry of the Lusso, albeit the standard hard luggage, Garmin 390 Zumo GPS unit and Sachs electronic active suspension system.

Did we mention it’s beautiful already?

Engine: 798 cc, Inline-Triple

Power: 110 bhp @ 10,000 RPM

Torque: 83 Nm @ 8,000 RPM

Fuel capacity: 22 litres

Seat height: 850 mm

Dry weight: 192 kg

MRSP: RM 111,129



Suzuki V-Strom 650

Being in constant development for the last 15 years, this is one bike that’ll do everything so well it becomes transparent, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings. Capable, reasonably fast, reliable. It’s one of the easiest bikes to ride too.

The V-Strom shows that you don’t have to spend big bucks to enjoy touring.

Engine: 645 cc, 90-degree V-Twin

Power: 66 bhp @ 8,000 RPM

Torque: 58.3 NM @ 6,400 RPM

Fuel capacity: 20 litres

Seat height: 835 mm

Dry weight: 220 kg

MRSP: RM 41,870 (basic selling price, including GST)



Triumph Tiger 800 XCx

Want a bike with character? One that you could ride confidently? A bike that makes you feel like a hero?

Then the Tiger 800 XCx is your soul mate. Triumph made the Tiger 800 an even better bike by adopting the best features found in their line-up. As a result, it seems like you can’t do anything wrong. Smooth roads, bad roads, dry roads, dusty roads, wet roads, offroad - the Tiger brushes off adversity like how James Bond does, completed by adjusting his cuff links afterwards.

Boasting top grade WP suspension and a superb electronics suite, you’ll get a lot of bike at its current price. You may also consider the Tiger XCr if you ride on roads only.

Engine: 799 cc, Inline-Triple

Power: 94 bhp @ 9,250 RPM

Torque: 79 Nm @ 7,850 RPM

Fuel capacity: 19 litres

Seat height: 840 - 860 mm (790 - 810 mm with low seat)

Dry weight: 221 kg

MRSP: RM 69,999 (basic selling price inclusive of GST)



Victory Cross Country Tour

Here’s the heaviest er... heavyweight we’ve tested so far. The Cross Country Tour weighs in at 384 kgs, dry.

Yes, it’s a little heavy at first, but being low-slung, plus the long wheelbase translates to unparalleled stability. The 1731cc V-Twin rumbles along almost like a thunderous purr at highway speeds. Open up to hear it roar.

The CCT has plenty of storage space, perfect for a long ride. Comfort is excellent due to the thick and wide seats; while the huge upper fairing provides great wind and weather protection.

Handling is surprisingly light and agile, brakes are great, and there’s lots of torque to get you out of tight situations. Negotiating traffic isn’t all that tough. But if you do get stuck, just sit back and enjoy that stereo system while basking in the attention.

Engine: 1731 cc, 50-degree V-Twin

Power: N/A

Torque: 143.7 Nm

Fuel capacity: 22 litres

Seat height: 667 mm

Dry weight: 384 kg

MRSP: RM 183,800



Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Hong Leong Yamaha will be importing the CBU version by mid-2016. That’s great news. Although we have not reviewed the Tracer in Malaysia, our Editor had ridden it in South Africa - both on- and off-road.

While the standard MT-09 is essentially a naked sportbike, the Tracer is decidedly a sport-tourer. It has an upper fairing, the handlebars are set slightly higher; and the seats are split into two parts, flatter and better padded.

Being built on the MT-09 platform means it’s fast, torquey and handles well.

Engine: 847 cc, Inline-Triple

Power: 115 bhp @ 9,250 RPM

Torque: 87.5 Nm @ 7,850 RPM

Fuel capacity: 18 litres

Seat height: 815 mm

Wet weight: 210 kg




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