Grand-touring motorcycles strive to deliver a comfortable ride with a natural, almost upright riding position, sofa-like seating, a backrest and grab handles for the passenger, and (last but not least) plenty of protection against the elements. Most of them use an 800cc or larger engine, have a big fuel tank, a centre stand, as well as generous saddlebags and cargo racks. Some even feature a heated seat, stereo, GPS, and other communication devices.
Similar to full-on touring motorcycles such as the Honda Goldwing, Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager, and Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide, these machines are ideal for fatigue-free, long-distance riding. At the same time, however, they need to offer a small dose of sportiness (agility, handling, braking) and prove versatile enough to easily serve as a daily commuter (work, errands, activities). GT motorcycles are also bulky and pricey, typically ranging from $15K-$20K.
Without further ado, here are Moto123.com's top 5 GT motorcycles available in Canada this year:
No. 5 - Kawasaki Concours 1400 ABS
Demanding GT customers forced Kawasaki to fine-tune the Concours 1400 ABS. Engineers worked extra hard to improve comfort, safety, and riding excitement. The new model features a comprehensive electronic aid package derived from Kawasaki superbikes, as well as a power-adjustable windshield offering increased protection, a new fairing which dissipates engine heat more effectively, larger mirrors, and additional amenities.
Riding the sporty Concours 1400 ABS is more pleasant and rewarding than ever before, which is what GT enthusiasts expect from a company that traditionally puts performance front and centre.