OVER the years Triumph’s Tiger has evolved from a pseudo-adventure bike – more show than go in off-road ability – to the bike we have today, a half-faired sports-tourer with no dirt pretensions at all.
YAMAHA has given the FJR1300 minimal updates since it was first released around a decade ago. It's always been a fantastic sports touring machine, and while the current 2013 update is more about the look than engineering, it's still a road burner par excellence.
BMW's F 800 GT is a direct replacement for the F 800 ST. With a new fairing and screen, the GT certainly looks the part, and its 798cc liquid-cooled parallel twin cylinder engine has a few more horsepower than the outgoing ST.
HUSQVARNA'S Nuda 900 wouldn't pop instantly to mind if you were thinking of a touring model. And fair enough, it's a ballsy, no nonsense, aggressively styled machine which looks as though it's ready for motard action just sitting on the stand.
What you get with Aprilia's second tier 1000cc sportsbike – the 'Factory' version is the top of the line – is a large capacity ridiculously fast sportsbike engine housed in a 600cc sized machine, hence the supersized supersport heading.