2018 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRt: The Tiger Explorer XRT packs immense power and linear torque from its signature 1215cc triple engine and is optimised for road riding with cast wheels, ABS, Traction control and Brembo monobloc 4-piston radial callipers at the front, and a single 282mm disc, 2-piston sliding calliper at the rear.
2018 Kawasaki Touring Motorcycles Kawasaki emerged out of the ashes of the second World War to become one of the big players from Japan. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Kawasaki built a reputation for some of the most powerful engines on two wheels, spawning legendary sportbikes like the Ninja series and a line of championship-winning off-road bikes.
For this test, we’re shooting for the happy medium, with three motorcycles that all approach sport-touring slightly differently. The players include the BMW S1000XR, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, and the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce. Astute moto-heads will notice the distinctive aspect that separates all three: their engines.