Kawasaki Z1000SX Tourer


The experts from Auto Trader Bikes have ridden hundreds of miles, testing every new bike on sale in the UK to pick these category winners and name the Best Bike of 2014.

For many years, the Kawasaki Z1000 SX Tourer has been overlooked and terminally underrated. Not for much longer. This is a sports touring package that is bonkers fast, comfortable and whose iterative design approach has most recently introduced rider modes and integrated panniers in response to consumer demand. All while keeping the price low.

“Kawasaki has developed a great sports tourer that is justifiably being rewarded with strong sales figures.”

Jon Quirk

Runner-up: BMW R1200 RT

A masterclass in refined touring but a summer recall to the ESA stability system has disappointed owners and revealed a chink in BMW’s armour.

Runner-up: Honda VFR800

Legendary sports tourer is revised and re-launched for 2014, with better mid-range, traction control and a quickshifter. Hugely dependable and versatile.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader and committed to helping every rider find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996 and has been responsible for its continued success ever since.
David Burton
Prolific designer and founding editor of Esses, an independent motorcycle magazine.

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