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BEST TOURER CATEGORY

BMW S 1000 XR

This year’s Best Tourer category has seen an influx in so-called ‘adventure sports’ tourers that marry superbike mechanicals with adventure bike chassis. No one model better exemplifies this trend than the BMW S 1000 XR, which is a thinly veiled sports bike that can excite owners but still tour in comfort while carrying both pillions and panniers.

“The S1000 XR is the two-wheeled equivalent of a performance SUV: it goes faster, brakes harder and leans further than it has any right to.”

Jon Quirk

Runner-up: Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Last year’s Best Tourer has been one of the surprise hits of recent years, blending fun, practicality and value like almost nothing else. A great all-rounder.

Runner-up: Ducati Multistrada S

More refined and less edgy alternative to the BMW with clever Skyhook Evo semi-active suspension for a superbly pliant ride quality.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader, road rider, customiser and committed to helping everybody find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996, a key protagonist in its successful shift to digital and a passionate supermoto rider.
David Burton
Founding editor of independent motorcycle magazine Esses, road rider, prolific designer, tea drinker.
Phil West
One of the UK’s most authoritative, respected and long established motorcycling journalists. Now a senior road tester for Auto Trader Bikes.

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