2010 SportClassic Review
Without a doubt, the Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 is the ultimate in a gentleman’s touring mount. It provides the style, grace, performance and, importantly, the comfort that an experienced rider needs to cover considerable distances while retaining the visceral impact that motorcycling bestows upon us.
The Red Velvet Cupcake
With a V4 that is as smooth as a premium red velvet cupcake from Jamaica’s Cakes in Los Angeles, the venerable 2009 Honda ST1300 returns for a seventh year (eight, if you’re counting in Euros), and it proves that a classic recipe remains tasty over time.
Legendary British Marque Triumph has always marched to the beat of its own drum. The manufacturer—in both pre- and post-resurrection years—has consistently produced impressive, iconic motorcycles imbued with unpretentious souls that deliver as much in performance as they do on character. The company’s eclectic offering for the touring class continues a tradition of stirring the human viscera.
Offering a trio of motorcycles representing distinctly different ways to enjoy touring, Honda is a leader in long-distance motorcycling. The Gold Wing serves as ambassador for the luxury category, the ST1300 represents the more sport-oriented contingent and the VTX1800T is a great machine for the bagger clan. The only similarities among the three machines—other than Honda logos—are shaft drive, windshield, five-speed transmission, and liquid cooling.
As Japan stepped into the 20th century, the father of judo, Jigoro Kano, applied the precepts of Zen to the founding principles of this martial art. Seiryoku zenyo, to “strive for maximum effect with minimum effort,” is central to the philosophy of judo, where serenity and strength are synonymous.
It may be said that Soichiro Honda followed the path illuminated by sensei Kano. In the company’s 60-odd year history, Honda has dominated opponents, not with brashness and brawn, but through an obsessive devotion to perfection, and the constant refinement of its design and technology.
To the disappointment of a number of adherents, the K 1200 GT vanished from the BMW motorcycle lineup in 2005. Striving to satisfy the open-class sport touring enthusiasts, BMW has revived the K 1200 GT designation, assigning it to a wholly redesigned machine. A close cousin of the K 1200 S sportbike, the new GT shares its in-line 4-cylinder motor (albeit in a torquier state of tune), frame, and suspension components with the S.