Whether you’re thinking of taking in the sights of the mountain sides or feel the salty sea breeze as you ride down the sandy beaches of Spain, you’ll need a ride that’s built to be the ultimate travel companion. Here are some to consider in place of your Kawasaki Ninja or Aprilia 125.
BMW R 1200 GS
In their latest range of 'travel enduros', BMW's R 1200 GS offers a similar high-seated design to those used by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman in their 19,000 mile motorcycle trip around the world from way back in 2004 – which can be really handy when riding through rocky terrain or sand. Complete with a selection of 'riding modes' and a robust frame, the GS is perfect for riders looking to tackle all the terrain that Europe can throw at them.
Honda Pan European
For years, Honda's Pan European has been a firm favourite among adventurous riders and touring enthusiasts alike. Providing a level of comfort unrivalled in its class, this machine has been designed to rack up the miles without causing any tedious aches or strains to its rider – meaning you'll be able to ride for much longer before stopping for any breaks along the way.
Yamaha FJR 1300 AS
There's plenty to be said about the FJR. It’s aerodynamic bodywork, futuristic dials and easy-to-use control system are just a few of its traits that are noteworthy. But its greatest asset is its ability to shift gears without ever needing to touch the clutch. Coined by Yamaha as its 'Chip Controlled Shift' system (YCC-S), you'll be able to ride for hours on end without feeling half of the fatigue normally experienced on longer trips.
Honda Gold Wing
When it comes to riding in luxury, style and comfort, nothing can compete with Honda's timeless Gold Wing. The Gold Wing has been an iconic world leader in terms of touring.
Gold Wings include an electronic reversing aid, a built-in audio system with iPod connectivity and an overdrive system that ensures low revs while cruising.