Mega test – 12 bike Touring Enduro Shootout – Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Courtesy Yamaha Europe

Austrian website 1000PS chose the Yamaha Super Tenere as the top bike in the World Traveler category.  Photo: Courtesy Yamaha Europe

I don’t know about you, but no matter what bike I own, my eyes are always roaming, looking to see what new, hot bike I’d like to bring home and park in my garage.

Sure, I’ve had my 2014 BMW R1200RTW for just 12 months now, and I love this bike.  Still, the allure of adding just one more bike to the collection is always at the back of my mind.

I just ran across this short video test undertaken by 1000PS, an Austrian website who’s just track tested an outstanding selection of the top adventure enduro motorcycles on the planet:

  • Aprilia Capo Nord Rally
  • BMW R1200GS
  • BMW S1000XR
  • Ducati Multistrada
  • Honda Crossrunner 800 (not available in Canada or the United States)
  • Honda NC750X
  • Kawasaki Versys 1000
  • MV Agusta Tursimo Veloce 800
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XRX
  • Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (FJ-09 in Canada and the United States)
  • Yamaha Super Tenere

How did the bikes rate?

1000PS testers ranked the bikes in various categories:

World Traveler

  1. Yamaha Super Tenere
  2. KTM 1290 Super Adventure
  3. BMW R1200GS

Hairpin Champion

  1. BMW R1200GS
  2. KTM 1290 Super Adventure
  3. Aprilia Capo Nord Rallye

Daily User

  1. Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (FJ-09 Canada/U.S.)
  2. Suzuki V-Strom 1000


  1. Honda NC750X
  2. Triumph Tiger 800 XRC

Non-stop Wheelie Guy

  1. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800
  2. Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (FJ-09 Canada/U.S.)
  3. Honda Crossrunner 800 (not available in Canada/U.S.)

Full Throttle Biker

  1. BMW S1000 XR
  2. KTM 1290 Super Adventure
  3. Ducati Multistrada
  4. (Tie) Kawasaki Versys 1000/MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

The Multi-Talent

  1. BMW R1200GS
  2. Kawasaki Versys 1000
  3. Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (FJ-09 Canada/U.S.)


  • MV Agusta Turismo Veloce – it’s fast!
  • Aprilia Capo Nord Rally – it’s comfortable!
  • Honda Crossrunner 800 – impressive V4 engine!
  • BMW S1000 XR – nearly a superbike!

There are no losers here.  The ‘touring enduro’ class is comprised of bikes that you could easily tour on from Vancouver to St. John’s, NL and explore any dirt trail you might find along the way.

See the 1000PS short video (with German and English narration) here.




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