There’s nothing quite like the excitement and anticipation when a group of friends pack up their motorbikes for a European road trip.
But what would you like to be riding on your grand tour, a Harley-Davidson or a Honda Goldwing, a Ducati Multistrada or an Indian Roadmaster? Here the team at Bikesure compare the best bikes for a European road trip.
1. Triumph Tiger 1200
This is a very good looking and high performing adventure touring bike. Boasting the most powerful shaft driven engine in it’s class, the Triumph Tiger has six different driving modes meaning you’ll be prepared for every eventuality on your European road trip.
Released in 2011, the Triumph Tiger 1200 now has two new special editions, the Alpine and the Desert, each with a unique spec and one-off paint scheme and graphics.
2. Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere
The Super Tenere is a classic boasting six-speed transmission, advanced fuel injection, top traction control and a tight two-cylinder engine with eight valves. It’s as comfortable on the tarmac as it is on the dirt track and it’s one of the most comfortable rides in its class.
It also has a generous 23 litre tank so there will be fewer fuel stops once you hit the autoroute in France, the autobahn in Germany, the autopista in Spain or wherever else you are heading on your European road trip.
3. KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
Another machine built to stay the pace with a 23 litre fuel tank, the KTM delivers satisfying power on just about any surface.
Selected as the Cycle World best adventure bike when it was released in 2015, the Super Adventure features cruise control and multiple optional safety features, including Traction Control, Stability Control, Motor Slip Regulation, ABS brakes and LED cornering lights for improved cornering visibility in low light situations, making it perfect for a European road trip.
4. Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing
The mighty Gold Wing eats up the miles and will make your European road trip more enjoyable than ever. Its 1,833cc six-cylinder engine can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a refined seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission, while the Throttle By Wire system has four rider modes – Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain.
Whether you choose the stripped-back Gold Wing or fully loaded Gold Wing Tour with Airbag option, Honda’s flagship model is supreme in levels of comfort and extras to enhance your ride whether you are heading for the country, the coast, or the open road.
5. Indian Roadmaster
The Roadmaster is built for comfort cruising. Among other creature comforts, it boasts cruise control, heated seats, heated grips, LED headlights, passenger floorboards, and a rear crash bar. The pillion passenger’s seat is not dissimilar from an armchair!
Outstanding steering geometry and a lightweight cast aluminum frame come together to provide responsive handling and agile cornering which will really come into their own on the Alpine stretch of your European road trip.
6. BMW R1250 GS Adventure
The Adventure has a 33 litre fuel tank giving it an enviable 400 mile range — that would take you from Birmingham to Paris on a single tank.
The bike comes with ABS, traction control, Automatic Stability Control and a whole raft of safety features giving you confidence on the long haul European road trip, not to mention left, right and pannier mounts for boxes to carry all that extra gear you need.
Rough routes, adverse conditions and the most remote destinations are no problem for the self proclaimed “queen of travel enduros”.
7. Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
One of the best adventure motorcycles in its price range, the V-Strom will not disappoint on your European road trip.
Helpful tech includes ABS and two-stage traction control and the four-stroke, liquid-cooled 1037cc 90-degree V-twin engine purrs with power and will take you just about anywhere — on or off road — in any conditions.
There’s only a 20 litre fuel tank but the engine is so fuel efficient that it won’t seem to matter that much!
8. Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro
The combination of performance and comfort make the Multistrada 1260 Enduro an unforgettable ride and superb for a European road trip.
It has a powerful Testastretta DVT 1262 engine with full torque curve and a renewed chassis for greater ease of riding at low speeds or when manoeuvring.
But open her up and the rush of raw power and speed will make you tingle all the way to your fingertips. Lots of tech too to help keep you safe and running on time including ABS, four different ride modes, dual spark ignition, semi-active suspension and generous 30 litre tank meaning more time between top ups.
9. Kawasaki Versys
The Kawasaki Versys 650 borrows design elements from dual-sport bikes, standards, adventure tourers and sport bikes. It’s a jack of all trades, but a great jack at that! The name Versys is a portmanteau of the words versatile and system.
Slim and upright the Versys has an economical 649cc parallel-twin engine, an adjustable windscreen, and solid suspension giving a comfortable ride, though performance off road tends to fall away. Stick to the autoroute however and the Versys will not disappoint.
10. Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra
This bad boy boasts a new collection of Harley-Davidson technologies that utilise advanced chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology to assist you with accelerating and braking in a straight line or while in a turn.
That combines to give you more confidence and better control and make it a must for the grand European road trip. And it is a Harley after all, so it’ll turn heads wherever you end up.
Cavernous boxes mean there’s plenty of room for all the luggage you’ll need andthe extra weight won’t really degrade the bike’s incredible performance.
Cover for every bike on a European road trip
Whatever bike you plan to use on your grand European road trip make sure you take bespoke Bikesure motorcycle insurance with you. We can also supply you with a Green Card international motor insurance certificate which will give you extra peace of mind on your long road trip. Call Bikesure on 0330 123 1028 for a quicker, better and cheaper deal.
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