2018 BMW K 1600 GTL vs. Honda Gold Wing Tour | Comparo Review : Honda’s all-new Gold Wing Tour and the BMW K 1600 GTL are the fastest and arguably most refined luxury-touring bikes on the road. Both have 6-cylinder engines, aluminum frames, dual-wishbone front ends and single-sided swingarms, but their performance and personalities couldn’t be more different. Photos by Kevin Wing. My, how the luxury touring landscape has changed. Since our last comparison test of these two high-performance, 6-cylinder luxos in 2012 (the year the BMW was introduced and the Honda was mildly updated), the ranks of V-twin full dressers like Harley-Davidson Ultras and the Kawasaki Voyager have swelled to include the Indian Roadmaster and Yamaha Star Venture. At the rate they’re selling, Americans clearly want traditional V-twin touring bikes. Is there still a place at the table for big six guns like the BMW K 1600 GTL and Honda Gold Wing? Read our Luxo Touring Comparo: Harley vs. Indian vs. Yamaha.
2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT First Ride Review : 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650/650XT Editor Score: 87.75% Engine 18.25/20 Suspension/Handling 13.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10 Brakes 8.0/10 Instruments/Controls 4.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10 Appearance/Quality 9.25/10 Desirability 8.0/10 Value 9.25/10 Overall Score 87.75/100 Last week, we learned all about the considerable changes Suzuki made to the somewhat venerable V-Strom 650 , now in its 17th year of production. Today, we answer the age-old question: What’s it like? The short answer is it’s a lot like it was but better. The long answer is: When we last threw the friendly little Suzuki into a comparison of its peers , the V-Strom in fact finished third behind the newly revamped Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Honda NC700X , but that was a semi-unfair comparison because the ’Strom is more “adventurey” than those two, with its 19-inch front wheel, and in that comparo we didn’t venture off-pavement much. What was most impressive