Church of MO: 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout

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By John Burns

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The BMW K1300 is no more, but Japan Inc. is still cranking out Concours 14s, FJR1300s and even the venerable Honda ST1300. And though the rest of the MO staff has evolved, the lovely and talented Gabe remains, along with the greatest gift the gods have given us, ie., the long and winding road from LA to Monterey, and the excuse to go there thanks to the annual pilgrimage to watch the races at Laguna Seca. Last time, we shot lots of pictures of the native girls, but they’re not developed yet.* We’re going back in two weeks. World without end, amen.

*Groucho Marx

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2009 Sport-Touring Shootout

BMW K1300GT vs. Honda ST1300 vs. Kawasaki Concours 14 vs. Yamaha FJR1300A

By Pete Brissette Aug. 06, 2009
Photography by Alfonse Palaima Video by Fonzie
      ‘Round early June of this year we started thinking long haul to Laguna for the first stop of MotoGP in the U.S. As far as we’re concerned, one of the best ways to get to the Monterey Peninsula, other than a free limo with a fully stocked bar, is in the saddles of some two wheelers.The ideal bike for this type of trip should: provide storage capacity for a long weekend, enough wind protection to keep us from getting battered by windblast while bombing down the interstate, and plenty of sporting capability to enjoy the serpentine, circuitous route we love to take on our GP journey from greater L.A. to Monterey.

      BMW‘s K1300GT, Honda‘s ST1300, Kawasaki‘s Concours 14 and Yamaha‘s FJR1300A were our steeds. As you can see, we could’ve called this a 1300cc sport-touring battle, but the Connie goes one up on the other three with its ZX-14-based inline Four. Is using a mill based on a land rocket like …read more

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