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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: South Lyon, MI USA
I also would not consider the BMW to be a sports-tourer, though I'm sure it is faster in real-world riding than its weight would suggest. It's simply too big, too heavy to be considered in any way "sporty", in my opinion.
The Honda is probably a decent bike, but not spectacular. It's slower and less sporty and certainly less versatile than something like a Multistrada.
But I'd be looking at something like the R1200RT or even the R1200GS as a fantastic sport tourer. Lighter, more economical, sportier than either of those two, and, for, me, the low-frequency thrum of a twin makes for a much more relaxed feel for any ride over about 300 kms.
For example, I rode a friend's BMW S1000XR quite extensively in South Africa last week, and when compared to his new BMW R1200GSA, I found the GSA to be a much nicer sport-tourer - the XR is certainly faster, but the high-revving four always sounded like it was trying too hard, too frenetic, too busy....for a long ride. I am sure one gets used to it, but the GSA simply felt less strained, more relaxed and I found that long days were easier to achieve with less effort.
If it has to be between the two you mention, then I'd go for the 1600GT, because it's a BMW and they are beautifully engineered, IMO.