Cars / Motorcycles.  What are these GTs that still make you dream!

Cars / Motorcycles. What are these GTs that still make you dream!






Honda Pan Europe 1300. Photo Honda


What’s left in the catalog on the GT side? BMW R 1250 RT. The choice is so limited that you can’t even talk about the choice anymore. However, amateurs do not seem to disappear: because the modern roadway is certainly beautiful, but it is also often high and not everyone is 1.85 m tall.

4 cylinder otherwise nothing

The one that marked its time is in the Pan European 1100 then the 1300 in its latest generation: 4 cylinder V as in the VFR but not in the same direction. You can see the cylinder heads on each side of this bike and the hole in the casting there. Obviously, the infection had a kadian.

Protection, seat comfort (including passengers), approval of the V4 engine, luggage storage but also driving: we cannot say that this machine has been changed so far in the range. The discontinued VFR 1200 did not take a place in Honda’s lineup.



Yamaha FJR 1300 is no longer in the list soon.  Image of Yamaha

Yamaha FJR 1300 is no longer in the list soon. Image of Yamaha


Among the other Japanese, we had the Kawasaki GTR 1000 then the 1400 which shared its engine with the ZZR 1400. A very interesting machine but very easy to handle, with many devices behind its effective protection for the latest generations that may still be. found second hand.

At Yamaha, the FJR 1300 is no longer on the list any time soon. In the mechanical box as in its robot box, it allowed to change gears without a clutch. It was lovely around town, but this aging bike couldn’t cope with the latest emissions standards.



The Victory 1200 was a commercial failure.  A picture of victory

The Victory 1200 was a commercial failure. A picture of victory


2 or 3 jars actually

When Triumph was revived in the late 90s, the Trophy was offered with two engines to choose from. A 1200 cm3 in-line 4 cylinder that didn’t have a long run, to go along with a 900 cm3 3 cylinder that was available throughout the range. Note however a few minor modifications depending on the machine, from the Trident to the Daytona via the iconic Speed ​​​​​​Triple.

A heavy machine but the Trophy had a point to make in terms of comfort and its lovely revving engine. Time has passed, the Trophy 1200 saw fit to return to compete with the violent BMW R 1200 RT, which is still on top of sales in the niche. This time this 1200 was a 3 cylinder. But this machine remains, despite everything, a commercial failure.



The Ducati ST3 flew.  Ducati photo

The Ducati ST3 flew. Ducati photo

Let’s sit in chess with the Ducati ST3. We already knew the ST2 when the Bologna company launched the ST3 and three. Not a three cylinder but an L-twin.

At that time, the V4 was the devil himself among the reds, with the exception of having 3 valves per cylinder instead of 2. The company boasted to us about the approval between 2 and 4 valves which was to convince everyone on the road to increase the mileage with the pleasure of travelers. On paper, the idea wasn’t bad. In fact, this machine did not meet with the expected success.



The new Moto Guzzi V100.  Photo Moto Guzzi

The new Moto Guzzi V100. Photo Moto Guzzi


We can complete this theme with the Moto Guzzi Norge, very complex and with little ground clearance. There is nothing wrong with this bike you can say. With the new V100, which renews the spirit of the GT (still with no lower bias), Moto Guzzi has not made these mistakes again.

It remains to be seen if other brands will follow in this niche that puts forward a good argument against the method.