It goes without saying that a lot of motorcycles aren’t exactly the definition of a comfortable, perfectly relaxed stroll out of town. This is particularly true of big bikes designed with performance in mind. For instance, sportbikes tend to have extremely aggressive ergonomics which feature hunched-over ergonomics and rearward-set foot pegs. Meanwhile, naked bikes tend to sit more upright, however, their lack of wind protection can be very unsettling and uncomfortable, especially on long highway rides.
This really leaves us to two categories of motorcycling, if what you’re looking for is comfort above all else: adventure bikes and tourers. Now, there is indeed a wide selection of bikes that fit the bill nicely. These bikes are ideal for long-distance trips out of town, as well as long stints on the expressway. Having said that, let’s take a closer look at some of the most comfortable motorcycles you can buy today.
Honda Gold Wing
Leading the charge when it comes to sheer comfort and luxury is none other than the Honda Gold Wing. This high-capacity tourer has just one thing in mind—comfort. It promises its rider and passenger a stress-free, comfortable ride comparable to floating on a cloud, and comes standard with industry-leading techie creature comforts. For starters, it gets a smart-key ignition system, a built-in sound system, cruise control, and multiple power outlets for charging mobile devices. For confidence at night, it gets a bright LED lighting system, and a large, seven-inch, full-color TFT display. The Gold Wing is propelled by a gigantic 1,883cc six-cylinder engine making 125 horsepower and 170 Nm of torque. This bike is available for a whopping P2,000,000.
BMW K 1600
The next bike on our list is the BMW K 1600 B. This Bavarian tourer sits in the flagship range of BMW’s high-capacity touring range, and promises exhilarating performance at a level of comfort that can keep you on the saddle all day long. The K 1600 B presents itself in a sporty yet elegant package that’s equally at home on the open highway, or twisty mountain roads. It gets full LED lights, a sophisticated electronics package, and very comfortable upright ergonomics and spacious saddle. The K 1600 B is powered by a 1,649cc inline-six-cylinder motor, complete with a 24-valve cylinder head, liquid-cooling, and electronic fuel injection. This gives this bike a power output of 160 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque. All this can be yours, provided that you have the dough to play—all P2,195,000 of it.
Kawasaki Ninja 1000
The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 may seem like an unlikely entrant on this list, however, when it comes to sport-tourers, the Ninja 1000 is one of the most comfortable in its class, while providing bucketloads of performance and style. It gets a 1,043cc inline-four-cylinder motor derived from the earlier generation of the ZX-10R sportbike. With around 160 horsepower on tap, the Ninja 1000 is a thoroughbred sporting machine with surprisingly welcoming ergonomics such as an upright handlebar, mid controls, and a comfortable seat. Its heft lends itself to confidence-inspiring rides on the highway, while its sporty chassis provides an exhilarating ride on twisty roads. The bike’s full-fairing provides a lot of wind protection, too, allowing you to cruise down the highway at relatively high speeds in utmost comfort. This bike is available for just P696,000.
BMW R 1250 GS
The BMW R 1250 GS is the undisputed king of adventure bikes. Both locally and all over the world, the R 1250 GS is the most popular adventure bike, and for good reason. Its super high-tech electronics package practically makes it a computer on wheels, while its torquey and powerful 1,254cc liquid-cooled boxer-twin-cylinder motor provides seemingly endless power, and unparalleled weight balance for a confidence inspiring ride. Performance aside, the R 1250 GS is equipped with a sophisticated telelever front end, with electronic adjustment available on the GS Adventure variant. This makes for an extremely comfortable ride, both on and off-road, and makes it perfect for long-distance adventures to unchartered territory. The BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is available starting at P1,675,000.
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
The last bike on our list is quite possibly the most sophisticated and exclusive sport-tourers out there. The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce is often described as a tourer with a racing spirit. As such, its ultra comfortable setup is complemented by a powerful 798cc inline three-cylinder engine equipped with either a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed smart-clutch-system (SCS). The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce is also equipped with tons of electronic features such as cornering ABS, cornering traction control, cruise control, and an up and down quick-shifter. The Turismo Veloce, in its base variant, the Rosso, is available for P1,100,000, while the top of the line RC variant fetches P1,680,000.