2007 Air-Cooled Twins Naked Comparo
Many longtime motorcycle enthusiasts lament the good ’ol days when the versatile design of the UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle) allowed its owner to have a do-it-all contraption that handled everything from commuting to touring.
These were honest machines unfettered by fairings and blessed with amenable upright ergonomics and comfy seats, allowing them to be nearly whatever its rider wanted it to be.
But in the modern era of motorcycles, the age of specialization has fractured broad segments into tightly compartmentalized sub-genres. The sport-touring category,not long ago consisting of just a few models, now has players in the light-duty realm (VFR800, F800ST), the so-called Supersport Touring class of heavyweights (Concours 14, FJR1300, K1200GT), and the liter-sized class (ST3, Sprint ST). And that doesn't even include the adventure-touring market that contains admirably competent sport-touring mounts.
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