“Here are four bikes for beginners who are earning their dirt merit badges, from Tenderfoot of the Trail to Rockhound, First Class. One motorcycle is the Best Buy, another is the Best Bike.
Do you ride for fun rather than thrills? Are you dollar-conscious? Do you have little off-road experience? Proceed to the Best Buy.
But if your riding partners call you the Wild Man, if J. Paul Getty is your hero, and if you refuse to think of yourself as a bloody-nosed wobbler, then set your sights on the Best Bike.”
“Racing reduces performance to its essence: that machine which allows you to ride most quickly performs best. Based on that, we have a winner - the bike on which we turned our quickest laps. And the winner is…”
There are also some nice details on sportier versions of these bikes within this article: BMW K100, Harley FXST Softail and Suzuki GS1150.
“If sport touring didn’t exist, the Yamaha FJ1100, Suzuki GS1150 and Kawasaki ZX900 Ninja would invent it.”