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17th Pictures

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Würzburg’s old Main Bridge, completed in 1703, an imposing landmark of the city.

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Behind it is the Bleach Island Bridge in Heilbronn. Unequaled for us.

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With the BMW, the handlebar is in front of the fork legs.

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The Kawasaki has the longest risers.

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The Suzuki emphasizes function.

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The Yamaha cross brace offers space for an optional handlebar bag.

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The L 755 runs under the Altenbekener railway viaduct, and the trains roll along at the top.

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The Kattwyk Bridge in the Port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest lift bridge. The big pots happen here every two hours.

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The luggage rack is standard on the BMW.

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The luggage rack is part of the Grand Tourer equipment on the Kawaski.

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The luggage rack is standard on the Suzuki.

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Yamaha does without a luggage rack. So the short stern is in contradiction to the idea of ​​travel.

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In flight over the Oberhafenbrücke in the Hanseatic city. Road traffic rolls below, rail traffic above.

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Who do the two pretty ones have in their selfie visor? The drivers (nope …), the motorcycles (maybe …), the picturesque moated castle in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt (of course!).

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Entry to Hamburg: through the majestic gates of the old Harburg Elbbrücke towards the city.

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The journey leads from Stuttgart in the north to Hamburg.

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The sun throws a final light on the Norderelbe and the cranes of Hafencity.

Versys 650, V-Strom 650, Tracer 700 and F 750 GS

Crossover motorcycles in comparison test

Crossover motorcycles such as the Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650, Yamaha Tracer 700 and BMW F 750 GS pair the enduro look with sports touring genes. We tested the 4.

Crossover means the mix of styles. Under two-wheelers, the upright enduro look means a lot of game overview, supplemented by sports tourism aspects and 17-inch rims, because the next adventure is on the road. Strictly speaking, BMW’s new F 750 GS and Suzuki’s V-Strom 650 don’t fit into this grid. A 19-inch device rotates at the front. In both cases, however, its pure road profile clearly points in one direction, which does not allow for rough terrain. So everything is fine with the newcomer from Bavaria and the evergreen from Hamamatsu in this circle, which also includes Kawasaki’s Versys 650 and Yamahas Tracer 700 fellows.

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Versys 650, V-Strom 650, Tracer 700 and F 750 GS
Crossover motorcycles in comparison test

Sitting position, space, comfort

The BMW F 750 GS welcomes its rider. Slightly leaning forward dynamically, the hands grip the broad handlebars, the low-lying notches relax the knee angle. The comfort of the 830 millimeter high chair fits. This also applies to the Kawasaki Versys 650. Its handlebars stretch a little more towards the rider on long risers, but padding, knee angles and space are just as easy for collecting kilometers. Do you need more space? The Suzuki V-Strom 650 has it on offer. Your knee angle forces your legs into a more sporty basic posture because of the higher notches, but the rest is right under all respects. Tight knees, cozy but firm padding, upright seat: where do you go to the end of the world? And then it tweaks beforehand, the rump calls in. The straight sitting position behind the large tank is to blame. Together with the handlebars, which curve far back, the Suzuki driver sits comfortably but inactive in it. The great amount of weight on the buttocks cannot bed the best cushion like a litter in the long run. It’s a shame, there would be more.

The Yamaha Tracer 700 is more active, but only for people up to 185 cm. The Tracer is stingy with space, offers comfort, but little space to slide back and forth to change your sitting posture. This is okay for normal people, but it is difficult for longer ones.

Cruise control, throttle response, transmission

Thanks to cruise control, which is part of the BMW touring package, the F 750 GS scurries to the next stop with a relaxed driver. The others do without the speed controller.

It’s amazing how smoothly the Suzuki hangs on the gas and swims casually in traffic even in high aisles. The Yamaha masters this on a similar level, the Kawasaki only roars powerfully at speeds between 2,000 and 3,000 turns, is tame, but a little unmotivated, sometimes jerks slightly when applying the gas. Loud and a little rough, BMW can do that too under these conditions. Your motor grinds and rattles fervently with the timing chain, and your drive sometimes twitches at speeds of around 2,000 revolutions. Two steps forward, one backward – that’s what it feels like. Then it is better to shift down a gear with a well-functioning blipper – included in the dynamic package.

Since the gears are already being discussed: All of them are reliable. The BMW scores with the automatic gearshift for upshifting and downshifting, and it also pampers you with a finely adjustable clutch. With the Versys 650, one finger is enough to disconnect the frictional connection, the pressure point is good, but the switch box requires a strong foot. V-Strom 650 and Tracer 700 are just as impeccable overall, offering a high level of clutch and shift comfort.

Straight-line stability, performance, wind protection

On Autobahn 7, the focus is on straight-line stability. The BMW and Yamaha swiftly swept up the BAB driveway. With 78 and 75 hp, their engines set the tone in this field. Versys 650 and V-Strom 650 are content with 69 horsepower. Since all four are equipped with suitcases, the travel speed levels off at the recommended 130 km / h. Just a little sprint now and then spices up the stage.

Immovable, the BMW and the Suzuki suck meters under their wheels. With wheelbases of more than 150 cm, they run ahead without commuting. Deliberately initiated suggestions via the handlebars quickly fade away. The wheelbases of Kawasaki and Yamaha show what they want: to scurry, not to run straight ahead. 1,415 millimeters separate the front and rear wheels on the Kawasaki, 1,450 mm on the Yamaha. In addition, the undercarriages of both are comfortably tuned and have few reserves. If you want to, you get a lot of movement in both of them. So it’s better to go on comfortably. The wind protection behind the height-adjustable windows is consistently good for the Japanese at motorway speeds. It’s a bit turbulent behind the Suzuki windshield, depending on the size of the driver – it’s definitely better than on the BMW. Their micro-disks do not relieve the strain. The only thing that helps is crouching.

Handling, chassis, engine

Two hours later the pictures are in the box, the photographer hisses on towards the hotel in Paderborn. The rest of the way follows the L 755 out of Altenbeken. Finally curves. As if by themselves, Versys and Tracer find the tight line, scurrying effortlessly around the great bends in the route. The F 750 GS and V-Strom 650 demand clearer impulses. The wheelbases make themselves felt again. They are not as handy as Kawasaki and Yamaha. But their big hour is yet to come. The chassis of the BMW and the Suzuki easily make up for the extra effort through stability, precision and the successful chassis settings. The Kawasaki and Yamaha spin easily when load or gear changes are pending. Close the tap and brake before the bend – both of them collapse slightly. The Yamaha also acknowledges fast downshifts with a stamping rear wheel. The Versys masters this with ease thanks to the slipper clutch. But it is also not really quiet when the focus is on curvy driving pleasure. The switch to the Suzuki and the BMW immediately reveals this. The F 750 GS in particular drives much more confidently. The spring base of the semi-active, electrically adjustable dynamic ESA suspension is raised to the level of “person plus luggage”, the damping is adjusted to “dynamic” – and the BMW rushes through the angular work as if it were built up. The Suzuki can do that almost as well. Only her fork swings slightly after the braking phase. But it shines with the greatest freedom of inclination.

The good thing about it: Even under the aspect of comfort, the stable suspension settings of BMW and Suzuki do not mean any losses, both reach the level of the soft damping Kawasaki, the Yamaha even has to be clearly behind them. Despite its slightly gummy nature, it inspires time and again with its engine. It can really do everything, a great unit, just like the V2 of the Suzuki. If necessary, it turns fluffy upwards, where the BMW two slowly runs out of breath. At medium engine speeds, the Kawasaki twin signals: This is my home. Only: it spices up every revving over 5,000 turns with increasing vibrations. An electric eel that is easy to turn. After all, the Versys’ responsiveness is impeccable in this area. So let the twin cheer again. The next bend is already in sight, but why is the VW Bulli up there in the field so strange? The local law enforcement officers want to earn money on motorcycle fun. Time for the hotel.

At 15 liters, the BMW has the smallest tank – there is a risk of ebb in the fuel tank after 357 kilometers, despite the low 4.2 liters consumption. When it comes to consumption, the four don’t give each other much, with a full 21 liter tank capacity, the Kawa marks the top of the range in terms of range and would theoretically only have to return to the petrol pump after 525 kilometers.

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