While any motorcycle can do the job, a select group of motorcycles are built specifically with touring in mind.
These motorcycles usually come with a high degree of weather protection and large fuel tanks, but this does not mean that they should be lacking in performance, speed, and comfortability.
The more features you add to the motorcycle, the heavier it gets, which hurts the touring of a motorcycle.
In this article, I will talk about the best lightweight touring motorcycle and list others that I believe are good competitors to it.
Here are just some of the light and fast touring motorcycles that I could find:
- KTM 790 Adventure
- Peugeot Kisbee
- Harley Davidson Road Glide
- Honda Gold Wing
- Norton Superlight 650
- BMW G310GS
- Mash Dirt 650
- Ducati Scrambler Icon
- CCM Spitfire Bobber
- Suzuki DR650S
- KTM 890 Duke R
- Suzuki VStrom 650 XT
- KTM 390 Adventure
- Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen
- Triumph Speed Twin
- Suzuki VStrom 250
- Yamaha MT07
- Honda XR650L
- KTM 690 Enduro R
- Kawasaki Versys X300
- Royal Enfield Himalayan
- Yamaha MT 03
- Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
- Ducati Multistrada 1260
- BMW F850GS
- BMW K1600GT
- Kawasaki Z650
- Yamaha Tenere 700
- Ducati Hypermotard 950
- Honda CBR250R
- Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200
- Kawasaki Z400
- Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
- TRIUMPH TIGER 800
- Yamaha Tracer 700 GT
- BMW R1250GS
- Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
- Triumph Street Twin
- Honda CB 500X
I will go over all of these motorcycles in detail, so make sure to read this article in its entirety.
Full List – Top 39 Lightweight Touring Motorcycles
Apart from discussing these motorcycles listed above, I have created a table as well, which gives you the statistics of them all for your convenience.
#1: KTM 790 Adventure
While not the lightest vehicle in this article, I believe that the KTM 790 Adventure is probably the best lightweight motorcycle here, and for a good reason.
This motorcycle has great handling and a low-down fuel tank which lowers its center of gravity, making it great for touring. It also offers the best when it comes to its price range, providing great performance and being decently lightweight.
#2: Peugeot Kisbee
Since this list is about lightweight motorcycles, it is only fitting that I talk about the Peugeot Kisbee here, as well as it is the host of the lightest body in this list, being less than 200 pounds. While it does suffer in regards to speed and performance, it is still a solid motorcycle for touring.
#3: Harley Davidson Road Glide
Every bike enthusiast loves a good Harley Davidson because of its amazing performance and handling. While its weight may be a concern due to the nature of this list, it still stands on top of a lot of other motorcycles on this list, boasting impressive horsepower and a stable drive which makes it great for touring.
#4: Honda Gold Wing
Following the trend of the Road Glide, Honda’s Gold Wing also may raise some concerns when being talked about but remains a top tier motorcycle that deserves to be on its list, being extremely stable and powerful, making it great for touring and anything else you would want to do with a motorcycle.
#5: Norton Superlight 650
This motorcycle dials the weight back a lot compared to the last two models but raises the price bar through the roof. This is because only 50 of these motorcycles exist globally, making it a very lucrative motorcycle with solid performance, low weight, and stable handling.
#6: BMW G310GS
Prioritizing everything related to the touring capabilities of a motorcycle, the BMW G310GS focuses more on the comfort side of touring, which is why it is on the higher side when it comes to motorcycles on this list.
However, it is still light enough compared to other motorcycles and is a good choice if looking for a touring motorcycle.
#7: Mash Dirt 650
Simple and ultra-light, the Mash Dirt 650 takes the best of the best when it comes to French design and uses Chinese manufacturing to produce a decently performing but incredibly light motorcycle that comes at a good price and goes above and beyond when it comes to value.
#8: Ducati Scrambler Icon
Extremely fun to ride and boast a classic styling that makes it instantly attractive, Ducati’s Scrambler Icon, along with less overall weight, comes with great suspensions and a comfortable seat, all of which are integral for touring. While it does not fare well off-road, on the road, it is a force to be reckoned with.
#9: CCM Spitfire Bobber
Coming with solid authenticity and a laid back style that many Americans will recognize, CCM’s Spitfire Bobber takes the best of what you can get in an adventure bike and puts it into a motorcycle which is, while on the heavier side, is a good choice if you are looking for a touring motorcycle with great comfortability.
#10: Suzuki DR650S
Suzuki has been pushing its DR650S motorcycle for more than 30, during which the motorcycle has seen little no changes or improvements.
This is probably because it can faire quite well without all the fancy features such as fuel injection, ABS, and electronics, making the motorcycle simple, light, and effective for touring.
#11: KTM 890 Duke R
KTM is an Australian manufacturer that has had a lot of experience in making lightweight motorcycles, so you can expect great things from the KTM 890 Duke R, which stays ultra-lightweight but also packs a lot of power and performance, which is the reason why it is not as light as it could have been.
#12: Suzuki V Strom 650 XT
Suzuki seems to have adopted the model where if nothing bad happens, it does not need any improvement or fixes, which is why just like the previous Suzuki motorcycle, the V-Strom 650 XT has not changed for 20 years but still manages to retain its lightweight body & dependability.
#13: KTM 390 Adventure
Another bike from the Australian manufacturer, the 390 Adventure, offers great value to its users as apart from being lightweight, it has a lot of amazing features such as traction control, TFT display, and slipper clutch, many of which have never been seen before on a bike as lightweight and small as this.
#14: Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen
What used to be a Swedish company is now owned under KTM. The brand has transformed from its old days of off-road motorcycles to lightweight performance motorcycles, which are wonderful when it comes to touring, being as light as a feather and powerful. It uses a mix of Swedish Australian parts.
#15: Triumph Speed Twin
Blending the look of classic motorcycles and using modern-day systems and components such as suspension components and braking systems, Triumph’s Speed Twin is old school biking mixed with today’s technology which makes it a near-perfect motorcycle that comes at a great price point and builds which makes it a worthy touring motorcycle.
#16: Suzuki V Strom 250
I have already discussed the V-Strom 650, so I might as well discuss its entry-level motorcycle, the V-Strom 250, which comfortably sits in the middle of this list when it comes to weight classification. Packed with great engine quality and reliability, it is a motorcycle that is worth considering.
#17: Yamaha MT 07
Yamaha has a lot of experience in manufacturing motorcycles, which is why it was a surprise to see a motorcycle such as the MT 07, which had decent weight but none of the features you would normally see from the company, making this motorcycle simple to use.
#18: Honda XR650L
Honda is known for its reliability, which it brings with the XR650L, one of the lighter motorcycles on this list. It boasts clever engineering and comes at half the price of other expensive motorcycles on this list, making it a solid touring motorcycle for its cost.
#19: KTM 690 Enduro R
While marketed as a travel motorcycle, the KTM 690 Enduro R is a solid example of a lightweight touring motorcycle. The motorcycle has its fair share of issues, such as the price and high seat, but it is a great motorcycle nonetheless and one you should not overlook.
#20: Kawasaki Versys X300
The bike was manufactured on the same platform as another motorcycle from the company but feels completely distinct, which is a good thing as this motorcycle is extremely comfortable and elegantly refined. It is a perfect touring motorcycle for on the road purposes, but it can be difficult to ride off-road.
#21: Royal Enfield Himalayan
This motorcycle was built with classic Italian styling in mind, which the design reflects completely to the user. Despite being a bit heavier than it should be, it has less power which is even more surprising as it has a decent engine. Despite this, it gets the job done and provides a great touring experience.
#22: Yamaha MT 03
Another Yamaha motorcycle, this one also follows the same trend as the previous one. It is extremely simple and barebones, which you don’t expect from the company’s motorcycles. Still, despite this, the motorcycle is extremely competent and works well for touring due to its lightweight and retro-styling.
#23: Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 900 is on the heavier side of the motorcycles on this list, so it is not as agile as the motorcycles mentioned above and below. Still, its increased weight does mean a variety of different safety features which provide a safe touring experience.
#24: Ducati Multistrada 1260
There is quite a variety of Ducati Multistrada motorcycles in all shapes and sizes, but this version of the lineup of motorcycles is the lightest and most mobile. This mobility is well complemented by its suspension system, ensuring that the rider has a great riding experience while touring or otherwise.
#25: BMW F850GS
Despite not having a lot of power, the BMW F850GS is extremely lightweight and maneuverable, making it perfect for both on the road and off-road travel, but this does not mean it is a weak motorcycle as it can push out a lot of power when it needs to.
#26: BMW K1600GT
Featuring the legendary build quality that BMW is known for, the BMW K1600GT features a vast catalog for the series, which gives users a lot of variety when it comes to the motorcycle of their choice, among which is an array of lightweight models which you should no doubt consider purchasing.
#27: Kawasaki Z650
One of the best all-rounder motorcycles on this list, the Kawasaki 650 is a motorcycle that people of all experience levels can enjoy. Whether beginner motorcycle riders or seasoned riders, everyone can get a good and enjoyable experience while riding this motorcycle.
#28: Yamaha Tenere 700
This is a Yamaha motorcycle that people will undoubtedly recognize as one as it contains many different features that makes the motorcycle flourish; however, despite being marketed as an adventure bike, there are a few kinks that make it a better touring motorcycle than an adventuring motorcycle.
#29: Ducati Hypermotard 950
Having a powerful engine and a decently lightweight body to boot, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 is yet another great all-rounder motorcycle that you can purchase at a reasonable price that does everything you want it to do and can do exceptionally well while being incredibly manageable as well.
#30: Honda CBR250R
The Honda CBR250R is affordable, comfortable, and good for long hours of riding, making it a great vehicle for anything you can think of. The motorcycle is comfortable and revels in its simplicity, having few features and saving on weight wherever it can, all while providing a fuel-efficient motorcycle.
#31: Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200
Highly praised by its owners, who just love it for all of its capabilities, the Yamaha SuperTénéré 1200 is a solid and economical alternative to all of its high-end motorcycle models and is more than capable of providing a comfortable and fast ride as far as you want to go.
#32: Kawasaki Z400
Loaded with extremely refined features, the Kawasaki Z400 might look like a small beginner bike. It provides its owners with a lot of power that it can push out despite its small and lightweight body. It also has modes readily available, further increasing its touring experience.
#33: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX is one of the top sports tourers on the market, which comes with a supercharged, high-power engine that you would not think could provide a great touring experience. Still, the opposite is true, as the Ninja H2 comes with many features and gadgets that heighten the experience.
#34: Triumph Tiger 800
Featuring superior reliability and capable of traveling both on and off-road, Triumph has done it again with the introduction of the Tiger 800, which delivers solid power, all while having a decent weight that is enough to match its performance wise.
#35: Yamaha Tracer 700 GT
Another solid all-rounder motorcycle on this list, The Yamaha Tracer 700 GT, has punchy performance and great value, which has been improved for 2020, featuring a new look, lighter body, and a variety of different features which amplify any touring experience.
#36: BMW R1250GS
Another motorcycle that was marketed as an adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1250GS, also functions as a great touring motorcycle with both a large fuel tank and high-performance suspensions, making it an incredibly motorcycle.
#37: Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Incredibly powerful and incredibly comfortable, Triumph’s Tiger Explorer 1200 offers remarkable performance on and off the road and comes with enough power that the rider has enough flexibility and maneuverability to easily ride wherever they want. This flexibility is mostly the product of the motorcycle’s lightweight build and body.
#38: Triumph Street Twin
Capable of delivering amazing performance at such a low weight, Triumph’s Street Twin is another great motorcycle made by the company that provides a lot of power, comfort, and value to its user, making it a great all-purpose vehicle.
#39: Honda CB 500X
The Honda CB 500X has a lot less power when compared to other motorcycles on this list, but you don’t need power or high performance for touring. All you need is a small light build, off-road capability, and capable suspension, which this motorcycle can easily provide.
|KTM 790 Adventure||8,500 rpm||416 lbs||105 hp||799 cc||$12,699|
|Peugeot Kisbee||8,000 rpm||198 lbs||4 hp||50 cc||$1,422|
|Harley Davidson Road Glide||3,500 rpm||820 lbs||100 hp||1863 cc||$22,249|
|Honda Gold Wing||5,500 rpm||787 lbs||125 hp||1833 cc||$25,300|
|Norton Superlight 650||6,800 rpm||434 lbs||49 hp||650 cc||$64,700|
|BMW G310GS||9,500 rpm||374 lbs||34 hp||313 cc||$5,795|
|Mash Dirt 650||6,000 rpm||359 lbs||40 hp||650 cc||$8,515|
|Ducati Scrambler Icon||5,750 rpm||427 lbs||73 hp||803 cc||$9,595|
|CCM Spitfire Bobber||5,500 rpm||297 lbs||55 hp||600 cc||$13,930|
|Suzuki DR650S||6,400 rpm||366 lbs||43 hp||644 cc||$6,799|
|KTM 890 Duke R||9,000 rpm||365 lbs||115 hp||890 cc||$11,999|
|Suzuki VStrom 650 XT||8,800 rpm||470 lbs||70 hp||650 cc||$8,799|
|KTM 390 Adventure||9,000 rpm||392 lbs||43 hp||373 cc||$6,199|
|Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen||9,000 rpm||332 lbs||43 hp||373 cc||$3,200|
|Triumph Speed Twin||6,750 rpm||463 lbs||97 hp||1200 cc||$12,200|
|Suzuki V Strom 250||8,000 rpm||417 lbs||24 hp||250 cc||$7,190|
|Yamaha MT 07||9,000 rpm||399 lbs||74 hp||689 cc||$7,599|
|Honda XR650L||6,000 rpm||346 lbs||44 hp||644 cc||$6,999|
|KTM 690 Enduro R||7,500 rpm||335 lbs||74 hp||699 cc||$11,899|
|Kawasaki Versys X300||11,370 rpm||386 lbs||39 hp||296 cc||$5,799|
|Royal Enfield Himalayan||6,500 rpm||439 lbs||21.8 hp||411 cc||$4,999|
|Yamaha MT 03||6,000 rpm||375 lbs||48 hp||459 cc||$4,799|
|Aprilia Dorsoduro 900||8,750 rpm||467 lbs||93 hp||896 cc||$10,999|
|Ducati Multistrada 1260||9,200 rpm||417 lbs||150 hp||1198 cc||$22,095|
|BMW F850GS||8,250 rpm||504 lbs||95 hp||853 cc||$14,545|
|BMW K1600GT||7,750 rpm||652 lbs||160 hp||1649 cc||$22,545|
|Kawasaki Z650||8,000 rpm||412 lbs||68 hp||649 cc||$7,349|
|Yamaha Tenere 700||9,000 rpm||452 lbs||72 hp||689 cc||$10,000|
|Ducati Hypermotard 950||9,000 rpm||450 lbs||114 hp||937 cc||$13,395|
|Honda CBR250R||9,900 rpm||368 lbs||24 hp||286 cc||$4,950|
|Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200||7,250 rpm||575 lbs||108 hp||1199 cc||$16,299|
|Kawasaki Z400||8,000 rpm||364 lbs||44 hp||399 cc||$4,999|
|Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX||14,000 rpm||476 lbs||310 hp||998 cc||$19,000|
|TRIUMPH TIGER 800||2,000 rpm||474 lbs||94 hp||799 cc||$15,700|
|Yamaha Tracer 700 GT||9,000 rpm||432 lbs||74 hp||689 cc||$9,761|
|BMW R1250GS||7,750 rpm||549 lbs||134 hp||1254 cc||$20,920|
|Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200||9,350 rpm||534 lbs||139 hp||1215 cc||$14,300|
|Triumph Street Twin||7,500 rpm||464 lbs||55 hp||900 cc||$9,300|
|Honda CB 500X||74000 rpm||430 lbs||49 hp||471 cc||$6,699|
The KTM 790 Adventure stands out in my eyes as one of, if not the, best lightweight touring motorcycles on this list.
It offers a perfect balance of lightweight, speed, endurance, and performance, making it a great vehicle in its own right.
Still, the price point at which it stands compared to other motorcycles around its price range is superior to theirs.
While other motorcycles do bring a lot to the table, they also bring a lot of weight, which is why this one stands in a position of lightweight superiority and high-quality performance.