Saw the SMT for the first time at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show at the weekend. Had to make a double-take. I was thinking "no way can they call that a sports tourer".
Some Googling time later, I have started to realised that the road-going sports trailie niche had widened quite a bit, and that now, maybe, there are 2 types of sports tourers - The Triumph Tiger's of the world vs the Triumph Sprint ST's.
Personally, I would never call the Tiger, SMT, Multistrada or any other tall bike a sports tourer. Just as I wouldn't call the BMW K1300GT, Kawazaki ZZR 1400GTR, or any other heavy bike a sports tourer either.
I still remember when the pinnacle of sports touring, or was that touring sports, was the VFR800.
Of course, these are my personal opinions, and before you ask, yes, I owned the 955 Tiger and the 1000DS MTS before settling on the ST3S-ABS. Gotta love having a local dealer that speaks English.
How about a SuperMoto Tourer?