There is a category in the motorcycle world known as tourers. Tourers are similar to grand tourers (GTs) in the car world. They are vehicles designed to be used for long trips. More importantly, they are designed to make those long trips as enjoyable as they can be.
Choosing a tourer can be a bit tricky. You have to take into account the kind of trips you want to have, whether you have a passenger with you, the roads or terrains you want to explore, and many more things. To help you get started, we’re going to take a look at some of the sub-categories you can look into when shopping for a touring motorcycle.
The Grand Tourer
As the name suggests, this is the category where all of the big tourers can be found. There are some great options to look into too, including the famous Kawasaki Voyager and the BWM K 1600 GTL. There are a number of great characteristics found in these bikes. For starters, they are designed to make both the rider and the passenger comfortable on long rides, seen from the comfortable saddle and rear seat.
You also get bigger engines with grand tourers. The Voyager comes with a 1,700cc engine, while the BWM, as the name suggests, is powered by a 1,649cc unit that produces 160 horsepower at its peak performance. The BWM even uses an inline-six engine, which is normally found in smaller cars like the M1 or the M2.
V-Twin explorers are more vintage and have been around for years. Even the modern models come with a retro design that incorporates smooth lines and gorgeous shapes. You see brands such as Indian Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson making this type of tourer as part of their product lineups.
One of the interesting options to look into is the Indian Roadmaster. It is characteristically retro, but it is appealing in many ways. The V-Twin on this bike is a 1,811cc unit, but it produces just a little under 100 horsepower. V-Twins are never about sheer power; they are more about comfort and style. V-Twin tourers are also notoriously simple and easy to maintain.
Ducati and KTM are the kings of this category. Ducati has its Multistrada, one of the best motorcycles ever made, leading the pack with its long list of innovations. It is a well-designed, well-made motorcycle that lets you explore even the roughest terrains in utmost comfort.
On the other hand, we have the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT with its smaller engine and lighter body. The Super Duke may not be as versatile as the Multistrada, but you can get one from dealers such as Freedom Powersports for a great price. Just be prepared to read the manual before you start this bike; it’s filled with technology!
We covered three sub-categories in this article and there are some very interesting options in these markets. Can’t find what you are looking for just yet? Be sure to stay tuned for more updates right here on Winter Bike Shop.