Traditional touring motorcycles are characterized by large fairings, fuel tanks, windshields, large displacement torquey engines, and upright sitting positions. Tourers are also provided with saddlebags or panniers and numerous other features to ensure riders’ comfort during long hours in the saddle. Nowadays, touring motorcycles have grown in number, and the segment has been subdivided along the lines of size, performance, and features. Hence we now have full-dress tourers (the traditional tourers), adventure tourers, and sport-tourers.
In looking for the best touring motorcycles on the market in 2021, we will be searching among the traditional tourers. And since there are so many of them out there, we will be looking at the ones that offer a perfect mix of power, comfort, reliability, and practicality. So, join us as we tour the world of big displacement engines for the best touring motorcycles you can find in dealerships.
2021 Indian Roadmaster
With a price tag of $29,999, one cannot help but wonder what wonders of technology come with the 2021 Indian Roadmaster. However, the price is well justified, with features such as keyless ignition, advanced ABS, active cruise control, and tire pressure monitoring, among many others.
Power is produced by a 92-hp 1,890cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine and delivered through a smooth 6-speed gearbox. The impressive tourer has a RideCommand infotainment system, Rear Cylinder Deactivation, ample cargo space, heated seats, and several other features necessary for a comfortable ride experience.
2021 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS is powered by a 1,700cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine delivering a 6-speed transmission. Features that make it outstanding include a spectacular front fairing and sufficient storage space for your luggage.
It also boasts electronic throttle valves, electronic cruise control, and coactive braking technology (ABS) to make every journey a safe and smooth ordeal. With a base price of $17,699, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager is a pocket-friendly touring motorcycle that gives you an exceptional experience.
2021 BMW K1600 Grand America
The 2021 BMW K1600 Grand America has nearly all it takes to satisfy your road touring needs for a machine on two wheels. Power, pure and abundant, is supplied by a large 1649cc inline-6 power plant producing 160 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque.
While balancing on the comfortable seat, you can enjoy rider assist features like cruise control, reverse assistant, and ABS. Also on offer for comfortable tours are the Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment system, Dynamic Traction Control, and a sophisticated audio system.
2021 Indian Challenger
Stylishly built with a large front fairing, LED headlights, power windshield, and a decent waterproof storage capacity, the Indian Challenger is an ideal tourer. The rugged touring machine is powered by a 1768cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine producing 122 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque.
With three unique riding modes to choose from, the 2021 Challenger also features a wide array of technologically advanced riding aids. You no longer need to dread those long rides as the 2021 Challenger comes with a 100-watt sound system to keep you entertained.
2021 Yamaha Star Venture
Built specifically for long-distance rides, the 2021 Yamaha Star Venture is powered by an 85-hp 1854cc V-twin engine that generates 120 lb-ft of torque. The $26,999 transcontinental tourer has class-leading high-tech features like ride-by-wire throttle control, cruise control, selectable riding modes, and traction control.
For your luggage, it has 37.3 gallons of storage space, while heated grips and heated seats (with tall backrest) are provided for maximum comfort. A high-mounted infotainment system allows you to control music, navigation, and vehicle functions with voice or by touch.
2020 Harley Davidson Road King
The 2020 Harley Davidson Road King is a traditionally styled, tested, and trusted tourer with modern performance. Power is supplied by a smooth 89 hp Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin engine with a displacement of 1746cc, producing a torque of 111 lb-ft. To help mitigate the stress of a long day in the saddle, it also comes with a low, comfortable seat height.
With a price tag of $19,499, it is a pretty affordable choice for those in need of a high-powered tourer that they can also cruise around town on.
2021 BMW R1250 RT
The 2021 BMW R1250 RT is a fast and powerful lightweight bike with outstanding features for the touring segment. Power is from a 136 horsepower ShiftCam BMW Boxer engine with a displacement of 1254cc, producing 105 lb-ft of torque.
Several high-tech rider-assist features like the hill-start control, traction control, and the radar-controlled Active Cruise Control help reduce rider fatigue. With its powerful engine, nimble handling, and comfortable ride, the 2021 BMW R1250 RT is not the wrong way to spend $19,695.
2021 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
Designed and built for touring, the 2021 Electra Glide has the necessary features that rank it among the best in the segment. While the comfortable touring seat, upright riding position, and floorboards ensure comfort, sufficient storage space is also provided for your luggage.
The smooth-running Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin engine that powers the $18,999 2021 Electra Glide delivers 90 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque. Both front and rear suspensions and the fork-mounted batwing fairing are designed to give you a smooth and comfortable touring experience.
2020 Honda Gold Wing Tour
The 2020 Honda Gold Wing Tour is the $28,000 middle trim of the class-leading and passenger-friendly 2020 Gold Wing lineup. To power it, Honda uses a massive 1833cc liquid-cooled 6-cylinder power plant paired with a 6-speed manual transmission producing 97.9 hp.
Four different ride modes (with varying power output and suspension damping) are on offer to choose from. When you throw in the 110 liters of storage space, the various advanced riding aids, and comfort features, you come up with a first-class touring motorcycle.
2020 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited
With a bold price tag of $28,699, the boldly styled 2020 Ultra Limited is one of Harley Davidson’s finest touring motorcycles. Powered by a huge 1868cc Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine that produces 114 lb-ft of torque, it gives an exceptional touring performance.
The 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited comes fully equipped with enough high-tech features to guarantee easy handling and comfortable ride quality. A Boom Box GTS infotainment system provides smartphone connectivity and a full-color interface on which you can control the functions of your Ultra Limited.
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