Touring Motorcycles

Touring motorcycles fulfill your dream of travelling on the open highways with the wind blowing through your hair, music ringing in your ears, and nothing but the freedom of comfortably traveling in style. Yes, you read right! You get comfort, style and the sound of a stereo filling the air, provided of course that you are riding a touring motorcycle. Extremely popular with bikers who travel a lot; touring motorcycles add a whole new dimension to your trip.

An extraordinary concept, touring motorcycles were first thought of to improve the riding condition for the rider as well as the passenger. For long distance trips, the motorcycles were fitted with luggage carriers while claiming the highest limits of reliability on the road. Even today, despite massive evolution of the industry, touring motorcycles are still extremely popular amongst enthusiasts and collectors. Massive in size, they not only take care of the riders' safety, but also protect them from varying weather conditions with the aid of fittings available for rain & snow.

4 different Types of Touring Motorcycles

Touring motorcycles are of four kinds. The first are the “Full-dress” touring motorcycles. These motorcycles have the luggage compartments molded into the shape of the bike. These bikes are generally larger in size due to the wider body work & large fairings along with a strong power station that generates incredible amounts of torque. Stereos with CD players are now standard fixtures whereas air conditioning and air bags are also available in some models.

If you are looking for something a little less extravagant, then you have the option of running in for a standard touring motorcycle. Here you get the usual package of the engine and other working parts, along with some luxuries such as electrically adjustable windshield, anti-lock brakes and so on. Simpler features ensure a much lesser price tag as well as something which is not very bulky and heavy.

The third option is a Global on and off-road touring motorcycle. These motorcycles are the 4WD machines of the touring motorcycle world. Designed to ensure a smooth ride on paved, as well as dirt, roads, these motorcycles have high ground clearance amongst other features such as large fuel reserves, heavy torque output, large displacement, large size and excellent handling. Hard luggage carriers can be added as they are not standard features with most models. A popular participant in the Paris-Dakar (now the Lisboa-Dakar) Rally, this bike is excellent for those looking for a run through the wild countryside as well as busy streets.

Finally, the last option for bike-travelers is the Sport-touring motorcycle. This format of the touring motorcycle combines the speed of a sports bike with the reliability, stability and features of a touring motorcycle. Luggage carriers are optional again, and features such as stereo, airbags etc., are generally missing from these kinds of bikes.

So what's next, once you have one of these? That is the simple part, actually! Just pack up all your clothes, pick a destination on the map, some money and head out to the open country. These touring motorcycles are built to let you travel long distances without tiring. They offer immense comfort and stability ensuring that you don't have to worry about things like a sore behind or maybe bug-filled hair.

You may not require protective clothing and pads but a leather jacket always helps muffle those big falls. Touring motorcycles encourage you to cruise at high speeds, offering you the chance to look around at the beauty that surrounds you, rather than worry about the road. With a number of safety features such as ABS and air-bags, combined with some luxury items like stereos and air-conditioning, touring motorcycles are sure to give you the same comforts as a car coupled with the freedom and independence of being on a motorcycle.

Slowly becoming the weapon of choice for a number of travelers across the world, touring motorcycles have created a strong presence amongst motorcycle enthusiasts. So if you are thinking about a quick ride to the next town, or a cross-country trip or maybe drive down to the next continent even; get yourself one of these touring motorcycles and drive there.

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