Pros and Cons of Touring Motorcycles

April 18, 2018

2014 Touring / Bagger MotorcycleThinking about investing in a new motorcycle? Well, one of the decisions you'll have to make is choosing the right type. There are several different types of motorcycles, including street motorcycles, cruisers, dual sport, and of course touring motorcycles. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, which is why it's important to do your homework before investing in a new motorcycle. Today, we're going to take a closer look at the touring motorcycle, revealing its pros and cons.


What is a Touring Motorcycle?


Touring motorcycles live up to their namesake in the sense that they are designed specifically for touring. While all motorcycles can be used for this purpose, touring motorcycles offer a safer, more comfortable and efficient means of doing so.




One of the greatest benefits of choosing a touring motorcycle over other styles is the sheer comfort it provides. Touring motorcycles are designed with an emphasis on comfort and motorcycles. The seats are soft and relaxed, and the handlebars are placed at an optimal height to ensure comfort for all riders. You can typically enhance the comfort of a touring motorcycle even further through various modifications.




Touring motorcycles also provide greater storage. Whether you are traveling across country or just down the road, you'll appreciate the added storage options of a touring motorcycle. In addition to standard saddlebags and tour-packs, some are even equipped with heat/air, radios as well as electrical and charging output plugs, adding even greater utility to this already versatile motorcycle type.


Bigger Fuel Tanks


A lesser-known benefit of touring motorcycles is their large fuel tanks. It's frustrating when you're forced to stop every couple of hours to fill up at the pump. Because they have larger-than-average fuel tanks, however, touring motorcycles all but eliminate this problem. Of course, this is particularly beneficial for long-distance cross-country trips where gas stations are sporadic.


Fuel Efficiency


Although they have larger fuel tanks, touring motorcycles typically suffer from poor fuel efficiency. Touring motorcycles typically weigh more, much more, than street-style bikes. And this added weight requires greater fuel to keep it running. So if you choose to buy a touring motorcycle, expect to pay more at the pump.




Another issue that some riders may face with a touring motorcycle is poor maneuverability. Unlike street or cruiser motorcycles, tourings are designed for riding on long, open roads. As such, they lack the maneuverability of their counterpart.




While most touring motorcycles have a fairing stereo system, some touring bikes (like the Road King) do not.  In these cases, you can add music with a motorcycle speaker system from Steel Horse Audio.  Music adds a whole new level to your touring motorcycle.  Imagine riding to Sturgis with Skynyrd blasting!

These are just a few of the pros and cons associated with touring motorcycles.

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