Touring Motorcycle Reviews

Touring bikes have been specifically designed for long-distance travel, and the biggest of this type have dozens of comfort and convenience amenities. Common features include large fairings and windshields for excellent protection from the elements, large-capacity fuel tanks for long ranges between fill-ups, and a considerable amount of stowage space for the luggage of a rider (and often) a passenger. Best of 2011 Awards

The motorcycles that have made their way to dealerships in the last 12 months have been category-crushing and stunningly well developed. After riding everything this year, here’s our selections of the best motorcycles of 2011.

2012 Harley-Davidson Models Updates

When it comes to bold new stuff from Harley-Davidson for 2012, the recently reviewed Dyna Switchback and an updated V-Rod line is about it. However, H-D did grace several areas of its entire product lineup with some notable updates.

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Review

Victory’s Cross Country has left a positive impression on the motorcycle-buying public as well as the moto media in the past two years. Now Victory has elevated the Country’s status to that of flagship model in the form of the new Cross Country Tour.

2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback Review

Harley-Davidson's new Switchback offers built-in touring features that give it the flexibility to go from Dyna-based boulevard profiler to weekend warrior in a matter of minutes.

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour Preview

Victory announced today the expansion of its line of touring cruisers with the new Cross Country Tour. Also, a new iteration of the Cross Roads, the Cross Roads Classic LE, will increase the selection of Victory’s baggers and touring models to seven.

2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Models Review

Harley-Davidson's Custom Vehicle Operations, or more commonly, CVO, is the company's in-house customizing arm. It's like a company within a company, and Harley employees covet the opportunity to work for this branch of the Motor Company.

2012 BMW K1600GT Review

One of the most exciting new motorcycles this year is BMW’s K1600 platform, boasting the first inline six-cylinder motorcycle engine since the 1980s.

2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited Review [Video]

We’ve spent nearly a month touring around Southern California on the Can-Am Spyder RT Limited. This three-wheeler is tough to define, but it provides a unique and interesting alternative to the rest of the industry's touring motorcycles.

2012 Honda Gold Wing Review [Video]

The Honda Gold Wing is a veritable icon among touring motorcycles. A three-day trip with a passenger on the upgraded Gold Wing supported the notion that there is no better way to travel on a motorcycle two-up.

2012 Honda Gold Wing Review - First Ride

Honda’s Gold Wing has for years stood at the pinnacle of the luxury-touring market. In the face of increased competition, Honda chose to arm the 2012 Gold Wing with only moderate improvements. Is that enough?

2012 BMW K1600GTL Review

To say we were impressed with the BMW K1600 is a colossal understatement. Blown away is more like it. Simply put, the K1600GTL has become the supreme luxury-sport motorcycle ever built. It makes the Honda Gold Wing look wrinkly.

2012 Honda Gold Wing Unveiled

Although Honda doesn’t list a 2011 model for the luxury touring Gold Wing, we won’t discount the year-long lapse between 2010 and 2012 against what otherwise marks the 37th year since the Wing was set free upon the roads, way back in ’75.

Top 10 Hottest Bikes of 2011

Now that Germany’s Intermot show and Italy’s EICMA exhibition are over, we’ve got a clear idea of the motorcycles that will be introduced over the next 12 months. We’ve whittled this list down to our 10 most anticipated bikes of 2011.

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