A touring bike is a motorcycle that will confidently and comfortably allow you to enjoy traveling your chosen road! Touring bikes are a mindset where the highway is not something to cover quickly, but is the path to experiencing every aspect of the environment.
Sometimes called Cruisers, they are designed for rider and passenger comfort, luggage carrying capacity, and reliability. Cruiser is the term for the design style of American machines from the 1930s to the early 1960s, such as those made by Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior and Henderson.
Now the cruisers include the Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide, the Honda V-twin powered Shadow Sabre, Kawasaki Mean Streak, Suzuki Intruder, Triumph built Bonneville, the Polaris Victory Vegas, and the Yamaha
The riding position on a cruiser places the feet forward and the hands up, with the spine erect or leaning back slightly, which many find to be more comfortable for long-distance riding. The "Western Saddle" riding position of American style Cruisers and Choppers evolved from the saddle and riding position used by cowboys in the American West.
Aftermarket windshields and fairings can upgrade most sport bikes and some dual-sports for use as touring bikes. That means you don't have to be miserable as you experience the road. Add-on luggage racks and better seats will also add to your comfort.
For a touring bike, you don't need a bike that goes over 165 mph and permits a "wheelie" at 75 mph. If your planning on touring, you don't need a "crotch-rocket". Those are usually only for the those wanting to zip around town and have grown up riding motorcycles. You will want your touring bike to be the right size for you personally, a motorcycle you are comfortable on and can maneuver effectively.
Motorcycle touring is about compromise, just like the rest of your life. It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end. Enjoy the ride, meet new friends and remember that a good snapshot stops a moment from running away.