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The Kawasaki Vulcan series of tourer bikes have become an industry standard of sorts and the whole line of Vulcan bikes are expected to carry over with a new set of models for the company’s 2011 line-up.

One of the Vulcan offerings that have been released this year is the 900 Classic LT. This motorcyle comes dressed with all the customary touring design touches that one would expect in a tourer - stylish saddlebags, a chromed brass studded seat that matches the passenger backrest, an adjustable windscreen, and passenger backrest that will keep your favorite person happy. These features are combined with an impressive powertrain, making the Vulcan 900 Classic LT a no-frills cruiser that has a bite as potent as its bark.

Speaking of its design, the Classic LT’s touring package features top-grain, reinforced cowhide saddlebags that have been carefully selected to minimize flaws and deep-dyed to prevent scraping off the finish. These bags feature a slant-top opening held shut by two 1.5" wide leather straps fitted with chrome buckles and stealth quick-release fasteners. The rolled and riveted top lids, along with metal reinforced upper edges on the bags, help maintain shape and keep unwanted moisture out of the bags. An embossed Vulcan logo on the reinforced dual-panel lids and chrome-plated brass studs finish off their look.

When it comes to the bike’s powertrain, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT doesn’t carry peanuts to go with its stylish design. What it does have is the same engine the Vulcan 900 Classic possesses: a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-cylinder V-twin engine that rolls out 58 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Anybody who thinks that the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT is just an iteration of the Vulcan line-up is sorely mistaken. The bike has an identity of its own, and it’s an identity that you’d be best served recognizing.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT’s specs after the jump.

Special edition packages are not exclusive to cars. Their two-wheeled counterparts are also into the whole special edition craze and one company in particular, Kawasaki , is well-versed in that regard with the introduction of the Special Edition package for the Vulcan 900 Classic.

Apart from the all the styling features included in the standard Vulcan 900, the special edition version adds a couple of new details, including an old brushed metal graphic that enhances the long, loping lines of the 900 Classic, flowing from the front fender to the tank and ending on the rear fender.

A fat 180-series rear tire – the largest in its class – adds a complementary touch to the bike’s overall look, as does the whitewall tires that make for a completely retro-inspired finish. On top of all the aesthetic enhancements, the Vulcan 900 Classic Special Edition also comes with a low seat height and tapered seat that’s comfortable enough for riders of different sizes. The front bucket seat flows nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and the lower chassis rails provide a narrow shape for an abbreviated reach to the pavement – ideal for shorter riders. Meanwhile, there’s also rear pillion pad makes it painless to share the two-wheeled experience while the wide handlebars, seat and floorboard layout offers an ideal ergonomic relationship, making for a relaxing mount.

The Vulcan 900 Classic Special Edition is powered by a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-cylinder V-twin engine that makes for the perfect riding companion anywhere and anytime.

Full specifications after the jump.

When talking about custom motorcycles, the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom is right there on top of every rider’s list.

Combining back-in-the-day styling and up-to-date imagery, the Vulcan 900 Custom draws from both current and classic styling influences that lends itself to one unique and mouth-watering package. An aggressive flat handlebar and forward footpegs place the rider in a stylish profile that enhances the overall visual appeal.There’s also a sleek and subtle fuel tank that features flowing lines that easily lead the eye along the careful and delicate curves, blending together to give the bike a highly-customized form. A matte black frame provides an understated framework for the Kawasaki artistry that is both appealing and gutsy, as are the massive rear tire, light-looking front end accentuated by a thin 21-inch cast wheel, and overall sculpted bodywork. The aforementioned front wheel features spokes arranged in pairs for a special visual appeal while the wide rear 15" cast wheel gives the rider the feeling of sitting on a one-of-a-kind, made-to-order motorcycle.

Powering the bike is a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC four-cylinder V-twin engine that produces as much as 58 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm.

As far as custom bikes go, the Vulcan 900 Custom’s design versatility and premium performance capability makes it one custom bike that both owners and aftermarket tuning companies have all fallen head over heels for.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom after the jump.

Imagine blasting off along the highway with the wind slamming against your helmet and feeling all the gushing sensation of air creeping into your skin.

Sounds exciting, right?

Well, that image could turn into reality if you so choose. All you need to do is bring home a Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe and you can bring that daydream into reality.

The Stratoliner Deluxe offers the best in style, comfort, and convenience for the casual tourer. The bike’s unique neo-streamlined designed and powerful 1.8-liter engine is the perfect road companion for anybody that has visions of clear highways and open roads.

In addition to the outstanding design characteristics and robust powertrain, the Stratoliner Deluxe handles like a puppet, too. Everything you want it to do, it can do without so much as any resistance.

Quite simply, it’s one of those tourer bikes that comes with a retail price - $17,490 - that may look steep at first glance, but it’s an investment well worth making.

Find out more about the Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe after the jump.

In the world of motorcycles, luxury touring bikes are considered top-of-the-line, both for their sophisticated vintage looks and all of their modern technology.

Yamaha ’s new Royal Star Venture S offers all these things and more, providing the kind of classic tourer that turns more than just heads wherever it goes.

Everything about the Royal Star Venture S speaks to luxury, including the eye-popping style and the smooth performance capabilities. Combine that with a surprisingly affordable price tag and a 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty, and you’re looking at a bike that can push people to make a purchase without any hitches.

A lot has been said about Yamaha’s long and storied history of building some of the most mouth-watering bikes in the market. Whether it’s an entry-level bike or a luxury tourer, the Japanese motorcycle builder never fails to bring out the goods. And they’ve got a pretty good one in the Royal Star Venture S.

Find out more about the Yamaha Royal Star Venture S after the jump.

The 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic doesn’t have the panache of the Vaquero and Nomad versions, but it nevertheless offers plenty of upside for a cruiser bike. Featuring the perfect combination of classic Kawasaki design engineering with the most up-to-date two-wheeled chassis and engine technology, the Kawasaki 1700 Classic is a definite man’s bike. No glitters and pizzazz here; just a straight up, heads-all-over cruiser.

The stunning raked-’n’-retro front end complements the huge V-twin design of the fat-tendered backside. Add a powerful four-stroke, 1700cc, SOHC V Twin engine inside, coupled with advanced technology and staggering functionality, and you have a cruiser bike whose bite is every bit as good as its bark.

There’s plenty to like about the newest Kawaski Vulcan 1700 Classic. As with all classic cruisers, riders will have an terrifyingly great time running around with the Vulcan 1700 Classic.

Find out more about the Vulcan 1700 Classic after the jump.

As with all of the top cruiser bikes in the world, the name of the game has always been building a long, low, and wide bike with high-end custom touches and powerful performance figures to boot. For Kawasaki , the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero fits that bill to a tee - and then some.

With the word ’vaquero’ originating from a Spanish word meaning “cowboy” or “herdsman", the Vulcan 1700 is the perfect bike for the rugged and the adventurous. Its got a profile that’s undeniably cool and stylish and more than that, the extensive detail that came with the production of the bike’s overall performance system is unparalleled in the business, one that ensures the Vulcan 1700 of high-level awesomeness that other cruiser bikes would understandably be looking up to.

Looks, power, technology, and a general sense of bad-assery. That’s what you get with the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero. It’s exactly what bikers would want on a new cruiser bike.

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Harley-Davidson has rolled out their latest line of heavyweight bikes and if you’re in the business of high-powered cruisers, you’re going to love what they have in store for you.

One of the newly launched bikes is the CVO Road Glide Custom, which features a combination of the model’s distinctive frame-mounted fairing with a slender, road-hugging profile.

It comes with plenty of unique features, including a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a customized two-piece seat that comes with a removable pillion and color-coordinated stitching, brushed nickel skull medallions on the fuel tank and fairing, and a low-profile fuel tank console with an illuminated CVO graphic insert.

On top of that, you’ll also find a new "Heavy Breather" style air intake with a black anodized cover, a black ergonomically-designed, internally-wired handlebar, a 19" Contrast Chrome Agitator Custom front wheel, and an indoor storage cover with an embroidered CVO logo to go with a commemorative CVO ignition key and a customized tool kit.

There’s also a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon advanced audio radio that includes CD/AM/FM/WB capabilities, delivering 100 watts per channel to a pair of five-by-seven-inch fairing-mount speakers and two-inch dash-mount tweeters. On top of that, the bike also comes with an 8GB Apple iPod nano connects via an interface located in the right-side saddlebag.

Other items of note with the CVO Road Glide Custom include three custom-color finishes with each one having a gloss black powdercoat powertrain, color-matched upper fork sliders, rear fender strut covers, and a license plate light cover.

Powering the CVO Road Glide Custom is a fuel-injected Twin Cam 110 V-Twin, the largest-displacement engine that’s being offered in a Harley-Davidson machine with a claimed peak torque of 122 lb/ft.

If you’re interested in the Harley CVO Road Glide Custom, the bike will come with a price tag of $30,699. Sadly, it’s going to come only as a limited production of 2,100 models, which means that if you want one, you’re going to have get yours as early as you can.

Harley-Davidson is rolling out a fleet of new bikes, all of which should make fans of the iconic American motorcycle maker drool and grab for their wallets at the soonest possible time.

Even better, at least a few of these models are limited edition pieces, including the 2012 V-Rod 10th Anniversary, a commemorative model that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the brand’s V-Rod model.

In developing the frame for the bike, Harley went above and beyond to make something that will catch the awe and adulation of its customer base. Using an innovative process called hydrofoaming, Harley was able to build a strong chassis that features unconventional angles while applying fewer welds and bending and shaping metal pipes with high-pressure water. To go with the unique chassis, Harley-Davidson decked out the V-Rod 10th Anniversary model with plenty of striking features, including a Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that bears a striking similarity to the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod models. There’s also an aluminum speed screen, a drag-style low rise handlebar, dual chromed mufflers, heat shields, polished forks, clamps, and handlebars, silver split 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels with machined highlights, a silver instrument cluster, a two-up bucket saddle, and special edition V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.

Powering the V-Rod 10th Anniversary model is an engine that Harley built in collaboration with Porsche , an innovative technical masterpiece called the 1,250cc V-Twin Revolution. It’s a fuel injected, liquid cooled powertrain that comes with dual overhead cams, producing an output of 125 horsepower and 84 lb/ft of torque at 7,000 rpm with a combined fuel efficiency rating of 37 mpg.

The attached price tag for this special edition Harley-Davidson V-Rod 10th Anniversary model is $15,999, which is by no means cheap. But given the special edition tag and the fact that it’s a Harley-Davidson, there will always be a strong appeal for it in the bike-riding population of America.

Chris Evans hits the cinemas next week as the star-spangled hero in Captain America and as with most blockbusters of its stature, there are plenty of companies looking to capitalize on the vast marketing potential the movie is expected to draw. In this particular case, one company that’s all too familiar with the period setting of Captain America – World War II, if you didn’t know – has decided to hitch a ride with the American patriot. That company is Harley-Davidson.

History lessons on this subject will tell you that around the time of the second World War, Harley Davidson had over 70,000 WLA bikes – they were affectionately called the “Liberators” - built for the soldiers of the war to use in whatever means they could. This wasn’t lost in the movie as trailers have shown Cap himself riding one of these bad boys in America’s fight against Red Skull and his evil band of German henchmen. All in all, Harley Davidson collaborated with Marvel to build five Cross Bones bikes modified to make them look like the WLAs of the 40s.

On top of producing the bikes used in the movie, the two companies also collaborated on building two special edition bikes for their “H-D Free the World” promotion, one to a member of the military and another to a plain old Joe like all of us. As part of the giveaway, the two lucky winners will travel to the Harley production facility in Milwaukee to receive a pair of Sportster 1200 that can be customized to their tastes and preferences.

To learn more on how you can be that lucky civilian to win a customized Harley 1200 Sportster, feel free to check out the link and found out all the information you need to enter the contest.


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