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The Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe is one of the most powerful and stylish bikes on the market and the 2012 model comes packed with plenty of new features.

Comfort, convenience and style. Three words that best describe the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe casual full dress tourer. The bike’s sleek neo-classic styling lines are only the beginning; it also has a hard fairing with an aggressive mini windshield and color-matched hard saddlebags, plus a handlebar-mounted, audio-controller that allows you to ante up on the volume of your plugged-in iPod. There’s also a a pair of large, color-matched, locking hard sidebags, making the bike an ideal companion for those short and long trips. For the 2012 model, the new features include a Garmin Zumo 665 GPS that comes with plenty of features, including navigation, Bluetooth, Sirius/XM satellite radio capability, real-time weather and traffic, road condition, and warning, among other things.

In terms of performance, the 2012 Stratoliner Deluxe is powered by a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine producing great thrust at any speed. The engine also has a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection that provides optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. As far as the chassis and suspension are concerned, the bike features a long and low aluminum frame that features light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser. The suspension set-up utilizes 46mm fork tubes to serve up an excellent ride and a sweet appearance, as well as a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload that provides a smooth ride.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe after the jump.

The 2012 Yamaha Roadliner S doesn’t come with a whole lot of changes compared to the previous models, and that might be a good thing. It still has that unmistakable neo-streamline design that gives it a completely distinctive look. Add a long and low aluminum frame that provides great looks and light handling with one of the biggest engines on the market, and you have a bike that’s definitely worth your hard-earned money. Speaking about a few features of the bike, the sculpted seat provides an excellent place to sit on long rides. The Roadliner S also gets plenty of chrome treatment, including the chrome switchgear, front brake and clutch master cylinders and levers, the belt guard, fork and fork covers, handlebar clamps, a shifter, a front pulley cover, various engine covers, a rear fender stay, and polished wheels.

The Roadliner S will also be carrying a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. That’s added to a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection, providing optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. Despite the monster engine, Roadliner S achieves an estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.

Handling is also aces with the Roadliner S. We already talked about the lightweight aluminum frame, but the bike also has a light, controlled-Fill die-cast swingarm that complements the bike’s streamline style and reduces unsprung weight for great handling. Add 46mm fork tubes that serve up an excellent ride and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload and there’s no mistaking what the Roadliner S has to offer.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Roadliner S after the jump.

Long distance, open-road touring could be a hassle for just about anybody that doesn’t have the patience for it. That’s why it’s imperative to have a bike that can make you feel comfortable, no matter the distance.

That’s what the Yamaha Royal Star Venture S is for. The bike comes fully loaded with everything serious riders need for their long and arduous travels. There’s plenty of lockable storage in the form of a 15-gallon trunk and a pair of color-matched 9.3-gallon sidebags, adding up to 33.6 gallons of total space that you can use to keep everything safe and dry wherever you go. Moreover, the bike has ergonomically designed bucket-type seats with plush, wraparound passenger backrest for unbeatable long-range comfort. As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2012 Royal Star Venture S has you covered in the form of a four-speaker sound system with a Star-branded iPod touch, a CB radio, intercom system, and AM/FM radio.

Then there’s the powerful 1,294cc liquid-cooled 70˚ V-four DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder engine that produces 97 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 89 lb/ft of torque mated to a five-speed, wide-ratio transmission. Add that to the bike’s outstanding chassis and suspension set-up - a high-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle and an air-adjustable telescopic front fork and link-type rear suspension - and you have a bike that’s fit for just about any road it travels on.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Royal Venture S after the jump.

Saddle up and hit the road, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT is ready to rumble and take you and your companion for a ride.

That’s what you’ll probably hear from the sales team at your local Kawasaki dealerships, and for the most part, they’re not smoking anything up their you-know-whats.

The Vulcan 1700 Classic LT is the epitome of a two-person cruiser that offers more than just a good ride. Excellently combining up-standard looks with excellent handling and powerful performance capabilities, the Classic LT makes for one of the best cruiser rides on the market today.

Whether you’re enjoying the freedom of cruiser-ridin’ by your lonesome or you’ve got a companion to enjoy it with you, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT has all the goods to make for an outstanding cruiser purchase.

There’s no going around it, either: The bike is indeed ready to rumble.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT’s specs after the jump.

The touring bike segment isn’t complete without an offering from Kawasaki . In the years that it has been around, the Japanese motorcycle brand has produced nothing short of some of the best tourers on the market, including the original Voyager and the sport-touring Concours models.

As recently as 2009, Kawasaki introduced a new member to its touring family, one that comes with all the bells and whistles of a fully loaded bike. Classical design meets new-school technology - that’s the package being offered by the Vulcan 1700 Voyager.

As the flagship of the Vulcan 1700 family, the 2011 Voyager boasts all the stuff you’ll need for such adventurous treks: a smooth and shockingly torquey 1,700cc V-twin powerplant, large frame-mounted fairing, beautifully integrated luggage that stows plenty of gear, a comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, high-fidelity sound system, optional K-ACT anti-lock/integrated braking system, and the sort of design acumen and dependability Kawasaki is renowned for.

Really, what more can you ask for in a touring bike?

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager after the jump.

Kawasaki is no stranger to top-shelf touring bikes that can hit long-distance rides as easy as they cross the block. That’s why the new Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS is such a stand-out bike for the Japanese motorcycle company. It’s the classic tourer that is capable of whisking you and a passenger away in total comfort and classic style.

As the flagship of the Vulcan 1700 family, the 2011 Voyager boasts all the stuff you’ll need for such adventurous treks starting with a smooth and shockingly torquey 1,700cc V-twin powerplant and a large frame-mounted fairing. The Kawasaki throws in beautifully integrated luggage that stows a week’s worth of gear, a comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, a high-fidelity sound system, and an optional K-ACT anti-lock/integrated braking system.

There’s no question in anyone’s mind the stature of Kawasaki in the industry. So when they release a full-fledged touring bike with all the bells and whistles, you know that you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS after the jump.

Anytime you find yourself looking at bike brochures with the intention of buying a custom-ready cruiser, the Yamaha Stryker should definitely be right on top of your list.

Looking the part of a modern-day custom "chopper," the Stryker is a clear choice for overall road-blasting bad-assery. The muscular, lunging design is only one of the things that makes this bike such a crowd-stopper. It’s chromed up to the hilt and delivers impressive performance capabilities in the form of a 1304cc, fuel-injected liquid-cooled V-Twin engine that riders will undoubtedly fall helmet over boots over.

Sure, there are plenty of other bikes on the market that offer the same - or right around the same - vicinity characteristics of the Yamaha Stryker. And while there are definitely choices to choose from, the only question is why you can pick something else when there’s one that’s clearly a can’t-miss wonderbike.

Find out more about the Yamaha Stryker after the jump.

The grand-daddy of Kawasaki ’s Vulcan line-up definitely pulls no punches as far as it’s performance capability is concerned. Suffice to say and with very little sugar-coating, the Vulcan 2000 is quite arguably the biggest, meanest, and most powerful V-twin cruiser on the market today.

Make no mistake, the Vulcan 2000 comes dressed to impress with its beautiful leather saddlebags, a custom touring saddle, passenger backrest, and a wind-cheating acrylic windshield. There’s also a thick, optically correct acrylic plastic windscreen that provides smooth airflow around the rider and passenger on the road, a bullet-style headlight, and a chrome instrument panel with a large-face speedometer mounted atop the bike’s stretched, 5.5-gallon fuel tank.

But the bike’s true calling card is its engine, a 2.0-liter fuel-injected V-twin engine that produces a peak torque of 141 lb/ft at 2,800 rpm mated to a five-speed positive neutral finder transmission.

Whatever motives you may have as far as interest in the Vulcan 2000 is concerned, one thing you need to remember is that it’s got more power than just about any bike on Kawasaki’s fleet. Whether you’re in it for the power rides or the long-distance cruising, the mere sight of you riding a Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is enough reason for other bikers to get out of your way.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000’s specs after the jump.

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.


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