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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.

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.


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