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The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad is a touring bike that embodies just about everything you’d want in a classic, American cruiser. Especially one that satisfies your cravings and comes with a look and attitude that tells everyone that it’s as happy cruising downtown as it is running out for the long haul.

In terms of its design, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad is packed with plenty of unique features that highlight the bike’s flexibility and versatility. The classic styling of the bike lends itself to its neo-retro look. It has lockable hard saddlebags that set it apart from its Vulcan 1700 brethren and also feature top-opening side cases that are beautifully integrated and offer bountiful storage (10 gallons each (38L)). It also has front and rear guards to help protect the bike’s engine and saddlebags in case of a tip-over. The Vulcan 1700 Nomad sports deluxe seats sculpted to provide additional support for all-day rides, which come with a special backrest with integrated grab bars and floorboards for both the rider and passenger to contribute to the Nomad’s long-distance abilities. Meticulous attention to detail are also hallmarks for the Vulcan 1700 Nomad, with the engine covers, bodywork design, and side cases being built with remarkable precision.

In terms of it performance, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad is powered by a beastly 1,700cc power plant that features liquid cooling, a 52-degree V angle, overhead cams, high compression, a long-stroke design and all the latest technology for prodigious power and torque spread over a shockingly wide rpm range.

Put all of these traits together in one package and you have a bike that has traditional styling, sophisticated technology, and touring refinement.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad.

How do you turn a bike that’s already considered the world’s best touring motorcycle into something even better? You can go to Honda and ask them what they were able to do with the 2012 Gold Wing .

The Japanese motorcycle brand has something special for the 2012 Gold Wing, starting with new bodywork that further complements what is the best engine and chassis package the touring world has in the market today. They were also able to put in a new audio system, an updated navigation system, and all-new functionality. Really, are there even any more questions as to what touring bike can match wits with the Gold Wing?

We hardly think that you can find a touring bike that offers such a comprehensive package, so with the 2012 Gold Wing, there’s really no reason to look for anything more. It has long been acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, and the 2012 model more than lives up to the high standards of its predecessors.

Find out more about the 2012 Honda Gold Wing after the jump.

Just like everything else, certain motorcycle models grow up and are bound to be replaced. That’s the case for the Honda ST1100, which ran for almost 12 years before its time clearly has come to pass. In the 12 years it’s been around, the ST1100 has earned a reputation as one of the best touring motorcycles around, but like we said, everything has an expiration date, and the ST1100’s date has already passed.

Now it’s time to give proper introduction to the eventual successor, the ST1300.

Just like every sports-touring bike on the market, the ST1300 plays double duty as a touring and sports bike. The bodywork, which was carefully built behind the science of wind-tunnel testing, sports all the characteristics of a long-distance hauler and a sports racer. The hard saddlebags on the rear, together with the removable saddlebag liner set, a scuff-pad set, and knee-pad set, comprise some of the ST1300’s touring characteristics. It also has a new fairing air-deflector set, a tank pad, and heated grips to round out the car’s exterior set-up.

As far as performance characteristics go, the ST1300 is powered by a 1,261 cc liquid-cooled longitudinally mounted 90° V-4 engine that’s complimented by a race-bred chassis and ABS technology. The new engine set-up produces 20% more power and 10% more torque than the ST1100, enough reason for this sports tourer to be considered a worthy successor.

Like most of Honda’s high-performance motorcycles, the new ST1300 features advanced aluminum composite cylinder sleeves that are not only lighter in weight, but also more resistant to wear and more effective at transferring heat than conventional iron sleeves.

Find out more about the Honda ST1300 after the jump

Regarded across the board as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, the 2012 Honda Gold Wing is straight-up one of the premier tourers on the market today. The Gold Wing offers the perfect mix of power, performance, handling, and touring comfort with travel-oriented credentials that make it one of the most beloved companions in long-distance joy rides.

The Gold Wing is a renowned bike with a refined drivetrain, delightfully sporty handling and unparalleled comfort for both rider and passenger. The Gold Wing also brings upgraded styling, increased luggage capacity, greater protection from wind and weather, and revised suspension settings for enhanced ride compliance.

On top it being the classic tourer that we’ve all come to love, the Honda Gold Wing also includes plenty of the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities, starting with an innovative user-friendly navigation system with the capability to share favorite ride routes with friends and other riders. The Gold Wing also incorporates a new built-in MP3/iPod interface and an SRS CS Auto technology surround-sound system for a premium listening experience.

Find out more about the Honda Gold Wing after the jump.

With a history that dates all the way back to the famous Paris to Dakar rally of yesteryear, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is the ultimate machine for experiencing all facets motorcycling has to offer.

In terms of its design, the Super Tenere is more utility than it is specialty. The design of the bike is highlighted by the raised snout and narrow windscreen. There are also slab-sided aluminum panniers, a tubular handlebar, adjustable seats, tall mirror stalks, a multi-function carrier system on the back, and a 19" front wheel that completes the picture of a bike that can ride on just about road it travels on.

Where the Super Tenere lacks in design sizzle, it more than makes up for in performance. At the heart of the bike is an ultra-compact 1,200cc DOHC parallel twin engine mated to a six-speed wide-ratio transmission that features a very unique 270 degree crank whose close firing order gives the engine its unrivaled power characteristic. The bike also incorporates YCC-T fly by wire technology which is matched to an all-new traction control system, regulating ignition timing, and fuel injection volume based on rear wheel spin.

The Super Tenere features an all-new steel frame that is designed to reduce rider fatigue during long rides. The steel main frame allows the bike to enjoy balanced strength and flexibility, while the suspension set-up on the bike gives the Super Tenere the comfortable riding characteristics a bike of its name deserves. The suspension consists of 43mm forks on the front with 7.48" of travel and adjustable preload, compression, and rebound dampening, plus an adjustable pre-load suspension on the rear that allows the rider to adjust for varying loads or a passenger with the simple turn of a knob.

Get the full specs on the Yamaha Super Tenere after the jump.

The 2012 Yamaha Raider SCL is being prepared as a limited edition model that will only carry 500 units, and with good reason. The bikes are made with the highest quality material, complete with special elements including specially developed wheels by Performance Machine, among other things.

So why would you take the time and effort to bruise your elbows just to get a piece of the Raider SCL? Because you’ll be only one of 500 that has a chance to own one.

To get you up to speed with what you’re in store for with the Raider SCL, each of the bikes will come with a six-layer paint finish with a high-metallic Blazing Orange paint and a numbered, limited edition aluminum tank badge. The bike’s seats are made from finely crafted genuine leather with an embossed SCL logo and orange color matched stitching. There’s also a chrome belt guard, stainless mesh throttle cables and clutch/brake lines, and custom 5-spoke chrome wheels co-developed by Star and Performance Machine. And just to remind everybody of the bike’s exclusivity, the SCL comes with an exclusive metal badge with a hologram that has been placed on top of the fuel tank as a constant reminder to its owner that only 500 of these unique machines exist.

At the heart of the beast is a powerful 1,854cc air-cooled, OHV with 4 valves per cylinder, pushrod 48-degree V-twin engine that pumps out max torque at just 2,500 rpm and max power at 4,500 rpm for powerful,
relaxed cruising. As far as handling goes, the bike carries an all-aluminum cast frame that’s light, rigid, and tuned for light, athletic handling.

All told, there’s a reason why the Yamaha Star Raider SCL is a special edition. Everything about it is more than just your average cruiser.

Get the full specs on the Yamaha Star Raider SCL after the jump.

Class leading performance, a lightweight aluminum chassis, and today’s most popular quick detachable casual touring amenities. All that and more is what awaits you with the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S . With just about every bike manufacturer promising you these things, very few actually live up to it. The Stratoliner S does so with flying colors.

The Stratoliner S takes V-twin performance and character to the next level, setting the standards by which all casual touring machines are judged. The bike comes with all the necessary amenities, including a lockable quick release windshield, a passenger backrest, and lockable sidebags that have been covered in leather. The bike also gets plenty of chrome, highlighted by the switchgear, chrome master and clutch cylinders and levers, chrome wheels, chrome belt guard, chrome engine covers, and chrome front end. Yes, there’s a chrome overload with the Stratoliner S. Just the way we like it.

All that shiny chrome notwithstanding, the Stratoliner S is also a picture of aggression and superb handling. The bike is powered by a 1854cc air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. The bike’s twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection system provides optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. At 3,300 rpm, the bike can hit 75 mph with maximum torque reached at only 2,500 rpm, giving us a clear idea of the bike’s unbridled power.

In terms of handling, the Stratoliner S also comes ready for action, thanks in large part to a long and low aluminum frame provides great looks and light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser. To go with the frame, the bike also carries 46mm fork tubes and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload out back that provides a smooth ride under varying loads.

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

Take a look at the Kawasaki Concours 14 and it’ll only take a few seconds before you have to pick your jaws off of the floor. The bike’s all-new bodywork gives the new Concours 14 an even more aggressive demeanor, highlighted by an electric-adjustable windscreen that creates a bigger still-air pocket for the rider and passenger. New ducts above the instrument panel relieve the low pressure area behind the windscreen while standard grip heaters lets you keep your hands warm in cold conditions.

In terms of performance, the Concours 14 doesn’t lack in power, thanks to a 1,352cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that produces the kind of power that riders weep over. A big part of the Concours 14’s wide powerband can be attributed to its variable valve timing (VVT) system that alters camshaft profiles to boost low-end and mid-range torque without sacrificing top-end power. The bike also has advanced fuel injection, sub-throttle valves, ram-air induction, and decades of experience building the world’s most potent motorcycle engines add up to an amazing powerplant, a huge force to be reckoned with in the performance sport-touring segment.

The bike also has a monocoque frame that provides massive structural integrity along with excellent handling characteristics. The compact structure of the frame allows optimum packaging of the bike’s vital systems. There’s also a Tetra-Lever shaft drive that sends all that power rearward through a four-link design to offset the lifting and squatting tendencies when the throttle is opened and closed, resulting in true sportbike handling that the Kawasaki Concours has made name on.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Concours 14’s specs 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.


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