• HONDA GOLD WING TOUR
  • 1833 cc horizontally-opposed flat six architecture 124 hp of peak power and 125 ft-lb of peak torque
  • intelligent suspension system featuring a semi-active unit
  • INDIAN ROADMASTER ELITE
  • Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system
  • new cartridge type 46 mm telescopic forks front end and the single rear pneumatic shock
  • YAMAHA STAR VENTURE
  • over 35 gallons of dry storage
  • 1,854 cc (113 cubic-inch) powerplant produces 126 pound-feet of torque
  • HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA LIMITED
  • H-D’s “One-Touch” philosophy is in full effect with latches
  • emulsion shocks with hand adjustable pre-load
  • KAWASAKI VULCAN 1700 VOYAGER
  • Air shocks and 45 mm forks
  • Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS
  • HARLEY DAVIDSON CVO LIMITED
  • Milwaukee-Eight 1868cc kicks out 156 Nm of torque, 78 hp
  • emulsion shocks with hand adjustable pre-load
  • BMW K 1600 GRAND AMERICA
  • four-stroke, flat twin, oil/water cooled, 1170cc engine
  • ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), ABS

The most luxurious machines on two wheels

Full dresser, full dress tourer, or dresser are jargons for machines that love to hit the asphalt covering some major miles in the most sumptuous comfort. With complete sets of saddlebags and top box to carry all your and your passenger’s belongings, dressers are the ultimate cruising weapons that give you creature comforts like no other on two wheels.

Coming in hot with full fairings to protect you from the elements, large engines, navigation systems, an all-important music, and connectivity options and by far the most comfortable seats, here are our top ten dressers of 2018 that does all of it in luxury:

Indian Roadmaster Elite

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INDIAN ROADMASTER ELITE

This right here is the cream of the crop of Indian motorcycles and is heading to raise the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Roadmasterstood for, and this time, this Elite rises higher with the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front, and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

It is huge. No getting around that. Huge handlebar mounted fairings which look like the 50’s steamliner locomotives adds to the gigantic stature of this motorcycle. Bright, brash and power are what is oozing out when you have a look at this Roadmaster. Being the best money can buy is not easy but this pulled it off with all bells and whistles. There is no higher level of luxury available on two wheels and being an Elite makes it ultra-limited, almost like a land yacht.

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new cartridge type 46 mm telescopic forks front end and the single rear pneumatic shock

It is huge. No getting around that. Huge handlebar mounted fairings which look like the 50’s steamliner locomotives adds to the gigantic stature of this motorcycle. Bright, brash and power are what is oozing out when you have a look at this Roadmaster. Being the best money can buy is not easy but this pulled it off with all bells and whistles. There is no higher level of luxury available on two wheels and being an Elite makes it ultra-limited, almost like a land yacht. The forward foot controls are available on floorboard operations like all Roadmasters.

One chooses an Indian luxury tourer for unparalleled riding position and comfort. Be it the seats, suspension, wind turbulence and everything else. This Elite has it all and has the capacity to offer you the best of every world. This Elite version gets a new cartridge type 46 mm telescopic forks front end having 119 mm of travel, and the single rear pneumatic shock can be adjusted for load or preference with 114 mm of travel. To halt this 1385 lbs monster, you need heavy performers, and hence dual four-pot calipers bind the front 300mm brake discs, and a twin-pot caliper binds the rear 300mm disc. ABS will come as standard, knowing which you can brake under control in any situation.

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Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system

This 2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite comes with a price tag of $ 36,999. That is a whopping $8000 more from the standard Roadmaster. You can only get the Cobalt Candy over Black Crystal w/23K Gold Trim. Of course, Indian will give you a plethora of accessories to make it your own deal, and the list includes 300 different fitments to your Roadmaster Elite.

Harley Davidson CVO Limited

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HARLEY DAVIDSON CVO LIMITED

The Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Limited is the best luxury chariot on two wheels money can buy. The first thing your eyes are shined to is that huge Milwaukee engine even from 25 feet. Almost like making an ironclad statement about moving a jewel on the tarmac.

The shiny bright paint schemes look very Harley Davidson unique and are fancy to be the least. The presence of an integrated top box (aka trunk) would not tickle everybody’s liking neither does the overall look. It is a more of a lazy rotund older chap rather than the sort that a boy grows up wanting to emulate. Not an issue at all if luxury travel is your thing. It has all the toys one would ask for in a two-wheeler. You want more, more is what you get.

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Milwaukee-Eight 1868cc
kicks out 156 Nm of torque, 78 hp

The sound of every Harley-Davidson’s V-twin engine rings throughout the history of the brand, and it is this reverberation that carries the trademark every Harley moxie makes. All CVOs use a version of the Milwaukee-Eight with slightly more bore and stroke to displace 1868cc, up 18 cubes from the mainline bikes. It is a twin-cooled, 4-valve per head, the asphalt-eating beast that kicks out 156 Nm of torque at 3250 rpm. Estimated power could be 78 bhp.

Harley has abandoned air shocks in favor of emulsion shocks with hand adjustable pre-load. With improved damping performance and travel, one can be sure of a smoother ride and confident braking and handling. The CVO has got everything covered, and when I say covered, I mean ‘custom suspended dual control heated seat with passenger and rider backrest’ covered.

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emulsion shocks with hand adjustable pre-load

For this top of the line Project Rushmore CVO, you will have to shell out a staggering $40,999. Rest assured you cannot get anything else better money could buy with all the creature comforts, gizmos and gadgets. Will be available in color pallets of Palladium Silver and Phantom Blue, Black Garnet and Electrical Red, Carbon Dust and Stardust Silver and Spiked Olive and Serpentine Green.

Honda Gold Wing Tour

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HONDA GOLD WING TOUR

Designed from the ground up, this model packs in all the bells and whistles you can fathom including the electronic suspension and the new 124 hp engine that performs like a well-built athlete compared to the previous generation Gold Wing, making all that past feel old and outdated. This is Honda’s bet to give us a revolutionary new touring machine that promises to heighten our experiences to whole new levels of satisfaction.

The Tour model comes complete with the customary hard panniers and a top case that doubles as a passenger backrest. The aggressive looking new Gold Wing has an ingenious body design to delivers a ‘pleasant cooling breeze’ to the riders that will also improve the fuel efficiency by 20%. The smaller electrically adjustable windscreen is also designed to suit the sleek body, so is the rest of the bike including the top and side panniers.

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1833 cc horizontally-opposed flat six architecture
124 hp of peak power and 125 ft-lb of peak torque

Coming to the soul of the Gold Wing, Honda hasn’t bothered changing the 1833 cc horizontally-opposed flat six architectures. They have instead burnt the midnight oil and managed to chop 6.2 kilos off the bulk from the previous engine. Yet, the new powerplant gives 124 hp of peak power (from 117 hp) and 125 ft-lb of peak torque now coming at just 4500rpm. The manual 6-speed gearbox comes with a new cam assist slipper clutch to make riding a breeze with lighter clutch action. There is a new reverse gear added to the bike to help you maneuver tight corners available both in the manual and DCT gearbox.

Introducing an intelligent suspension system featuring a semi-active unit, the Gold Wing has a pair of wishbone attached to a cast aluminum girder and a central spring strut. Both the front and the rear suspension unit gets four settings (rider, rider and luggage, rider and pillion, rider and pillion with luggage) and is electronically adjusted to match the riding mode selected. You can also adjust it for your personal preferences and comforts. Few other niche pieces of tech are packed in this model which includes the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), and the Hill Start Assist (HSA).

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intelligent suspension system featuring a semi-active unit

The manual-shift Gold Wing Tour at $27,000 with the Tour DCT at $28,000 and the Tour DCT Airbag that’ll set you back $31,800. For 2019, Honda offers the new Darkness Black Metallic paint on the GW and GWT.

BMW K 1600 Grand America

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BMW K 1600 GRAND AMERICA

The factory has widely touted this highly-anticipated machine as having been built specifically for touring American roads, and as we all know, touring here means something entirely different than it does in Europe.

Beemer graced the America with a set of rather large panniers that comes buttressed by a voluminous top case. The case supports a wrap-around passenger backrest with a generous splash of lights at the trailing edges of all of the above that spread the LED love around for what is hopefully an impossible-to-ignore arrangement for the taillight and turn signals.

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ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), ABS

The BMW R 1200 RT sources its power from a four-stroke, flat twin, oil/water cooled, 1170cc engine, which has been shared with the standard naked R 1200 R. Needless to say, this engine is one of the most ballistic twin cylinder engines available in the country, which pumps out 127.2 PS of power and 92 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed helical type gearbox transmits all the power generated from the engine to the rear wheel via a Cardan type shaft.

Sitting on a bridge type cast aluminum frame, the motorcycle comes with a Telelever, 37mm central spring strut at the front and a cast aluminum single-sided swingarm with the paralever setup at the rear. BMW’s famed ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) allows electronically adjustable damping. The braking duties are taken care of by dual 320mm disc brakes at the front and a single 276mm disc brake at the rear with ABS Pro part of the standard equipment package.

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four-stroke, flat twin, oil/water cooled, 1170cc engine

MSRP on the Grand America is $23,195, which is a couple grand less expensive that the K 1600 GTL. If you want the gold colorway, you’ll have to add the Style1 option package for an additional $995. The package also adds some chrome bling on the front fender.

Harley Davidson Ultra Limited

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HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA LIMITED

What we have here is a classic American cruiser, the result of decades of evolution and innovations in order to meet ever-changing popular demand. The front fender comes pared down a bit to leave the front wheel open and visible while the trim, badging and fender skirt makes a strong connection to the past.

H-D’s “One-Touch” philosophy is in full effect with latches that can be opened with one touch, even when wearing gloves. A light bar along the rear of the Tour-Pak joins the taillight and turn signals for rearward illumination, and although none of them are what you would call “low profile,” this bike ain’t exactly an exercise in understatement.

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H-D’s “One-Touch” philosophy is in full effect with latches

The sound of every Harley-Davidson’s V-twin engine rings throughout the history of the brand, and it is this reverberation that carries the trademark every Harley moxie makes. All models use a version of the Milwaukee-Eight with slightly more bore and stroke to displace 1868cc, up 18 cubes from the mainline bikes. It is a twin-cooled, 4-valve per head, the asphalt-eating beast that kicks out 111 lb-ft of torque at 3250 rpm. Estimated power could be 78 bhp.

When it comes to ergonomics, we feel Harley could have done a tad bit better. In general, all Harleys have the riders closer to the handlebar, and if you are not used to this, you will feel cramped. The floorboard isn’t particularly spacious, and the brake pedals are of the size you find in cars. Harley has abandoned air shocks in favor of emulsion shocks with hand adjustable pre-load. With improved damping performance and travel, one can be sure of a smoother ride and confident braking and handling.

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emulsion shocks with hand adjustable pre-load

As usual, the King of Paint breaks down pricing based on paint packages. The Ultra Limited rolls in Vivid Black for $26,999 with solid colors going for $ 27,599, two-tones going for $28,049, custom colors $28,299 and even a special police-and-fire package for $27,387. A tad cheaper, the Low version rolls for $100 less across the board, but it doesn’t have the first-responder package.

Yamaha Star Venture

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YAMAHA STAR VENTURE

After a hiatus of almost half a decade, the Tuning Fork Company finally pulled up socks to bring in the all-new Star Venture, a machine that brings torquey, big-inch, V-twin yummy goodness to the U.S. market in a rather tour-tastic package. It boasts over 35 gallons of dry storage across the two hard bags and trunk box on the base model with additional storage available as part of the “Transcontinental Option Package.”

The windshield comes with over 3.5 inches of travel, and air ducts in the vented fairing provide even more control over the environment immediately behind. A shark-grin fairing leads the way with no less than four headlights set like teeth in a maw below the chopped down windshield.

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1,854 cc (113 cubic-inch) powerplant
produces 126 pound-feet of torque

Yamaha’s 1,854 cc (113 cubic-inch) powerplant produces 126 pound-feet of torque and is right on point. Not only that, but it comes geared to cruise at 75 mph at a leisurely 2,750 rpm. Yamaha went to the top shelf for the engine-control components. First off, a ride-by-wire throttle makes the rider-to-machine link, and that input gets washed through a variable power-delivery “D-Mode” feature, traction control, and of course, cruise control.

Toward that end, Yamaha floats its steel frame and aluminum subframe on beefy, 46 mm forks up front and gas shock out back. Yamaha sweetens the deal with a linked-brake feature that provides an extra layer of safety by automatically balancing braking efforts between the front and rear calipers.

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over 35 gallons of dry storage

You can score a base-model Star Venture in Raspberry Metallic or Granite Gray for $24,999, or spring for the Transcontinental package at $26,999 with the same choice in color. Yamaha gives you a one-year limited warranty with an option for four more years through Yamaha Extended Service, for a total of five years coverage.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

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KAWASAKI VULCAN 1700 VOYAGER

The Vulcan 1700 series from Kawasaki launched in 2009 replacing the existing 1600 series and carried forward the Vulcan family that started in 1984. Kawasaki calls it “hotrod-style” elements on the dash where the color-matched dash holds analog gauges. Small, lockable glove boxes below the speakers give you places to store your bits and bobs. The Voyager gets a tall, touring windscreen and a top case.

Kawasaki gave the Vulcan 1700 family what the American buyer likes to see; lots of inches in a V-twin configuration. At 1,700 cc (103.7 cubic-inches), this is one of the larger V-twins in the world. The factory claims a whopping 107.6 pound-feet of torque out of this water-cooled, 52-degree mill, unquestionably well within the power-cruiser territory.

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Air shocks and 45 mm forks

The half-ton-plus operating weight shows the factory dropped all pretension of keeping things light and built for strength instead. Steel makes up the tubing for the double-downtube, double-cradle frame and squared-off backbone member, and that brings its own obvious advantages over aluminum skeletons.

Air shocks and 45 mm forks tend to the suspension duties with 5.5 inches of travel up front and 3.1 in the back. Dual, four-pot calipers bind the 300 mm front brake discs, and a twin-piston binder grabs the 300 mm rear disc. All this falls under the management of Kawasaki’s proprietary ABS, the Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II).

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Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS

MSRP on the 2018 Voyager is $17,499, same as last year. The Voyager comes shot in two-tone Candy Cardinal Red and Metallic Graystone. Kawasaki covers your Vulcan 1700 with a 36-month limited warranty with the option to go for 12, 24, or 36 months with Kawasaki Protection Plus.

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