Tourer Bike or Touring Bike

Tourer Bike or Touring Bike: For Comfortable Travel


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What is a Tourer Bike?

A Tourer Bike or Touring Bike is a type of cruiser bike - its distant sibling. It falls under the luxury/premium cruiser bike segment. They both have a similar riding position and comfort levels. Most of the Tourers in the world cost comparatively more than the cruisers because of the features they offer. Traditionally, the Tourer bikes have low seat-height with better seat cushions similar to cruisers.

Tourer bike Indian Chieftain riding position (Image Courtesy: Indian)
Tourer bike Indian Chieftain riding position (Image Courtesy: Indian)

In these bikes, the riding position allows the feet to rest at the front side and the hands up. Thus, it helps to keep the spine in the upright position or lean it back slightly. It gives a relaxed posture/position to the rider.

Design of a Touring Bike:

Just like the cruisers, these also have high and wide handlebars. They provide superior riding posture. This also enables a better road view and more comfort to the rider. The footpegs are placed at the front end, close to the engine and away from the rider’s body. They offer an improved sitting position with stretched legs. So, the Tourer bikes are more comfortable and offer a fatigue-free riding experience on long journeys. With a great sitting position, there is no stress on the rider’s body and muscles.

Touring bike Indian Roadmaster (Image Courtesy: Indian)
Touring Bike Indian Roadmaster (Image Courtesy: Indian)

These bikes are even more comfortable at high speeds. However, they are slightly heavier than the cruisers. At times, the additional weight of the bike makes it tricky while balancing the bike at slow speeds. Cornering the Tourers is very tricky because of the extra weight and hence, needs a lot of practice.

Characteristics of a Tourer Bike:

The Tourer bikes are the ones which most people use for the long-distance commute. The traveling distance could be more than 500 km or so in a day. So, the manufacturers offer higher capacity engines for Tourers. Some high-end Tourers offer engine capacities up to 1800cc, which offer more power.

Touring bike Harley Davidson Road Glide (Image Courtesy: Harley Davidson)
Touring bike Harley Davidson Road Glide (Image Courtesy: Harley Davidson)

These ultra-luxury Tourers offer a power output in excess of 100bhp. Often, the Tourer bikes have an attractive shape, swanky design, and multi-level manufacturing process. So, technically, they are more expensive to manufacture than the other bikes. The Tourers are more comfortable to ride on. However, they offer low mileage. Their maintenance cost is higher. Primarily, their focus is on the rider’s well-being and convenience.

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