Touring Bikes vs Cruisers

November 19th, 2020 by

Touring bikes and cruisers might seem similar to the uninitiated. They’re both large motorcycles with heavy engines that eat up the road with slick style, but on a more practical level their unique specializations make for totally different experiences. Things like riding position, windshields, and ground clearance can all make the difference between a motorcycle suited for long-distance touring, and one more adapted to smooth rides down city streets

Read on to learn about some of the differences between touring bikes and cruisers among the Harley-Davidson® families of motorcycles. When you’re ready to shop for a new or used Harley® bike for yourself, head into Powder Keg Harley-Davidson® of Mason, Ohio. Our team of knowledgeable and courteous sales associates and service techs are ready to answer any questions you may have. We’re proud to serve Franklin, Lebanon, Loveland, and Springboro, Ohio


When you think Harley-Davidson® Cruisers, air-cooled American motorcycles probably come to mind — those choppers and bobbers built on old school Harley® bikes. They have enough style and attitude to choke a horse with and will most assuredly leave an impression on anyone you drive by


Harley-Davidson® Cruisers are all about style. Harley® has long been supportive of the custom looks many riders yearn for, and this shines through in the custom style available in their cruisers. You can go with some big ape hanger handlebars or chopper-styled front forks — whatever you go for will look great on these bikes. From chrome to blacked-out primer, cruisers are suited for any type of finish you can come up with. They’re meant to be seen just as much as to be ridden


Cruisers put up plenty of power tuned for low-end torque. That means a close-to-the-ground feel and easy riding. Many Harley® cruisers boast oversized air-cooled engines that produce that classic engine sound, while others feature liquid-cooled, high-tech engines


One of the best parts about owning a Harley® cruiser is customizing it to fit your unique identity. Tune your cruiser toward however you would like to ride, for performance, style, comfort, or whatever else you have in mind. Cruisers are adaptable, and you can make your bike into more of a chopper, a bobber, or a bagger

Touring Bikes

Want to ride your Harley® motorcycle into the sunset, to take it on an adventure, a roadtrip, or a tour of these great United States? Then a touring bike will suit your needs. They’re designed for longer rides, with a focus on rideability and on-the-road utility. Anyone seeking a two-wheeled adventure across the country, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than a touring bike. Rideability, power, and style all work together to form a super road trip machine


Anyone who’s spent even a small amount of time traveling knows how important storage space is. Touring bikes offer additional storage space so you can bring everything you need with without worrying quite so much about how you’re going to fit it all. This may include saddlebags, top boxes, or under-seat storage. Some bikes have luggage racks for every more cargo capacity


If you’re going to be going on a long touring trip, then you’ll have to face the reality of being seated for an extended period of time without much chance to get up and stretch. That’s why touring bikes are designed for ergonomic comfort, keeping your riding position upright yet relaxed with plenty of cushioning underneath. The addition of windshields means less wind fatigue, all of which culminates in a more comfortable riding experience that lets you ride longer


Touring bikes offer so much comfort and space that you’ll have plenty of room for a secondary rider. This can be a co-pilot or navigator, or just a spouse along for the ride. You’ll have company at your destination or along for the long haul. And because touring bikes have large engines with plenty of power, you won’t have to worry about drag or other performance issues when you want to bring a friend

Eager to check out some amazing Harley-Davidson® cruisers and touring Bikes? Then head into Powder Keg Harley-Davidson® in Mason, Ohio, near Franklin, Lebanon, Loveland, and Springboro. Come in today

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