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Old 02-02-2006, 02:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cruiser or Touring Bike???? What is it????

On the lighter side

What is the difference between a Mountain and a Hill, the difference between a Pond or Lake, or the difference between a Creek or Stream????
This question is only a set up for, what is the difference between a Cruiser and a Touring bike?
I have seen many cruisers that have added mods such as flaring, radios, cup holders……
Can one add anything and everything to a cruiser and still be in the class of cruiser or at some point do all the modes move the bike into the class of Touring????
I am sure there are as many opinions on this as there are a**holes but I am wondering if there is a consensus on this.
I believe the few cruiser I have seen that have added the flarings, cup holder, CB, radio, trunk (on one), and many others, have moved from cruise to touring. The bikes I saw that had added the mods were Kawasaki bikes. The owners did add the modes the bikes did not come from the dealer with this add-ons.
if this has been discussed before i was not able to find it.

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Good question and I have never really thought about it.

For touring it just means a windscreen to take the pressure off, a reasonably comfortable seat, rain gear for when I need it and a map.
The rest is what you pack and what you need or want to add to the bike for comfort.

Around town my VOL is a Cruiser. For the Sturgis trip, I will add the T-bag and it will be my Touring machine.

I did a 3600K trip on an '85 Honda 750 Shadow. That's not a touring bike but I enjoyed every bit of the tour. I had camping gear and 2 fishing rod's strapped on with the other stuff I needed. Never had a breakdown and was welcome in the campgrounds with Harley's, BMWs and Goldwings.
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I got asked this question just the other day. I recently added hard bags, and am think'n of adding a trunk for longer trips, would remove it around town. But I don't feel my Vol. is a bagger, if I had a windshield and lowers and a few other things maybe I would call it a bagger. I don't really care for the looks of a windshield....now a fairing is different, I would do that for longer trips. The biggest draw back to calling our bikes a touring machine is the motor size.....if you look most of the touring bike ( cruiser style or sport combination ) the cc's are at least 1000. Lots of the v -twins are around 1500 and up. Personally if I was looking at a more serious touring bike. I'd be hunting a nice Kawy Nomad 1600. This is just my .02, or my a** talking....... Scott
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cruisers are, well, cruisers. Shiny, Chromy motorcycles that go around town and country; not necessarily built for comfort but for the enjoyment of riding.

As previous posters have said, they can be one in the same but a true touring bike is a motorcycle that lets you have all the amenities, comfort and power necessary to sell the house, chuck it all and just ride around forever. IMHO the wing is a true touring bike, The Kawi Concourse is a true touring bike, The BMW 1200LT is a touring bike, the dresser Motor Company bike is a touring bike.

Cruisers are the non-dressed V-twin bikes of all different sorts. A vol can be set up for touring (although I think you'll find real touring bikes all offer neutral seating positions to relieve stress on the lower back) It won't be a fast tour, but who cares! Bikes can pull double duty. Yamaha's super monster tourer features touring gear than can be removed in minutes. My BMW R1150R has touring cases, windshield, luggage rack... everything you need to ride to California, quickly but in two minutes, POOF, naked Hooligan cycle.

Don't get caught up too much in terminology. Touring bikes are all about preparation, not type or style. many bikes can be bought and prepped to run around town and in a flash be converted to cross-country duty. Including the Vol
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BensVolusia;

I have a really good recommendation for you. Do not buy a top case. Instead buy a good REAL Waterproof duffel (mine is from Cabelas.) It is easy to move around, attach and lay over your hard bags and holds waaaayy more than a topcase. Flexibility, no mounting hardware and easy on/off. Better yet, the waterproof duffels are in High Vis colors usually for safety!
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You can tour on a cruiser .... but can you cruise on a tourer????
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You can tour on a cruiser .... but can you cruise on a tourer????
There is no reason you couldn't.
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To me I think a touring bike is a class of bikes designated by the manufacturer as such. Just like a sport bike, standard or cruiser. You see, in my world, everything is black and white. There are no shades of grey.

So, the Volusia or C50 are cruisers 'cause Suzuki says they are. You can tour on them, but you are touring on a cruiser.

Also, I think the way they are designed and the ride they perform are different depending upon if it is a cruiser class bike or a touring class bike. Seating position, amenities, amount of chrome, etc.

I realize to many of you, the world is full of shades of grey. Just not my world...black or white, on or off.
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I think it's mostly semantics, but to me, the main difference is range. A true tourer will get 250+ kms on a tank. My Nomad pushes it at 250 kms (not miles) - it's clearly a cruiser, not a tourer.
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You can tour on a cruiser .... but can you cruise on a tourer????
Yes I can........and I do
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