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10 Best Touring Motorcycles of 2023

10 Best Touring Motorcycles of 2023

There's nothing quite like hitting the open road on a touring motorcycle. The wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, and the open road ahead of you. Touring motorcycles are designed for long-distance riding, and they come equipped with features that make them ideal for touring. From comfortable seats and luggage racks to powerful engines and top-of-the-line navigation systems, touring motorcycles have everything you need to make the most of your journey. For this year, we’ve placed some of the best touring bikes against each other, such as the Kawasaki Voyager 1700 vs. the Honda Goldwing. With that being said, here are the 10 best touring motorcycles of 2023, read more to see which bike comes out on top. 


10 Best Touring Motorcycles of 2023


10. Indian Motorcycle Challenger (including Dark Horse)


The Challenger boasts a 122 horsepower V-Twin, Race-spec. Brembo brakes-radially mounted, 831.1 lbs. weight, a 26.46-inch seat height, 6.0-gallon tank, LED lights all around, and a fairing that is standard in this class. The fairing has a touchscreen, clock, ambient airflow, heading, map/navigation, real-time traffic and weather, and Bluetooth. This bike is the definitive touring ride, open roads and twisties are conquered easily and with style. 2023 cost started at $22,999 and was available in the blacked-out Dark Horse livery as well.


9. Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster (including Dark Horse)


The 2023 Indian Roadmaster is a great blend of a new engine and old-school luxury. The real headline is the addition of the new Thunder Stroke 116 engine that pounds out more than 120 pounds of walloping torque. The Indian has gone back in its history to bring back the full-sized fairing at the front. As icing on the cake, they have pulled out the iconic war bonnet ornament from their archives, to match with the chrome fender trim.


8. Honda Goldwing (including Tour & DCT models)


The Honda Gold Wing has always been the quintessential touring bike. The new Gold Wing’s 1.8-liter engine, a flat-six, helps lower the center of gravity which is very important for a heavy bike. The fact that it is a true touring bike is borne out by its smooth torque rather than brute horsepower. Yet, with 108 pounds of torque and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Gold Wing Tour DCT is much nimbler than the looks suggest.


7. Indian Motorcycle Chieftain (including Dark Horse)


The Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Limited with the new Thunder Stroke 116 engine churns out a prodigious 126 pound of torque at an impressively low 2,900 rpm with a compression ratio of 11-to-1 and a top speed around 115 mph. A 6-speed transmission delivers the power to the rear wheel by dint of a carbon-reinforced belt drive. The electronics incorporate a Rear Cylinder Deactivation system that reduces the heat wash experienced by the rider when idling at a stop. The Chieftain is also available in a Dark Horse edition.


6. Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero


The 2023 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero® ABS cruiser combines stylish elements such as a frame-mounted fairing, sealed saddlebags, distinct bodywork paired with a 103 cu in 4-stroke, V twin, liquid-cooled engine that delivers a maximum torque of 107.6 pounds at 2,750 rpm. It has a 6-speed transmission with overdrive and a compression ratio of 9.5:1. The Vaquero is the pinnacle of elegance in the Kawasaki line-up.


5. Indian Motorcycle Springfield (including Dark Horse)


The Indian Motorcycle Springfield with its upgraded 116-inch engine has a smooth power delivery, drawing out 102 pounds of torque and 82 horsepower. The Tour mode delivers the power slowly, Sport provides you with a steep curve, and Standard comes through somewhere in the middle. The tall handlebars may be a slight challenge for shorter riders, but taller riders will enjoy the upright riding position. The Springfield is available in a Dark Horse edition.


4. Yamaha Star Venture


The ultimate V-twin bagger with near sport-touring level handling. Featuring a torque-rich 1854cc air-cooled V-twin, Star Venture® produces smooth, effortless passing power even when fully loaded. And with ride-by-wire throttle control, traction control, and selectable riding modes, Star Venture brings class-leading technology to the luxury touring class. Starting at $24,999 and available in a Transcontinental Option Package for $26,999.


3. Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager


The classic touring look packed full of cutting-edge technology characterizes the 2023 Vulcan 1700 Voyager. The Voyager takes the comforts of the cruise and pairs it with a long-stroke 1,700cc V-twin with peak torque low in the rev range. The brakes feature K-ACT, Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking Technology to link the front and rear brake for maximum stopping power while fully loaded with rider, passenger, and luggage. 2023 models started at $17,499.


2. Honda Gold Wing F6B


The ‘B’ stands for Bagger, a term used to describe a stripped-down touring bike with a couple of bags. This version of the bike started the modern touring revolution way back in 1975. But with every generation, it’s more comfortable, better handling, smoother. A technology leader since day one, today’s Gold Wing F6B offers many creature comforts brought over from the Touring models. A great choice for the long-road-rider.


1. Yamaha Star Eluder


Star Eluder is designed around rider and passenger needs straight from the dealership floor, with a roomy rider positioning and adjustable controls. Heated seats for both rider and passenger come standard, with a low seat height for confidence at every stop. The torque-rich 1854cc air-cooled V-twin, Star Eluder produces smooth, effortless passing power even when fully loaded. Starting at $22,499 and ranging to $23,999 for the GT Option Package.



While touring motorcycles are not for everyone, those who enjoy the wind in their face and the open road will find them to be the perfect mode of transportation. With a variety of models to choose from, there is sure to be a touring motorcycle that fits your needs. Whether you are looking for a comfortable ride for long trips or a powerful bike for carving through winding roads, a touring motorcycle can provide an unparalleled sense of freedom.

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