Top 5 Motorcycles for Fall Road Trips Sep 26, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Taking a motorcycle on a fall road trip is a great way to see lots of sights and cover a large distance. Many people prefer the thrills of driving a motorcycle compared to a car or just appreciate the ability to fit into tighter spots. The best motorcycles for a road trip will be touring motorcycles, both comfortable and with enough power to keep you going. No matter your reason for taking a fall road trip on a motorcycle, you want to make sure you choose the right one.
Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager is an excellent choice for touring through the autumn countryside. The larger bike is comfortable with ergonomic seating. The large panniers and top case can hold your gear and full-face helmets—necessary for touring later in the season when the air is cooler. The Kawasaki Advanced Coactive ABS can increase stability on wet roads or during other adverse weather conditions. The 1,700cc engine will keep you going and during longer stretches, cruise control can help you relax and enjoy the sights.
Yamaha Super Tenere
Yamaha is another popular brand, and the Super Tenere is ideal if you want a quick bike with lots of stability. Expect 90 rear-wheel horsepower and a 6-gallon fuel tank. Although a bit pricier for a smaller adventure-touring bike, most agree it is worth the added expense for elements that would be at home on a larger cruiser, including adjustable seat and ABS. If you want a larger motorcycle from Yamaha with improved comfort, moving up to the FJR1300A provides riders with a smoother ride for long trips.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS
Although this Suzuki won’t win awards for its style, it does great on a long road trip. While smaller and better for one rider than two, the V-Strom is an effective ride for one person over medium distances. The V-twin engine is smooth and easily revs with its rear-wheel horsepower of 62 horses. It is also highly efficient with 51 mpg and can hold 5.8 gallons in the gas tank, more than many models. The low seat height and soft cushion make it more comfortable. This smaller bike offers a great value.
BMW F800 GS
This smaller option from BMW has 78 rear-wheel horsepower and 47.9mpg so you can go fairly far on every drop of gas. The F800 GS can be used on the road or dirt, gravel, and other terrain. The seat height can be adjusted from 33.5 to 34.6 inches for a more comfortable fit. The suspension is just as supple and sharp as the road cars from BMW and the materials, including the switchgear, are high quality. While it won’t offer the weather protection or comfort of a larger option, the F800 GS is great if you want a slim feel that is nice and agile on or off-road.
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic
While more expensive and heavier than some of our other options, don’t be intimidated by the size and power available with the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic. There is a reason large touring bikes are still the best option for long hauls. The Electra Glide has a comfortable suspension, and the “Bat Wing” provides protection from the wind and weather. The big bike has excellent storage capacity and comfortable footboards for a rider and passenger. While expensive, the Electra Glide is packed with features. The new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine provides serious horsepower and 6 gallons of gasoline for long rides.