Touring Models to Eat Up the Miles
By Guido Ebert
Sales of Touring-flavored motorcycles accounted for 28.5% of the total motorcycle market in the U.S. last year.
Twelve major motorcycle manufacturers in 2014 sold approx. 129,000 “Touring” bikes in the U.S., up from nearly 123,000 bikes in 2013, according to Minneapolis-based research firm Power Products Marketing.
The top five best selling Touring models all came from Harley-Davidson and included the Street Glide, Electra Glide Ultra Ltd, Ultra Classic Electra Glide, Road King and CVO Road Glide Custom. In fact, Harley-Davidson says Touring bikes last year accounted for 45% of its motorcycle shipments compared to 33% Cruisers and 22% Sportsters.
Best-selling Sport Touring bikes in the U.S. last year were the BMW R1200RT, Yamaha FJR1300A/ES, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy SE and Ducati Multistrada Touring.
Touring & Sport Touring Models for 2015
By Guido Ebert
Aprilia offers a two-in-one touring option via its Caponord 1200 Travel Pack ($15,499) and Caponord 1200 Rally ($15,699).
BMW for 2015 offers the R 1200 RT ($17,705), K 1600 GT ($21,650), K 1600 GTL ($23,995) and K 1600 GTL Exclusive ($29,995). The R 1200 RT served as the best seller in 2014.
Ducati’s 2014 Touring line-up included the Multistrada 1200S Granturismo and second best-selling Hyperstrada. This year the Hyperstrada ($13,795) returns alongside the Multistrada S ($19,695), for which you can purchase the optional Travel Pack hardware.
As mentioned, H-D’s Street Glide ($20,599) served as the best-selling Touring model in the U.S. in 2014. For 2015, the Street Glide and Street Glide Special ($22,899) join the returning Road King ($18,449), Road Glide ($20,899) and Road Glide Special ($23,199), Electra Glide Ultra Classic ($23,249) and Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low ($24,399), and Ultra Limited ($26,099) and Ultra Limited Low ($26,999).
Honda’s Gold Wing ($23,999) was the brand’s best-selling Touring bike in the U.S. in 2014, with sales further buoyed by the F6B ($20,499), CTX700/D ($7,499), Interstate ($10,999), CTX1300 ($15,999) and ST1300 ($18,230). This year, the NM4 ($10,999) joins the Touring offerings.
Indian offers three Touring models, with sales led by the Chief Vintage ($20,999) with soft bags and including the Chieftain ($22,999) bagger and Roadmaster ($26,999) tourer.
TKawasaki’s Sport Touring Concours 14 ($15,499) last year outsold the Vulcan Voyager ($17,399), Vaquero ($16,699) and Nomad. For 2015, Kawi added the Versys 650 LT ($8,699) and 1000 LT ($12,799).
Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring ($18,490) last year outsold the Norge GT 8v ($16,290) and Stelvio 1200 NTX ($15,990).
Suzuki’s Touring highlight last year came in the form of the V-Strom 1000 Adventure ($13,999), with sales followed by the V-Strom 650 Adventure ($10,049), C50T ($9,399) and C90T ($12,899). Check out the 2015 V-Strom 650XT ($10,399).
Triumph’s Sport Touring Trophy SE ($19,499) last year outsold the Thunderbird LT ($16,999), America LT ($9,799) and Rocket III Touring ($17,499). All four return for 2015.
Victory’s seven-model Touring line last year was led by sales of the Cross Country/Tour ($18,999/$21,999), Vision Tour ($20,999), Cross Country 8-Ball ($17,999), Cross Roads, Cross Roads 8-Ball, Hard-Ball and Magnum ($21,999). While the Cross Roads and Hard-Ball are gone for 2015, Victory this year also offers the Ness Magnum ($22,999) and Magnum X-1 ($24,499).YAMAHA
Yamaha customers last year chose the V Star 950 Tourer ($9,790) as their go-to long-haul bike, with sales far eclipsing the FJR1300A/ES ($15,890/$16,890) Sport Tourer, the classically styled V Star 1300 Tourer ($12,390) and V Star 1300 Deluxe ($13,790), Stratoliner S ($16,990) and Stratoliner Deluxe ($17,240), and Road Star Silverado S ($14,990).