As temperatures to continue to climb, dreams of cross-country trips are beginning to invade the sleep of bikers everywhere. The thrill of the open road seems to affect motorcycle riders most when the weather is warm and the roads are dry. Once the conditions are right, the comfort, handling, and long-distance readiness of bike are what make road trips memorable.
To that end, bike manufacturers have produced motorcycles in recent years built for touring across the country in high style. The bikes on this list have been tested on long-distance outings to show their worth for epic summer road trips. Here are six motorcycles made for warm-weather touring at its best.
1. 2014 Indian Chief Vintage ($20,999)
The return of Indian Chief bikes (courtesy of Victory) has been a major win for riders who crave old-school style in a touring machine. For the ultimate cross-country trip, the Indian Chief Vintage packs a new Thunder Stroke engine capable of maximum 119 lb-ft of torque, houses a gas tank capable of 186 miles of range, and gets about 34 mpg on the average. In a Motorcycle USA review, testers preferred the slow-building muscle of the Vintage over the ride of a Harley Heritage Softail Classic, saying, “Polaris has done an admirable job of combining the classic and contemporary,” in the Chief Vintage.
Buyers won’t have to upgrade much in the base Indian Chief Vintage, considering the quick-release windshield is on the menu, as is keyless startup with the standard fob. While you’re on the road, nothing projects vintage style quite like the distressed leather seat, saddlebags, and optional fringe accents. For an even cozier trip, go for the beach cruiser handlebars.