All five of these bikes eat up the miles, but which one is the best for you? We've also added five more affordable touring motorcycle options.

The thought of traveling on two wheels is what brought many of us to motorcycling in the first place. A motorcycle allows a person to connect with the world in a much more physical way than, say, a car or a plane. You feel the distance traveled; you become one with it.


There are dozens upon dozens of different bikes targeted at those with wanderlust. To help you pick through them all, we’ve put together this list of our choices for the best motorcycles for covering distance. The touring bike world has changed in the few short years since we updated this story, so enjoy this completely updated and thoroughly considered list of the finest two-wheeled touring machines out there.

Original article published October 7, 2013

Photo by: Chris Cope