2018 Luxury Touring Motorcycle MSRP Comparison

Weighing the bike-for-the-buck of 19 touring titans

BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, and Yamaha all offer premium, full-dress motorcycles made for comfortable long-distance touring. It’s easy to get lost in the multitude of options available from each manufacturer. It’s even tougher to evaluate the cost-per-dollar ratio of each of the specific models and their respective packages.

Honda turned a lot of heads recently with the unveiling of its new 2018 Gold Wing.Cycle World

In light of Honda's new 2018 Gold Wing release, we thought it would be beneficial to take a closer look at the grandest of the grand—the cream of the crop—in all their five-figure glory. For the sake of simplicity, we've broken this chart into three separate categories: brand, model, and price.

Brand Model Price
BMW K1600GT $22,595
BMW K1600B $23,545
BMW K1600GTL $25,595
BMW K1600GTL Exclusive $30,395
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic $24,249
Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra $26,399
Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited Low $26,899
Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited $26,999
Harley-Davidson CVO Limited $42,949
Honda Gold Wing $23,500
Honda Gold Wing DCT $24,700
Honda Gold Wing Tour $26,700
Honda Gold Wing Tour DCT $27,700
Honda Gold Wing Tour Airbag DCT $31,500
Indian Roadmaster Classic $26,999
Indian Roadmaster $28,999
Indian Roadmaster Elite $36,999
Yamaha Star Venture $24,999
Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental $26,999
BMW’s inline six-cylinder engine is smooth and powerful, and BMW claims it is the narrowest engine of its type ever produced.BMW

While it's easy enough to compare these models on paper, personal preference will always be more subjective. As Social Media Specialist Brian Hatano stated in his Yamaha Star Venture review, "The flip side to the touring/cruiser paradox has nothing to do with practical amenities, power, or price. It's more about heritage and emotional attraction to the machine. Whether [a specific model] checks those boxes, of course, depends on the individual."

Harley-Davidson’s CVO Limited features a 117ci V-twin, belt final drive, and six-speed transmission.Harley-Davidson

We want your opinions. What do you look for first and foremost in a touring motorcycle? Are comfort and storage worth more to you than engine performance and mileage? Do you favor one brand over others? How do you tour? Leave your comments below.