Recumbents are great for touring, and the Street Machine is perhaps the ultimate touring bike. It offers fantastic comfort with the ability to carry a ton of stuff with total control. With the highest seat of all the HP bikes, the Street Machine is easy to ride and very accessable. The high seat also allows a large (26") back wheel while keeping the length of the bike reasonably compact. These characteristics also make the Street Machine a great commuting bike, with it's easy, comfortable riding position and convenient seat height.
The heart of the Street Machine Gte is HP Velotechniks "bodylink" seat. Using a revolutionary new technology they have created a seat which adjusts in six directions, offering choices of seat base and back angle, back length and lumbar support. The seat is made from a sandwich of HD foam and fibreglass resin, to give the best combination of strength, bulk and lightness. You also have the option of the ErgoMesh seat, which gives excellent breathability and a broader, softer support. It also raises the seating position by 4cm, effectively lowering the pedals to give a more casual riding position.
Because you can have up to four big bags and all your luggage is fully suspended, this is a great bike for long distance touring. It is comfortable enough to ride for as long as you like and the suspension will swallow up uneven road surfaces.