I find the big touring bikes to be a huge investment. It takes someone with a lot of dedication to put their case into a bike for that purpose. The bike isn't really good for much else except riding down the highway. Sure you can take it on trips around town, but I never see anyone do that. If I see one in town, it's in a group. Mostly only see them on highways.
See a lot of bobber and naked cruisers here in town, in florida. Never really saw them up in maryland (likely due to the weather).
But normally it's all the small to mid range sport bikes or dualsports people ride, cause they are generally around 4-8k usd, and get good fuel mileage.
It's crazy but my 230cc dual sport gets 110mpg. The whole minibike rage with the groms and stuff are getting 120mpg.
I normally don't ride the cruiser much lately, cause the wife has been sick and can't take care of the baby, and I can't ride and take the baby (though she now loves it, and lives to ride the dirt bike with me).
I do ride the dualsport a lot lately cause I can ride it with the kids and their bikes.