Cruiser Motorcycle Buying Guide | Motorcycle cruiser


Motorcycle cruiserThe Buyer’s Guide is the only way to research your new cruiser motorcycle. In our buyer’s guide, you can find the latest standard cruisers and motorcycles, as well as our features on unique custom cruiser motorcycle builds.

We test and review the best cruiser motorcycles, whether American or metric. Our editors dive deep into makes and models, so you have the most relevant information in your motorcycle cruiser purchase.

Cruiser motorcycles are the original platform for custom motorcycles. Anyone with a wrench, welder, and a standard-style motorcycle has found a way to rake the front, add monkey hangers and a sissy bar. The film Easy rider propelled this style of motorcycle and gave Willie G., style director at Harley-Davidson, the idea of ​​creating a more personalized production cruising motorcycle. The FX 1200 Super Glide was born and its impact on the history of cruiser motorcycles is still felt today.

If you’re looking for your new cruiser bike, you’ve come across Harley-Davidson and its pedigree of great V-twin cruisers. Another V-twin giant, Indian Motorcycle has produced heritage-inspired cruisers to compete with its American counterparts. Originally from Europe, Ducati with its Diavel and XDiavel, its sports power cruisers. Another Italian motorcycle company, Moto Guzzi completes its cruising segment with the MGX-21, Audace and Eldorado, as well as the V7 and V9 standards lines with a little more personalized flair.

KTM, and its racing-focused brand identity, did not develop a cruiser, but its naked Duke series falls under the umbrella of the standard motorcycle. The same is true with its subsidiary Husqvarna and its Vitpilen and Svartpilen models. BMW produces its K1600B bagger and its standard R nineT range of motorcycles. Manufacturer Britbike Triumph, has its classic Bonneville lineup and power cruiser, the Rocket 3. Royal Enfield, an Indian motorcycle maker, offers a range of standard retro motorcycles, including the popular Bullet 500 and Continental GT 650 binoculars and a grip of 500 singles.

To compete with the American cruiser builders, the Japanese created some memorable bikes in the segment. Honda has its popular touring cruiser, the Gold Wing, as well as the beginner-friendly Shadow and Rebel line, among others. Kawasaki has its Vulcan line of cruisers, and its Z line as well as the classic W series are bare offerings with a little green twist. Suzuki’s Boulevard lineup continues through to 2019 and 2018 year models, with touring and cruise options. The Yamaha cruiser line includes the Touring Star series, the Bolt cruiser, the XSR standard bike and the VMAX electric cruiser.


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