Cruiser Motorcycle Reviews

Cruisers come in a wide array of styles and displacements and are designed with a laid-back riding position. Appealing to the bad boys in us all, the majority of contemporary cruisers are modeled after classic American bikes like Harley-Davidsons and Indians. A V-Twin motor is the typical powerplant, most often air-cooled, although that’s not always the case. A Cruiser rider generally is set into a position with feet forward and hands in a neutral or high position. This makes cruisers a popular choice for casual riding. And depending on the model and its options, they can also be suitable for distance riding, spawning a sub-class of Touring Cruisers.

2010 Yamaha/Star Lineup Unveiled

There are some significant updates of Yamaha’s well-rounded line to share, including a surely popular R1 Rossi replica and a retuned R6, along with the introduction of a swoopy bagger from Star Motorcycles, plus a refreshed version of the V-Star 1300.

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Lineup

Filling a niche between high-dollar big Twins and underpowered ‘starter’ cruisers, Kawasaki has filled out its Vulcan cruiser line with a 900cc middleweight worth more than its low MRSP.

2010 Hondas Revealed

American Honda has announced two new 2010 models including a sport-tourer and a fuel injected middleweight cruiser

2009 Johnny Pag Motorcycles Review

Chinese-manufactured motorcycles sold in America are typically bikes made for international consumption and rebadged for the U.S. Market. Johnny Pag Motorcycles puts a different spin on the process by designing its bikes in Orange County, California.

Best of 2009 - Motorcycles of the Year

With so much high-quality product to choose from, culling the field down into our Best Of winners was an arduous task. But that didn't stop us from coming up with our favorite stuff from the class of '09!

2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide Review

Despite a slumping market, The Motor Company introduced four new/revised models for 2010 this week. Unveiled to the press in Denver, Colorado, we saw the return of the Wide Glide to the Dyna family and a slick update to the Softail Fat Boy, the Fat Boy Lo

2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Model Line-Up Preview

The 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO line-up is full of delectable treats. The FXDFSE CVO Fat Bob, FLHXSE CVO Street Glide, FLHTCUSE CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide, and FLSTSE CVO Softail Convertible make up the 2010 CVO family.

2010 Victory Motorcycles Line-up Preview

Model Year 2010 is a year of additions for the Medina, Minnesota-based Victory Motorcycles. Two all-new models enter the line-up, two existing bikes take on pared-down appearances to expand the 8-Ball line, and one model finally gets the option of ABS.

2009 Dirico Motorcycles Review

Motorcycles and rock 'n' roll have been linked together since the 1950s, and this connection is vividly made with the introduction of Dirico Motorcycles.

2009 Big Dog Coyote Review

This Mutt-derived Coyote takes a step south on the price scale and northward on the chrome scale. Big Dog Motorcycles has come into the 2009 model year with a winning combination of style and price.

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Review

With its new Thunderbird, Triumph enters the competitive cruiser segment with a parallel-Twin powerplant unique in this category. Its MSRP fits nicely between the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 and the Harley-Davidson Super Glide Custom.

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Designer

Before you check out our review of Triumph’s new cruiser, the distinctive Thunderbird, you should see what the T-Bird’s American designer, Tim Prentice, has to say about the cruiser segment’s only parallel-Twin motorcycle.

2009 Victory Cory Ness Signature Jackpot Review

The Cory Ness authored Signature Jackpot is perhaps Victory’s coolest custom ever. Based on the fat-tired Vegas Jackpot platform, the Ness treatment involves cosmetic additions and flourishes such as special paint and major amounts of chrome and billet.

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700/LT Review

Kawasaki’s Vulcan cruiser is tired of residing in the shadows of the Big Twin market. Just introduced is a new-from-the-wheels-up 1700cc cruiser that includes a more powerful drivetrain and a nimbler, stronger chassis than the previous Vulcan 1600.

2009 Victory Vegas 8-Ball Review

We rode the Victory Vegas 8-Ball extensively around Daytona Beach during Bike Week, and came away impressed by the cruiser’s friendly manners and versatility. A blacked-out version of the Vegas, the 8-Ball is a fun mount, being both stylish and practical.

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