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.

2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Review - First Ride

The ’09 Yamaha V-Star 950 fulfills the requirements of most cruiser riders, combining a classy appearance with decent performance and a considerable presence. To do all that with a retail price starting at just $7,890 is impressive to say the least.

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

Cruisers make up 35% of the total street and dirt bikes sold in the U.S., and Kawasaki is addressing this market with a new cruiser, the Vulcan 1700. This new Vulcan line is in the final design stages and was presented at last weekend’s dealer meeting.

2009 Yamaha Motorcycles Released

A new R1, middleweight FZ6R and V-Star cruiser break cover as Yamaha reveals its 2009 line-up. The headlining news is the R1 sportbike with a unique new engine, the new FZ6R middleweight, and 942cc V Star cruiser offer customers more options.

2009 Star V-Max Review/Test

The new VMax muscle cruiser is a reinvention of an icon for Yamaha and Star, retaining its distinctive style and adding huge upgrades in handling. And with a whalloping 200 hp on tap, it's a tire-melting machine of the first order!

2009 Star Motorcycles VMax Preview

The 2009 Star Motorcycles VMax is ridiculous! It’s ridiculously big and it’s ridiculously overpowered. But more than any of that, it’s ridiculously entertaining! Think about this: The Max’s 197 crankshaft horsepower is more than what is in a Lotus Elise!

2008 Victory/Lehman Pitboss Trike Review

Lehman’s Victory Kingpin-based Pitboss doesn’t mess around. It is a well-muscled, sleek machine that can attract riders in and out of the traditional trike domain. Finding that irregular market target has been Victory’s forte for the last few years.

2009 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle Review

Harley-Davidson has continued to refine the sometimes controversial V-Rod model line. The Milwaukee bike maker introduces a new machine with muscle-car inspiration: The V-Rod Muscle.

2009 Big Bear Choppers Dealer Summit

As the cruiser/chopper market contracts in a slumping economy, Big Bear Chopper has an updated lineup and a lean-manufacturing, build-to-order process to best weather the challenging market conditions.

Victory 2009 Model Preview

Perched high above Pasadena California’s Rose Bowl, there lies a budding oasis of excellence in automotive design. A few Art Center College of Design alums return to show off the “New American Motorcycle” and bring us along.

2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Models Review

CVO stands for Custom Vehicle Operations, the outlet that Harley-Davidson uses as a showcase for its premium products available for many models. This year Harley introduces four machines for CVO. They’re the best of Harley.

2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Review

Our Euro friends are the winners this time as they get something we don't. Thankfully we have someone over there to tell us all about what it's like to ride Harley-Davidson's nod to its own victorious flattrack past with the Europe-only XR1200.

2009 Star V-Max Launch

The V-Max is back! This new version takes the V-4 mill to a whole new level. A monster 1697cc displacement pumps out somewhere near 200 horsepower! We bring you the unveiling of this muscle cruiser from the deck of the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego.

2008 QLINK Legacy 250

In a bid to attract beginners and those who might be a little intimidated by a manual transmission, QLINK Motor of Grapevine, Tex. has come out with a fully automatic motorcycle that is aggressively targeting new riders — the Legacy 250.

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