For this month, we have decided to pick up the pace and cruise with the nine best cruiser bikes you can get around the globe.
Honda Rebel 500
Ranking as the entry-level cruiser, the Honda Rebel 500 makes up for its small size by bringing large amounts of fun. The peppy parallel-twin puts down the lowest power and torque figures on the list but tips the scales at about half the weight of the heaviest hogs on the highway, which provides nimble handling and quick maneuvering. If you won’t be spending too much time at highway speeds and are looking for a relaxed ride in tighter urban areas, the Rebel 500 will be the perfect fit.
Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
Yamaha’s Bolt line of street influenced bobbers has been a popular addition to their cruiser line up. Positioned to be an accessible entry to the cruiser category, the Bolt R-Spec has tons of room for customization as the rider grows with the bike, and the larger displacement promises years of enjoyment for any level rider. The V-Twin pushes adequate power and torque, with the light curb weight ensuring the ride is agile and playful. Yamaha outfits the R-Spec with upgraded rear shocks, suede trim on the seat, and special paint.
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
Kawasaki has been a long-time player in the metric cruiser market with its Vulcan series rolling out of production continually for over 30 years. Being offered in 650, 900, and 1,700cc displacements, the Vulcan 900 Custom hits our list for offering a customized look right off the showroom floor. A 21-inch front wheel, riser handlebar stem, and low-slung saddle are all touches usually reserved for post-purchase add-ons, though you will find them all factory on the Custom. Forward controls inhibit a relaxed posture, and wide drag bars provide excellent stability, making the Vulcan 900 a comfy cruiser with a unique look.
Choppers have long been a statement piece for riders, as their long stance serves only for form while cutting into some of the riding performance. Honda is not usually known for abstract forms, generally keeping to more conservative designs, but they have pushed the limits of factory equipped rides with the Fury. With a wheelbase stretching nearly six feet, the chassis features a sloping top line that positions the handlebars well above the rider’s chest. Lean lines on the tank and body keep the overall appearance sleek, with chrome adornments highlighting the blacked-out engine cylinders and bottom end. Keep in mind that the 1300cc V-Twin assures that there is still plenty of go-to accompany all that show.
Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
Performance handling is not a characteristic used to describe cruisers, but Suzuki set out to change this stereotype with their Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. Beginning with an inverted fork up front and a mono-shock in the rear, the M109R is built to excel in the twisties while still being great for jaunts down the boardwalk. The high back seat and wide forward controls provide a comfy ride stance, and the riser stem brings the drag bars right back for an excellent reach. Finished in blacked-out trim with small hints of vibrant color, Suzuki can keep the badass appeal on high.
Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe
Harley-Davidson might be the most synonymous name in the US for motorcycles of any variety, having been produced for 115 years, and the Softail Deluxe embodies the classic look defined for the cruiser category. With the name of the game for Harley being set yourself apart from the thousands of like models out there, the Softail Deluxe is an endlessly customizable base to build a unique bike from. The throaty V-Twin grunts heavy, providing bitchin roll-on power, while still carrying its momentum well at highway speeds. If you need a motorcycle that has soul in spades, Harley-Davidson can be the only hog that fits the bill.
The Indian Chief is the most storied bike on the list, with the first model rolling out of production in 1922. The big twin continues to have a classic appeal, retaining the broad, sweeping fenders, broad handlebars, and illuminated figurehead that have defined the Chief since the beginning. The western-style saddle and ample floorboards provide a comfortable posture, while the 2-into-1 exhaust backs up the renegade attitude. Indian packed on the modern conveniences as well, with ABS brakes, cruise control, and keyless ignition ensure the Chief fits into the 21st century.
Ducati is the name that up until recent years was only akin to ultra-high-performance race bikes that appear to be capable of anything except cruising. This changed with the introduction of the XDiavel, the least sporty and most cruiser-like model produced to date, though still embodying the high output characteristics the Italian manufacturer is known for. The XDiavel crushes all other bikes on the list in terms of power, but tips the scales at the second heaviest cruiser included. Ducati infused the chassis with tech that keeps the portly rig highly maneuverable, while not losing the relaxed stance that inhibits great low-speed riding. Though with max torque being reached at 5,000 RPM, it does not look like there will be much time spent going slow on the XDiavel.
Moto Guzzi MGX-21
If space-age materials are a must-have on your bike, Moto Guzzi has you covered with their beastly MGX-21. Covered in carbon fiber, including the front wheel, body panels, and integrated hard cases, outfitting the rig to be tour ready. Moto Guzzi describes this as their eXperimental model, though continuing to embody the classic spirit of the Guzzi name. Utilizing the unique transverse V-Twin engine style that is synonymous with the 95-year-old manufacturer, the MGX caps off the meaty cylinders with hot redheads for a unique look in their offerings. Blending futuristic design with tried and true performance, Moto Guzzi’s MGX-21 is a cruiser that has style for miles.