Cruiser is one of the types of motorcycles. It has a range of specific features allowing distinguishing it from other bike models. The first models appeared many years ago, but it is still one of the most popular types of a motorbike suitable for touring. There are actually two main types of cruiser, including traditional and power, and you can choose the one that suits your need the most.
History of Cruiser
A cruiser is a bike made in the style of American vehicle popular during the 1930s-1960s. These models were made by different large motorcycle manufacturer, including Indian, Harley-Davidson, Henderson, and Excelsior. The design of cruiser includes the feet-forward and the hands-up riding position. The spine is leaning back slightly. Typical cruiser engines have low-end torque. Lots of horsepowers are not a necessary feature. A motorcycle that comes with more horsepower, better brakes and suspension is usually called a power cruiser. Usually, these motorbikes use V-twins or inline engines.
A range of Japanese manufacturers began the cruiser production in the middle 1980s. The success of these bikes was great, and that is why by 1997, 60% of sales on the US market belonged to these bikes. The other bike companies producing cruiser motorcycles were Honda, BMW, Yamaha, Suzuki, Moto Guzzi, Victory, and Triumph.
Cruisers were often customized to suit own ideas and preferences of their owners. A traditional motorcycle comes with limited turning ability and performance because of a low-slung design. A power cruiser is the best choice for better cornering. However, it is possible to customize a traditional vehicle to get a power one. Some cruisers are capable performing the same as the world’s fastest motorcycles, despite their weigh.
The Most Popular Models
There are lots of cruisers that can be found today, so it is hard to list all of them. Here are several models that you may find interesting.
Harley-Davidson Sportster 48 is a middleweight cruiser. Since 1957, when it was first introduced to the public, the model has undergone a range of serious changes. These bikes come with only 60 hp., but it offers pretty solid performance.
The Honda Phantom TA200 is another interesting a single-cylinder motorcycle. It is sort of "retro cruiser" bike. The model was sold in Australia under the name the TA Shadow. The cruiser came with a 4-stroke engine and 197 cc displacement. It was a pretty popular motorcycle in Singapore because it could be used along with the 2B license, which is the very basic bike license in the republic. The production of the model in Thailand discontinued in 2010.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 650 is the cheapest cruiser available for sale that can be purchased from a major bike manufacturer. It comes with slim chassis and economy riding indicator, which helps to save some fuel. The cruiser is available in a range of colors, including Metallic Sparkle Black and Metallic Imperial Blue. The motorcycle also has ErgoFit, which is needed to allow riders of different heights/weights to ride the vehicle comfortably.