Motorcycles have been a popular transportation method, ever since the first gas-powered motorcycle was introduced in Germany in 1885. However, the first motorcycles weren’t the most comfortable or stylish.
Ergonomics and trends set the bar for a more enjoyable motorcycle ride. But some have a better cruising experience than others.
Today, these motorcycles are known as cruiser motorcycles. These motorcycles encompass aspects such as comfortable seats and conveniently-placed handlebars. There are also more opportunities to customize a cruiser bike that’s unique to your interests.
There are many cruisers on the market. But only a few can make it the best. Here are the 15 best cruiser motorcycles on the market.
1. Moto Guzzi MGX-21
We’re currently in a state of innovative thinking and advancements. This trend is impacting the motorcycle industry. If you’re looking for a motorcycle cruiser of the future, look no further than the Moto Guzzi MGX-21.
The first feature you’ll notice is the bike is made of carbon fiber, specifically in the body panels, front wheel, and hard case. The powerful 1380cc Transverse V-Twin engine is ideal for long rides.
If you’re a seasoned motorcyclist, you’ll have to get used to the seating. You’re sitting farther up than you do on a traditional motorcycle.
2. Indian Chief
The Indian Chief motorcycles are classic cruisers. They were produced until 1953 and are rare to come by. If you do find one and it was maintained well, you’ll discover its amazing riding experience.
The Indian Chief was ahead of its time. It has a 1811cc V-Twin engine. This powerful cruiser generates 76 horsepower and 119 lb. ft. of torque.
Those in the motorcycle community can recognize the individualistic aspects of the Indian Chief.
Its retro appearance is eye-popping. But for the rider, this vintage classic provides a comfortable ride with a supportive saddle and large floorboards.
3. Honda Fury
Do you prefer choppers? If you’re looking for the ultimate cruising chopper, take a look at the Honda Fury. Honda stretched the wheelbase to almost six feet with the handlebars above chest level for ultimate comfort.
However, the Honda Fury is smaller compared to other choppers, perfect for smaller riders who have trouble operating larger choppers.
This is also a powerful ride, boasting a 1312cc V-Twin engine that generates 67 horsepower and 78.9 lb. ft. of torque. It’s also the first chopper made with an anti-lock braking system.
4. Ducati XDiavel
Ducati is famous for its signature sporty style. However, they toned down the sports bike flair and amped up the comfort with the XDiavel.
The seat is the most distinguishable feature. The seat dips below the engine, better supporting the rider. The handlebars also sit closer to the rider, preventing arm fatigue.
But if you want comfort with performance and speed, go with the XDiavel. This powerful bike generates 152 horsepower with 93 lb. ft. of torque! This is also a heavy-duty bike, weighing 545 pounds with a 1262cc L-Twin engine.
5. Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
The Yamaha Bolt R-Spec is known as one of the most comfortable cruisers around. It has a smaller frame compared to other cruisers, perfect for riders of all sizes. This is also the perfect bike if you want a flexible cruiser for customization.
But this small cruiser packs a good punch! It offers a 942cc V-Twin engine with a 47 horsepower output and 59.3 lb. ft. of torque. The Bolt R-Spec is the sportier version of the classic Yamaha Bolt.
6. Honda Rebel 500
If you really want a small cruiser, take a look at the Honda Rebel 500.
It’s easy to ride, hailed as the perfect entry-level cruiser and the best lightweight street bike. It only weighs a little over 400 pounds with great maneuverability. Its small size also makes it perfect for urban areas.
But don’t think this cruiser lacks a punch. The Honda Rebel 500 makes up for performance with what it lacks in size, thanks to a 471cc Parallel Twin engine, 46 horsepower, and 32.9 lb. ft. of torque.
7. Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
Suzuki makes some of the most extreme cruisers on the market. But none perform as well as the Boulevard BOSS. Its amazing performance is thanks to the 1783cc V Twin with 123 horsepower and 118 lb. ft of torque.
For comfort, a rear mono-shock and inverted fork in the front are ideal for long cruising sessions. All Suzuki bikes have a cool aesthetic but the Boulevard BOSS’ design is unlike anything else on the market.
8. Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
If versatility is what you’re looking for, look no farther than the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. The selling point of this bike is the customization. You can choose either a 650, 900 or 1,700cc displacement option.
This model is not only comfortable but stable. You can hold onto riser drag bars and sit on a low-riding saddle, boasting many ergonomic benefits.
Kawasaki bikes not only look unique and daring. They produce amazing bikes. With 30 years of experience behind their belt, they produce some of the most innovative bikes on the market.
9. Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe
Harley Davidson motorcycles scream quality. But no Harley cruiser deserves as much recognition as the Softail Deluxe. It’s a powerful motorcycle, boasting a 1753cc V Twin engine with a punch of 77 horsepower and 109 lb. ft. of torque.
It also has a unique retro-inspired design, unlike any cruiser on the market. But don’t think this bike is all retro.
It features the new chassis and a new underseat hidden mono-shock. This cruiser also offers different customization options to fit every rider.
10. Triumph Rocket III Roadster
If you want a fast and high-performing bike with plenty of comforts, you’ll love the Triumph Rocket III Roadster. It reaches high speeds with 148 horsepower and 163 lb. ft. of torque.
Its 2294 inline 3-cylinder engine also packs plenty of power. The Rocket III also has a displacement engine of 2,294 cc — the largest of any motorcycle.
Even with its high speeds, the bike is easy to maneuver and control with large breaks. You’ll also catch attention with the Rocket III. The appearance is extremely unique, taking its signature steel style to an exotic flair.
11. Yamaha V Star 250
Even though this is an affordable entry-level cruiser, beginners are buying good quality with this bike. Its V-twin engine is powerful but also offers a smooth ride. The seat is 27-inches, perfect for small riders.
At 326 pounds, it’s one of the lightest cruisers on the market.
This bike reaches 78 MPG. Since this is recommended for beginner bikers, it’s recommended you cruise around town with this bike — not embarking on long rides.
12. Honda Shadow Aero
The Honda Shadow first emerged in the ’80s. Since then, its been a cruiser staple. The full black bike offers a striking appearance — even matte black accents and black rims. But it offers a lightweight and smooth ride.
Don’t think all aspects of the Shadow are stuck in the ’80s. The Aero features a 745cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine, wide-ratio transmission, and can reach speeds up to 100 miles! There are also anti-lock brake options available.
The Aero is also known for other benefits, such as its gas efficiency.
13. Kawasaki Vulcan S
Another Kawasaki Vulcan is making this list. The Vulcan S also offers the perfect combination of sporty and comfort like the Vulcan 900 Custom.
While the Vulcan S doesn’t offer the customization features, it’s still a powerful bike, boasting a 649cc engine. Even though the Vulcan S is recommended for beginners, seasoned bikers will appreciate this powerful engine.
The first aspect you’ll notice is the appearance. Kawasaki bikes are renowned for their striking style. But the Vulcan S takes the sporty look to new levels, with the three-toned paint and black accents.
14. Honda CTX700N DCT
Honda always tries to go above and beyond with their bikes. And they did just that with the CTX700N DCT.
For this bike, they removed the clutch, making shifting in traffic much easier. Seasoned bikers will also appreciate its powerful 670cc parallel-twin engine. And the electronic fuel injection means the bike starts well and rides flawlessly.
For its advancements, it’s offered at an affordable price — only a little under $7,700. It’s perfect for experienced motorcyclists who want a cruising bike and for beginners who want an easygoing starter bike.
15. Suzuki Boulevard M50
We also have another Suzuki Boulevard — the M50. Is it BOSS status? It’s comparable. With an 805cc V-twin engine, this bike is definitely powerful.
Its style is the perfect combination of classic and modern, with plenty of chrome detailing and an inverted fork.
Another selling point about this bike is it’s ideal for your local roads but also on the highway. While this bike offers beginner-friendly features, it’s recommended that advanced users still utilize this bike.
Buy One of These Cruiser Motorcycles
Cruiser motorcycles are popular because of their comfort and versatility. And you have plenty of cruiser bike options. These are the best on the market!
Have a different cruiser you wish made the list? Let us know in the comments.