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Old 02-06-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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The Cruiser Thread

This seems to be the most neglected type of motorcycle on this entire forum. That seems strange to me, since cruisers represent about 50% of the motorcycle market, and are so good at so many things, from commuting, to just riding around for the fun of it, to cross country touring. A 750-950 cruiser makes an excellent solo touring bike, if you want a passenger, just get a bigger one. They are the most comfortable bikes made, are easy to put a windshield on, and easy to load down with stuff. You can get as much stuff on a cruiser as you can a purpose built touring bike. The only thing they lack is sportbike handling, and if you have to have that, you want a sportbike.

I have ridden mostly cruisers for the past 36 years, at least mileage wise. I have over half a million miles on them. Most of that has been on interstate highways, but cruisers also make excellent bikes for exploring paved backroads. My current cruiser, an '02 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, has 77,000 miles on it, all mine. It has been ridden from coast to coast several times. It is not a showpiece, it is dirty, and has quite a few scratches on it, though it is in excellent mechanical condition and has never been crashed. When it wears out, I will buy another cruiser.

Unlike what many seem to think, cruisers are not just for barhopping or cruising up and down main street on Saturday night. They are the most practical, functional bikes out there.

There must be several cruiser owners here, hopefully they will come out and admit to owning one. The way I see it, other than off road, cruisers are the best adventure bikes around. And even the prices are pretty reasonable on most of them, and they come in all sizes and prices, from a 250 Rebel to a 2300cc Triumph Rocket III
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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One of the best cruisers of all time..






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Old 02-06-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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Best? I would have said butt ugliest, sure, that's a given, but best? At what? What's your yardstick???
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
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Best? I would have said butt ugliest, sure, that's a given, but best? At what? What's your yardstick???
They look better without their cloths on.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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I like a low center of gravity.

My knees like forward controls. A day in a sport touring position is agony.

I like big thumping air cooled v-twins and belt drives.

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #6
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Cruisers??

105k miles. Regularly do IB rides and rallies. Very comfortable either one up or two.

Rock solid cruiser. However, it doesn't like gravel, especially when raining.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:09 PM   #7
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While most things in motorcycling is very subjective, and while I have recently begun to enjoy a cruiser (my new H-D 48) for what it is, I would never say that a cruiser is the most comfortable bike made. Especially if it has the ever popular forward mount foot controls. Not for me anyway. I traded mine out for mids pretty quickly and find them much better for me. Nor would I say that they are the most functional practical bikes out there. They are full of compromises in layout and ergonomics, often strictly for the sake of "style", and they commonly place form over function.

With that said, to each their own, and I do enjoy mine for reasons other than what you described. And if it's what blows your skirt up, then that's all that matters. Ride on!

As a disclaimer, I'm specifically talking about a standard "cruiser" and not about a cruiser based tourer.

And I won't pass up an opportunity to post a pic of my new bike either!

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
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Are you lost Jerry?

Is there some part of "Adventure Rider" that you don't understand?

99% of this forum is about ANTI-cruisers. It is not that they are not welcome (they are here in road warriors) it is just that they are a minority here.



There are plenty of cruiser and snoozer forums to choose from out there.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #9
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Is there some part of "Adventure Rider" that you don't understand?

99% of this forum is about ANTI-cruisers. It is not that they are not welcome (they are here in road warriors) it is just that they are a minority here.



There are plenty of cruiser and snoozer forums to choose from out there.

you play nice now mr DAKEZ
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:08 AM   #10
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Is there some part of "Adventure Rider" that you don't understand?

99% of this forum is about ANTI-cruisers. It is not that they are not welcome (they are here in road warriors) it is just that they are a minority here.



There are plenty of cruiser and snoozer forums to choose from out there.
Adventure Riding, in my mind and probably a lot of guys here, is 'riding on an adventure'. If you were to take a Sportster to, say, Alaska on mainly paved roads with some gravel detours mixed in how is that different from taking a GS to alaska on paved roads? There's a RR here somewhere of a guy on a Goldwing riding in Alaska with studded tires. Sounds like an Adventure to me.

Here's my Sportster I picked up last summer, I'm loving it. Have a desire to go on a few road trips with it, hopefully the stars align this summer.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #11
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Is there some part of "Adventure Rider" that you don't understand?

99% of this forum is about ANTI-cruisers. It is not that they are not welcome (they are here in road warriors) it is just that they are a minority here.



There are plenty of cruiser and snoozer forums to choose from out there.
Haha! This guy is funny... as if you cant have an amazing adventure on a cruiser. An adventure is what u make it to be. For you it clearly involves mud and dust, but dont forget some people do enjoy being comfy for thousands of miles on the slab.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:43 AM   #12
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Also had a few adventures on my Victory Vegas ......



and my Victory Kingpin -

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Which bike did you like better between the kp and vegas? Very curious.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:17 AM   #14
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Which bike did you like better between the kp and vegas? Very curious.
For longer rides I would pick the Kingpin. The larger fenders really help when there is a lot of rain.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:58 AM   #15
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Haha! This guy is funny... as if you cant have an amazing adventure on a cruiser. An adventure is what u make it to be. For you it clearly involves mud and dust, but dont forget some people do enjoy being comfy for thousands of miles on the slab.
I have no problem getting my Harley muddy and dusty. It's just that it already scrapes the frame going over speed bumps, and the tires suck on anything worse than gravel.
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