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Cutting-Edge Cruisers: Snapshots

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing) There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that... Read more »

2013 Honda Shadow Aero Review

2013 Honda Shadow Aero

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

Like Kawasaki’s Vulcan line, Honda has had Shadow cruisers in its lineup since the early 1980s. Over the past three decades, engine displacements have gone up and down, models have come and gone. But since the 1,100cc Shadow Sabre was retired in 2007, the Shadow pedigree has lived on in the middleweight... Read more »

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review

2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

In Roman times, Vulcan was the god of fire. In the 1960s, Vulcan came to be known as the home planet of Spock on Star Trek. And in 1984, Kawasaki began using the name Vulcan for its line of cruisers, which over the years have ranged from 399cc up to a ground-pounding 2,053cc. These days, Vulcans come... Read more »

2013 Star V Star 950 Review

2013 Star V Star 950

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

Of the four motorcycles in this comparison, the Star V Star 950 has the most distinctive look. Ever since Yamaha created Star Motorcycles as a separate brand for its cruiser division, the company has carved out a distinct niche in the segment. Last year, Star launched the Raider SCL (Star Custom Line)... Read more »

2013 Suzuki Boulevard C50 SE Review

2013 Suzuki Boulevard C50 Special Edition

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

Japan’s Big Four have been fierce competitors for decades, and they’ve all been making cruisers geared toward the American market since the Reagan era. Suzuki gave its cruisers menacing names like Intruder, Marauder and Savage, as well as Volusia—named for the Florida county that encompasses Daytona... Read more »

2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. Road Test

Suzuki’s C90T classic cruiser series finally returns, based on the M90 platform with a liquid-cooled engine.

Arden Kysely
May 31, 2013

Long and low, black as night and trimmed with just enough chrome to entertain the eye, Suzuki’s 2013 Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Suzuki Special) cuts a figure worthy of favorable commentary, or so was my experience after spending a month with this machine. But a spiffy black suit isn’t enough... Read more »

2013 Honda F6B – Rider Test

Honda’s goal for the F6B is to attract more riders to the GL1800 with less weight, lower cost, more style and plenty of performance.

Mark Tuttle
May 3, 2013

Last year, more new touring motorcycles were sold than bikes in any other individual street bike category, even cruisers. Touring includes luxury performers such as the Honda Gold Wing, BMW K 1600 GTL and the like, but the vast majority of those top-selling machines were “baggers,” large V-twin touring... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2014 Star Bolt

Star’s new Bolt offers upright seating with stellar urban manners.

Bill Stermer
April 29, 2013

It’s a smart company that studies the market, conducts research and builds its products based upon what the data indicate will be successful. In the case of Yamaha, its Star Motorcycles division (which builds its cruisers) is a very smart company indeed. While noting that cruisers compose about 49... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2013 Victory Boardwalk

Long on style and long between the axles, the Boardwalk provides a relaxed ride.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 31, 2012

Victory has done an impressive job competing with Harley-Davidson in terms of engineering and styling, but the young brand, launched by Polaris in 1998, has stood in the long shadow of Harley’s 110 years of heritage. Polaris’ recent acquisition of Indian Motorcycle, the only American marque whose... Read more »

Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2013 Chief Vintage Limited Edition

Credit Jim Gallop

Press Release
July 31, 2012

Indian Motorcycle is proud to debut for 2013 the elegant and powerful Chief Vintage Limited Edition. Featuring a pearl white and thunder black two-tone paint scheme, this bike is sure to turn heads on the open road. The LE also features stylish chrome accents, including chrome highway pegs and a chrome... Read more »

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