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Cutting-Edge Cruisers—Snapshots Reviews

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 »

2014 Indian Chief Classic

2014 Indian Chief Classic

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Those full fenders and classic flowing lines will garner the Indian rider plenty of attention. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The original Indian motorcycle company began in 1901, but then faded away in the early 1950s. Two recent attempts to revamp the brand failed in the early 2000s, then Polaris Industries,... Read more »

2015 Indian Scout—Review

2015 Indian Scout

Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

The red paint, tan solo seat and black-and-chrome headlight nacelle may be old-school, but the new Scout is anything but a nostalgia project. Bold designs for the frame and engine are the new Indian’s interpretation of what the company would be building today had its operations continued uninterrupted... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T—First Ride Review

Harley-Davidson 2014

Jon Langston
March 27, 2014

The Low Rider (left) returns for 2014 with an adjustable seat, handlebar and more forward footpegs. New SuperLow 1200T (right) brings more power and touring goodies to the ultra-low Sportster platform. (Photos by Riles & Nelson) Despite the traditional stereotypes, younger riders and women make up... Read more »

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander—Road Test

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT

Jon Langston
February 27, 2014

The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander is a streetwise power cruiser. Designed to appeal to the American cruiser market, both new Thunderbird models combine big-inch power with plush appointments. Triumph’s return has succeeded because the company is producing excellent motorcycles, from eager sportbikes... Read more »

American Baggers Comparison: Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special vs Indian Chieftain vs Victory Cross Country

Harley, Indian and Victory

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

The 2014 Indian Chieftain (left), Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special (center) and Victory Cross Country provide upper-body wind protection and luggage capacity for the long road. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Functional, big-inch V-twin baggers are all the rage these days. In addition to lots of style, these... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

2014 H-D Street Glide Special

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

Through Project Rushmore, the Street Glide Special gets a new 49mm fork, 103ci high-output motor and Reflex Linked ABS. (Photos by Kevin Wing) A four-year effort by Harley-Davidson called Project Rushmore has culminated in a number of features and improvements to the 2014 touring models, including the... Read more »

2014 Victory Cross Country

2014 Victory Cross Country

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

Victory gives its Cross Country a more youthful style, and it’s the best handler of our three cruisers. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Now in its 15th year, this Medina, Minnesota, based company is (like the newly reborn Indian) a division of Polaris Industries, and the bikes are assembled in Spirit Lake,... Read more »

2014 Honda CTX1300 First Look

2014 Honda CTX1300 Right Side

Mark Tuttle
November 4, 2013

With a 200-series rear tire, low 29.1-inch seat height and relaxed seating, the CTX1300 is a new-think cruiser-tourer. Honda has adroitly filled a niche in the entry-level motorcycle genre with its two twin-cylinder CTX models, which are based upon the 670cc parallel twin first introduced in the NC700X.... Read more »

2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

2014 triumph rocket III touring

Mark Tuttle
October 9, 2013

Bigger is better. Go big or go home. There’s no replacement for displacement. Super size me! We were using those phrases a lot about 10 years ago. Back then, a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifty and the players in the cruiser market were battling to see who could build the biggest and baddest. Hot... Read more »

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