This page deals with Cruisers . . .
|Cruiser Styles|| Traditional Retro|
|Customisation|| Traditional Chopper|
|Typical Cruiser|| Classic Cruisers|
|Touring on a Cruiser|| Performance Trend|
|Buying your first Cruiser|| Street Rod|
| Power Cruiser|
|What exactly is a cruiser? |
This question puzzled me for a long time because it is not a motorcycle. I would say that it is a many faceted phenomenon of which the 'motorbike' is only one. Cruisers are all about 'style', 'attitude' and 'size' - not just any, but a style that is more at home in a small North American town in the late 1960's. The bikes are in a time warp with styles ranging from the late 1930's to the late 1960's - they may or may not be fitted with the innovations in bike design of the last 20 years.
This would imply that all cruisers are essentially the same - well yes, almost without exception they have big V twin engines - no other engine can erupt, rubble and excite like a V twin! Getting past that fact however and nothing could be further from the truth. Cruises are not all the same. Pivotal to the world of cruisers is individuality and customisation. Where a sportbiker would compare acceleration and handling, so a cruiser owner will compare paint jobs, chrome jobs, wheel rims, accessories and most importantly - the sound of the tail pipes!! No self respecting cruiser owner will ride a cruiser straight off the show room floor. He will either accessorise it or in extreme cases, have it custom built, by hand, by a professional cruiser builder from a catalogue of parts which cater to this very exclusive industry.
The Performance Trend
Can one Tour on a Cruiser?
The answer is definitely 'yes' and definitely 'no' - it depends on the cruiser. While all cruisers have great straight line tracking characteristics (because of their greater rake angle and longer wheelbases) some are not that comfortable. One, or a combination of the following factors can make long distance touring very tiring i.e. the riding position, handlebar, footrest and seat position and their relations, harsh suspension, zero wind protection and excessive vibration. Still others may make the attachment of luggage difficult or almost impossible. A bike that has very little ground clearance can be annoying when travelling a route with a lot of twisties. An excessively small fuel tank brings its own problems.
By avoiding the pitfalls mentioned above however, one can invest in a cruiser that is well suited to touring and where hundreds of kilometres are both easy and effortless.
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