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Top 10 massive cruisers

By James Keen -

First rides & tests

 28 April 2009 14:14

Kawasaki has just launched their new VN1700 range. In the hope of outdoing Harley-Davidson, the 3 new bikes pack 100cc more and cost £3000 less than similar offerings from the US firm. But don't think they're cheap - each would put a 10 grand dent in your wallet, so here's some other options on the used market to consider.

What makes a good cruiser? Comfort? style? presence? Or is it all about the engine?

If you want minimalist WWII bobber styling, check out the Harley-Davidson Street Bob. If it's all about power, then look no further than the Yamaha V-Max. For the biggest capacity engine of any production motorcycle, see the 2.3litre Triumph Rocket III.                   

Here's 10 of our favourite massive cruisers:

                                                       

Yamaha V-Max

Yamaha V-Max (2008-current)
"The V-Max is what happens when you mix 1679cc and nearly 200 horsepower in a motorcycle that's one part cruiser, one part sportbike - and all parts thrilling. It's difficult to explain just how quickly the V-Max builds speed. It produces the kind of acceleration that you feel in your chest. The kind you don't soon forget.... and it handles to boot. What's the catch? Well, there's 16,500 of them..."

 

Kawasaki VN2000

Kawasaki VN2000 (2004-current)
"Cruising is all about having a relaxed mindset and there’s no better way to ease yourself into that state than the big Kawasaki Vulcan VN2000. It ticks all the right boxes – lots of black paint, lots of chrome, a huge 200-section rear tyre and, of course, a lolloping wildebeast of an engine."

 

Harley-Davidson Street Bob

Harley-Davidson Street Bob (2006-current)
"If you’re wondering about the Street Bob's name, it comes from the ‘bobber’ fashion in the custom world inspired by the post-WWII movement which saw ex-military Harleys chopped down with low seats, fat tyres and Ape hanger bars. The Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob takes this minimalism to the limit with a low seat, classic Fat Bob tank, wire wheels, Ape hangers and satin paint. Cool it is."

 

Triumph Rocket III

Triumph Rocket III (2005-current)
"The Triumph Rocket III is the biggest, most bad-ass motorcycle money can buy. The specs are awesome - a 2.3-litre engine producing almost 150ft lb of torque, pistons the same size as those found in a Dodge Viper supercar and what was at one time the biggest back tyre on a production bike… The Triumph Rocket III is simply an incredible experience and bravo to Triumph for making it."

 

Honda VTX1800

Honda VTX1800 (2001-current)
"The performance cruiser is a strange concept - why do you need to go fast on a lowrider? But if power is your thing, then the VTX1800 has got plenty of it, a certain classy elegance about its lines and the mandatory V-twin shaped engine. Also has Honda's linked braking system."

 

Victory Hammer S

Victory Hammer S (2007-current)
"The Victory Hammer S is the latest product of America’s fledgling ‘second’ motor company with a slightly sportier stance and image than the stock Hammer due to mean black slathered everywhere and gorgeous Performance Machine Gatlin wheels, the rear wearing a massive 240-section tyre. Performance cruisers don’t come any flashier than the Victory Hammer S."

 

Yamaha XV1900

Yamaha XV1900 (2006-current)
"Called the Midnight Star in the UK but overseas known as the Stratoliner – a name that conjures up images of a big motorcycle. And it’s spot-on. The Yamaha XV1900 is typical of Japanese cruisers which have been getting larger and larger both physically and in terms of engine displacement. Like all big Japanese customs, when you're on the Yamaha XV1900 non-bikers will think you’re the coolest person alive."

 

Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod

Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod (2006-current)
"The Harley-Davidson Night Rod is the third derivative of the controversial (but undeniably modern) Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod family. It's for those who like their bikes hot-rod style – and black. In practical terms it’s halfway between the laid back Harley-Davidson V-Rod and semi-sporty roadster Harley-Davidson Street Rod. And that’s no bad thing: a modern Harley with style and ability."

 

Honda F6C Valkyrie

Honda F6C Valkyrie (1996-2005)
"The Honda F6C Valkyrie is one of those traffic-stopping motorcycles that non-bikers are simply fascinated by. Basically a stripped down Honda GL1500 Gold Wing, with lower gearing and six carbs, the Honda F6C Valkyrie is actually reasonably good fun to ride and some might say it's best made motorcycle in America. The Honda Rune 1800 looks like some kind of Dan Dare spacecraft - mental."

 

Harley-Davidson Cross Bones

Harley-Davidson Cross Bones (2008-current)
"Harley's Cross Bones is the perfect antidote to a tough week at work. It’s so comfortable, thanks to its wide, beautifully padded, hand-stitched sprung seat and rubber-topped footboards that you could almost fall asleep on it. It looks the part and the ‘Springer’ front end adds to the coolness of this Harley-Davidson."

 

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