Cruiser (motorcycle)

Cruiser is since the 1990s, the term for a category Motorcycles, whose design features are attributable to U.S. production machines ( Harley- Davidson, Indian, Henderson ) as they were built starting around the 1930s. Style -forming characteristics are long wheelbase, wide tires, large volume motor, large fenders, wide handlebars and relatively far forward mounted footboards and resulting upright sitting position (from 1949 ) Telegabel panels and typical touring accessories such as windshield, saddlebags, additional lights and crash bar. By conversion of such series machines emerged from about 1948, the first so-called chopper.

Motorized Cruiser are typically equipped with a large-volume, long-stroke V-2 engine, which is characterized by a high torque at low engine speed range. Due to this characteristic, motor cruisers are well suited for quiet yet powerful cruising.

Motorized exceptions of the V2 rule are eg:

  • BMW 2- cylinder boxer engine
  • Honda: 6- cylinder boxer engine
  • Boss Hoss: 8- cylinder V- engine
  • Triumph: 2 - and 3- cylinder in-line engine

In Cruiser style both light motorcycles with 125 cc (eg Honda VT125 Shadow ) and large-displacement machines to 2,300 cc ( Triumph Rocket III) are offered.

A selection of Cruiser models from different manufacturers:

  • BMW Cruiser C series, Montauk and CL (eg the BMW R 1200 C 1998-2005 )
  • Honda VT 1100 C2/C3, VTX Series, Honda Valkyrie Rune
  • Harley -Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy, FLSTN Softail Deluxe FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic, FLHR Road King,
  • Hyosung ST 700i,
  • Indian Chief Classic
  • Kawasaki VN series ( VN 800 Classic VN 800 Drifter VN 900 Classic VN 1500 Drifter VN 1600 Classic VN 2000 )
  • Moto Guzzi California
  • Suzuki Intruder series ( eg, C800, C1500, C1800 & M1800R )
  • Yamaha XV series ( eg XVS 1300 A Midnight Star XV 1600 Wild Star, Yamaha Midnight Star XV1900A, XVS 1100 A Drag Star Classic XVS 650 A Drag Star Classic)
  • Boss Hoss ( custom-made motorcycles with Chevrolet V8 engines up to 8,000 cc )
  • Triumph Rocket III, Triumph Thunderbird 1600


Harley -Davidson Heritage Softail

1931er Henderson KJ Streamline

Honda Valkyrie Rune

Indian Four 1935

Kawasaki VN 1500 Classic

Moto Guzzi California

Triumph Rocket III

Yamaha XVS 650 Classic

Yamaha XV1600 Wild Star

XV1900A Yamaha Midnight Star


  • Motorcycle model on the design
  • Cruiser