10 Obvious Problems With Many Modern Cruiser Motorcycles

Many car enthusiasts are not drawn to four-wheeled machines. Instead, they opt for two-wheeled alternatives, such as cruiser motorcycles. Maybe they see them as attractive pieces of engineering art, especially modern motorcycle models, or they like their handling performance when cruising down the highway.

Harley Davidson cruisers have been an American staple for years and have featured in popular box office productions, such as The wild and Easy Rider. While these two-wheelers continue to hit the roads, some have some serious issues to be aware of before taking them for a short ride or a cross-country cruise.

What is a cruiser motorcycle and the benefits of owning one?

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There are many types of motorcycles, from sport bikes and choppers to off-road and adventure motorcycles. However, what distinguishes cruisers from other genres? Generally, a cruiser is a bike designed to provide the rider with the thrill of rolling down the road at their own pace. Instead of running from point A to point B, driving a cruiser is the vibe of experiencing the highway on two wheels.

Relaxation and pleasure are the objectives of the cruise. The bike should have great suspension to provide a quality ride and easy shifting for hassle-free cornering. Steering stiffness detracts from a relaxed and enjoyable highway ride and ruins the whole essence of cruising. In a nutshell, any motorcycle designed to ride is a cruiser.

One of the benefits of owning a cruiser is that you have a V-twin engine to boost the power you need to tear up the road when you feel like it. With over 1000cc and low torque, you won’t need as much effort shifting to get the acceleration power you want. Moreover, the chrome and black color mixes of the cruisers are aesthetically pleasing and you can customize them according to your character and personality.

10 faults of cruiser motorcycles

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Poor build quality affects some cruisers, such as the 2017 Street Glide, which had clutch, oil pump and brake issues. Also, V-twin engines are synonymous with cruisers, but some V2s don’t start or fail frequently, as shown on HotCars. Design issues are another issue. For example, Harleys Road Glide Ultra made owners laugh with its ridiculous police motorcycle appearance.

Electrical issues are another flaw that cruiser fans have faced. It’s best to do some homework before buying an expensive bike. Additionally, clutch problems, such as free play in the clutch box, can put you at risk when driving on the highway alongside high-speed vehicles. Poor motor construction also results in underpowered bikes, which can be a problem for an experienced speed junkie.

Cruisers are also very heavy, resulting in low power and difficulty climbing. The Victory Vision is an excellent example of such a cruiser. Being classic bikes, cruisers are steeped in outdated concepts. Despite their looks, there are no bells and whistles about them as sportbikes. These motorcycles can also be uncomfortable, especially when sitting upright for too long, not to mention unsuitable for city streets.

The benefits of cruisers (for some)

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RX Runners Square noted that cruiser motorcycles are more comfortable. Their comfortable seats and a design that allows riders to stick their legs out in front provide maximum comfort. They are also perfect for beginners. Cruisers are not designed for speed like sportbikes. They offer the novice rider a peaceful way to master driving skills, as some V2 engines have low torque and low speed.

Other riding enthusiasts love the old style cruisers. They may lack modern technology, but some riders enjoy the nostalgic experience of cruising on a bike reminiscent of the dark age of cruisers, as shown on Motorcycle Cruiser. Beginners can find cruisers with low torque, but some have massive 2000cc V-twin engines with plenty of torque, suitable for the seasoned rider.

Generally, cruiser motorcycles have excellent highway handling. They have smooth shifting, accelerated cornering ability and their relaxed seating make them perfect for fast roads. Designed for long journeys, cruisers are also equipped with panniers that allow riders to carry all kinds of items. So, they can be an ideal choice for someone running a food delivery business.

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