cruisers

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In terms of design, the Suzuki Boulevard S40 comes in a very attractive package, influenced by larger Boulevard models. You only need to take one look at it to realize that it bears a striking resemblance to an S83, except that it comes with "only" a single-cylinder engine. The classic design exudes a retro-vibe, particularly the ergonomically-designed handle that’s both easy to grip and comfortable to use, especially when you’re throttling out on the open road. The Boulevard S40 also comes with a custom flat handlebar design and custom-style rear view mirrors, both of which provide a very aesthetically-pleasing appearance to the bike, as does a sleek, one-piece saddle with a low seat height of just 27.6", making it an ideal bike for novice riders.

It may look the part of a svelte and agile cruiser, but make no mistake, the Boulevard S40 packs a mean punch, thanks to a 652cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, OHC, single-cylinder engine with a TSCC (Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers) cylinder head and high mass crankshaft, producing strong low-end power and torque. A smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission is complemented by a low-maintenance belt-drive system that’s quiet, durable, and simple to adjust and clean, while an electric starter with automatic decompression system has also been installed, allowing for quick and easy engine starting. Lastly, a precision electronic ignition system brings all the power in and out of the bike at an impeccably sharp rate.

Handling is also a key component of the Boulevard S40, especially when it comes to its chassis and suspension set-up. A 19" front tire and a wide 15" rear tire provides the classic cruiser look while coming with a hydraulic front disc brake and a drum-type rear brake, providing strong, reliable braking performance.

Find out more about the Suzuki Boulevard S40 after the jump.

’Interstate’ might not be the first word that comes to mind when you’re thinking about an all-world cruiser bike, but don’t let the name fool you; the 2012 Honda Interstate is the perfect mix of style and performance wrapped in one awesome package.

Featuring long, low lines that embody all the characteristics of a cruiser bike, the Honda Interstate blends two worlds of motorcycling style: traditional looks plus progressive elements. The deeply balanced fenders arc downward in classic retro style, yet the all-new rolling chassis and overall lines bring a fresh look to the class. The Interstate also has stylish hard leather bags that offer ample storage space, as well as an enormous windscreen that allows you enjoy the spoils of riding one of the best cruisers on the market today. The Honda Interstate was designed to capture the imagination - and bank accounts - of riders who want their motorcycle to not only travel long distances, but also look stylish while doing it.

Meanwhile, the Honda Interstate is powered by a mighty 1,312 cc V-twin engine that lets out a deep throaty rumble that only a big V-twin engine can have.

We know what it feels like to look at a dealership and see a glistening custom cruiser bike staring at you, begging to be plucked. That’s the emotion the Honda Interstate gives you. It’s a cruiser that not only merges style with performance, but it also belongs in the hands of a man that can make the most out of it.

Find out more about the Honda Interstate after the jump.

Classic cruising has never been a problem for the Honda Rebel . When you boast of a retro design that’s complimented by a fuel efficient commuter engine, then you can ride around town with the kind of confidence befitting the name of your bike.

The Rebel is not all about power, although it offers plenty of that in its own regard. The bike also features a design that a lot of riders can be proud of. The low-lying stance greatly accentuates the classic styling cues, including the prevalent use of chrome on the make-up of the bike. The low seat height of the Rebel is both comfortable and confidence inspiring, exuding a no-frills, all-business look that’s just right for the taste of a wide range of consumers.

Then there’s the engine. For the 2012 Rebel, Honda fitted the bike with a proven 234cc twin-cylinder SOHC four-stroke engine that’s smooth, quiet, and relatively easy to maintain. The engine is also mated to a five-speed transmission while an electric starter allows you be on your way at just a push of a button. Plus, you get the kind of reliability and low maintenance Honda is known for – all at a shockingly low price.

There is also a semi-double-cradle frame with a hydraulic front fork with dual Syntallic bushings and dual rear shocks that feature five-position spring preload adjustment, bringing together a bike that has taken the long and rich history of the Rebel name to a whole new level.

You don’t expect anything less from Honda.

Find out more about the 2012 Honda Rebel after the jump.

Honda boasts of an impressive line-up of Shadow 750 bikes, none more so than the Shadow Aero 750 . The retro styled cruiser offers the most satisfying ride for a wide range of enthusiasts, as well as a classic design with a power-packed V-twin engine that’s just right for today’s budget-minded consumer.

As one of the most popular cruisers on the road, the Shadow Aero 750 features a classic, retro style design that underlies the true power inside it. For the 2012 model, the Shadow Aero 750 comes with plenty of chrome details, including the lightbar, the windscreen, the spotlight visors, the back rests, and the fenders, among other things. On top of that, the bike features leather saddlebags for easy-to-store baggage space, as well as a leather front pouch for extra storage. Mixed in with the classic design of the bag are modern elements like the new digital audio system and a digital auto attachment kit.

In terms of performance, the Shadow Aero 750 is powered by a 745cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin engine that spews out tremendous amounts of power at all ranges and mated to a wide-ratio five-speed transmission. The engine features a pair of connecting rods that have been bolted to the same crankpin, delivering the kind of rumbling cadence and torque that so many riders especially seek out on their bikes.

In line with the company’s goal of making the new Shadow Spirit 750 look longer and lower like a larger-displacement machine, without sacrificing the friendly ergonomics of the bike, Honda used a single-backbone frame that produces a longer wheelbase while simultaneously stretching the ergonomic dynamics of the bike to accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes.

In a market that offers plenty of unique choices, the Shadow Aero 750 is one bike that’s going to make your choice easier.

Find out more about the full specs of the Honda Shadow Aero 750 after the jump.

It’s very rare that a concept bike captures the heart of riders the way the Honda Rune did when it was introduced into the market. As a bike that draws its ancestry from the original Valkyries and the Gold Wings , the Rune’s introduction had a significant impact on the motorcycle market.

Taking all the set-up characteristics of the two bikes and combining them to form one package, Honda essentially made the Rune one of the most important bikes of its line-up. Its cutting-edge design and expansive powertrain capabilities took the model into uncharted territory, establishing new directions that no other manufacturer had ever attempted.

Suffice it to say, Honda accomplished that and more with the Rune. It’s not enough that it’s inspired by some of the most popular bikes Honda has had in the past, but it also takes all of the company’s technologies and wraps them up into one scintillating piece of touring awesomeness.

Find out more about the Honda Rune after the jump.

The Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe is one of the most powerful and stylish bikes on the market and the 2012 model comes packed with plenty of new features.

Comfort, convenience and style. Three words that best describe the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe casual full dress tourer. The bike’s sleek neo-classic styling lines are only the beginning; it also has a hard fairing with an aggressive mini windshield and color-matched hard saddlebags, plus a handlebar-mounted, audio-controller that allows you to ante up on the volume of your plugged-in iPod. There’s also a a pair of large, color-matched, locking hard sidebags, making the bike an ideal companion for those short and long trips. For the 2012 model, the new features include a Garmin Zumo 665 GPS that comes with plenty of features, including navigation, Bluetooth, Sirius/XM satellite radio capability, real-time weather and traffic, road condition, and warning, among other things.

In terms of performance, the 2012 Stratoliner Deluxe is powered by a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine producing great thrust at any speed. The engine also has a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection that provides optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. As far as the chassis and suspension are concerned, the bike features a long and low aluminum frame that features light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser. The suspension set-up utilizes 46mm fork tubes to serve up an excellent ride and a sweet appearance, as well as a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload that provides a smooth ride.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe after the jump.

The 2012 Yamaha Roadliner S doesn’t come with a whole lot of changes compared to the previous models, and that might be a good thing. It still has that unmistakable neo-streamline design that gives it a completely distinctive look. Add a long and low aluminum frame that provides great looks and light handling with one of the biggest engines on the market, and you have a bike that’s definitely worth your hard-earned money. Speaking about a few features of the bike, the sculpted seat provides an excellent place to sit on long rides. The Roadliner S also gets plenty of chrome treatment, including the chrome switchgear, front brake and clutch master cylinders and levers, the belt guard, fork and fork covers, handlebar clamps, a shifter, a front pulley cover, various engine covers, a rear fender stay, and polished wheels.

The Roadliner S will also be carrying a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. That’s added to a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection, providing optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. Despite the monster engine, Roadliner S achieves an estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.

Handling is also aces with the Roadliner S. We already talked about the lightweight aluminum frame, but the bike also has a light, controlled-Fill die-cast swingarm that complements the bike’s streamline style and reduces unsprung weight for great handling. Add 46mm fork tubes that serve up an excellent ride and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload and there’s no mistaking what the Roadliner S has to offer.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Roadliner S after the jump.

Long distance, open-road touring could be a hassle for just about anybody that doesn’t have the patience for it. That’s why it’s imperative to have a bike that can make you feel comfortable, no matter the distance.

That’s what the Yamaha Royal Star Venture S is for. The bike comes fully loaded with everything serious riders need for their long and arduous travels. There’s plenty of lockable storage in the form of a 15-gallon trunk and a pair of color-matched 9.3-gallon sidebags, adding up to 33.6 gallons of total space that you can use to keep everything safe and dry wherever you go. Moreover, the bike has ergonomically designed bucket-type seats with plush, wraparound passenger backrest for unbeatable long-range comfort. As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2012 Royal Star Venture S has you covered in the form of a four-speaker sound system with a Star-branded iPod touch, a CB radio, intercom system, and AM/FM radio.

Then there’s the powerful 1,294cc liquid-cooled 70˚ V-four DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder engine that produces 97 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 89 lb/ft of torque mated to a five-speed, wide-ratio transmission. Add that to the bike’s outstanding chassis and suspension set-up - a high-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle and an air-adjustable telescopic front fork and link-type rear suspension - and you have a bike that’s fit for just about any road it travels on.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Royal Venture S after the jump.

Saddle up and hit the road, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT is ready to rumble and take you and your companion for a ride.

That’s what you’ll probably hear from the sales team at your local Kawasaki dealerships, and for the most part, they’re not smoking anything up their you-know-whats.

The Vulcan 1700 Classic LT is the epitome of a two-person cruiser that offers more than just a good ride. Excellently combining up-standard looks with excellent handling and powerful performance capabilities, the Classic LT makes for one of the best cruiser rides on the market today.

Whether you’re enjoying the freedom of cruiser-ridin’ by your lonesome or you’ve got a companion to enjoy it with you, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT has all the goods to make for an outstanding cruiser purchase.

There’s no going around it, either: The bike is indeed ready to rumble.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT’s specs after the jump.

The touring bike segment isn’t complete without an offering from Kawasaki . In the years that it has been around, the Japanese motorcycle brand has produced nothing short of some of the best tourers on the market, including the original Voyager and the sport-touring Concours models.

As recently as 2009, Kawasaki introduced a new member to its touring family, one that comes with all the bells and whistles of a fully loaded bike. Classical design meets new-school technology - that’s the package being offered by the Vulcan 1700 Voyager.

As the flagship of the Vulcan 1700 family, the 2011 Voyager boasts all the stuff you’ll need for such adventurous treks: a smooth and shockingly torquey 1,700cc V-twin powerplant, large frame-mounted fairing, beautifully integrated luggage that stows plenty of gear, a comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, high-fidelity sound system, optional K-ACT anti-lock/integrated braking system, and the sort of design acumen and dependability Kawasaki is renowned for.

Really, what more can you ask for in a touring bike?

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager after the jump.


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