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Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of the cruiser motorcycles of 2018 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. Basically defining the concept of motorcycling, cruisers keep us wandering off with just a twist of the throttle to the unknown.

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2016 - 2019 Yamaha Bolt

2016 - 2019 Yamaha Bolt

Yamaha’s Urban Performance Bobber

The Yamaha Bolt continues into 2019 with that classic "bobber" style — high tank and short wheelbase — folks here expect to see in old-school styling. Powered by an air-cooled V-twin engine, but with a plenty of technology on board, the Bolt is a good in-between size: not too small that you’ll outgrow it soon and not so big that it is intimidating for new riders. The bobber-style solo seat, easy cruisin’ rider triangle and naked-bike look make the Bolt a choice little bar hopper or commuter ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha Bolt.

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2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114

2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114

Features Inspired By Harley’s NHRA Team.

Harley-Davidson advances its 100-new-bike agenda in 2019 with the new FXDR 114 that turns the nearly-new Softail into a drag race-inspired stoplight burner. The factory went outside the envelope for design inspiration, with some interesting results that head in an unexpected direction to say the least. A 114 cubic-inch engine delivers the goods to make the FXDR the most powerful production Softail up for grabs so far this year, so you can be assured that it’s by no means an all-show/no-go machine. Plus, an effort was made to shed some weight to improve handling- and ride-quality, and that translates into even better acceleration to make this a rather sporty, non-Sportster ride. Let’s dive into the details.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson FXDR 114.

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2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Breakout

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Breakout

New Engine Choices, New Chassis, New Attitude

Once again, Harley-Davidson takes what’s old and makes it new again with its revamped-in-2018 Softail lineup, and the drag-tastic “Breakout” is one of the models that made the jump and carried into 2019. Harley offers this bobber-burner with the 109 pound-foot, Milwaukee-Eight 107 and the Mil-8 114 that boasts a total of 119 pounds o’ twist. The ground-up Softail-family rebuild contains myriad changes from the remarkable to the mundane that go way beyond a handful of re-arranged trim packages. We’re talking about the re-invention of the whole range with capabilities meant to offset the loss of the Dyna family, and technology that is more in line with the current industry standards. We’re talking a renewed focus on the Softails as H-D’s sole (or should it be soul?) cruisers. This is it; the drag-tastic sub-model of the range that Harley hopes will attract the younger buyers.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Breakout.

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2017 - 2019 Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500

2017 - 2019 Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500

A Sportier Look And A New Attitude

Honda brought one of its most recognized model families into the 21st century with a complete overhaul of the much celebrated Rebel range in 2017. Available as the Rebel 300 and 500, this reworked line features water-cooled mills and fuel-injection induction control to meet modern and near-future emissions standards. A sportier look greets the eye this time around, though the Rebel still targets the same small-[cruiser-mot392], entry-level market.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Rebel 300 and Rebel 500.

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Indian Motorcycles gives fresh updates to the 2019 Chief, Springfield & Roadmaster

Indian Motorcycles gives fresh updates to the 2019 Chief, Springfield & Roadmaster

New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, improved airflow and enhanced audio systems

For the year 2018, America’s oldest brand gave the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. Three new machines rolled on our streets including the Roadmaster Elite, Springfield Dark Horse) and the Chieftain Elite.

For 2019, the Springfield manufacturer will equip the Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster guns with a fresh sleaze of technology under its belt that enhances riding experience to an all new level. New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, improved airflow and enhanced audio systems improves performance, comfort, and audio quality. The Dark Horses, on the other hand, also gets style updates and expanded color options.

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2016 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty

2016 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty

Indian’s Bar-Hoppin’ Midsize Cruiser

Riding high on the success of the Scout and Scout Sixty, Indian Motorcycle introduces the 2019 stable with a few updates over last year, but mostly the same approachable rides with clean lines and more appeal for younger buyers.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Scout and Scout Sixty.

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Indian equips its 2019 Scout and Scout Bobber with USB port and new colors

Indian equips its 2019 Scout and Scout Bobber with USB port and new colors

The Scout Sixty will receive new colors only

Called the "Icon Paint Series", India Motorcycles turned their Scout vintage charmers into high school teens with swanky new paint jobs for the 2018 season. Indian believes that this paint "have the ‘wow’ factor" delivering a high-quality finish along with offering the all-important factory warrant.

For the 2019 edition, all the Scout machines will receive new colors, and Indian will offer ABS standard on all the color options (and keeps ABS as an optional on Thunder Black models). Along with that, the Scout and the Scout Bobber will also get a USB charging port for staying charged on the go.

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2019 Harley Davidson FXDR 114

2019 Harley Davidson FXDR 114

its most powerful and expensive Softail yet with aluminum and carbon-fiber bits

With what went down as the biggest shift in the company’s corporate stance, Harley Davidson has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under electric motorcycles, adventure-tourers, streetfighter, and Customs being the prominent ones.

But Harley has definitely taken care not to forget about its past nor the present. After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.

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2015 - 2019 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

2015 - 2019 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

Vintage American Cruiser Style

Honda made an honest attempt to capture that look and feel of yesteryear with the Shadow duo, the big brothers to the Rebel range. Maybe just a little too honest – is that a mechanical drum brake I see? Still with a 745 cc engine and a wide-ratio transmission, the Shadow Phantom and the Aero fill the "cruiser" slot quite adequately for Honda.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Shadow Phantom and Shadow Aero.

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2016 - 2019 Honda Fury / Stateline

2016 - 2019 Honda Fury / Stateline

That Stretched, Custom Look In A Production Bike

The Honda designers targeted the outlaw chopper culture of the ’60s and ’70s, and managed to turn out a fairly faithful interpretation in the Fury, which is carried into 2019 though we lost its stablemate, the Stateline, from the lineup in 2017. The deep saddle and cut-down rear fender combined with the sweep of the fuel tank give it that stretched, custom look. For the American market, the 52-degree V-twin fits right in with a 1,312 cc engine that isn’t so big as to be intimidating. Join me as I critique Honda’s attempt to recapture our glory days.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Stateline and Fury.

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Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114

Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114

Built around the new platform, comes with aluminum swingarm and carbon-fiber bits

With what went down as the biggest shift in the company’s corporate stance, Harley Davidson has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under electric motorcycles, adventure-tourers, streetfighter, and Customs being the prominent ones.

But Harley has definitely taken care not to forget about its past nor the present. After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.

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Could this "Custom" be Harley's new Sportster face?

Could this "Custom" be Harley’s new Sportster face?

The is the sportiest cruiser and we are digging it

The Sportster XR1200 was released in the United States in 2009, in a special color scheme including Mirage Orange highlighting its dirt-tracker heritage. The XR1200 had an Evolution engine tuned to produce 91 hp, four-piston dual front disc brakes, and an aluminum swingarm. But then it was discontinued on the United States Market for the 2013 lineup since it was sold in insufficient numbers.

Now, Harley Davidson has announced its future plans for at least the next five years, and has the XR1200 soul coming back in an all-new avatar. Called the ‘Custom’ for the moment, this new cruiser model might be the third new Sportster (after – Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special) from HD’s 100 new models in the coming decade.

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Ducati busy prepping up the 2019 Diavel

Ducati busy prepping up the 2019 Diavel

Spy shots and renderings confirm showcase at the upcoming EICMA

First showcased at the EICMA motor show in Milan 2011, the Diavel took all eyeballs for a trippy show. Long and low, with sleek and sexy lines, forward controls and a low seat height, this Bologna bruiser was something totally new from the Italian company known the world over for blending impeccable design and high-performance machines. Something like putting purists into a realm of more content and less bitter.

The bike always had a menacing outlook to it that was both handsome and evil at the same time. Rightfully it was quoted as ‘The Gentleman and The Bastard’. Now though, the Italians have upped the ante with a brand new 2019 Diavel built around the same exposed trellis chassis of the xDiavel. Don’t get too excited now, it’s just the spy shots under camouflage and a rendering is all that we have.

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BMW updates its 2019 model line-up

BMW updates its 2019 model line-up

Majorly cosmetic updates with a few models receiving technical ones

The race to the top is getting more fearsome every passing day, and the manufacturers are pulling out every little trick they have up their sleeves to make their product stand out from the rest.

BMW Motorrad is at the forefront of imagination, innovation, and technology and proof of that is their list of the finest motorcycles that set benchmarks for every other maker to chase it. Keeping the race alive, the German manufacturer has released a host of updates to its 2019 lineup, including its scooters, six-cylinder tourers, R NineT retro models, and the new adventure machines.

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2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel

When two Italian houses meet, this ought to happen

You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with the help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel. Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.

This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and was launched at the Motor Bike Expo Italy in 2017.

In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali – “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case, we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.

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Here is your chance to win a Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Here is your chance to win a Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

If you are a British, The National Motorcycle Museum has a £2 raffle for you

The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, UK, has the winter raffle contest going on for a while now and is drawing to a close. It is running for one final week, and the contest winner stands a chance to win a 2018 Triumph Speedmaster.

All you need to do is to spend £2 ($10) to buy an entry ticket for the museum, and you could just get lucky. Even if you didn’t win, you still could feel proud about having helped the museum with showcasing some of history’s iconic motorcycles to enthusiasts just like you and me.

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2016 - 2018 Ducati Diavel

2016 - 2018 Ducati Diavel

What The Offspring Of A Sportbike And A Cruiser Would Be

The Diavel is Ducati’s second venture into the cruiser market — the Indiana being the first — but I’m not sure the designers have the same idea of what a cruiser is as the American motorcycling public thinks about a cruiser. Powered by a 1198 cc engine packing 152 horsepower and 91 pound-feet of torque, the Diavel is more of a power-cruiser-sportbike and might appeal to riders from either market.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Diavel.

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Video: A motorcycle powered by Patron Tequila

Video: A motorcycle powered by Patron Tequila

Patrón is a brand of tequila products by the Patrón Spirits Company from Mexico. Owning this empire is John Paul DeJoria who is also the same guy who founded the Paul Mitchell hair care products. With so much happening, it’s no surprise that he has moolah estimated at $3.4 billion. And what does one do with so much in his bank account? Have a garage full of exotic machines.

That is exactly what Paul has. A Texas garage housing a myriad of motorcycles including Beemers, Indians, and Harleys. Of all these, Paul’s craziest one is a "special" one-off 2008-2009 Arlen Ness and Victory motorcycle that runs on…wait for it… Tequila.

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Carberry Motorcycles launched a brand new 1-lire V-twin engine

Carberry Motorcycles launched a brand new 1-lire V-twin engine

Makes 52 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque

Carberry Motorcycles has been the new kid on the block for the custom scene. The company was the brainchild of an Australian chap, Paul Carberry, started ‘Dream Engines and Modifications (DEM)’ and has now started production in 2016 at Bhilai, India, the backyard of the Royal Enfield.

Their first product was christened as the ‘Double Barrel’, an engine that gets the long 90mm stroke engine inherited from RE and uses the cylinders, heads, and choice of 4 or 5-speed gearbox from RE. The company has just launched this new engine for enthusiasts around the world for ₹ 4.96 lakh ($7,600). But there is a small catch here; it’s just not yet available for everybody.

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