Cruising Motorcycles reviews

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2015 - 2018 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

2015 - 2018 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

Vintage American Cruiser Style

According to Honda , cruisers are meant for relaxed, comfortable riding. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that nothing says “laid back” quite like the vintage American cruisers from the 1950’s (or so), and Honda made an honest attempt to capture that look and feel of yesteryear with these rides, 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, which wasn’t brought forward after 2016, 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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2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout

2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout

New Engine Choices, New Chassis, New Attitude

Once again, the Motor Company takes what’s old and makes it new again with its revamped-for-2018 Softail lineup, and the drag-tastic “Breakout” is one of the models that made the jump to the new MY18 range. 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 has pinned its mid-size hopes on for the foreseeable future.

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

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2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite

It’s Nostalgia. It’s sumptuous. It’s self-indulgence.

It is basically all possible "adjectives" that describes exactly those things. This right here is the cream of the crop of Indian motorcycles and is heading to raise the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Roadmasterstood for, and this time, this Elite rises higher with the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

For the year 2018, this American oldest brand will give 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. One of them will be this Indian Roadmaster Elite which is the most ultra-premium of all Indians and the only one to get real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank. Real Gold.

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