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 new cruiser motorcycles coming in hot in 2020 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.

2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R / GT

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2020 TRIUMPH ROCKET 3 R / GT

When Triumph launched a limited edition Rocket 3 TFC, it came with the largest production engine on a motorcycle, a 2,458cc triple. Now, the Brits have two production models making 165 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque from the same mill, which is bone new, including the crankcases and all internal parts. The new Rockets roll at 88 pounds lighter than their predecessors, botched rear fender for a full sheet metal job, and a few other weight-saving acts commissioned for a 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds only.

The electronics suite combines ride-by-wire throttle, corner-optimized traction control, a Hill-Hold control, cruise control, and riding modes. LED lighting, TFT screen, heated handgrips, USB port adds to the modern touches. The Rocket 3 R gets mid-mount foot controls, while the GT has forward foot controls. An all-new aluminum frame gets Showa suspension setups, Cast aluminum wheels, and Brembo monoblocks. MSRP: Rocket 3 R roadster: $21,900, and the Rocket 3 GT touring cruiser $22,600.

2020 ARCH Motorcycle KRGT-1

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2020 ARCH MOTORCYCLE KRGT-1

The flagship for Keanu Reeves’s motorcycle company, the 2020 KRGT-1, is a power cruiser that boasts of a potent 124ci/2032cc V-twin powerplant from S&S with 122 hp and 122 lb-ft of torque. At least 20 significant changes and more than 150 newly designed and manufactured components are made from aluminum and carbon-fiber. It also gets J.W. Speaker Adaptive 2 headlamp with cornering function, Magura clutch and front brake assemblies, Yoshimura carbon-fiber exhaust, and more.

The KRGT-1 wraps itself around this frame with an in-house machined billet aluminum subframe and race-inspired swingarm. To up its badassery status, the machine now gets bestowed with beefier purpose-built ISR monoblocs, Arch spec Öhlins proprietary FGRT forks and monoshock, lightweight BST carbon fiber five-spoke wheels, Bosch integrated twin-channel anti-lock brakes. For MSRP: $85,000, the bike can be tailored fit for every individual customer.

2020 Indian Scout 100th Anniversary

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2020 INDIAN SCOUT 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Featuring throwback styling and a mighty powertrain to go with it, the Scout family pays homage to a rich heritage of the Americas of the 20s’. This time for the 100th anniversary, it will be a limited edition (750 unit) Scout painted Indian Motorcycle Red with Anniversary Gold trim, and along comes a commemorating badge, Desert Tan leather solo saddle, spoked black wheels with gold pinstripes, beach bars, a luggage rack and a bunch of chrome detailing.

The same liquid-cooled, 60-degree 1133 cc V-twin will continue, which puts out 100 ponies and 72 pound-feet of torque. New floating rotors, calipers, and master cylinders do the stopping while non-adjustable forks float the front and a pair of coil-over shocks at the rear handle undulations. MSRP: $15,999.

2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

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2020 HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOW RIDER S

For the Dyna lovers, this is back. This newly refurbished Softail has a nostalgic frame geometry, a chopped-down, gangster-style bullet fairing, cyclops headlight, blackout bullet blinkers, flyscreen, tall handlebar risers, bronze cast wheels, and more. Powering it is the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc making 90 hp, 119 lb-ft peak torque, and gets a 6-Speed Cruise Drive Transmission and a slip and assist clutch.

Welded tubular-steel members make up the frame with a double-downtube/double-cradle layout. Suspension setup sees an inverted 43mm fork with single-cartridge technology and a single coil-over shock. Dual discs and four-pot anchors haul down the Rider with ABS.MSRP: $17,999.

2020 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse

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2020 JACK DANIEL’S LIMITED EDITION INDIAN SPRINGFIELD DARK HORSE

With an extraordinary Heavy Metal Crystal & Thunder Black Vivid Crystal paint job, this Springfield gets a limited edition Jack Daniel’s iconic spinoff made by Klock Werks Kustom Cycles. It gets a premium leather gunfighter seat, tank strap, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select logo and engravings, ape-hanger handlebar, saddlebags, custom machined wheels, LED lighting, windscreen, and more. Every buyer gets a Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel bottle display.

The same Thunder Stroke 111 engine with its 1811cc 490 V-Twin is capable of belting out 73hp of power and 102 lb-ft of torque. The cast aluminum frame is lightweight and gets tethered with large 46 mm forks, single rear pneumatic shock, 19”-16” wheels, dual four-pot calipers, ABS, and Cruise control. MSRP: $36,999.

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2020 Honda Rebel 500

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2020 HONDA REBEL 500

Although not an all-new motorcycle, this refreshed entry-level cruiser from Honda meets the eye with a sportier outlook while still being lightweight, with a manageable engine and excellent fuel economy. Thickly padded saddle, LED lighting, updated dash are some of the updates seen for 2020. The Rebel 500 gets the 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin, which makes around 45bhp and 44Nm of torque, and this time there’s a new assist-and-slipper clutch.

The engine, frame, wheels, and handlebar remain unchanged, but the suspension internals are updated at the 41 mm fork at the front to improve action, and Nitrogen gas is now being used in the shocks. A single-pot caliper binds the 240 mm rear and 296 mm front disc and has ABS as an available option. MSRP: TBA.

Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read More
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