Main Motorcycle: Triumph Thunderbird ABS
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Pittsford, NY USA
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There are 99 bikes described and most of them (81) share the same characteristic … they are V-Twins with the exhaust running down the right side of the bike and the engine crammed into the frame. Many of the 18 that aren’t V-Twins are really smaller "mini" cruisers. Then of course there’s the Ducati Diavel … yeah, right … that’s a “cruiser”. A lot of these V-Twins look like a Vulcan warship straight out of Star Trek, with their weird farings, swept fenders, extended forks, etc. Many of them are trying real hard to look like a custom chopper and wind up looking like what they are … imitation choppers.
One of the reasons I bought a Thunderbird is because I did not want another V-twin, but I still wanted a cruiser. My previous 3 bikes were V-twins, and I was tired of the buzzy engine, and having both pipes running down the right side. I like the balanced look of the parallel twin much better with one pipe on each side. I like not having to worry about burning my leg or boot on the exhaust since it sits so low at the bottom of the frame. I also like how each cylinder gets equal air flow unlike the rear cylinder on a V-twin. That just seems to make more sense to me from an engineering perspective. Lastly, no buzzy feeling. The bike is butter smooth, with just the right amount of vibration when you punch it.
Not to argue, but it's sort of 'what else did you expect?' when talking about cruisers. They are probably the most traditional and rigidly defined class of bike. When somebody does try to mix it up, say with the Ducati, even you question if it's a cruiser at all.
The cruiser ranks are not the place to look for styling innovation. You could build a better bike to cruise on, but then it may well not fit the stylistic definition of a cruiser.
The things you mentioned basically ARE what define a bike as a 'cruiser'.
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