What is a Cruiser Bike?
A cruiser bike is a type of motorcycle which falls under the premium motorcycle segment. So, generally, most of the cruisers around the world cost more than regular commuter bikes. Traditionally, cruiser bikes have low seat-height with better seat cushions. The cruisers have few extended categories, such as the tourers and choppers.
In these bikes, the riding position allows the rider's feet to stretch up to the front and the hands straightening up. Thus, it places the spine in the near upright position or slightly leaning it back. Thus, it might just give the feeling of sitting on a reclining chair while riding some of the cruisers.
These bikes feature high and wide handlebars, which provide a unique riding posture different from any other motorcycle. This helps in getting a better view of the road and more comfort to the rider. Additionally, the footpegs are placed at the front, near the engine, and away from the rider’s body. Thus, it provides a better sitting position. So, the cruiser offers relaxed and long hours of fatigue-free riding. With good riding posture, there is less strain on the rider’s body and muscles.
The cruisers are more comfortable than the commuter bikes at slow to medium speeds. However, riding for long periods at high speeds can cause exhaustion and restlessness. Pulling back the handlebars causes resistance by the wind-force against the rider's chest. Besides, the cornering ability in cruisers is limited because of low ground clearance.
Characteristics of a Cruiser Bike:
The cruiser bikes are the ones which most people use for the long-distance commute ranging from 200 km to 500 km or so in a day. So, depending upon the traveling distance, the manufacturers offer different engine capacities for cruisers. Thus, some of the entry-level cruisers are those with engine capacities of sub-200cc and power output upto 20 bhp. However, the mid-level cruiser motorcycles offer engine sizes between 200-600cc which offer more power. Some high-end cruisers offer even higher engine capacity upto 1200cc. These luxury cruisers deliver a power output upto 80 bhp.
Often, the cruiser bikes have an attractive shape, complex design, and multi-level manufacturing process. So, technically, they are expensive to manufacture than regular commuter bikes. The cruiser bikes have more comfort but low mileage and high maintenance cost. Primarily, their focus is on the ride comfort and handling.