Cruisers Vs Touring Bikes

August 8th, 2019 by

Touring Vs. Cruiser

Cruisers Vs Turing Bikes Articles from Bergen County Harley-Davidson®
In the United States, two types of motorcycle dominate the competition: touring bikes and cruisers. Big, powerful, and fun to ride, these bikes are perfect for America’s extensive highway system and sprawling landscape. And yet while these bikes are similar, there are some key differences that pertain to how they are ridden. Do you plan on taking long trips? Do prefer cruising your own city streets on the weekends? Depending on your answer to questions like these, you might prefer a touring bike or a cruiser. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most crucial information about these two legendary styles of bike. When you’re ready to take these bikes for a test ride, stop by Bergen County Harley-Davidson®. Located in Rochelle Park, we’re near Clifton, Hackensack, Newark, Ridgewood, and Paterson, New Jersey.

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Cruisers are the ideal bike for those who don’t want to blend in with the crowd. These bikes often have larger, heavier frames so that they can hold bigger, more powerful engines. Some of the most iconic bikes in pop culture history were cruisers, such as bikes ridden by Elvis Presley and Evel Knievel.


Cruisers are known for having a distinct attitude thanks to their unique styling. The design on a cruiser may vary in many ways, but there’s something about the upright or forward-leaning riding posture, and volume of noise from the engine, and mixture of an exposed engine that makes these bikes feel like no other bike on the road. It’s hard not to feel confident and free when you ride a cruiser.


From the beginning, cruisers—especially those produced by Harley-Davidson® have been known for having major horsepower and torque. In the past, many models centered around large-bore, air-cooled engines that snarled with power. While some models have switched to liquid cooling or substitute larger bore engines for higher compression ratios, having a powerful engine is a pillar of cruiser culture.


Because cruisers are based on the simple premise that a powerful engine and strong frame make the best foundation for a bike, many cruisers can be customized in a variety of interesting ways. Whether you want to make a bike that’s perfectly suited for the dirt track or you want to make a one-of-a-kind customized chopper, a cruiser is probably a good place to start.


Touring bikes are often built from cruiser frames but are specifically developed to offer more practical features for life on the road. Motorcycle touring, if you didn’t know, is the practice of going on long, multi-day trips in which you carry everything you need with you on your bike. Touring bikes may feature beefed up suspension, more cargo room, and other features.


Packing is always a challenge, and when you have to bring everything on your motorcycle, space and weight become even more important. Touring bikes generally feature things like saddlebags, panniers, top-side boxes, and cargo racks to squeeze the most cargo space possible out of each bike. The result is enough cargo space to allow you to live off your bike indefinitely if you’re smart about packing.


Riding long distances can be exhausting, and even moreso when your bike isn’t built for comfort. Most touring bikes use measures like improved suspension damping, counterbalanced engines, and ergonomically designed seats to make long distance riding a breeze. You won’t find bikes more comfortable to ride when you need to cover serious mileage.


While not a feature of every touring bike, many touring bikes offer two-up seating to make it easy to bring along a companion. Whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a friend, riding with a friend is always more fun than riding alone! Beefed up suspensions and braking systems help to make these bikes safe with all that extra weight.

Excited to see a touring bike or cruiser for yourself? Come to Bergen County Harley-Davidson®. We’re located in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, near Clifton, Hackensack, Newark, Ridgewood, and Paterson. Give us a call or come down and see our full lineup of bikes today!

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