I found this to be a very interesting article comparing, and attempting to define, performance cruisers. I found some of the final rankings a bit surprising, but I wasn't at all surprised which they picked #1. It's the one I would have picked...and the one LEATHERNECK rides.
Interesting article. Very in-depth testing, or maybe they were just having too much fun to do any less. I've sat on a Honda VTX 1800, and its BIG. I'm quite happy with my (slightly modified) 750 now, and I could see an 1100 someday in the future, but the bikes they were testing were a little bigger than I think I'd like.
The constitution wasn't perfect but it was better than what we have today.
but the bikes they were testing were a little bigger than I think I'd like.
Wait a minute, didn't you say the Rune was your dream bike? The '05 Rune weighs in at 811 pounds, dry ! The VTX, in contrast, is a trim 734!
The VTX is a heavyweight. Too big for my tastes, but one of its perks is Honda offers a wide variety of style options. The rest are pretty much 'what you see, what you get.' Kawasaki has really fallen from grace in the motocycle world, it seems, with the exception of their ZX line of sportbikes. The Mean Streak is just further example of that. The Victory strikes me as being a poseur bike...built primarily for looks. The Harley was the one that surprised me. Perhaps the Company is finally starting to 'get it.' The Warrior is actually very comfortable and confidence-inspiring. I've ridden LEATHERNECK's, and it has plenty of grunt. He doesn't have the Midnight Edition since it wasn't offered when he bought his. That's a shame, because it sure looks trick!