4-Bike Cruiser Shootout Underway
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Do you need V-Twins with monstrous displacement powering nearly a half ton of weight to ride a “real” cruiser?
MotoUSA rides four mid-displacement offerings to find out. Our V-Twin cruiser test roster includes the following:
How will the Sportster hold up against its metric rivals?
- Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low: H-D’s no frills entry-level machine, with an attractive entry-level price of $6999.
- Honda Shadow Phantom: Liquid-cooled 52-degree Twin with shaft drive and blacked-out look for MSRP of $7999.
- Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom: Another blacked-out liquid-cooled metric, the Kawi has a large skinny front wheel pushed by 903cc and can be had for $8349.
- Yamaha Star V-Star 950: A metric, but sporting Star’s air-cooled 942cc mill, the Yamaha entry costs $8090.
Every one of them sports less than 1000cc and well under 10K MSRP, making for a more affordable entry into the cruiser flock. But how do they ride? Which delivers the best bang for the buck?
Well, we aren’t finished riding them quite yet. Stay tuned, as the test should be coming your way later this month.
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