Big, muscular cruisers tell a lot of the history of American motorcycles, and they state their case loud and clear. There is no doubt that the roar of an 1800cc engine and the assault it makes on the eardrums of anyone in the vicinity. For riders, the best part is that you no longer have to decide between walking in style or burning rubber. With many modern cruises, you can do both.
In fact, some cruise ships can operate at the same level as the fastest bikes in the world, even if they weigh several hundred pounds more. The trick is to stack the right amount of power to carry the weight. There are dozens of affordable bikes that can launch passengers at 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, which is a quite different story compared to car times.
Here are the 25 fastest cruises based on the sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour. The times come from the Motorcycle Consumer News tests and the Cycle World reviews. Although some models have been discontinued since their launch, all the bicycles listed were tested after 2008 and are available in the used market.
Harley-Davidson Sportster 48
0-60: 5.01 seconds
Harley owns more or less the category of cruises of average weight, and his Sportster 48 registered solid numbers of acceleration in the last years. Testers ran the 48 model since 2013 at 60 miles per hour in 5.01 seconds. Working with only 60 horsepower, that’s a solid performance. Harley’s Nightster worked right at this same level and sometimes better in the same sprint.
Specifications of Yamaha Star Bolt R
0-60: 5.0 seconds
Between 1994 and 2016, the Star cruises fell under their own brand, apart from Yamaha. Although it now falls under the umbrella of Yamaha, Star bikes remain solid choices of personalization and speed at a reasonable price. In the case of Bolt R Spec that debuted in 2014, this model can run at 60 miles per hour in five flat seconds.
0-60: 4.50 seconds
With a weight of 767 pounds wet, Kingpin has a lot of volume to throw, but can reach 60 in 4.50 seconds. It works with 76 horses and 94 pound-feet of torque to reach a top speed of 112 miles per hour. This model has been out of service since the 2012 model year and, with the completion of Victory’s production in 2017, it could unfortunately be on its way to darkness on the open road.
Kawasaki Vulcan S
0-60: 4.2 seconds
Kawasaki offers American cyclists so many options in different segments, and Vulcan S is one of the fastest cruises it produces. Cycle World took it out with Star Bolt R Spec in 2015 to see how the two bikes on the road coincided. Vulcan S showed why it is a great purchase. Using only 43 pound-feet of torque, it ran at 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds.
Indian Chief Scout
0-60: 3.81 seconds
The Indian Chief Scout makes it easy for riders. First, it offers all the classic style you expect from the brand. Second, it offers great performance. With 100 horsepower and 72 pound-feet of torque, you can go from one stop to 60 in less than four seconds. You can do a quarter mile in 12 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour in the Scout.
Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie
0-60: 3.41 seconds
The monstrous Gold Wing of Honda faced the H-D Road Glide Custom in Cycle World and won the sprint to 60 with a time of 3.3 seconds. It matches the best time published by any Gold Wing model. With an 1832cc engine capable of 110 lb.-ft. of torque and 104 horsepower, the Valkyrie is ready to match almost any cruise on the highway.
Triumph Rocket Roadster
0-60: 3.3 seconds
With 148 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque to drive a wet weight of 809 pounds, it’s easy to see why this Triumph bike is called Rocket. It houses the world’s largest production motorcycle engine (an impressive 2249cc) and can be powered from one stop at 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds. The 2010 model ran the quarter mile in 11.48 seconds.
Yamaha Star VMAX
-60: 2.5 seconds
Cycle World ran the Star VMax against the Triumph Rocket to see which muscle cruiser could run at 60 miles per hour faster. That test placed the VMax on the mark in 2.5 seconds, which made it the fastest bike that still makes for good long distance driving. It houses a 1679cc engine capable of 179 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. With a weight of 695 pounds, you can match the Diavel with the pound for pound.
On that note, the weights and abilities of the riders will always be factors on the bike with the fastest acceleration times. In equality of c