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.
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.