Big, brawny cruisers tell a lot of the story of American motorcycles, and they state their case loud and clear. There is no mistaking 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 you don’t have to decide between cruising in style or burning rubber anymore. With many modern cruisers, you can do both.
In fact, some cruisers can perform on the same level as the world’s quickest bikes even though they weigh several hundred pounds more. The trick is stacking the right amount of power to carry the weight. There are dozens of affordable bikes that can launch riders to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, which is quite a different story compared to car times.
Here are the 25 fastest cruisers based on the zero to 60 miles per hour sprint. Times come from Motorcycle Consumer News tests and Cycle World reviews. Though some models have been discontinued since their release, all of the bikes listed were tested new after 2008 and are available on the used market.