I did a video recently on the five best beginner cruiser motorcycles of 2017, and a lot of you have asked if those bikes would be good for tall riders. Some are, some aren't. So I decided to do some research and find out what is the best beginner cruiser motorcycle for tall people. And that is what we are going to discuss today.
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Before I start, I just want to mention that this isn't a list of worst to best. Everyone has their own bias. I picked the motorcycles that I believe were different, and offered something unique to a tall rider. So, let’s start the video.
The 2017 Suzuki Boulevard C50 and C50t variation. This 805cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, Single Overhead Cam, 45-degree V-twin is the cheapest bike on this list. Sorry, thats a lot to say. So let’s get the price out of the way. It MSRPs at $9,399. The C50t comes with a windscreen, padded backrest, white wall tires, and some more fancy things. So let us focus on the C50. It has a link type rear suspension that's shaped like a traditional cruiser. It has a single shock in the rear and allows 4.1 inches of suspension travel. It has a 33 degree rake and 65.2 inches of wheelbase for a smooth traveling cruiser. The C50 has wide handlebars, forward controls with floorboards, and a seat height of 27.6 inches. It does have smaller tires than most of the cruisers on this list at a 15 inch rear, and 16 inch front. I do believe this is a great beginner cruiser motorcycle for you tall giants out there. The wide handlebars, low seat height, and forwards controls will prevent some of you from hitting your knees on the bars. The price point is great, and it has enough power to get you where you need to go.
The 2017 Vulcan 900 Custom. I mention this bikes little brother in my last video about beginner cruiser motorcycles of 2017. The 2017 Vulcan S. This Vulcan has a 903cc 4-stroke, 55° V-twin, 4 valves per cylinder, Single overhead cam, liquid-cooled engine. It is belt driven and is a 5 speed transmission. Single hydraulic disk brakes in the front and back. The wheelbase sits at 64.8 inches, slightly less than the Suzuki Boulevard, but it has an overall length of 94.7 inches. It’s heavier than bikes I normally ride, as it sits at 610 lbs with fuel. It does have a Big fuel capacity at 5.3 gallons though. It also has a Seat height of 27 inches. Now that the specs are out of the way, this bike does not come with the ERGO FIT feature that the Kawasaki Vulcan S comes with. So no adjusting the bike to fit your needs. That really shouldn't matter as this bike has Wide drag bars that enable plenty of leverage and forward-mounted footpegs. Its a bigger bike with the bigger ride in mind.
The 2017 Victory Highball. Now you really should snag this one at your local dealer because you’ll find some deals. If you can find this bike. The 2017 should be the last year made. Polaris is shutting down Victory, as I explained in a previous video. A link to that will be in the description. Long story short, Victory is shutting down, but they will still honor the warranties for the next 10 years. With that said, check this bike out. It’s MSRP is $13,499, but like I said, you might find some deals. It’s a 106 cubic inch, 1731cc bike. A Lot of power. Alot. Carbon fiber reinforced belt, 6 speed, and a 6 valve vertical twin engine. Single mono tube, adjustable rear suspension with A 16 inch rear and front wheel. The seat height sits low at 25 inches, and it has a total length of 93.4 inches. 4.5 gallon fuel capacity for those longer rides. Snag this bike before it’s gone.
The 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse. I like this variant of the 2017 Indian Chief Classic, so I am going with this one. It looks amazing. The 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse starts with an MSRP of $17,499. It has a 111 cubic inch, or 1811cc engine. It is a closed loop fuel injection engine, with a compression ratio of 9.5 by 1. Comes with a wet, multi-plate clutch and it is a 6 speed transmission. Single shock in the back with a 3.7 inch rear travel. It has a 16 inch front and rear tires, but the rear is a fat 180 millimeters wide tire. To put that in perspective, my Harley Sportster is 130 millimeters. The wheelbase is 68.1 inches, with a total length of 103.5 inches. I’ve been spouting those numbers for these bikes because that plays a huge role in overall comfort and how the turning will be. So it's pretty important. The fuel capacity is at 5.5 gallons with a total weight of 783 lbs wet. It’s a Bigger bike, but it's for bigger people.
The 2017 Harley Davidson Low Rider S. I like the way the Low Rider S variant looks compared to the Low Rider. Just my preference. This also comes in at an MSRP of $17,499. This does have ABS and Cruise control. So that is nice. It has an 110 cubic inch, 1801cc engine. 6 speed drivetrain and an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection fuel system. The Harley Low Rider S has a 19 inch front wheel, and a 17 inch rear. Pretty big tires. The seat height is 26.6 inches and the Low Rider S has an overall length of 89.9 inches. It has a 4.7 gallon fuel tank and the Low Rider S weighs in at 672 lbs wet. There are a ton of different Harley Davidson bikes out there for tall people, but this is my favorite beginner cruiser outside of the Harley Roadster.
Well that's the 5 best beginner cruiser motorcycles for tall people in 2017… Well, my opinion anyways. Like I said earlier. This list is my opinion and by no means an absolute. If you have a cruiser that you recommend, please leave a comment below and let me know. If you found any of this helpful. Please share this video with your friends or family. That really does help me out so much. I hope to see you all around, and I hope you all ride safe. See ya later.