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The Most Powerful Cruiser Motorcycles in 2019

Yamaha unveils its VMAX motorcycle

Though the cruiser landscape has changed over the last few years, some newer models are continuing the tradition of big power. A lot of today’s cruiser motorcycles hover at or above 100 hp, bringing together the cool demeanor of a cruiser and the punch synonymous with sport bikes. These are some of the most powerful cruiser motorcycles on the market in 2019.

1. Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

Harley’s air or oil-cooled 117-inch motor is the most powerful V-twin the factory has ever produced and is only available on CVO motorcycles. This 1,923cc monster can reach a peak of 105 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque with a few legal tweaks. However, with a price of $42,399, getting your hands on one is going to cost you a fortune.

2. Moto Guzzi Audace

Although the Audace model is just shy of the 100 hp mark, the 96 hp and 89 lb-ft its 90-degree V-twin 1,380cc engine produces is enough to land the motorcycle in the power-cruiser territory. On top of that, the Audace model brings the right attitude with its beefy build. At a price of around $16,000, the Moto Guzzi Audace is a relatively affordable option for those looking to get a powerful cruiser motorcycle.

3. Yamaha VMAX

The Yamaha VMAX is no joke. The 1,679cc, 65-degree, four-valve-per-cylinder V-4 engine produces 170 hp at 9,000 rpm making it one of the most powerful cruiser motorcycles in 2019. On top of that, the combined fuel injection, ride-by-wire throttle, and liquid-cooling help it achieve perfectly controlled acceleration. The bike also features front and rear suspension adjustability, a slipper clutch, and dual brake discs that come with six-piston calipers.

4. BMW K1600B

BMW tucked the available inline-six engine into the bike’s frame and canted it forward to not only make it shorter but more compact as well. Based on BMW’s claim, the K1600B gives off a lively 160 hp at 7,750 rpm and 129 lb-ft of torque at 5,250 rpm. All that power combined with the German precision of a BMW can be yours for $20,095.

5. Honda Gold Wing

Available in five different versions, the standard trim Gold Wing, along with the double-wishbone front end patented by Honda, resembles what was known as the F6B. The F6B was a lighter, stripped-down bagger with an available lean angle of more than 40 degrees. Since the 1,833cc engine does not have to haul extra weight, it is now able to make use of its 125 hp at 5,500 rpm fully.

6. Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.

The M109R’s oversquare, sport-oriented engine with a bore of 112.0mm and a stroke of 90.5mm, gives the bike a lot of street credibility due to its more modern design. The available 54-degree V-twin 1,783cc engine produces 106 hp at 6,500 rpm and is rev-happy thanks to the dual-overhead camshafts, lightweight pistons, and four valves per cylinder it makes use of.

7. Indian Scout

Indian states that its 1,133cc DOHC V-twin Scout engine produces 100 hp and 72 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm though it might be capable of so much more than that. Though dyno tests recorded 84.62 hp at 8,260 rpm and 63.85 lb-ft of torque at 3,220 rpm, it is still impressive. On top of that, the Scout’s relatively light 558-pound weight allows it to achieve a gutsier performance than what is normally expected from a classically-styled motorcycle.

8. Ducati Diavel 1260

For 2019, the bike was completely recast, giving it a more streamlined vibe and a larger 1,262cc Testastretta DVT V-twin engine that produces 157 hp at 9,250 rpm. Despite the bike’s fat 240mm rear tire and its low-slung nature, the Ducati Diavel 1260 still delivers a comfortable ride and good handling. If power is what you are looking for in a cruiser motorcycle in 2019, the Diavel will not disappoint.