The lure of the open road, with the wind in your hair and the countryside passing you by… that is what cruisers are made for. There’s a cruiser for pockets of every size – which one will truly allow y
ou kick back and enjoy the experience, though? BikeWale brings you a list of top 10 cruiser bikes in India. The list has been curated from the enormous amount of data being generated while researching cruisers on BikeWale. We bring you information about ex-showroom price, colors, variants, monthly units sold, popularity and launch date of the best cruisers to help you pick the best one. To buy the best cruisers, BikeWale recommends you to explore the list of best cruisers in India. Just remember: it’s all in the journey, so take your time!
The Bajaj Avenger Street 180 has replaced the Avenger Street 150 in its lineup. The upgrade means that all Avenger Streets now look similar – the 180 has inherited the 220’s styling, including the black chassis, wheels, forks, exhaust and grab rail. The tank also gets the diagonal stripe from the 220. Although it seems that the Avenger Street 180 shares its engine with the Pulsar 180, the power and torque output are lower than the streetbike, at 15.3bhp and 13.7Nm. There is no rear disc brake available, and ABS is not available. You can have your Avenger 180 in either black or red.
Although Royal Enfield has been selling the Thunderbird in India since the year 2000, it was only by 2009 that the brand updated the motorcycle comprehensively by introducing the 346 cc unit construction engine (UCE) that now powers all their 350cc models.
Inspired by power cruisers like the Ducati Diavel, the Dominar 400 is Bajaj Auto’s flagship product. It sits above the Pulsar range, in price as well as other parameters like displacement and features.
Royal Enfield's newest variant of the Classic 500 is the stealth black. As the name suggests, it sports a matte black finish and joins the Desert Storm and Squadron series, the other variants with a matte finish paint scheme in the Classic 500 range. The Classic 500 stealth black is mechanically identical to its siblings, with one exception: it is the first Classic 500 to sport a rear disc brake. ABS has also been added to it – it is a Rs 15,000 optional extra.
The Jawa Forty Two is the entry-level model to the Jawa brand. It shares its mechanicals with the Jawa Standard, but has a few cosmetic differences – it is the more modern-looking of the two. You get more colours, you get a digital odometer and tripmeters, blacked-out bar-end mirrors, and a black handlebar. There is very little chrome present on this model, although it retains spoke rims.
Royal Enfield saw a need in the market for an urban cruiser, and this is the result: the Thunderbird 350X. It gets a similar driveline as the regular Thunderbird 350, but there are a few changes. One, it is available in bright, single-tone colours in the same vein as the Classic Redditch series. The 350X is available in red or white. The handlebar is a flatter, wider one, which should help with manoeuverability in the city. It gets all-black treatment, which extends to the alloy wheels. This is the first time a Royal Enfield has been shipped with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres from the factory. It gets the same 346cc carburetted single-cylinder air-cooled engine from the Thunderbird 350. It generates 19.8bhp and 28Nm and transmits it via a five-speed gearbox. The wheels are a 19-inch front and an 18-inch rear. There are disc brakes at both ends, with a 280mm front disc and a 240mm rear one. ABS is now an option that makes the 350X Rs 6000 dearer. The seat of the Thunderbird 350X has been changed – it is a more modern-looking one. The rider’s seat is wider, and the pillion seat is smaller.
The Classic 350 is the product that keeps Royal Enfield’s sales thumping today. In fact, it boasts of sales numbers higher than many 150cc commuter bikes. The Classic Signals is a different take on the regular 350, with a nod to the armed forces. There are two colours available: brown and blue, as an allusion to the Indian army and the air force.
The Bullet 350 is now available in two different options, one with original old school Royal Enfield badging without a disc brake and electric start. And one with new colour schemes and the electric start and the disc brake, which was branded as the Electra earlier. Over the years, the Bullet has evolved and still stayed true to its essence of being an old-school cruiser.