Would you buy American for your next motorcycle?

To celebrate the fourth of July Visordown looks at some of the best American Motorcycles you can buy new and used in 2019.

It’s no secret as to the global success of Japanese and European motorcycle brands such as Kawasaki, Honda, Ducati, and Triumph. These brands have a diverse range of motorcycles to suit all kinds of riding and all kinds of people. 

Unfairly, when I think of American motorcycles I picture poor handling heavy cruisers that behave like a hovercraft when faced with a slight bend. This is no longer the case, and I need to stop mentally stereotyping American bikes - as times have changed. 

Of course, there is still chubby highway munching V twins on offer from Harley, but we’re going to look at some lighter more nimble, even sporty, American bikes which might just float your boat. 

Harley Street Bob 2019

Price: £12,295

Power: 87HP

Torque:145Nm

The Street Bob is the worthy successor to the Dyna and features the awesome Milwaukee-Eight 107 motor.

The Bob is a stripped-back, lighter and more sporty middleweight cruiser that if required can lean aggressively into bends thanks to its redesigned frame geometry. 

Harley Davidson Street Bob

Indian FTR1200

Price: £11,899

Power: 123Hp

Torque: 120Nm

Inspired by their championship-winning FTR750 race bike, the FTR1200 is a true flat tracker for the road, and looks cool and hell! 

The FTR1200 isn’t just a looker though, as it has borrowed a rear swingarm design from the 750 race bike, and like many modern superbikes, it has a fuel tank positioned under the seat for better weight distribution. 

Looks, power and handling performance, this thing sounds more and more appealing by the second… 

Indian FTR1200

EBR 1190RX

Price: £13,998 (new)

Power: 185bhp

Torque: 135.5Nm

After a fair bit of turmoil Buell has finally shut its doors for good, but there can be no debating that before they took an honorable bow from the market they built a stunning exotic superbike. 

The 1190RX design draws from 30 years of racing experience and engineering and was a bit of an Enigma in the sportsbike market as it featured a unique single front disk set up.  

It’s no Ducati, but it’s definitely a head-turner. 
EBR1190 RX.

Lightning LS 218 

Price: around £31,000

Power: 200Hp

Torque: 227.7Nm

A bit of a wild card on this list, but believe it or not the silent electric pocket rocket is the fastest production motorcycle in the world - with a top speed of 218 mph. If the lighting is ridden at more legal speeds then the range is anywhere from 120- 180 miles on a single charge.

Acceleration wise, the Lightning LS 218 is so efficient that it can accelerate from 100 - 150mph in jsut two seconds!

Think that’s all that needs to be said about this bad boy. Now to find £31,000… hmmm.

Lightning LS

 

 

Zero SR/F

Price: £17,990

Power: 110Hp

Torque:190Nm

Straight out of the silicon valley and In keeping the with the electric theme, the Zero SR/F claims to be the world’s first fully “smart” motorcycle, featuring a customizable dash and Zero’s next-generation app which allows rider and motorcycle to communicate critical information on the go. 

Zero has upped the ante in the electric bike game for sure, with the SR/F having the components and the feel of a conventional motorcycle, just without the harmful ice cap melting fumes. No more do affordable electric bikes look like children's toys, and thank God. 

Zero SR/f.

Which bike takes your fancy? Chuck it in the comments below.

Unfairly, when I think of American motorcycles I picture poor handling heavy cruisers that handle like a hovercraft when faced with a slight bend. This is no longer the case, and I need to stop mentally stereotyping American bikes as times have changed. 

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