I love writing these kinds of articles. The ones that are fully opinion-driven and start the lines in the sand being drawn. The “Best Cruisers” for under 15K, is a challenge, but oh yes I do have an opinion for sure.
Let's start off with why cruisers are awesome and I will shed a little light on how I think, and why I have made this list the way I have.
First off, a cruiser bike is all about riding position. Arms and legs are stretched out all nice and chill, and you kinda get your lean on. The seat is low and comfy, and there is a deep throaty exhaust note singing in your ears.
Second, I can easily do some custom work and personalize a cruiser. Is there any such thing as a stock Harley Davidson? Only if you are lame. They are meant as a canvas for expression. ADV guys add frackle, cruisers… customize!
Knowing full well that many of us in the motorcycle world tend to be brand biased, I am going to pull out from each manufacturer what I think is their best cruiser for under $15,000. I will leave it to you the reader to tell me all the ways I am right or wrong. I will also leave a little info at the very end with respect to what else you could get that is just barely over that 15K mark but with some haggling could be brought within the budget.
Let’s get to it!