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Video: Talking cruisers with Lemmy, Spurgeon, and Joe

Jan 19, 2019

Last night, I was at a class for one of my other passions, analog audio gear. We were digging into some old vacuum tube amps and comparing them to solid state equipment. And I was thinking about cruisers.

While modern solid state electronics offer some real advantages over tubes in the world of sound, both are still in use today. “If solid state was the best thing ever, we would have ditched vacuum tubes 60 years ago,” the instructor explained. “Nope. We still have both. It just depends on what you’re looking for in an amplifier.”

I’d say cruisers are the same way. Other types of motorcycles are faster on pavement or more capable off-road, but cruisers have their strengths, too. It just depends on what you’re looking for. Motorcycling means different things to different people. Success is when you find the type of motorcycle really does it for you and then go do your thing!

America has a special love for the cruiser specifically, so hang out for a bit with Lemmy, Spurgeon, and Joe as they dish out their thoughts on cruiser motorcycles. Even among three amigos who do motorcycle stuff for a living, there’s no true consensus, and that’s OK. As Lemmy points out, a motorcycle’s emotional performance is hard to quantify, but easy to like. So it’s no surprise that the cruiser has enjoyed huge popularity domestically with America’s long highways and V-twin heritage.

I don’t have a cruiser in my garage right now, but I’m sure I’ll pick one up eventually. Besides, if you’re willing to go metric like me, there are tons of cheap Japanese cruisers and cruiserettes available on the used market for a low-stakes dip into the style.

No matter what you’re riding, we’re glad you’re here with us. Check back for more discussion videos in the future.