Every 2024 Japanese Cruiser Model Ranked By Power


Cruiser motorcycles hold a significant place in the motorcycle world, offering a unique blend of style, comfort, and function. They embody the spirit of the open road and the freedom associated with motorcycle riding. Indeed, American manufacturers like Harley-Davidson and Indian are considered the forefathers of cruiser culture. But in recent times, Japanese manufacturers have introduced their own models and secured a significant share of the market.




Japan is renowned for its resilience in overcoming natural challenges, and this resilience is reflected in the motorcycles it produces. They are not only highly reliable but also equipped with advanced features that enhance the riding experience. In the realm of cruisers, we’ve listed all the Japanese cruisers that are giving the American icons a run for their money with their dependability, versatility, and affordability. The list ranges from entry-level to the most powerful models for the ongoing year.

To give you the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the data used to compile this article was sourced from various manufacturers’ official websites and reputed online websites like hotcars.com. The cruiser bikes on this list have been arranged based on their power, starting with the lowest, and advancing to the highest. You should know we have not included heavyweight touring bikes like the Honda Gold Wing or Kawasaki Voyager here.

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13 Yamaha V Star 250

Power: 21 HP

Black 2023 Yamaha V-Star 250 cruising through a parking lot
Yamaha


Despite being one of the least powerful Japanese cruisers on the market, the Yamaha V Star 250 still delivers a significant punch for its size. It is equipped with a 249cc air-cooled V-twin engine that produces 21 horsepower and 15.2 pound-feet of torque. The entry-level cruiser features a five-speed transmission and chain drive to reach good speeds, complemented by a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear to shed speed.

There’s a fuel tank capacity of 2.5 gallons, alongside a claimed fuel economy of up to 78 MPG, making it a great choice for budget-minded riders. Starting at $4,699, the V Star 250’s low seat height, lightweight design, and easy handling make it the perfect choice for novice cruiser fans. This isn’t exactly for experienced folks, but if you appreciate the fun that comes in small packages, have at it!


Performance Specification

Engine

249cc air-cooled SOHC 60-degree V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

Horsepower

21 HP

Torque

15.2 LB-FT

Weight

324 Pounds

Top Speed

85 MPH

MSRP

$4,699

Source: Yamaha

12 Honda Rebel 300

Power: 27 HP

Woman cruising on Honda Rebel 300
Honda


Although the Yamaha V Star 250 is more affordable for those on a tight budget, the Honda Rebel 300 is a superior option overall for an extra $150. It offers more power, a more efficient liquid-cooled engine, disc brakes at the front and rear, and a six-speed transmission. The smallest cruiser by Honda has an eye-catching modern bobber style combined with minimalist design elements all around. At its core is a 286cc liquid-cooled engine that delivers 27 horsepower and 18 pound-feet of peak torque. Complementing this are features such as LED lighting, a fully digital instrument panel, and a slipper clutch.

Performance Specification

Engine

286cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder

Transmission

6-Speed

Horsepower

27 HP

Torque

18 LB-FT

Weight

364 Pounds, 370 Pounds (ABS Variant)

Top Speed

86 MPH

MSRP

$4,849, $5,149 (ABS Variant)


Source: Honda

11 Honda Shadow Phantom & Aero

Power: 44.6 HP

2024 Honda Shadow Phantom cruising on the road
Honda

Since its introduction in 1983, Honda’s Shadow series has gained quite a following in the U.S. due to its classic cruiser style and accessible pricing. For 2024, the brand offers two Shadow cruiser options: Phantom and Aero, each with its own strengths. The Phantom offers a more modern, bobber-inspired aesthetic with blacked-out finishes and a more aggressive look, at a starting price of $8,399.

Meanwhile, the Aero starts from $7,949 and features a classic cruiser design with chrome accents, full fenders, and a more traditional vibe. Both models come equipped with the same 745cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine belting out 44.6 horsepower and 47.9 pound-feet of torque. If you prefer a more modern look and slightly better performance, the Shadow Phantom is the way to go. Else, for a classic cruiser experience, the Shadow Aero will not disappoint.


Performance Specification

Shadow Phantom

Shadow Aero

Engine

745cc liquid-cooled V-twin

745cc liquid-cooled V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

5-Speed

Horsepower

44.6 HP

44.6 HP

Torque

47.9 LB-FT

47.9 LB-FT

Weight

543 Pounds, 553 Pounds (ABS Variant)

560 Pounds, 570 Pounds (ABS Variant)

Top Speed

120 MPH

111 MPH

MSRP

$8,399, $8,699 (ABS Variant)

$7,949, $8,249 (ABS Variant)

Source: Honda

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10 Honda Rebel 500

Power: 46 HP

2020 Honda Rebel 500 Press Shot (2)
Honda


Another popular choice for new riders and experienced riders alike from the Honda stable is the Rebel 500. It’s particularly suited for those seeking a cruiser that’s not overly powerful but still enjoyable to ride. Nestled between the entry-level Rebel 300 and the top-tier Rebel 1100, it features a 471cc parallel-twin engine that delivers 46.9 horsepower and 31.7 pound-feet of torque.

This middleweight cruiser combines a modern aesthetic with comfortable ergonomics and power that’s easy to handle, whether you’re navigating city streets or cruising on the highway. With a starting price of $6,499, it is an ideal stepping stone for beginner riders to improve their riding skills before moving to larger-capacity motorcycles. If you want all the bells and whistles, the top-of-the-line Rebel 500 ABS SE begins at $6,999 and includes additional equipment.


Performance Specification

Engine

471cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin

Transmission

6-Speed

Horsepower

46.9 HP

Torque

31.7 LB-FT

Weight

408 Pounds, 414 Pounds (ABS Variant), 416 Pounds (ABS SE Variant)

Top Speed

95 MPH

MSRP

$6,499, $6,799 (ABS Variant), $6,999 (ABS SE Variant)

Source: Honda

9 Kawasaki Eliminator

Power: 49 HP

Orange 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE cruising through town
Kawasaki


After a 16-year hiatus, Kawasaki has made a bold move by reviving the Eliminator name in 2024, setting the sub-500cc cruiser market alight. The new cruiser is hard to fault, unless one desires extreme power. It’s an ideal choice for novice riders entering the cruiser realm, offering an ample 49 horsepower from its 451cc parallel twin engine. Moreover, it’s affordable (starting at $6,649), featuring a low seat height, lightweight frame, and stylish design. For those seeking extra features, an SE ABS model is available for $7,249, complete with a headlight cowl, fork boots, and a USB-C outlet.

Performance Specification

Engine

451cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin

Transmission

6-Speed

Horsepower

49 HP

Torque

31.7 LB-FT

Weight

385.9 Pounds, 388.1 Pounds (ABS Variant), 390.3 Pounds (SE ABS Variant)

Top Speed

~100 MPH

MSRP

$6,649, $6,949 (ABS Variant), $7,249 (SE ABS Variant)


Source: Kawasaki

8 Kawasaki Vulcan 900

Power: 50 HP

Kawasaki-Vulcan-900-Classic
Kawasaki

The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 offers a true cruiser experience, blending classic American cruiser charm with Japanese reliability. Its timeless design and powerful V-twin engine provide an authentic retro vibe. The Vulcan 900 series by Kawasaki is available in three models: Classic, Custom, and Classic LT. The Classic model, starting at $9,399, brings a touch of nostalgia with its traditional cruiser styling and chrome detailing. In contrast, the Custom variant, priced at $9,899, offers a more minimalist aesthetic with blacked-out finishes.


Meanwhile, the Classic LT model elevates comfort with its sculpted seat featuring a standard passenger backrest, premium leather saddlebags, and an adjustable windscreen. Accordingly, it starts at $10,399. Each variant is powered by a fuel-injected, 903cc V-twin engine, producing 50 horsepower and 58.2 pound-feet of torque.

Performance Specification

Engine

903cc liquid-cooled 55-degree V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

Horsepower

50 HP

Torque

58.2 LB-FT

Weight

619.6 Pounds (Classic Variant), 610.8 Pounds (Custom Variant), 657.1 Pounds (Classic LT Variant)

Top Speed

115 MPH

MSRP

$9,399 (Classic Variant), $9,899 (Custom Variant), $10,399 (Classic LT Variant)

Source: Kawasaki

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7 Suzuki Boulevard C50 & C50T

Power: 53 HP

White Boulevard C50 leaning into a curve
Suzuki

Another middleweight cruiser on the list epitomizing the classic American cruiser style is the Suzuki Boulevard C50, which starts at $9,199. Despite having a smaller engine displacement than the Vulcan 900, it boasts 53 horsepower and 52 pound-feet of torque from its 805cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. Design-wise, it features molded and skirted front fenders, a Cyclops headlight, and tank-mounted instrumentation paired with a chrome handlebar for an added old-school touch.

For those interested in touring, the Boulevard C50T is the perfect choice with a sticker price of $10,359. It enhances the base model with a large, retro-style windscreen, fork-mounted fairing, studded leather saddle, and saddlebags to complete its touring-ready enhancements. Additionally, it sports whitewall tires for an extra dash of retro flair.


Performance Specification

Boulevard C50

Boulevard C50T

Engine

805cc liquid-cooled SOHC 45-degree V-twin

805cc liquid-cooled SOHC 45-degree V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

5-Speed

Horsepower

53 HP

53 HP

Torque

52 LB-FT

52 LB-FT

Weight

611 Pounds

644 Pounds

Top Speed

100 MPH

99 MPH

MSRP

$9,199

$10,359

Source: Suzuki

6 Honda Fury

Power: 53.7 HP

2024 Honda Fury
Honda


If you are a fan of custom-built American choppers but worry about their reliability, the Honda Fury is a standout choice. It features a custom chopper look and the largest displacement V-twin engine available on a Honda production cruiser. The design includes a seamless teardrop fuel tank, a stretched-out front end, an elongated wheelbase, and a hardtail-style rear frame.

It is powered by a robust 1,312cc V-Twin engine, delivering 53.7 horsepower and 73 pound-feet of torque, and comes in the new Adventure Green color for 2024. With a starting price of $11,499, the Fury has established a unique position in the cruiser market. It attracts riders who want the dramatic flair of a chopper without compromising on the reliability and mental peace offered by a trusted brand.


Performance Specification

Engine

1,312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

Horsepower

53.7 HP

Torque

73 LB-FT

Weight

675 Pounds

Top Speed

103 MPH

MSRP

$11,499

Source: Honda

5 Kawasaki Vulcan S

Power: 61 HP

2024 Kawasaki Vulcan S cruising on the road
Kawasaki


Starting at a competitive price of $7,349, the Vulcan S marks the entry point to Kawasaki’s 2024 Vulcan series. It combines an aggressive riding experience with classic styling and is powered by a robust 649cc engine that delivers 61 horsepower. For those who prefer a café racer aesthetic, the Vulcan S Café begins at $8,499 and features a sporty dark-tinted windscreen. In essence, the Vulcan S is a versatile motorcycle that appeals to a broad spectrum of riders, especially those in search of a comfortable, stylish, and easy-to-handle entry-level cruiser.

Performance Specification

Engine

649cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin

Transmission

6-Speed

Horsepower

61 HP

Torque

46.3 LB-FT

Weight

491.7 Pounds, 498.3 Pounds (ABS Variant), 502.7 Pounds (Café ABS Variant)

Top Speed

110 MPH

MSRP

$7,349, $7,899 (ABS Variant), $8,499 (Café Variant)


Source: Kawasaki

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4 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

Power: 65 HP

Gray 2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec cruising on the road
Yamaha

In 2024, Yamaha’s lineup includes just two cruisers, with the Bolt R-Spec as its flagship model starting at $8,899. Launched in 2013, the performance bobber is known for its comfortable ergonomics, appealing performance, and sophisticated electronics. Embodying the essence of classic American cruiser design, the Bolt R-Spec features a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, a low-profile solo saddle, and distinctive retro styling. It is powered by a 942 cc V-twin engine producing 65 horsepower and 59.3 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 106 mph. Moreover, the Bolt R-Spec offers extensive customization options, with a broad array of modifications available directly from Yamaha.


Performance Specification

Engine

942cc air-cooled SOHC V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

Horsepower

65 HP

Torque

59.3 LB-FT

Weight

542 Pounds

Top Speed

106 MPH

MSRP

$8,899

Source: Yamaha

3 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

Power: 82 HP

Vulcan 1700 Vaquero
Kawasaki


Next on the list is the massive bagger from Kawasaki — the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero. It’s designed for long-distance rides and is a sporty cruiser with a blacked-out engine, standard hard saddlebags, and a small windscreen for an aggressive look. There’s also the Voyager: a fully-equipped luxurious touring cruiser, featuring a tall windscreen, locking saddlebags, a large trunk, a passenger backrest, and advanced touring aids.

Both models share the same underpinnings, including a massive 1,700cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine that produces 82 horsepower and 107.6 pound-feet of torque. For those seeking classic-style reliable Japanese touring cruisers, both models stand out with their attractive price tags and commanding road presence.


Performance Specification

Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS

Engine

1,700cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin

1,700cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin

Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

Horsepower

82 HP

82 HP

Torque

107.6 LB-FT

107.6 LB-FT

Weight

895.2 Pounds

844.5 Pounds

Top Speed

110 MPH

110 MPH

MSRP

$19,799

$19,099

Source: Kawasaki

2 Honda Rebel 1100 & 1100T

Power: 86 HP

Black 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T leaning into a curve
Honda

Within Honda’s Rebel cruiser lineup, the Rebel 1100 series stands as the flagship, delivering 86 horsepower with its 1,083cc parallel twin engine. For 2024, the choices include the Rebel 1100 and the Rebel 1100T. Both models are exceptional motorcycles and the optimal selection hinges on your riding preferences. The Rebel 1100, priced at $9,549, is ideal for short urban rides and occasional highway trips.


On the other hand, the Rebel 1100T, starting at $10,699, is designed for those who crave the freedom of long-distance adventure. It features integrated hard saddlebags and a front fairing for a more pleasant highway experience. Additionally, both models offer a choice between a six-speed manual and a DCT. If long trips are in your plans, the 1100T’s additional amenities may justify the higher investment.

Performance Specification

Rebel 1100

Rebel 1100T

Engine

1,083cc liquid-cooled 22.5-degree parallel-twin

1,083cc liquid-cooled 22.5-degree parallel-twin

Transmission

6-Speed (Manual & DCT Automatic)

6-Speed (Manual & DCT Automatic)

Horsepower

86 HP

86 HP

Torque

72 LB-FT

72 LB-FT

Weight

487 Pounds (Manual Variant), 509 Pounds (DCT Variant)

520 Pounds (Manual Variant), 524 Pounds (DCT Variant)

Top Speed

128 MPH

128 MPH

MSRP

$9,549 (Manual), $10,149 (DCT)

$10,699 (Manual), $11,349 (DCT)


Source: Honda

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1 Suzuki Boulevard M109R

Power: 128 HP

2024 Suzuki Boulevard M109R cruiser motorcycle
Suzuki

The Suzuki Boulevard M109R is the most powerful Japanese cruiser motorcycle on the market. While reliability is guaranteed, you also get matching performance and striking looks. With a starting price of $15,699, the 2024 model is also relatively affordable compared to its American counterparts.

It sports an aggressive blacked-out style, with a Glass Sparkle Black color and contrasting chrome finish for a touch of retro edge. However, there’s also the 2023 B.O.S.S (Blacked Out Special Suzuki) edition that starts at $15,599. It features an entire all-black treatment, including handlebars, as well as two color options.


The power cruiser is equipped with a 1,783cc liquid-cooled V-twin, which belts out a whopping 128 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of peak torque. Additionally, the powerful V-Twin features cutting-edge technologies like the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV) and the Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS). If you are in the market for a reliable Japanese power cruiser with a timeless style, the Suzuki M109R for 2024 remains a solid choice.

Performance Specification

Engine

1,783cc liquid-cooled 54-degree V-twin

Transmission

5-Speed

Horsepower

128 HP

Torque

118 LB-FT

Weight

764 Pounds

Top Speed

130 MPH

MSRP

$15,699, $15,599 (2023 B.O.S.S Variant)


Source: Suzuki



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