Don’t be fooled by the laidback reputation of the stereotypical cruiser rider; sharing asphalt with corporate zombies, soccer moms, distracted Teslas and under-caffeinated long haul truckers is serious business, and your gear choices should reflect that.
We’ve rounded up a smattering of cruiser products to start your new riding season off in the right direction.
01 SR 999 Long Haul Tires
The Shinko Group began as a manufacturer of bicycle tires and tubes in Osaka, Japan in 1946, evolving into a major manufacturer of rubber products. Fifty-two years later Shinko Group purchased the motorcycle tire technology and molds from Yokohama Rubber Co., and began production of these products under the Shinko Tire brand.
With manufacturing based in South Korea and design based in Japan, the company has seamlessly combined Japanese engineering and design principles with South Korean production and quality control standards. Today Shinko Tires produces approximately 200,000 motorcycle tires per month.
Shinko Tires are imported by Western Power Sports, Inc. (WPS), with corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho and six strategic warehouses across the country.
Developed for comfort and control while providing reliable traction in dry and wet conditions, the SR 999 Long Haul cruiser tires are made with a new rubber compound designed for stability, grip and high mileage.
Available in 20 sizes.Explore Shinko
02 Highway 21 Red Marksman Protective Flannel
This is not your dad’s leftover grunge uniform, it’s a serious garment designed by Highway 21 for riding, anatomically patterned with 165G Aramid fiber where protection is necessary. Strong YKK zippers keep everything in place, with CE Level 1 removable shoulder/elbow armor and an action back panel to protect your bones. Quilted inner liner and woven 8 ounce cotton flannel keeps out the chill.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL.Explore Highway 21
03 Highway 21 Journeyman Boot (Brown)
A solid and reliable pair of boots is paramount, and the challenge is finding something understated and comfortable right out of the box. The Highway 21 Journeyman full grain premium leather boots are made with Sympatex® weatherproof technology to be windproof, waterproof, and breathable. The Vibram® sole is slip resistant, durable, and shock absorbing for long rides on the pegs. Poron® XRD® ankle protectors keep your piggies safe on lateral and medial side, while the reinforced toe and heel box provides support and impact protection.
Sizes: US 6-15 in whole sizes.Explore Highway 21
04 Highway 21 Jab Full Leather Gloves (Black)
Your riding glove inventory should be the largest in the garage, because every season requires different layers of protection and weather resistance. For cool summer evenings and autumn, we recommend the Highway 21 Jab gloves, made of genuine goatskin leather with dual-density memory foam for comfort and protection. Pre-curved fingers provide added comfort and less fatigue, with a padded knuckle and palm and adjustable wrist closure. 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL.
05 UCLEAR Motion Infinity Bluetooth System
For many riders, the ability to hear GPS directions, tell your buddy when it’s time for a nature break or refueling stop, or listen to music/podcasts during long stretches is important. UCLEAR offers an industry-first Mesh intercom with Multi-Hop for infinite rider pairing, up to 1.2 km (.75 mile) per person. Automatic rider reordering optimizes connection strength while maximizing communication distance.
Another industry first is a crash detection and contact alert, thanks to the USAFE advanced accelerometer detecting hard impacts. If you are unresponsive, USAFE can alert emergency services with your status and GPS location.
Ruggedized and fully weatherproof, with ultra premium Pulse Pro 2.0 speakers with dual boomless adjustable gain MEM’s mics, graphic equalizer, and incredible ABF noise cancellation. Up to 18-hour battery life.Explore UCLEAR Digital
06 Scorpion EXO-R1 Air Carbon (Matte) Helmet
From Scorpion comes aero-tuned ventilation from a venturi-effect channeling system linked via adjustable dual ram-air intakes, and spoiler integrated exhaust. The result is high velocity airflow from front to back that pulls heat and humidity up and out for a cool, dry ride.
Airfit® inflation adjustment system provides user-defined fit customization not only for comfort but for specific riding situations ranging from spirited canyon rides to long distance tours.
Removable/washable KwikWick III interior keeps you cool, dry and comfortable. DOT FMVSS No. 218 certified/ECE approved. 5-year warranty. Weight: ± 1,383 g/3.05 lbs (size Medium)
Sizes: XS-2XL (3 shell sizes for a precision fit).Explore Scorpion