Best Cruiser Motorcycles for Women 2023



Cruiser motorcycles pack loads of style into a low-slung platform and these types of street bikes deliver torquey power and are ripe for customization. We have selected these seven cruisers for ladies who ride. After all, did you know that One in Five Motorcyclists Are Now Women? There are great options here that are for female motorcyclists who might just be getting into riding or those who have already traversed many a mile on two wheels.

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2023 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

The Low Rider S is Harley’s performance cruiser with a classic style for the lone-wolf rider. (Harley-Davidson/)

Harley-Davidson’s Low Rider S “blends style and performance” as we said in our buyer’s guide. It has a traditional cruiser look with a top-of-the-line fit and finish. Not only that, but its Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine delivers on both performance and sound.

“The engine is strong and loud with tons of torque available immediately from idle. But while it’s every bit a hot-rod engine, the powerplant feels surprisingly smooth and refined on the road.” It produces a measured 94.8 hp at 4,750 rpm and 115 lb.-ft. at 3,200 rpm.

Its 43mm inverted fork is plush and forgiving, but maintains “a nice firm feel when being pushed through a canyon or mountain road. The fork only felt too soft on hard brake application, which would bring about more dive than is preferred.” The fork provides 5 inches of travel and the coilover shock offers 4.4 inches of travel.

For 2023, the Low Rider S gets standard electronic cruise control and has optional traction control. In Vivid Black the Low Rider S’ MSRP is $18,199; add $525 for the cruiser in White Sand Pearl.

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2023 Honda Rebel 300/ABS

The Rebel 300 is a bestselling entry-level cruiser from Honda for good reason. (Honda/)

The Honda Rebel is a great beginner bike and one that I always recommend to new riders. It has spent many years as a staple of MSF courses and continues to attract riders with its approachability.

Key to its current success is its quick-revving 25 hp engine. This single-cylinder engine is not only mild-mannered enough for green riders, but its snappy power is there to keep riders hooked as they gain more time in the saddle.

Which leads us to seat height. The 300 (and Rebel 500, for that matter) has a very low 27.2-inch seat height which causes confidence of shorter riders to spike.

The Rebel 300′s firm 41mm telescopic fork and twin shock setup lends to surprisingly sporty handling, something that all riders can appreciate.

A front 296mm disc and rear 240mm disc each with hydraulic calipers provides great stopping power as well. The Rebel 300 is available with or without ABS with respective price tags of $5,049 and $4,749.

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2023 Honda Rebel 500/ABS/ABS SE

The Rebel 500 has the handling and power that make it a great cruiser bike, and shoppers have the choice between three different trims. (Honda/)

At the same time when Honda announced that the revamped Rebel 300 was hitting the 2017 market, Big Red also unveiled the Rebel 500. This mimicked (and still mimics) the Rebel 300′s peanut-style tank, blacked-out styling, modern LED lighting/LCD display, and even carries over the chassis components such as the fork/twin shocks, brakes, 16-inch tires, general dimensions, and that Honda reliability, but what it gives riders is a boost of power with a different 471cc parallel twin.

Our past dyno records indicate this machine delivers 40.8 hp and 29.9 lb.-ft. of torque. We have loved this middleweight’s smooth and entertaining power delivery and feel that it is a fantastic steppingstone for those moving up in displacement.

The Rebel 500 comes in three trims: the non-ABS base model ($6,449), the ABS-equipped base model ($6,749), and

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By: Serena McKnight
Title: Best Cruiser Motorcycles for Women 2023
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Published Date: Fri, 12 May 2023 10:00:04 +0000


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