Best Custom Bikes in 2022
There’s a first time for everything. Some people start riding motorbikes as children, but others may get on a bike for the first time when they are older. If you are just starting out in two wheels and you are a huge fan of custom bikes, don’t worry, there are many models perfect for you.
There are many types of bikes on the market, but the most recommended for people with little experience are those with a lighter weight, low center of gravity and low seat height. In this way, riding is much more comfortable and safer. Custom bikes belong to a segment that does not require special levels of power, but rather torque, presence and sound. If your dream is to one day ride a big Harley Davidson, it is recommended to start by opting for one of the models we suggest below, lighter, safer and smaller bikes that will prepare you to ride the bike of your dreams.
Honda Rebel 300 and Rebel 500
The Honda Rebel 300 is undoubtedly a favorite among younger riders. It is an attractive bike, with a timeless appearance and with important technological and modern touches. It has a 286cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine and a fairly low chassis position, which makes it a very accessible and easy to ride model. In addition, the central area is narrow, the footpegs are at a medium height and the handlebars favor a very natural riding position. The bare tubular frame is very clean and provides a very characteristic bobber style with wide tires.
In addition, the Honda Rebel also has a 500 version, with 471 cc, for those looking for a little more power. This model shares the characteristics of its smaller sibling.
Harley-Davidson Iron 883
Harley-Davidson is definitely the star brand in the US, and it also has a model suitable for the beginners. The H-D Iron 883 is the best-selling model of the brand in many countries, has an aggressive appearance and a very distinctive style. The Iron 883 is part os the Dark Custom range of blacked-out bikes and is the most affordable. The 883 engine provides plenty of torque in a chassis that is ideal for riders looking for good looks and style with a lower seat height. This is the perfect entry level Haley-Davidson.
Indian Scout Sixty
The other big US brand, Indian Motorcycle, also has models for all types of riders. The Indian Scout Sixty is inspired by the original Scout of 1920s and is the most affordable bike of the brand. It has reduced displacement compared to the other models in the family, powered by a liquid-cooled, 60-cubic-inch, 78 hp V-twin engine for a thrilling ride, but shares the vintage styling and modern technology. It is agile and easy to handle, as they say from Indian Motorcycle, it’s a bike “that’s easy to ride and hard not to”.
Kawasaki Vulcan S
The Kawasaki Vulcan S is designed for sporty riders who want to ride in custom-cruiser style. Blending an aggressive ride with a vintage styling and a powerful 649cc engine, this bike is perfect for those who want to use the same bike for both daily commuting and short trips. Its ‘six and a half’ inline twin engine, which is so successful in other models of the Japanese brand, is also giving this Vulcan S a special character, with a smooth and controlled response at low and medium revs. Its ergonomics is essential, the cruiser position with the feet forward and the low seat height makes it very easy and comfortable to put your feet on the ground and handle the bike. It also has a unique system that allows you to combine different seat heights, footpegs and handlebar positions to customize your riding position to the maximum.
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber
And if we talk about European motorcycles we have to mention the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber, the most youthful side of the retro-custom bike. This model is lightweight, supremely comfortable, enjoyable to ride and stands out for its design. The engine is a transverse V-twin at 90°, and in its latest update the chassis was modified by reinforcing the steering head pipe area to increase stability and precision. The Moto Guzzi V9 also has its Roamer version, with even more retro style.
Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
Yamaha has in its catalog (exclusive in the US) the Bolt line. Compact and with a low seat height, the Bolt R-Spec delivers a refined and agile. Yamaha’s flat line style and use of exposed metal components accentuates the bike’s pure simplicity while the V-twin engine provides spirited performance and unquestioned reliability. It is the most economical model in Yamaha’s specialized cruiser and custom sub-brand and features a powerful V-twin engine.
Hyosung Aquila GV250
The Hyosung Aquila GV250 is the most accessible custom on the market. A full-size, 250cc cruiser with low handle bar built around classic styling and V-twin DOHC 8 valve engine combine to deliver a smooth and confident ride. Featuring electronic fuel injection, increased intake and exhaust efficiency and improved riding position, it’s a comfortable and well-performing small cruiser. Its full instrumentation with a small LCD display and perfect height for riders of all heights make the Hyosung GV250i Aquila a great choice.
Suzuki Boulevard S40
The Suzuki Boulevard S40 is the perfect balance between classic design, rideability and comfort. It is low-maintenance and has modern technology, with a compact engine that makes it perfect for both highway and city riding. The riding position on the Suzuki Boulevard S40 is quite comfortable, as the location of the footrests is balanced, neither too far forward nor too far back; in addition, the seat is soft, especially for the passenger.
ContiTour and ContiLegend
The ContiTour has been designed exclusively for custom and cruiser bikes, the carcass construction is focused on handling, solid behavior and a high level of comfort. Its sought-after MileagePlus technology extends the reliable riding life of the tire by extending its durability and mileage. This was achieved thanks to a new improved compound and a tread design that leaves the center tread of the rear tire free of cracks, significantly extending its life and improving its stability.
On the other hand, the ContiLegend have also been specially designed for v-twin cruiser motorcycles. The ContiLegend is perfectly distinguishable by its white band on the sidewalls, a gorgeous classic detail much appreciated by custom and cruiser motorcycle enthusiasts. These tires share most characteristics with the ContiTour tires.
To learn more about Continental tires for custom bikes and to check out the complete line-up of Continental motorcycle tires visit www.conti-moto.com.