There's no doubt about it, people love their motorcycles. As a matter of fact, there is a special correlation between hitting the American road and riding a motorcycle. Many people prefer to do that on their favorite bike, whatever that might be. If you're wondering what the best American-made motorcycles of all time are, you might want to read through the list below. It includes the 10 most influential motorcycles that have ever been made on American soil.
Confederate FA-13 Combat Bomber
This is arguably one of the most unique motorcycles ever made. It's a limited edition model so there aren't many to go around in the first place. It also packs 155 horsepower so it has enough get up and go to handle virtually any type of situation. As is the case with everything made by the Alabama-based company, it looks both stealthy and fast, and it certainly is the latter.
Rokon Trail Breaker
The first thing you're likely to notice about this motorcycle is that it's so stout, the body looks like it would be more at home on a four wheeler as opposed to only two wheels. This is definitely a motorcycle that's designed to go off-roading. It's relatively short, it's closer to the ground and it's built to withstand a lot of punishment, the type that you would find on backwoods trails. It also has tires that are fatter than normal, giving you the grip you need to handle all that off road adventure.
This motorcycle not only looks rather futuristic, but it also follows a blueprint that's a lot different than most motorcycles made in America. It's all electric, meaning the power plant is quite befitting of the futuristic lines. If you think that means that horsepower is lacking, think again. This bike has enough power to reach a speed of just over 100 miles per hour and it can go almost 200 miles on a single three-hour charge.
Indian Scout Bobber
This is the traditional Indian Scout motorcycle with a few tweaks added to it. It sits lower to the ground than the traditional Scout does and it has some beefed-up suspension. It's also a little more powerful than the original version. When it's all said and done, you have a product that's even better than the Scout, and that's something worth talking about.
Alta Motors Redshift SM
This is another electric motorcycle that has plenty of power to get you wherever you want to go. In addition, it's designed to be extremely lightweight so it’s easy to handle, whether you're riding it on a relatively reclusive highway or a busy interstate.
Erik Buell Racing 1190RS
If you want an American-made motorcycle that is sure to turn heads, this is a good choice. It's fast and relatively easy to handle. It also looks the part. This is especially true when you get it with the blackout package, which adds a whole new dimension to the bike.
If you're looking for an American-made motorcycle that's designed for performance and doesn't use a combustion engine, the Lightning is probably your best choice. It looks and performs like a racing bike, yet it uses an electric power plant. It can go about a hundred miles on a charge and it still manages to hit 60 miles per hour in just two seconds.
Unfortunately, Victory Motorcycles is no longer in business but that doesn't mean that they didn't make some wonderful bikes that deserve to be on this list. In this case, the 8-Ball is one of the best looking bikes to come along in quite some time and it performs as good as it looks. It has more than enough horsepower to get the job done and it handles beautifully.
Harley-Davidson Street Bob
It wouldn't be a list of American motorcycles without including at least one from Harley-Davidson. This bike brings everything to the table that you typically expect from a Harley. The difference is that it's designed to be just a little more on the sporty side than your typical Harley. It's accomplished through producing a bike that sits lower to the ground and punching up the aesthetics.
This bike doesn't just look good. It performs just as good as it looks. It's not made on an assembly line, either. Instead, it's made the old-fashioned way, by hand. It also uses composite parts to keep the weight light. When it's all said and done, it's one of the best American motorcycles ever made.
Written by Garrett Parker
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