Indian Chief Dark Horse

If you want an authentic cruiser, no longer is your choice limited to a Harley-Davidson overburdened with chrome. Over the last two years, the re-born Indian Motorcycles brand has experienced an international resurgence thanks, primarily, to excellent products like last year’s Best Cruiser, the Chieftain. And in 2015, honours are doubled thanks to the arrival of the Indian Chief Dark Horse, which is powered by the same Thunderstroke V-twin and offers an exceptional five-year warranty.

Runner-up: Yamaha V-MAX

An old skool, characterful V4 power cruiser which sits in Ducati Diavel territory yet in 2015, benefited from a 27% reduction in price. Where do we sign?

Runner-up: Harley-Davidson Street Glide

For some customers, nothing will beat the soundtrack of an idle twin with an American eagle stamped on the tank. If that’s you, then the post-Project Rushmore Street Glide is the most convincing cruiser from H-D, yet.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader, road rider, customiser and committed to helping everybody find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996, a key protagonist in its successful shift to digital and a passionate supermoto rider.
David Burton
Founding editor of independent motorcycle magazine Esses, road rider, prolific designer, tea drinker.
Phil West
One of the UK’s most authoritative, respected and long established motorcycling journalists. Now a senior road tester for Auto Trader Bikes.

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