10 Best American-Made Motorcycles 2022

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November 4, 2022
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American-made motorcycles are some of the best quality bikes in the world. Fortunately, your options for an all-American motorcycle company aren’t only limited to Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles. In this article, we’ll introduce 10 of the best motorcycles made in America.

What’s So Special About American-Made Motorcycles?

There are plenty of reasons why people consider “Made in USA” motorcycles special. For some American consumers, it’s a matter of patriotism. But, it’s really more than that—it’s also because companies design and manufacture these motorcycles in compliance with American standards. Therefore, they’re guaranteed to be well-built and high-quality, with little to zero problems.

The history of motorcycles in America dates back in the late 18th century. According to the National Motorcycle Museum, the single-cylinder-engine Orient-Aster is the first ever US-built unit. Charles Metz built it in his Massachusetts factory in 1898.

The Orient may be the first American company to mass produce a motorcycle, but it’s Indian Motorcycle that’s considered as the first American motorcycle company. They made their first unit in 1901, two years before William S. Harley completed his engine design and started the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Aside from Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Indian Motorcycle, these are some of the most popular American motorcycle brands today:

The Best American-Made Motorcycles

Indian FTR

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The Indian FTR (then-called the FTR 1200) is one badass-looking motorcycle. The modern, all-black matte finish is accented by scarlet pinstripes, rear spring, and the iconic Indian Motorcycle logo.

The FTR is based around Indian’s competition-only FTR 750 flat-track race motorcycle, but is powered by a 6-speed, liquid-cooled 1203cc V-twin engine, which offers a remarkable horsepower of 120 and a torque of 87 ft-lbs. For a more controlled stopping power under all conditions, it comes with dual Brembo brakes (320 mm) and an inverted front suspension.

The FTR is a motorcycle that inspires comfort and confidence. Indian shortened the seat height to lower the center of gravity, making the motorcycle more comfortable and safer to ride. They also added a fully adjustable front suspension and piggyback rear shocks to ensure a more comfortable and smoother ride.

Cleveland Cyclewerks Ace

Serving as the improved version of its predecessor, the latest Ace offers more powerful engine options, better chassis geometry, and more effective stopping brake, among others. It has a curb weight of 287 lbs and a reasonable seat height of 31 inches, which makes it a possible option for short riders and beginners.

The Cleveland Cyclewerks offers three color options for the Ace: matte black, gloss red, and gloss green. It’s also available in two types of engines: the 250cc V-twin engine and 400cc SOHC, single-cylinder engine.

Its beefy fuel tank can accommodate up to 15 liters (approximately 4 gallons) of fuel. That’s enough fuel to travel up to 480 km (approximately 298 mi).

Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 

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When it comes to its overall quality, there’s no denying the Pan America 1250 is top of its league. It comes with all the features that off-road and on-road enthusiasts might look for—comfort, power, technology, and versatility.

The Pan America 1250 couldn’t be more made-in-America with its engine, the Revolution Max, which is a 60-degree liquid-cooled, V-twin engine that’s manufactured in Milwaukee. The Revolution Max can churn out a maximum output of 150 horsepower at 9000 rpm and 94 ft-lbs of torque. With a 21.2-liter fuel tank capacity, it can travel up to 11.25 miles (18.1 kmpl).

This motorcycle has some serious speed. The fastest speed it can achieve on-road is at 141 mph (227 kmph).

The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 is currently available in these colors:

  • Baja Orange/Stonewashed White Pearl
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Deadwood Green
  • Gauntlet Gray Metallic
  • Vivid Black

Janus Halcyon 450

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The Janus Halcyon 450 isn’t meant for a grand tour of different continents. Its nostalgic vintage style is its best selling point.

But, it doesn’t mean the lightweight Halcyon 450 won’t perform well on the road. Janus paired its nostalgic vibes with modern equipment to give it more highway ability. So, you can take it on a ride on city roads, dirt paths, and even on the track.

It’s actually Janus’ first-ever motorcycle that’s fuel injected. Equipped with a 2-gallon tank, it has a fuel efficiency rating of around 50 to 65 mpg. Its 445cc SWM liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine generates up to 30 horsepower and 26 ft-lbs of torque, with a top speed of 90 mph. That’s already a lot of power and speed for most highway adventures.

Zero SR/F

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The Zero SR/F is a motorcycle of firsts. Zero Motorcycles claims it’s the first-ever “smart motorcycle.” Thanks to their advanced operating system, the Cypher III+, you can customize the SR/F to fit your needs. Aside from personalizing your riding experience, the latest Cypher III+ also gives you access to new and on-demand features, including multi-mode navigation, cruise control, parking mode, ride modes, and much more.

It’s also the first electric motorcycle fitted with Bosch’s motorcycle stability control (MSC) system. This braking system keeps the motorcycle stable by continuously monitoring its lean angle, pitch angle (angle backwards and forwards), wheel speed, and yaw rate. As a result, you stay safe while driving on any type of road.

Powering the SR/F motorcycle is the ZFORCE lithium-ion battery (17.3 kWh), which can last up to a 227-mile range. It only takes 60 minutes to charge, so you can get back on the road in no time.

Lightning Strike Carbon

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The California-based Lightning Motorcycles is known for its electric motorcycles that can compete with their gas-powered cousins. The Lightning Strike Carbon, which was released in 2019, is one of their electric motorcycles that perfectly combines good looks and performance.

Like what its name hints, the exterior of the Lightning Strike Carbon is made of carbon fiber. The result is a motorcycle that’s lighter than other Lightning Strike motorcycles. Riders, especially beginners, would benefit from a lightweight motorcycle like the Carbon because it’s more forgiving and easier to maneuver.

The Lightning Strike Carbon comes with a 20 kWh battery with a Battery Management System (BMS), which manages its charging. Depending on the charging level, it can hit the road as fast as 35 minutes (level 3).

On the highway, the Carbon can reach a speed of 70 mph and an average of 100 miles. But if you’re navigating the city streets, it can have a range of up to 200 miles.

Damon Hyperfighter Colossus

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The Damon Hyperfighter Colossus boasts of robust specs for a reasonable cost. These include a 20 kWh battery pack that delivers 200 horsepower, a top speed of 170 mph, and a 146-mile range. The Colossus can quickly accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds.

Damon didn’t scrimp on the features of the Colossus. It’s equipped with their award-winning warning system, the CoPilot, which uses cameras, sensors, and radar to monitor the speed, rate, and direction of moving objects around the Colossus. It also has the Shift technology, so you can easily move between the commuter and sport modes while in motion with just a push of a button.

Tarform Luna Racer Edition

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At the moment, the Tarform Luna Racer Edition is still for reservation. It’s set to be delivered in 2023.

Considered as the café racer version of Luna’s electric motorcycle, it weighs around 440 lbs (200 kg) and has a top speed of 120 mph. It can hit o to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. On a full charge, you can expect it to have a range of 120 miles on city roads.

This unit comes with an 11.8-kWh battery and a 55-hp electric motor. It’s a fast-charging motorcycle, with an expected charging time of 50 minutes to 80%.

Arch KRGT-1

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In case you’re wondering, KRGT-1 stands for Keanu Reeves GT, Model 1. Each KRGT-1 motorcycle is hand-built in Arch’s factory in Hawthorne, Los Angeles.

Since it’s hand-built by the Arch team based on your specifications, you can expect your unit to perfectly fit your body and needs. For the 2020 version of the KRGT-1, the Arch team made over 20 important modifications and added over 100 new components.

It’s powered by a large 2,032cc T124 45-degree downdraft fuel-injected V-Twin engine from S&S Cycle, which generates an impressive 122 hp and 115.3 ft-lbs of torque. The top speed is estimated at more than 110 mph.

Curtiss One

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Curtiss claims that The One is a modular light electric vehicle (LEV) that’s supposed to last forever. Only time will tell for that one. But one thing’s for sure, it’s a piece of artwork with wheels!

The One serves as a basis for future Curtiss motorcycles. You can make it even more unique when you work with the Curtiss creative team to come up with a unit that truly fits your style and performance preferences.

On top of being an eye candy, The One comes with a power-dense motor that can generate up to 217 hp (168 kW). But, electronically it’s limited to a peak power of 110 hp (82 kW). The battery fast charges for 40 minutes to 80% to 100%. It can last for 120 miles (city) or 70 miles (highway) on a full charge.

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