The current crop of race-repli sportbikes isn't the only place you'll find closely matched motorcycles all vying for the attention and dollars of the same batch of customers. The cruiser world is starting to see its share of tit-for-tat, too.
Harley-Davidson remains the dominant force in all of cruiserdom in the U.S., especially so in the bagger scene. But starting only two years ago Victory Motorcycles stepped up its attack on its Midwestern neighbor when the Polaris Industries-owned company introduced the Cross Roads and Cross Country touring cruisers.
These Victory baggers zero in on Harley's Street Glide and Road King models. More brands want in on the action.
A quick glance of the new Kawasaki Vaquero, introduced the end of last year, reveals this new Kawi bagger is targeting Harley-Davidson's Road Glide Custom.
Both machines have prominent frame-mounted fairings that house robust sound systems, gauge packages, etc. Each bike also features locking hardbags and a long, low profile – or as much as a touring cruiser can appear long and low.
Whether or not Kawasaki would readily admit it, the Vaquero makes clear that Kawasaki, like Victory, wants a piece of Harley's big bagger pie.
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