10 Cruiser Motorcycles With a Radio (Perfect for Touring)

Nothing beats long-distance touring across the country with your favorite radio station on.

If you’re in the market for a cruiser with FM/AM capabilities and more, you’ve come to the right place.

This article lists cruisers with radios and compares the core specs of each cruiser’s radio, sound system, or infotainment suite.  

1. Indian Super Chief Limited

Starting at $21,499 MSRP, the Super Chief Limited adds a 4-inch screen-controlled Infotainment system, leather saddle bags, and a quick-release windscreen onto the legendary Chief cruiser package. It stocks a 116 cubic inch version of the Thunderstroke engine, pushing 120-foot pounds of torque for instant throttle response in all six speeds. 

Here are the details, as listed by Indian motorcycle’s official website:

  • Infotainment: 4-inch Touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND. Touchscreen display includes real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation; Bluetooth status for phone and headset; vehicle status (voltage, engine hours, oil change); vehicle info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); current ride data (distance, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); trip meters; ride mode selection; screen brightness; and vehicle trouble code readout.
    • Model year 2023 bikes include a complimentary 1-year trial of RIDE COMMAND+ (after which fees apply), including features like live weather/traffic and intuitive destination search.
  • Gauges: Speedometer, Tachometer, Odometer, fuel gauge, compass, ambient temperature, Gear indicator
  • Lights: LED Headlight, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signals
  • Standard Equipment: ABS, Ride Modes, Keyless Ignition, USB charge port, 12V Charge Port, Rear Cylinder Deactivation

While the Chief limited includes the signature Ride Command Infotainment system, which includes navigation, AM/FM Radio, and Bluetooth Phone Connectivity features, the Super Chief Limited doesn’t come stocked with speakers.

Riders can interface the Ride Command’s musical capabilities via a helmet speaker system, a Bluetooth headset, or Bluetooth-capable aftermarket or OEM add-on speakers.

2. Indian Chief Dark Horse

A true, stripped-down American cruiser with as much authentic heritage as anything else on the market, the Chief Dark horse is a minimalist Chief Package stocking the same 116 Cubic Inch torque monster of a Thunderstroke engine.

The Dark Horse version of the Chief features black wheels, engine heads, exhaust pipes, handlebars, and hardware. Still, it also adds a 4-inch Ride Command Infotainment system with radio and music capabilities.

  • Infotainment: 4 in Touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND. Touchscreen display includes real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation; Bluetooth status for phone and headset; vehicle status (voltage, engine hours, oil change); vehicle info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); current ride data (distance, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); trip meters; ride mode selection; screen brightness; and vehicle trouble code readout.
  • Model year 2023 bikes include a complimentary 1-year trial of RIDE COMMAND+ (after which fees apply), including features like live weather/traffic and intuitive destination search.
  • Color / Graphics: Black Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke, Quartz Gray Icon: Storm Blue

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3. Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse

The Chief Bobber Darkhorse features a similar Ride Command Infotainment package to the one the Darkhorse Chief stocks (including a radio), adding some mini-ape handlebars, old school, aggressive cruiser seat, chopped fenders, and a vintage spotlight headlight for a more classic Bobber cruiser vibe.

4. Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS

The Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS is the large-and-in-charge edition of the classic Vulcan cruiser line. The Vaquero features a 1700cc advanced-tech engine, a 6-Speed-overdrive transmission, and an AM/FM/WB radio-equipped audio system with Sirus XM optional compatibility.

In addition to its radio-equipped, frame-mounted fairing, some of the key Vulcan Vaquero features listed on Kawasaki’s website include:

  • Electronic Cruise Control
  • Electronic Throttle Valves
  • Anti-Lock Brake System
  • Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT)
  • 6-Speed Transmission with Overdrive
  • AM/FM/WB Audio System with SiriusXM® Radio Compatibility
  • Convenient Locking Storage Compartments
  • Sealed Saddlebags
  • Stylish, Frame-Mounted Fairing

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5. Harley-Davidson Street Glide S/T

The S/T or Sport Touring edition of the Harley-Davidson Street Glide strips the American Badger Cruiser package down to the basics for a trim and beefy cruiser aesthetic, with downsized locking hard bags for more leaning room.

The Street Glide S/T still includes the Batwing fairing, stocked with HD’s signature Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touch screen, two fairing-mount speakers, and concealed radio antenna.

Here are the details, taken straight from Harley’s website.

  • INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: Boom! Box GTS
  • TYPE: Full-Color TFT
  • SCREEN SIZE: 6.5 in.
  • WATTS PER CHANNEL: 25
  • SPEAKERS: 2
  • SPEAKER SIZE: 5.25-inch standard
  • HEADSET SPECIFICATIONS (IF EQUIPPED): 16-64 ohms
  • AM: Standard
  • FM: Standard
  • WEATHER BAND (WB): Standard
  • SD CARD, FLASH DRIVE AND MP3 – VIA USB CONNECTION: Supported
  • SIRIUSXM PRESETS: 20 – P&A Upgrade (USA & Canada only)
  • LANGUAGES: English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, Portuguese (Portugal/Brazil), Russian, Czech, Polish, Dutch, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Siamese (Thai), Bahasa (Indonesian), Arabic
  • HANDS-FREE MOBILE PHONE – VIA BLUETOOTH: Standard
  • VOICE RECOGNITION LANGUAGES: PHONE FUNCTIONS ONLY: Phone dependent
  • VOICE RECOGNITION LANGUAGES: TUNER/MEDIA/NAVIGATION: Phone dependent
  • TEXT-TO-SPEECH (TTS) LANGUAGES: Phone dependent
  • VEHICLE INFORMATION SCREEN (AIR TEMPERATURE, OIL PRESSURE, AND EITMS): Standard
  • USB: USB/MTP/iPod/iPhone
  • BLUETOOTH: Phone/Media Supported

6. Indian Challenger

The Indian Challenger features an engine unlike anything else in the Big-Twin American Cruiser category; the liquid-cooled Power Plus V-Twin is capable of 128 foot-pounds of torque and 122 horsepower.

Furthermore, its 7-inch touchscreen-controlled Ride Command Infotainment system features radio, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay technology.

  • Gauges: Fairing-mounted instrument cluster featuring analog speedometer and tachometer with fuel gauge, range, odometer, and current gear. 15 LED telltale indicators; cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure, and MPH or km/h unit designation.
  • Infotainment: 7-inch Touchscreen Display with real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; 100-Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weather-band
  • Lights: LED Headlamp/Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
  • Standard Equipment: 7-inch touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND, Selectable Ride Modes, Locking Hard Saddlebags, Brembo brakes, 18+ Gallons of storage, ABS, Keyless Ignition, Chassis Mounted Fairing, Adjustable Fairing Air Flow Vents, Power Windshield, Adjustable Air Vents, 12V Charging Port
  • Color / Graphics: Black Metallic, Titanium Smoke
  • Factory Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles

7. Indian Chieftain

The Chieftain features the Thunderstroke 111 air-cooled Big-Twin that’s true to the American cruiser tradition the bike is rooted in. The Chieftain not only adds locking handbags to its short and low cruiser profile but also a fork-mounted fairing stocked with the Ride Command radio and infotainment system.

  • Gauges: Fairing-mounted instrument cluster featuring analog speedometer and tachometer with fuel gauge, range, odometer, and current gear.
  • Infotainment: 7 in touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND with a real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; Vehicle Status (voltage, engine hours, oil change); Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); Dual Trip Meters (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed); Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); Bluetooth Status for phone and headset; Ride Mode Selection.
  • Lights: LED Headlamp, Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
  • Standard Equipment: 7-inch touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND; Power Windshield; Vinyl Gunfighter Style Seat; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 100-Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weather band; 12V Charging Port
  • Color / Graphics: Black Metallic
  • Factory Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles

8. Harley-Davidson Road Glide S/T

The Road Glide S/T features the same frame-fixed Shark nose fairing the base model bagger has, complete with two speakers, a Radio, and an infotainment system. But the S/T stocks smaller locking hard bags for a more aggressive lean angle that accommodates its low and beefy cruiser build.

  • INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: Boom! Box GTS
  • TYPE: Full-Color TFT
  • SCREEN SIZE: 6.5 in.
  • WATTS PER CHANNEL: 25
  • SPEAKERS: 2
  • SPEAKER SIZE: 5.25-inch standard
  • HEADSET SPECIFICATIONS (IF EQUIPPED): 16-64 ohms.
  • AM: Standard
  • FM: Standard
  • WEATHER BAND (WB): Standard
  • SD CARD, FLASH DRIVE AND MP3 – VIA USB CONNECTION: Supported
  • SIRIUSXM PRESETS: 20 – P&A Upgrade (USA & Canada only)
  • LANGUAGES: English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, Portuguese (Portugal/Brazil), Russian, Czech, Polish, Dutch, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Siamese (Thai), Bahasa (Indonesian), Arabic
  • HANDS-FREE MOBILE PHONE – VIA BLUETOOTH: Standard
  • VOICE RECOGNITION LANGUAGES: PHONE FUNCTIONS ONLY: Phone dependent
  • VOICE RECOGNITION LANGUAGES: TUNER/MEDIA/NAVIGATION: Phone dependent
  • TEXT-TO-SPEECH (TTS) LANGUAGES: Phone dependent
  • VEHICLE INFORMATION SCREEN (AIR TEMPERATURE, OIL PRESSURE, AND EITMS): Standard
  • USB: USB/MTP/iPod/iPhone
  • BLUETOOTH: Phone/Media Supported

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9. Indian Challenger Dark Horse

The Dark Horse version of the Challenger features the same engine and speaker/radio/Apple CarPlay-equipped frame-mounted fairing as the base model, with blacked-out exhaust, wheels, handlebars, engine heads, and hardware for a more aggressive, modern-cruiser feel.

  • Infotainment: 7 in touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND: Model year 2023 bikes include a complimentary 1-year trial of RIDE COMMAND+ (after which fees apply) which includes features like live weather/traffic, intuitive destination search, vehicle health, and vehicle locator. Seven in touchscreen display with a real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation; Bluetooth status for phone and headset; vehicle status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change); vehicle info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); current ride data (distance, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); trip meters; ride mode selection; screen brightness; vehicle trouble code readout; Apple CarPlay integration.
  • Color / Graphics: Black Smoke, Titanium Smoke, Indy Red / Black Metallic. Icon: Sagebrush Smoke, Riot Orange Smoke, Storm Blue / Black Metallic”

SOURCE: Indian

10. Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

The Dark Horse edition of the Indian Chieftain had the same classic American cruiser riding position and the radio/Ride Command and speaker-stocked fairing but comes with the 117 cubic inch version of the Thunderstroke engine, along with blacked out engine heads, handlebars, hardware, and exhaust, and wheel rims.

  • Infotainment: 7 in display powered by RIDE COMMAND. Touchscreen display includes real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation; Bluetooth status for phone and headset; vehicle status (voltage, engine hours, oil change); vehicle info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); current ride data (distance, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); trip meters; ride mode selection; screen brightness; and vehicle trouble code readout.
  • Model year 2023 bikes include a complimentary 1-year trial of RIDE COMMAND+ (after which fees apply), including features like live weather/trafficand intuitive destination search.
  • Color / Graphics: Black Smoke, Quartz Gray, Ruby Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke. Icon: Spirit Blue Smoke, Stealth Gray with Graphics, Copper Smoke”

SOURCE: Indian

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