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For many years now motorcyclists have had a fascination with customising their motorcycles to show a certain individuality. In the 1960's the choice of motorcycle was usually of British origin such as Triumph, BSA and Norton etc. Then came the 70's where Harley Davidson (one of the oldest motorcycle companies in the world) became the peoples choice. This growing trend of back yard customises reached a new high when the classic motorcycle movie "Easy Rider" starring Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda was viewed all around the world. Perhaps the stars of the movie were in fact two customised choppers, (meaning to take a perfectly good motorcycle and chop it to pieces to personalise it) Harley Davidsons. At this stage Harley Davidsons were not the reliable engineered machines of today. Never less the chopper or at least customised motorcycle seemed to be here to stay.

Harley Davidson vs. the Cruisers

Through the 80's the Harley Davidson phenomena continued to grow. It was at this period that the Japanese manufacturers began to take notice of this growing market. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki attempted rather feeble attempts to copy the machines from Milwaukie. Copying was something that the Japanese manufacturers usually excelled at but they just couldn't get it right, thus the Harley Davidson empire continued it's incredibly strong growth through the 1990's. At this time many motorcycle dealers, including us, were complaining to the Japanese about losing market share.

Japanese Metric or Custom Cruiser - Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki

Enter the new generation of Japanese Metric Cruisers or Japanese Custom Cruiser as some call them. The 1990's and beyond saw the unleashing of some very exciting Harley Davidson inspired Japanese or Metric Cruisers. Honda gave us the VT750, VT1100, Shadow,VTX1300 and VTX1800. Yamaha tempted us with the XVS650 Dragstar, XVS1100 V Star and XV1600 Roadstar. The ever reliable Kawasaki emptied our wallets with models such as VN800, VN1500 Vulcan, Drifter, Meanstreak, Nomad, VN1600 and VN2000 and Suzuki the VZ800, Marauder, Volusia, VL1500 and Boulevarde. As good as the Harley Davidsons were they were very expensive whereas the Metric Cruiser was much more affordable. This new breed of Metric Cruisers attracted many new and returning riders to the motorcycle fraternity. Riders of all ages and sex have found a new lease of life and are excitedly forming riding and social groups. They are also just as interested in the customising aspect of their Metric Cruisers as the Harley Davidson riders.

Metric Cruiser Spares and Parts

Optional customised parts for the Metric Cruisers were now being offered by the same original equipment manufactures that supply parts to Harley Davidson. The following companies are traditional Harley Davidson parts suppliers now manufacturing parts for the Metric Cruiser: - National Cycle Windshields. - Cobra exhaust pipes, driving lights, sissy bars, racks, chrome engine and chassis covers. - Vance & Hines exhaust pipes. - Jardine exhaust pipes and custom sissy bars etc. - Kuryakyn Hypercharger air filters, foot pegs, floorboards, hand controls, mirrors, luggage, saddle bags. - Zodiac handlebars, saddle bag support brackets. - Performance Machine wheels, forward controls and brake components. - Arlen Ness Wheels and chrome dress up parts. - Clymer Work shop manuals. - Custom World International radiator covers, shaft drive covers, sissy bars. - Ameritex saddle bags. - Rjays saddlebags, tool rolls. - MC Enterprises dress up parts, sissy bars, saddle bag supports, crash bars. - Dynojet power commander, carburettor kits. - Barnett control cables and clutches All of these suppliers and parts are available from Z Power Australia.

Z Power - for all your metric cruiser parts and supplies

Z Power Australia was the first shop in Australia to see this growing trend of a much neglected Metric Cruiser market. We invite you to join our free Metric Cruiser Forums at www.zpower.com.au
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