Most 3 or 5 speeds are cruisers. These have upright handlebars and usually a pretty comfortable seat (read: large springs). These bikes are usually 30 years or older. But donâ€(tm)t dismiss these classy bikes because of their age or style. Some of them are remarkably lightweight. These are not high performance machines, but they are just great for tooling around town.
Cruiser is the term for motorcycles that mimic the design style of American machines from the 1930s to the early 1960s, such as those made by Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior and Henderson, even though they have benefited from advances in metallurgy and design. The riding position places the feet forward and the hands up, with the spine erect or leaning back slightly, which many find to be more comfortable for long-distance riding. The riding position of American style Cruisers and Choppers evolved from the saddle and riding position used by Western Cowboys (See Western Saddle).
A cruiser (From Dutch Kruiser, "something that crosses") is a classification of large warship. Historically they were generally considered the smallest ships capable of independent operationsâ€”destroyers usually requiring outside support such as tendersâ€”but in modern parlance this difference has disappeared. In modern warfare the cruiser has virtually disappeared, supplanted in all roles by the destroyer, but certain ships are still named cruisers for reasons of military function.