Webster defines a motorcycle as an automotive vehicle with two inline wheels. The first gas motorcycle (according to thevintagenews.com) was accidentally invented in Germany in 1885 by two men by the names of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. Damlier and Maybach had fabricated a one cylinder engine with the original intention to make a small car. After deciding to test the little engine on a bicycle, the “Reitwagen” (or “riding wagon”) became the world's first motorcycle.
The Reitwagen’s 264cc engine, named a “grandfather clock engine", made .5 horsepower at 600 rpm and was able to reach a top speed of 7 mph. Sadly all the original models were destroyed in a fire in 1903, but replicas have since been made and are on display all over the world. More than a decade later we have made some vast improvements on the motorcycle and have figured out how to make a bit faster than 7 mph, reaching a top speed of 394 mph on two wheels according to Guinness World Records. We’ve figured out how to make them run on just about anything, the Japanese even had a bike that ran on human waste. Gross.
Here you will find 25 motorcycles that are not only awesome but are able to buy them, brand new, for less than $10,000. With options from the “Big Four” (Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki & Honda), or handcrafted. We even found an electric motorcycle you can buy for under $10,000.
25 Zero FXS
The only electric bike to make the list is the Zero FXS. The Z-Force 75-5 brushless motor can put out an impress 78 ft-lb torque getting the Zero FXS to a max speed of 85mph. A full charge can take you up to 50 miles, and with the ability to charge with a standard household outlet you can catch a quick charge just about anywhere.
A standard charge time will be just over 5 hours, but this can be sped up tremendously by adding accessory chargers.
If you don’t have time you can swap out the battery to a freshly charged battery pack in a matter of minutes on and keep it moving.
24 FB Mondial HPS 125
Costing roughly $4300 USD, the HPS 125 is one of the more inexpensive bikes to make the list, but looking at it you would never guess. The Italian company was born in 1948 and according to FB Mondial they had claimed 10 world titles within its first decade of being in existence. The HPS 125 single cylinder 4 stroke motor produces 10.5 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. F.B Mondial recently announced that they will be releasing two limited edition colours in which only 500 of each colour will be made, each bike will be numbered and come with a certificate verifying its authenticity.
23 Janus Halcyon 250
One of the newer bike brands to make the list was a small batch company by the name of Janus. Based out of Goshen, Indiana the small company consists of less than 10 employees so you can understand why it takes up to 10 weeks for your bike to be hand built. All three bikes that Janus offers all have the same base price of $6995, all dressed with a similar retro look. The bike to make the list was the Halcyon 250.
Weighing just 245 lbs, the 229cc motor is plenty of power for the small frame.
According to Janus.com the Halcyon can reach a top speed of 70 mph.
22 Moto Guzzi V9 ROAMER
A well-known Italian motorcycle company by the name of Moto Guzzi makes the list next. The V9 Roamer just barely makes the list with a price tag of $9990. Known for their lightweight designs, the mid-sized Roamer weighs in at just 439 lbs according to Moto Guzzi. The 850cc twin engine is shifted by a 6 speed dry clutch making 55 HP at 6250 rpm and 45.7 ft/lbs of torque at just 3000 rpm, making for a fun and responsive acceleration. The Roamer comes stock with both ABS and traction control, both with two different modes to accommodate your riding style.
21 Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario
Bet you didn’t think you could ride off in a limited edition bike for under 10k. This year’s third generation celebrates the V7’s 50th birthday, and the Anniversario was built exclusively and specifically to celebrate just that. Only 750 of these bikes were made, each are numbered and comes with an official certificate.
The Anniversario is a V7 III Special base with a whole lot of added bells and whistles.
At just $9990 this bike is one serious deal. The unique twin cylinder transversal V-twin motor produces 52 HP at 6200 rpm and 44.2 ft/lb of torque at 4900 rpm according to motoguzzi.com making for a fun and enjoyable ride.
20 Aprilia Shiver 900
A less know Italian motorcycle company to make the list is the Aprilia, with their Shiver 900 costing $9399. Something worth mentioning about Aprilia is the fact that they have won 54 world titles in less than 75 years of being in existence. The Shiver received a lot of mentionable upgrades this year, the biggest being the extra engine size from the previous 750cc motor. The V-Twin 4 stroke 896cc engine makes 93 HP at 8650 rpm with 66 ft/lb of torque at 6500 rpm. The new wheels were designed for performance as well, with a better exit route for the exhaust fumes according to motorcycle.com.
19 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
The Yamaha Bolt R-spec base price is $8399, but you can easily go over the 10k budget as the bike is fully customizable. You can customize everything from the seats, to the windshield and brake lines for a few extra bucks for each option according to Yamaha. The R-spec model includes upgraded seat, and different colour and trim options according to totalmotorcycle.com. The Bolt has a V-twin 942 cc 58 cubic-inch engine with a 5 speed wet clutch that puts out 59 lb/ft max torque at just 3,000 rpm making for snotty accelerations according to topspeed.com.
18 Kawasaki Z900 ABS
The Kawasaki Z900 with the ABS option has a base price of $8,799.
According to Kawasaki, the Z900 ABS received the “Best standard motorcycle of the year” award from motorcycle.com.
The Z900 ABS sports an inline 4 cylinder 4 stroke 948cc engine that makes 123 hp and 73.1 lb/ft of torque according to topspeed.com. Three new colour options were added this year. The chassis received some upgrades as well, with the brand new “Trellis” design which weighs just 30 lbs. The weight reduction continues as the Z900 isn’t weighed down with traction control or any variable rider modes according to topspeed.com.
17 Yamaha MT-09
The Yamaha MT-09 is next on the list with a base price of $8999. The inline 3 cylinder 847cc motor shifted by a 6 speed slipper clutch produces 115 HP and 64.5 lb/ft of torque according to topspeed.com The MT-09 has all the bells and whistles when it comes to the electronics, allowing you to customize your ride style. Giving the rider the ability to adjust things like throttle response and traction control or the ability to completely disable. The MT-09 suspension is completely adjustable and comes with ABS as a standard feature.
16 Kawasaki Ninja 400 KRT Edition
Another well-known bike to make the list is the Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS with a base price of $7,799. The 650 does come in a non ABS option, without the KRT colour option of Lime Green/Ebony as it is exclusively offered on the ABS model.
The 2 cylinder 4-stroke 649cc engine makes 68 hp.
The new lightweight trellis style frame paired with its more upright right position makes a perfect combination of both a sport and touring bike according to totalmotorcycle.com.
15 Suzuki GSX 250R
The newest trend in motorcycles (topspeed.com calls them “pocket rockets”) brings the newest edition to the Suzuki family; the GSX250R. The smallest and most affordable of the Gixxer family, the GSX 250 has a price tag of $4,499 and weighing in at just under 350 lbs according to motorcycle4life.com. The GSX250R uses and upgraded 248 cc engine, once used in the GW25o, now creates 24.7 hp at 8,000 rpm making 17.3 lb/ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Not bad at all for a budget bike.
14 Suzuki Boulevard C50T
The only true cruiser to make the list is the Suzuki Boulevard C50T with a starting price of $9,449. The windshield, beautifully studded saddlebags and the backrest dressed in the same studs all comes standard and is sure to keep your passenger happy, not to mention comfortable and stylish. The one thing that topspeed.com does mention needs improvement is the braking system, calling it “nearly criminal” to have a full sized, 600 lbs bike with a rear drum brake. The V-twin, 805cc engine making 53 hp at 6,000 rpm makes a fun 50.9 lb/ft of torque at just 3,200 rpm.
13 Suzuki VanVan 200
Next up on the list the Suzuki VanVan with a small price tag of $4599.
The retro look hasn’t changed much since it originally came out in the 70s.
But the VanVan has since upgraded its original 1 cylinder 125cc engine to a 199cc motor. In addition the VanVan has traded in the original 6 speed transmission to a 5 speed, according to topspeed.com. The fat tires and comfortable seat makes the bridge between the road and off road seamless, and makes for a fun bike at any riding level.
12 Honda Grom
Not only one of the most affordable bikes to make the list, but one of the smallest at just 234 lbs is the Honda Grom. It's combination of small size and low base price of $3399, the Grom makes for a perfect starter bike. This year the Grom got the option to add ABS for just a few hundred dollars extra and adding just 5 lbs, with a few other upgrades to the headlight and exhaust. According to autopromag.com the 125cc motor can produce 9.7 HP at 7000 rpm creating 8.04 ft/lb or max torque. The Grom can get an impressive 134 miles per gallon, which is good because the tank only holds about 1.5 gallons of fuel.
11 Suzuki GSX-S750Z
An obvious entry to make the list is a member of the Gixxer family. The newest addition to the Gixxer family is the GSX-S750Z making the list with a base price tag of $8999. The GSX-S750 is an upgraded model of the S750 adding ABS and the sleek black look according to Suzuki.com. The 749cc 4-cylinder engine shifted by a 6 speed wet clutch makes 112.6 hp at 10,500 rpms according to the review on topspeed.com. Another upgrade worth mentioning is the improved Nissin Monobloc braking system, improved wheels and larger handlebars to make for a more comfortable upright ride.
10 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 EFI
Costing just $4999, the Bullet 500 EFI is one of the cheaper bikes to make the list, but the Bullet looks anything but cheap. This cool retro looking bike is available in both the forest green shown above and black.
According to Royal Enfield the Bullet 500 EFI is “the longest running model in continuous production”.
The Bullet is powered by a single cylinder, 4 stroke with a 499cc displacement. Shifted by a 5-speed wet clutch the Bullet has a maximum power of 27.2 khp at 5250 rpm and maximum torque at 41.3 Nm at 4000 rpm.
9 Royal Enfield Classic Chrome
With a price tag of $5,799 due to a few extra bucks for the chrome finish, the classic is the most popular model of the Royal Enfield family. The single cylinder, 4 stroke 499cc engine produces 27.2 bhp at 5250 rpm and 41.3 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. A few upgrades were made to the 2018 Classic according to ridermagazine.com. ABS is now a standard, in addition to a new seat design and an upgraded rear brake system. It is a great blend of classic style with modern touches.
8 Harley Davidson Street Rod
One of two Harley Davidson motorcycles to make the list is the Street Rod. With the base price of $8699 the bike comes stock in the colour Vivid Black. You can upgrade to one of the 4 other colour options for just $295, you can upgrade to ABS for $750 or even add a security system for $395. The new high output Revolution X V-Twin has some awesome features like cylinder heads and a dual throttle body. The Revolution X make a max torque of 47.9 at 4,000 rpm.
7 Harley Davidson Iron 1200
Just making the list at $9,999 is the Harley Davidson Iron 1200 in Vivid Black, the Twisted Cherry and Billiard White costing a few bucks more at $10,349. The newest edition to Harley Davidson family, topspeed.com calling it a "mini ape hanger". The Iron 1200 V-Twin 1202cc engine makes an impressive 73 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. A menacing looking Sportster, this bike will definitely deliver more than a few thrills to its owner. Something about a Harley-Davidson just screams for loud and proud cruising.
6 BMW F 700 GS
The first BMW to make the list is the BMW F700 GS just making it with a base price of $9995. The F700 GS holds up both on the street and off road. It also makes for a great starter bike due to its low weight factor and a wide range of seat height options according to BMW. While it may be a perfect starter bike, the parallel twin engine 798cc engine that makes 74 HP at 7,000 rpms and 57 lb/ft of torque at 5,500 rpm is plenty of power for any experienced rider to have fun with.
5 BMW F 800 R
The second BMW to make the list is the F 800 R with the same price tag of the 700 GS of $9995. The F800’s twin engine makes a much more impressive 90 hp at 8,000 rpm and 63 ft/lbs of torque at 5,800 rpm.
The F800’s strong suit is safety, coming standard with ABS with the additional option of Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) according to BMW.
In addition, everything from the brake levers to the clutch and handlebars are adjustable which makes this a great bike for any sized rider.
4 Indian Scout 60
I bet you didn’t think you could buy an Indian for under 10k, but the Indian Scout 60 has a starting price of just $8,999. The Scout’s V-twin engine has a 999cc displacement packed into just 60 cubic inches. Shifted by a wet 5 speed clutch, the V-twin puts out 78 HP and 65 lb-ft of max torque. Dressed with an iconic Indian style seat in black with the frame, motor and handlebars painted the same to match. The sharp black details go nicely with four different colour and feature options, three of which will keep you under the 10k mark according to Indianmotorcycles.com
3 Triumph Street Twin
The Triumph Street Twin, part of the Bonneville family, has a base price of $9,100. The Street Twin is fully customizable with three add on kit options each with different seat and exhaust options and an additional 150 accessories to help create your dream bike according to topspeed.com. The Street Twin comes standard with ABS and traction control. The Street twin got an upgraded motor this year. The 900cc engine makes 55 HP at 5900 rpm and has max torque of 59 ft/lb at 3230rpm.
2 Triumph Street Triple S
Another Triumph to make the list is the Diablo Red Street Triple with a base price of $9,990 for with the Phantom Black option just out of reach at $10,500. With a dry weight of just 366, this is the lightest Street Triple to be manufactured according to topspeed.com. The Street Triple’s 765cc engine creates 111 hp at 11,250 rpm and 54 ft/lb of torque at 9,100 rpm. The Street Twin comes standard with ABS, controllable traction control and two riding modes according to Triumph, to fully customize the comfort of your ride.
1 Honda CTX700 DCT
One of the only touring bikes to make the list is the Honda CTX700 DCT with a base price of $8399. The CTX700 DTC's strong suit is comfort, with full-coverage fairing, comfortable riding position all tied into it’s lightweight design according to Honda. The CTX700 DTC’s engine is shifted by an automatic 6-speed transmission, it's only transmission option, making for a smooth and comfortable ride. The parallel twin 670cc motor makes 46.9 hp at 6,250 rpm and 44.3 lb/ft of torque at 4,250 rpm.
Sources: topspeed.com, autopromag.com, ridermagazine.com, motorcycle.com