The 15 Best New Motorcycles Under $10,000 to Buy in 2022

Photo: BMW F 900 R

Considering one can purchase a variety of new cars for the same figure, it can be difficult to justify the purchase of a new $20K-$30K motorcycle — especially if the bike isn’t being used for commuting, grocery-getting, and other daily around-town duties. Fortunately, the two-wheeled space has grown increasingly competitive over the last few years, with a slew of new motorcycles than can now be had for less than five figures.

While there’s no shortage of bikes being sold for under $10K, the reality is that these machines are seldom created equal, with some offering markedly better performance and bang-for-your-buck than others. With more than 300 sub-$10K models from which to currently choose, it can be difficult to sort through all the available options in order to hone in on the few standout offerings within this price point. So, with this in mind, we’ve broken down the segment to shine a light on the best new motorcycles for under $10,000. In addition to counting down our picks for the best sub-$10K scoots, we’ll also be delving into what to look for when shopping for a motorcycle and how to find the bike that’s right for you.

Moto Shopping 101

Bike-Buying Pointers

While there are dozens of factors one can take into account when shopping around for a new motorcycle, we’ve broken down half a dozen of the most pivotal to factor in when looking to buy a bike. Below, we’ll briefly delve into each of those six areas.

Style Of Bike: Motorcycles come in a wide variety of styles, making it well worth your while to explore the different genres that are on the market before pulling the trigger on your purchase. For more info on this, be sure to check out our guide to the different types of motorcycles.

Weight: Lighter motorcycles are markedly easier to control. As a result, it’s important to review the weight of a particular bike, as this will play a major role in how easy it is to pilot. While many new bikes feature reduced power modes, one still has to contend with the full weight of the bike regardless of what engine map is being used.

Engine: As the heart of the motorcycle, an engine is extremely important. When looking at this area, you’ll want to consider engine size (displacement), the number of cylinders, engine configuration, cooling system, cam setup, and power output.

Power: When coupled with a bike’s curb weight, a motorcycle’s power figures give a real-world idea of how it will perform, as well as how it stacks up against the competition. These numbers are conveyed via horsepower and torque figures — both of which are typically measured at the crankshaft.

Running Gear: While a bike’s speed and power are largely owed to the engine, its handling and braking capabilities mainly boil down to its running gear. This includes the chassis itself, as well as the front and rear suspension components, and the braking hardware.

Technology & Safety Features: Over the last few years, major manufacturers have been bestowing bikes with an impressive host of tech and safety features. This includes elements such as smartphone connectivity, onboard diagnostics, lean angle-sensitive antilock braking systems, and advanced launch, wheelie, slide, and traction control systems, just to name but a few.

Selecting A Steed

Finding The Moto That’s Right For you

There’s a myriad of factors one should use to help guide their search when shopping for a new motorcycle, however, there are two primary areas that should trump all others. The first of these two factors is your intended use, as this will help narrow down the type of bike that will be best for your intended riding applications (such as a cruiser for touring, an ADV bike for off-roading, a sport bike for track days, etc). The next main area to think about is your skill and experience level, as this will help dictate what size engine you should opt for. A good general rule when kicking off your riding career is to stay under the 500cc mark, as these machines will be much more forgiving and easier to learn on compared to full-sized cruisers or superbikes.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

First introduced in 2016, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a remarkably approachable and incredibly affordable bare-bones adventure bike. Constructed around a half-duplex split cradle frame paired with long-travel suspension, this entry-level ADV model boasts a 31.5-inch seat height, an off-road-ready spoked wheelset with a 21” front hoop and a 17” rear item, and a slew of mounting points for luggage, jerry cans, and other pieces of gear. Offered in six solid, camo, and two-tone livery options, the Himalayan also packs a few surprisingly premium features for a sub-$5,000 bike such as switchable ABS, an LCD display, RE’s Google-powered Tripper moto GPS device, and connectivity to the Royal Enfield smartphone app. 

Style: Adventure Bike
Engine: Air-Cooled 411cc Single-Cylinder
Power: 24.3HP & 23.6FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 438LBS

Purchase: $4,499+

KTM RC 390

The beneficiary of a recent major model overhaul and facelift, KTM’s latest RC390 is a high-end, high-performance take on a small-displacement sportbike. Despite its accessible MSRP, the RC390 actually sports a myriad of high-end features such as multiple engine maps, traction control, a quick-shifter, a slipper clutch, Bosch 9.1MP Two-Channel ABS, a TFT display, clip-on handlebars that are adjustable by 10mm, and a stainless steel exhaust with an aluminum silencer that’s inspired by the unit found on KTM’s RC16 MotoGP bike. Powered by a state-of-the-art liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with carbon-coated cam levers, the RC390 also packs a new Bionic wheel design, a newly-designed chassis and bolt-on subframe, radial-mount four-pot ByBre calipers chomping down on 320mm discs, and all-new WP APEX suspension fore and aft with a 43mm inverted fork and a fully-adjustable monoshock out back.

Style: SuperSport
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 373cc Single
Power: 43HP & 27.3FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 364.5LBS

Purchase: $5,799+

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield’s Continental GT 650 is a retro-inspired cafe racer with modern performance and reliability. Crafted around a double-cradle frame, the Continental GT 650 features a circular headlight, a knee-dented tank, a sweeping set of reverse cone-style chrome mufflers, rear-sets, and a pair of clip-ons that together afford a fairly relaxed riding position that still allows for a hunched-over “attack” stance in the corners. The immense popularity of this model has also given way to a host of available aftermarket parts and even a few transformative bolt-on kits. 

Style: Retro-Inspired Standard | Cafe Racer
Engine: Air & Oil-Cooled 648cc Parallel-Twin
Power: 47.6HP & 38.3FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 445.3LBS

Purchase: $5,999+

Suzuki DR-Z 400SM

One of the first-ever factory-built SuperMoto models, Suzuki’s DR-Z400SM was first introduced in 2005 around the height of the Supermotard craze. Based on the Zook’s DR-Z400S dual-sport, the SM — or “SuperMoto” — spec of the bike ditches its off-road wheelset and knobby tires in favor of a smaller set of sportbike-inspired 17” spoked anodized aluminum Excel wheels shod in sticky street rubber. The DR-Z400SM also boasts a gold-anodized inverted fork and an MX-style monoshock — both of which are fully adjustable. At the heart of the DR-Z is a 398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine with push-button electric starting, a high-mount exhaust, and a factory skid plate.

Style: SuperMoto
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 398cc Single
Power: 39HP & 29FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 322LBS

Purchase: $7,599+

Moto Guzzi V7

Though motorcycles that are designed and constructed in Italy tend to come at a financial premium, Moto Guzzi’s V7 range starts from just under $9,000. Taking ample influence from Guzzi’s 1960s and 1970s models, the V7 sports unmistakably vintage styling with redesigned side panels, a truncated mudguard, new sports-style aluminum wheels, all-LED lighting, and a completely redesigned exhaust setup. In typical Guzzi fashion, the V7 is powered by a transverse-mounted 90-degree V-Twin engine that’s derived from the mill used in the brand’s V85 TT model. The V7 is also good for 65hp and around 54ft-lbs of torque — more than 80% of which is accessible at just 3,000rpm — representing a 25% bump in power over the V7’s predecessor. 

Style: Retro-Inspired Standard
Engine: Air-Cooled 850cc V-Twin
Power: 65HP & 53.8FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 480.6LBS

Purchase: $8,990+

Scrambler Ducati Icon Dark

Modeled after the Italian marque’s original Scrambler motorcycles from the early 1960s, the revived version of the Ducati Scrambler was first launched in 2015 and now accounts for more than one-quarter of the Bologna brand’s overall sales. The only full-sized member of Ducati’s Scrambler family available for under $10,000, the Icon Dark-spec is a blacked-out version of the base model Scrambler Ducati that sports machine-finished aluminum belt covers, interchangeable aluminum side panels, a new flatter seat design, and blacked-out cylinder heads contrasted via brushed aluminum cooling fins. In addition to the new matte black livery, the Ducati also boasts dual-channel Bosch Cornering ABS, a Ducati Multimedia System-ready display with fuel and gear indicator levels, and a hydraulic clutch with an adjustable lever.

Style: Retro-Inspired Standard
Engine: Air-Cooled 803cc L-Twin
Power: 73HP & 48.8FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 417LBS

Purchase: $8,995+

BMW F 900 R

The F 900 R is a sub-$10K BMW roadster with distinctive muscular styling, high-end running gear, and thoroughly modern performance capabilities. Tipping the scales at 465lbs at the curb, the F 900 R is kicked along by a water-cooled 895cc twin-cylinder engine that pumps out just under 100hp and 67ft-lbs of torque — figures that afford the Bavarian-built roadster a 125-mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of only 3.2 seconds. In typical BMW fashion, the F 900 R comes loaded with premium componentry and a robust suite of tech, including an inverted fork, a 12V socket, a 6.5” TFT display with BMW Motorrad Connectivity, adjustable hand brake and clutch levers, all-LED lighting, and multiple ride modes including a dedicated rain mode. 

Style: Sport Roadster
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 895cc Parallel-Twin
Power: 99HP & 67FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 465LBS

Purchase: $8,995+

Yamaha YZF-R7

Sharing its name with a turn-of-the-millennium-era homologation special, Yamaha’s new YZF-R7 is an incredibly unique sports bike that actually makes for a fairly reasonable and practical commuter. The R7 is essentially just the Japanese moto brand’s MT-07, with the same chassis and CP2 twin-engine, only they’ve been dressed in the sleek MotoGP-inspired bodywork of Yamaha’s popular YZF-R6 — all while costing $3,200 less than the 600cc i4 supersport. On top of featuring a 3.5” TFT display, the R7 also gets an impressive suite of tech that includes a six-axis IMU-regulated slide, lift, and traction control systems that all work together — and collectively comprise a best-in-class control tech package. 

Style: SuperSport
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 689cc Parallel-Twin
Power: 72.4HP & 49.4FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 414LBS

Purchase: $8,999+

Kawasaki Z900

In terms of dollar-for-dollar performance, it really is hard to beat Kawasaki’s Z900. Powered by a potent liquid-cooled 948cc inline-four, the Z900 puts down 113hp and just over 73ft-lbs of torque — figures that enable the 467-pound naked sportbike to achieve a top speed of over 150mph and the ability to reach 60mph from a complete standstill in only 3.1 seconds. What’s more, the Z900’s $9.2K MSRP also gets you a TFT display with connectivity to Kawasaki’s RIDEOLOGY app, high-performance suspension and braking packages, multiple power modes, antilock brakes, and a traction control system. In addition to the special 50th Anniversary Edition variant, Kawasaki also sells a top-of-the-line SE-spec Z900 for $10,699 that gains an Ohlins S45 monoshock, an upgraded fork, Brembo brakes, steel-braided lines, and a host of other noteworthy upgrades.

Style: Naked Sportbike
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 948cc Inline-Four
Power: 113HP & 73.1FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 467.5LBS

Purchase: $9,199+

Zero FXS

While most electric motorcycles are significantly more expensive than their petrol-powered counterparts, Zero’s FXS is an exception to this rule. This lightweight fully-electric SuperMoto bike is powered by Zero’s ZF3.6 high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor, which is paired with the brand’s CYPHER II operating system, a 550 amp, three-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration, and a Z-Force Li-Ion intelligent modular battery pack. Backed by a five-year warranty battery and requiring only 4.6 hours for a complete recharge, this 3.6-kWh cell affords a 50-mile city range, 30 miles of freeway autonomy, and a combined 37 miles. The FXS’s running gear is also fairly top-shelf, with ninth-generation Bosch ABS-equipped brakes, and a 41mm inverted Showa fork and 40mm piggy-back reservoir monoshock. The FXS also makes 78ft-lbs of torque — meaning it makes slightly more than Ducati’s Panigale V2 while weighing 189lbs less than the Italian superbike. 

Style: SuperMoto
Engine: Permanent Magnet Brushless Motor
Power: 27HP & 78FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 251LBS

Purchase: $9,295+

Honda CB650R

The mid-sized member of Honda’s Neo-Sports Cafe (or NSC) lineup, the CB650R is a naked sportbike that combines retro styling cues with modern design language. Powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc inline-four engine with bulletproof reliability, the CB650R features a slipper-assist clutch, Honda Selectable Torque Control, a steel backbone chassis, a beautiful flowing four-into-one exhaust, lightweight ten-spoke star-style cast wheels, and dual ABS-equipped radial-mounted quad-piston calipers biting down on oversized 320mm rotors. And, as Honda has repeatedly demonstrated through numerous dealership build-offs, the CB650R also makes for a stellar modern platform for customization. 

Style: Naked Sportbike
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 649cc Inline-Four
Power: 95HP & 42.4FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 445LBS

Purchase: $9,299+

Triumph Street Twin

Based on the Bonneville platform, the Triumph Street Twin is a stellar middleweight modern classic that features improved power, better handling, and superior braking compared to its predecessor — thanks to a retuned engine, upgraded 41mm KYB cartridge forks, and Brembo four-pot calipers. This sub-$10K Bonnie-style bike also boasts a brushed stainless steel two-into-two exhaust system with twin silencers, an immobilizer transponder-equipped key, all-LED lighting, an LCD display, cast-aluminum wheels, and a retro-inspired bench-seat with an ultra-low seat height at 30.3″. Offered in multiple colors and several trim levels, the Street Twin also requires minimal maintenance, only needing servicing once a year (or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first).

Style: Standard
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 900cc Parallel-Twin
Power: 64.1HP & 59FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 476LBS

Purchase: $9,695+

Harley-Davidson Iron 883

A mid-weight cruiser from America’s favorite motorcycle brand, the Iron 883 is a nimble motorcycle designed for urban commuting and exploration. Powering the cruiser is the MoCo’s air-cooled, rubber-mounted 883cc Evolution engine — an American-made V-Twin that’s good for around 50hp and 54ft-lbs of torque. Completing the package is a set of mid-mounted foot controls, a peanut-style tank, a bobbed single-rider saddle, a blacked-out set of headers and mufflers, and a pair of blacked-out nine-spoke wheels with machined exposed metal highlights. And, while Harley-Davidson discontinued the 883 for the 2022 model year, 2021 examples are still readily available on the showroom floor — as well as on the used market. 

Style: Cruiser
Engine: Air-Cooled 883cc V-Twin
Power: 49HP & 53.8FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 564LBS

Purchase: $9,749+

Yamaha XSR900

Engineered from the ground up to be incredibly modular and conducive to customization, the Yamaha XSR900 is a retro-inspired standard that was first brought to market in 2016. The XSR900 is essentially a vintage-inspired version of the Tuning Fork Company’s MT-09 hyper-naked, sharing the MT’s 890cc CP3 triple and aluminum chassis — the latter of which is created using state-of-the-art controlled-filling diecast technology. Riding on a set of model-exclusive 10-spoke aluminum spin-forged wheels, the latest XSR900 has also received a major redesign that draws obvious inspiration from vintage Grand Prix racers with its circular headlight and boxy tail section. Despite its retro styling, the XSR900 comes loaded with tech, boasting an advanced Yamaha chip-controlled ride-by-wire throttle with an accelerator position sensor grip, lean-angle sensitive traction-control, brake-control, and a lift-control system — all of which are now regulated via an all-new six-axis IMU. 

Style: Standard | Retro-Inspired Naked
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 890cc Inline-Three
Power: 106HP & 65FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 425LBS

Purchase: $9,999+

Yamaha Ténéré 700

Based on the MT-07’s 689cc DOHC parallel-twin platform, the Ténéré 700 is an immensely-capable mid-sized adventure bike that is off-road-ready right off the showroom floor. Constructed around a high-strength tubular steel double-cradle frame, the T7 sports an inverted 43mm fork and a linkage-type rear shock that afford 8.3” and 7.9” of travel, respectively. The Ténéré 700 also gets 9.4” of ground clearance, dirt-ready braking hardware with switchable ABS, and a rugged, off-road-focused 21” front/18” rear spoked wheelset. There’s also an enormous range of available aftermarket upgrades for the Ténéré 700 that bolster its already impressive off-road prowess.

Style: Adventure Bike
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 689cc Parallel-Twin
Power: 72.1HP & 50.15FT-LBS
Curb Weight: 425LBS

Purchase: $10,000+

The 12 Best Motorcycles You Can Buy Off the Lot


Want to check out a wider selection of motorcycles that aren’t confined to the sub-$10K price bracket? Then be sure to look at our guide to the best new motorcycles you can buy off the lot for a dozen additional two-wheeled picks.