The 10 Best New Motorcycles Under $10,000

Aug 6, 2019

Category: Rides

As the saying goes, “new car fever” is as real as the common cold when purchasing a fresh vehicle. From visualizing yourself hitting the open road to popping the hood and inspecting a flawless engine block for the taking, this is one experience with which all guys can relate. Not surprisingly, the same goes for motorcycles. And while new car budgets are a thing to consider strongly when stepping foot on the dealer lot, motorcycle budgets can be a bit more strict.

That’s where specifically-priced new motorcycles come in handy — under $10,000 to be exact — because more often than not, this price range is catered toward intermediate to advanced riders. And where beginners might prefer to look to the under $5,000 price range, the seasoned riders look for more power behind the throttle and more style in execution. What results is our list of the best new motorcycles under $10,000 you can buy that range from your standard cruisers to more sporty builds.

2018 Suzuki GSX250R

For the more sporty riders out there, this mean street machine alludes to track days and tight turns on winding mountain roads. It’s the GSX250R that brings the thrill of Suzuki’s Katana sport bike heritage to the rest of us and features a 248cc parallel-twin engine, a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, bright halogen headlight, a slim fuel tank, KYB suspension components, and new 10-spoke wheels for added style.

Category: Sport
Engine: 248cc parallel twin
Colors: Red, White, Black

Purchase: $4,549+

2018 Honda Rebel 500

If you’re up for anything from weekend rides to daily commuting, the 2018 Honda Rebel 500 features everything we know and love about the 300 but with a little more juice under the saddle. Complete with a low-slung seat, blacked out paint job (if you go that route) and a compact frame, the Rebel 500 is an ergonomically-favored ride that hosts a 471cc parallel twin engine that’s hailed as one of their best ever. Additionally, superior handling results in near-sport bike precision on winding roadways but with all the comfort a seat height of 27.2 inches offers.

Category: Cruiser
Engine: 471cc parallel twin
Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Silver

Purchase: $6,100+

2018 Kawasaki Z650

For a more aggressive sport bike, lean into the all-new Kawasaki Z650 for a full-on adrenaline-fueled ride to and from the office on the weekdays and at the track on the weekends. For that, you can thank the bike’s 649cc parallel twin engine for peak performance, an assist and slipper clutch for smooth downshifting, a modern body style for that sporty appearance, and enhanced handling compliments of a lightweight trellis chassis, telescopic front fork, low seat height, wide handlebars, and unique footpeg positions for a relaxed knee bend.

Category: Naked Sportbike
Engine: 649cc parallel twin
Colors: Black, Green

Purchase: $7,000+

2018 Yamaha Bolt R Spec

Can’t go wrong with a bobber for city cruising. And thanks to the Yamaha Bolt R-Spec, that classic bobber design is complemented by a powerful 942cc V-twin engine and a set of piggyback shocks for a smooth ride. Modern urban performance is the name of the game here, with a bit of old school swagger of course, which is why Yamaha knocked it out of the park with this killer rendition. Additional noteworthy features include a stripped-down look, low seat design, and a build that’s begging for customization.

Category: Bobber
Engine: 942cc V-twin
Colors: Blue, Gray

Purchase: $8,400+

Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone

In pure stealth mode paired with reliable mechanics and performance to boot, this sleek ride from Moto Guzzi is sure to turn heads on the road. Also, with such a fine design, it’s hard to believe this is indeed a bone stock ride straight off the dealer lot. Notable performance features include a 744cc V-twin engine, a light alloy swingarm, two shock absorbers with an adjustable spring preload, and ABS braking. Can’t go wrong here for the price point.

Category: Standard
Engine: 471cc parallel twin
Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Silver

Purchase: $8,490+

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900

Bringing back the classic cruiser vibes of yesteryear but with a touch of modernity is never a bad look for a motorcycle. Thankfully, Kawasaki’s Vulcan 900 does just that — featuring a one-of-a-kind attitude compliments of a tall front wheel, drag-style chrome handlebars, and a lowered seat for that laid-back lifestyle. Additionally, it’s hard to go wrong with a fuel-injected 903cc V-twin engine and custom styling with an iconic tear-drop tank, parallel slash-cut pipes, and pinstripe wheels and engine fins for extra style points.

Category: Cruiser
Engine: 903cc V-twin
Colors: Green and Black

Purchase: $8,500+

Triumph Street Twin

Typically Triumph is a tough entry barrier for those on a budget. Not the case with the Triumph Street Twin though. As a contemporary Bonneville, it’s positioned as a fun and accessible ride that will still provide that white-knuckle experience via a high-torque 900cc engine parallel twin engine. Here, we have a bike complete with a low seat height and a stripped back look to keep things casual, ABS braking, Traction Control, an electric Ride-By-Wire system for enhanced throttle control, torque assist clutch, and bespoke chassis for precision handling on the road.

Category: Standard
Engine: 900cc parallel twin
Colors: Black, White, Silver, Red

Purchase: $9,100+

Ducati Scrambler Sixty 2

Leave it up to Ducati to take the scrambler style and perfect it with assertion for both our on and off-road enjoyment. The Scrambler Sixty2 is one such model from the Ducati Scrambler lineup that’s inspired by the youth culture surrounding skating and surfing — making this the most popular scrambler of all time for the brand. It’s powered by a 399cc L-twin engine and rides atop a set of Pirelli dual-sport tires, a lowered seat, a steel tank, and an LCD dashboard complete with an aluminum cover.

Category: Dual Sport
Engine: 399cc L-twin
Colors: Orange

Purchase: 9,250+

2018 Yamaha XSR9000

Taking their timeless sporty performance and blending it with handsome retro styling, the XSR900 is one of Yamaha’s greatest builds as of late. Think of this ride as a fine machine made for riders in search of an authentic bike with peak performance to boot. For that, we can thank the ride’s 847cc liquid-cooled inline three-cylinder engine, a Yamaha Fuel Injection with YCC-T, a single shock suspension, an adjustable Traction Control System, ABS braking, and a compact chassis for a sporty feel.

Category: Standard
Engine: 847cc 3-cylinder
Colors: Rapid Red

Purchase: $9,500+

2019 Harley Davidson Iron 1200

Who would have thought you could own a brand new Harley-Davidson for less than $10,000? Well, luckily the iconic American builders have released the 2019 Iron 1200 that takes the thrill of a Harley ride and strips it to the bare essentials. Let’s not get distracted from the engine, however, because this thing means business. In this case, that comes in the form of a 1200cc Evolution engine that’s been blacked out to fit the overall aesthetic while throwback ‘70s custom tank art and more blacked-out frame finish the package quite nicely. Additional features include a cafe solo seat, mini-ape handlebars, nine-spoke cast aluminum wheels, and a fixed speed screen for all the necessary instrument display.

Category: Cruiser
Engine: 1202cc evolution
Colors: Red, White, Black

Purchase: $9,999+

How To Buy Your First Motorcycle

If this is, in fact, your first purchase, we’d suggest reading up on how to buy your first motorcycle before hitting the dealership. You’d be amazed at what a little baseline knowledge can do.

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