YES; $10,000 is still a lot of money, but; it’s not 1973 anymore and you really do get a lot of motorcycle for that much now.
NO; buying new is not the most economical way to go, but; a lot of people have no choice.
Besides, interest rates are at historical lows, and the fact is that brand-new bikes are about as easy to take care of as a Toyota Camry. For every old guy who misses carburetors and “wrenching,” there are five or 10 young ones out riding around happily oblivious to what they’re missing.
Check out the CCG Spendthrifty SE7EN, then; courtesy of the real Rough Riders over at MOTORCYCLE.com, the 2018 TOP 10 NEW MOTORCYCLES For UNDER $10,000:
1. 2018 TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE S
The top-line RS version of this bike will set you back $12,500, while the Triumph R starts at $11,200 – but the base version S can be yours for $9,900. That sounds like a bargain for this thoroughly redesigned 765cc . A claimed output of 113 horses should be around 110 at the wheel, since the RS we dynoed here made 119 of a claimed 123. The 366-pound dry weight Triumph claims for all three Striples translated to 417 pounds with 4.6 gallons of fuel on the MO scales – remarkably light. You don’t get the upgraded suspension of the costlier Triples, nor the TFT display and onboard computer. You do get probably the sweetest sporty streetbike on the planet for under $10k.
2. 2018 INDIAN SCOUT SIXTY
Indian begat the Scout in 2015. Shortly after that, it realized it needed a sub-$10k bike to compete with the Harley 883. They sleeved the Scout down to 999cc (61 cubic inches), removed one gear from the six-speed box that nobody will ever miss, slashed the price by $2000, and Bob’s your most fun uncle for $8,999. On the other hand, your Uncle 883 is also greatly improved these last few years, and still sells for the same $8,999. It’s almost a tie here, but the advantage goes to the Indian.
3. 2018 KTM DUKE 690
Totally remodelled for 2018, this 693cc single-cylinder overachiever pumps out something like 70 horsepower, with twin counterbalancers that render it so smooth you wouldn’t know it’s a Thumper when you’re sailing easily along at 80 purrr. Throw in the fact that the KTMDuke’s claimed dry weight is 327 pounds, and you should begin to get the picture.
4. 2018 VERSYS 650 LT
If you know where else you can get a solid ADV bike like this one, with key-matched bags and hand guards, for $8,999, let us know. The base model Versys 650 was already one of our favorite play bikes (even when we’re not playing). Kawasaki gave it rubber front engine mounts in its last redesign, and you could pretty much ride this one anywhere in complete serenity.
5. 2018 KAWASAKI Z900
It’s not quite as powerful as the Suzuki, nor the Z1000 Kawasaki it replaces, but 116 horses and 68 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheel always feel like plenty, especially given the discount over those other two bikes (neither of which fit under our $10k threshold). The all-new Z also looks fantastic in that green iridescent tube frame, and it’s the smoothest-running big Four in a long time.
6. 2018 HONDA NC700X DCT
For its amazing versatility and ease of use – particularly with DCT, and particularly at the gas pump, where it gets over 60 mpg; the Honda NC750X (pictured here) will be here later in the year, with a small bump in performance and price, but for now the updated-last-year 700 will do just fine.
7. 2018 YAMAHA MT-07
You can go “Sport Heritage” XSR700 or 900 if you want to spend more money and prefer that look their best when it’s really dark. But, with an MSRP of just $7,599, you won’t find anything in Yamaha’s line or anyone else’s that matches the MT-07’s price/performance ratio. It barely weighs 400 pounds all gassed up, has a torquey, eager little marmot of a 689cc parallel-Twin, and loves to tear up backroads, freeways, and everything in between. Comfortably and economically.