There is no denying that at least once in our lives, we think about getting a motorcycle. However, not many come cheap when bought brand new. At the same time, what’s the point of a motorcycle if it isn’t powerful and stylish? That’s why it makes a lot of sense to buy a used bike, and it still is a hundred times better than bringing home a two-wheeled beast and never riding one, either.
There are plenty of motorcycles that are meant to be bought brand-new, and would never last long enough to be good secondhand deals. On the other hand, there are also those which are built so well, they would last years, even if bought pre-owned. Of course, these bikes are also pretty powerful, turning heads and perking up ears wherever they go. Here are 10 great used motorcycles that you could bring home today.
10/10 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6R ($4,500)
The Kawasaki ZX-6R remains one of the best starter motorcycles in the world today. So fast it doesn’t feel street legal sometimes, a 2006 ZX-6R rode on a 636cc engine, making 101.5 horsepower and 43.1 lb-ft of torque.
The ZX-6R finally crossed the 100-hp line starting in 2004, which makes a 2006 version a great deal for around $4,500. Over a decade-and-a-half old, the 2006 model is still pretty handsome, and the precise Japanese engineering just might impress you enough to make this your last motorcycle.
9/10 2000 Honda RVT1000R ($9,000)
One of the greatest V-twin motorcycles ever made, the Honda RVT100R beat Ducati at their own game in 2000, and once again in 2002. A fantastic street bike that can handle sporting as well as touring duties easily, a 2000-2006 model is still just as capable as it was back in the day.
Selling for around $9,000 is an MY2000 RVT1000R, and it remains a reliable machine. Honda is known for their reliable vehicles, and the RVT1000R was no exception. After all, this is the bike that set the template for the fiery CBR1000RR.
8/10 2009 Triumph Speed Triple ($4,900)
Triumph’s Speed Triple street bike has proven itself to be a great motorcycle. Pre-2000 models are to be avoided, however, owing to a problematic ground block. In the 2000s, however, the Speed Triple is a pretty refined and impressive bike to bring home.
The 955cc 12-valve triple engine made the Triple feel nimble and smooth, and a rather modern 2009 Triumph Speed Triple can be had today for under $5,000. If you’re lucky, you’d find it equipped with Triumph’s latest engine-management mapping, making for a lot less hassle when it comes to maintenance.
7/10 2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200X ($9,500)
Cruiser motorcycles in America are pretty much synonymous with Harley-Davidson, and when the 2010s began, the Harley XR1200X was easily the coolest XR and Sportster on the motorcycle market.
A single glance at the inverted fork and adjustable shocks of the XR1200X would have you falling in love with the bike, and rightly so. Not only could the XR1200X go like hell when needed, but it also provided an extremely comfortable and robust cruising experience. A decade old today, the 2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200X could be yours for around $9,500.
6/10 2010 Yamaha VMAX ($11,000)
It’s been over a decade since Yamaha introduced the VMAX, and the motorcycle has since proven itself over the years.
Armed with a monstrous 1,699-cc engine, the 2010 VMAX rode on a phenomenal 197 horsepower, making it an extremely special bike that you wouldn’t want to use as a daily cruiser. For just around $11,000, the 2010 VMAX still proves to be a great deal compared to the $18,000 asking price for the 2022 variant.
5/10 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500FI Classic ($4,000)
Anyone who owns a Kawasaki Vulcan will tell you the bike’s prime was clearly between 2000 and 2007. For about $4,000, a 2006 Vulcan 1500FI Classic comes easily, which is a great price for a great cruiser with a massive road presence.
The 1,470-cc engine gives the 1500FI Vulcan a smooth and comfortable ride, and if you feel like it, the motorcycle won’t complain when you ride it hard. Pre-2000 models of the Vulcan should be avoided like the plague, however, owing to clutch problems.
4/10 2007 Suzuki SV650S ($4,500)
It isn’t like you’d have to shell out a lot for a brand-new Suzuki SV650; the MSRP is $7,299. However, if you’re thinking of buying a first motorcycle for yourself, the 2007 variant is plenty good without pinching your pocket as much.
With 125 horsepower, the Suzuki SV650S is no slouch when it comes to power, and the bike holds a distinct style that sets it apart on the road. A cornering monster, the Suzuki SV650S might just impress you enough to either keep it or finally shell out for a new model.
3/10 2016 Indian Scout ($8,500)
The Indian Motorcycle Company introduced the Scout back in 2015, equipping it with a liquid-cooled 1133cc engine and asking about $10,999 for it.
The Scout came with a low seat that helped maneuverability, and its cast-aluminum frame made it stronger as well as lighter. Rather than spending $13,249 on a brand-new one, you’d be a lot better off spending somewhere around $8,500 for a 2016 variant, which remains as impressive as ever.
2/10 2005 Triumph Tiger 955i ($4,500)
Triumph built the Tiger 955i as quite bare-boned, but it was pretty stylish and remains so even today. Plus, shelling out $4,500 for a 955cc bike that makes over 100 horsepower is a fantastic deal.
Not only does the Tiger 955i promise a thrilling ride, but passers-by also won’t be able to have enough of the iconic ‘claw marks’ on the tank. The upright seat of the Tiger 955i continued providing a fantastic ride position, preventing any fatigue regardless of how long your trip might be.
1/10 2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 ($9,000)
The Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 is inarguably one of the best motorcycles out there, combining vintage style with modern engineering and premium levels of comfort and refinement.
Even an ’80s Sportster could prove to be a phenomenal purchase if you like them truly retro, but a used modern variant won’t break the bank either. While the current model year goes for $11,249, a fairly recent 2019 bike will cost considerably less without any compromise. Ultimately, you’d surely feel like the king of the road atop a Harley-Davidson 883.