Shopping for a new bike? You’re in luck. You can now get a better bike than ever, cheaper than ever, with better performance. Here’s 2014′s best motorcycle bargains.
1. 2014 Aprilia RSV4 APRC — $13,999
A 180 bhp, exotic Italian literbike for $14,000? The RSV4 R is one of the smoothest, fastest, best handling bikes out there and you can get it for cheaper than a Yamaha R1. Compared to that bike, it has smoother fueling, higher quality suspension, a more powerful motor and a real V4, as well as a superior electronic rider aid system. ABS is a grand more, but only really worth the upgrade if you plan on commuting.
2. Yamaha FZ-09 — $7,990
Things aren’t perfect in the FZ-09′s suspension or fueling departments (a common Yamaha niggle), but you are getting a 113 bhp, 63 lb.-ft. triple for $1,400 cheaper than a Triumph Street Triple. A killer naked all-rounder, you could commute on the FZ-09 on weekdays, then scratch on it at weekends. Or on the way home… The choice is yours.
3. Star Bolt — $7,990
Or, if style is more you thing, the Star Bolt is superior to the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 in every conceivable way, while retailing for over $400 cheaper. As a bonus, it also features massively superior build quality to the new 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 750, while only costing $490 more.
4. Honda CB500X ABS — $6,499
If you’re like most people in the US and live in an urban area, you’ll find this little Honda to be a superior, more practical ride than either the Suzuki V-Strom 650 or Honda NC700X. Combining little bike accessibility and flickability with big bike comfort and practicality, the CB500X has found a just-right formula that’s equally brilliant in town, on a mountain road or slogging down the highway. We think it’s worth the $500 premium over the CB500F for its more spacious riding position and surprisingly effective fairing, too.
5. Kawasaki Ninja 1000 — $11,999
Want a fast bike that can do it all? Commute, tour, luggage, passenger, maybe even a track day? The Ninja 1000 is probably the most versatile sport motorcycle on sale today, making pretty much any sport tourer look overpriced, overcomplicated and, now that it makes 140 bhp, making most of them look slow, too.