6. Ducati 899 Panigale — $14,995
Sure, the 899 is more expensive than the faster RSV4 R, but it is also $3,000 cheaper than the base 1199 and is actually the better bike. If you want a Panigale, the 899 will not only save you money, but deliver sweeter handling, greater agility and a smoother, more exploitable engine. Making 148 bhp, it’s not exactly slow, either.
7. Triumph Street Triple R — $9,999
Not only is the Street Triple R our absolute pick of the entire Triumph range (it’s more fun on the road than even the Daytona 675R or Speed Triple), but it’s probably the best buy out there if you want a fun, practical sport motorcycle for street riding. It also has superior suspension and fueling to the admittedly more powerful FZ-09. The Striple R really is just that much sweeter, making it an absolute blast to rider in town, in the mountains or even on track.
8. 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 — $12,699
With a TL-based V-twin, the new V-Strom 1000 can run with any of the big ADV bikes, while coming in at thousands and thousands of dollars cheaper. Suzuki has maximized practicality and comfort with this new model, meaning it should hit a sweet spot for distance riders. If I was buying a new bike in 2014, it’d be this one.
9. EBR 1190RX — $18,995
Want a motorcycle that can stop anyone in their tracks? Want to be the fastest guy at a track day? Well, Erik Buell’s newest bike will be both rare and, making 102 lb.-ft. of torque, incredibly fast. A rare, handmade, American superbike for under $20,000? Yes please.
10. Honda CRF250L — $4,699
On a budget and just want a practical, fun, cool-looking bike to ride around town? The CRF250L is near perfect within the confines of a city or, if you want to get dirty, you can bomb trails on it over the weekend. It’s not the fastest bike out there, but it’s so light, slim and easy to ride that you’ll find yourself hustling this thing at a good clip.