New Bikes vs. Used Bikes For The Same Price

2014 Honda XR650L

2014 Honda XR650L


Most bikes in the dual-sport class are either prehistoric dinosaurs or high-strung race bikes from Austria, which don’t make great used decisions due to their insane service requirements. Bikes like the DR-Z400S, XR650L and WR250R all hover around the $7,000 price point. But, you can find them used starting around $1,000. Spend a little more for one in good condition, with the common upgrades already carried out and you’ll be onto a real bargain.

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster


In 1969, the Harley-Davidson Sportster received the most significant change in its now 57-year-long lifespan — electric start. So why buy new? The cheapest 2014 model starts at $8,399 and is essentially identical to every other Sportster produced in the last five decades. We found this one on eBay for just $3,400.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Sport Tourer

The new Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is fast, comfortable and capable. And a bargain at just $11,399. But, the BMW K 13000 S is even faster, more comfortable and more capable. Here’s a 2010 model for just $11,500.

2014 Triumph Bonneville 2014 Triumph Bonneville


The Triumph Bonneville is the retro motorcycle. New, they cost $7,899. If you’re shopping used, look for a 2009 and on base model Bonneville which has the new, fuel-injected motor and 17-inch wheels which will accommodate modern tires. Since that year, the bike has been largely unaltered and you can find them starting around $5,000. They’re popular though, so they go quick.

Of course, for even less money, you could get a real classic motorcycle. We love the Honda CB400/4. Here’s a restored example going for just $3,950.

2014 Yamaha FJR1300 2014 Yamaha FJR1300


If you’re putting in big highway miles, it’s hard to beat the $15,8990 Yamaha FJR1300. Unless of course you’re riding the even more comfortable Honda Gold Wing. Here’s an example of the first year of the current model with just 17,000 miles on it (barely broken in) for just $9,500. Spend the money you save on chrome gewgaws and CB radios.

What are the best used bike bargains you’ve found online?

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