Find the Best Motorcycle Under 10000 Bucks!

Motorcycles are much like people-we come in different shapes, styles, colors, strengths, and weaknesses. But unlike people, those motorcycles are paired with a price point. The beauty is that there’s a perfect bike out there for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding it. While the selection process can be a stressful one, especially if you're a beginner, it doesn’t have to be. And while there’s plenty of pricey options for you to drool over, there are just as many affordable options that are just as good, if not better. Expensive does not always equal ‘better’. But you have to be careful because there’s plenty of brands and choices out there that are ‘affordable’ or ‘a steal’ for a reason.

While you should decide your own budget that you’re comfortable with, we’re going to gaze over our personal favorite bikes that are all under $10K. We’ll offer a variety of brands so that you can really get a feel for the options out there. These are in no particular order, so you’ll have to take these babies for a ride and decide that order for yourself:


Honda Rebel 500

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If you’re looking for a very recent bike-within the past year and is a smile towards a Honda icon, this might be a great choice for you. This bike is going to be a perfect option for those that aren’t too familiar with riding, but really want a bike that’s easy to navigate and maneuver. It has a low seat height at 27.2-inches, a low ride bar, and mid-mount pegs, and all of those qualities help to contribute to an effortless ride. It’s easy to handle because it’s lighter than a lot of its competitors, but it still holds strong and sturdy when it comes to cornering clearance. The 43mm fork handles breaking like a breeze, and the linear clutch is spot on. Here are some more specifics for you:

Price: $5,999
Horsepower: 45.9                    
Miles per gallon: 61         
Weight: 408 lbs
Fuel capacity: 3 gallons
Engine type: 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke


Yamaha Bolt

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This is a great pick and a best-selling option from this past year. If you want a bike that has a need for speed, but still has the looks to back it up, take this one for a ride. This one is perfect for bike customization, so if you’re looking for a bike you can make your own, take a look at this. This bike is compact, also has a low seat height of 27.2-inches, and is very light. It sports a very 1970’s look, so it looks like it’s rich in history even though it’s a newer model. It’s got a great rear suspension and 12-spoke wheels and handles the road very easily. It’s easy to make this bike your own and many different people, no matter their riding experience, would feel very at home on it.

Price: $7,999
Miles per gallon: 51
Weight: 542 lbs
Fuel capacity: 3.4 gallons
Engine type: 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled SOHC V-twin; 4 valves


Harley Davidson Iron 883

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This bike is retro, retro, retro, but still has some of the modern day performance you’d want. It really is a blast from the past, so if that look and style are your forte, have at it! It comes with some updated emulsion shocks that help it to ride the road well, and its cartridge helps it handle bumpy or uneven sections, so this is a good potential option for an urban area. It’s a classic bike for a person that can value the classics, so if you’re looking for a perfectly modern option, this might not be the right choice. It’s also a good contender if you’re looking to customize, so keep that in mind. While it has a lean angle of 28 degrees, touching down shouldn’t be a problem. It sports a 19-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear, but it won’t throw you off balance because of the width. This is a secure feeling bike that you really can’t go wrong with, and it’s got that Harley class.

Price: $8,999
Horsepower: 46.7
Miles per gallon: 51
Weight: 545 lbs
Fuel capacity: 3.3 gallons
Engine type: Air-Cooled, Evolution


Indian Scout Sixty

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What’s the first impression that comes to mind when you see this bike? It’s a beauty. Indians are known for their unique, yet classic look and this bike is no exception to that. It is $2,300 less than its Indian Scout brother, but you really won’t feel like you’ve lost anything with the price decrease. It’s all about comfort and feel and just as fast as you need it to be. It has a five-speed gearbox, and that means it vibrates a bit for that more ‘traditional’ feel. The stock seat isn’t super comfortable, so this may not be a good option if you’re looking for a bike to ride for a long-haul drive ( we’d suggest a touring bike, in that case) but its performance will make up for it. It’s got 65 lb-ft of torque and is more of a cruiser than a sports bike. All around, it’s a great option!

Price: $8,999
Horsepower: 78
Miles per gallon: 50
Weight: 524 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 3.3 gallons
Engine Type: Liquid-Cooled V-Twin

Kawasaki Vulcan S

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This bike is a much different style choice and look than the previous four options. It’s a hybrid combination between a cruiser and a sports bike, with attributes from both styles and functions. It’s very similar to the Ninja 650 sport bike, but with some key differences. It has a much more shortened suspension, they’ve changed up the ergonomics, relaxed the look and feel, and tuned up the motor for more torque. It has a 28 percent increase when it comes to flywheel mass, which means it has great response that acts smoothly. The six-speed gearbox is fluid, and that’s a keyword to describe what a ride on this thing feels like. If you’re looking for an option that has pep in its step and has a more ‘sporty’ look than a traditional style, take this for a spin!

Price: $7,099
Horsepower: 54.0
Miles per gallon: 45
Weight: 498.3 lbs  
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons
Engine Type: 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled

Regardless of what your personal favorite is on the list, all of these bikes are great potential options, all without putting a hefty dent in your wallet. They prove to ride well, are easy to handle, and have a look and feel that will be sure to catch a few looks. You really can’t go wrong with any of these picks, so it’s up to you to decide what the perfect fit for you it!

Let us know down below what your favorite from this list is, or if you have a personal favorite that you think we skipped!

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