Honda Motorcycles
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Honda Motorcycles

Known for
Cruisers, Dirt Bikes, Sport Bikes, Standard
Top Models
Honda Shadow
Honda Gold Wing
Honda Rebel 500
Founded
1949

Based in Japan, Honda is a multinational manufacturer of everything from lawnmowers to business jets. Now known for its high-quality cars and award-winning SUVs, it was founded as a motorcycle manufacturer in the period following World War II. Today Honda sells a vast array of new motorcycle models. If there’s a category of motorcycle, Honda likely has a product that actively competes in it, from urban scooters to powerful, luxurious touring bikes. Honda motorcycle prices range from around $1,500 for small air-cooled dirt bikes to $31,800 for a loaded 2019 Honda Gold Wing Tour with an airbag and automatic transmission. The average price for a Honda motorcycle is about $9,700. That’s the lowest average base price among major motorcycle companies. Shoppers looking for their first motorcycle have plenty to choose from in the Honda motorcycle lineup. The Honda CB300F has a low starting price of $4,349, a simple “naked bike” design, reliable fuel injection, and a small enough engine to qualify for low insurance rates.

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You can find the Honda brand name on a lot of products these days. Honda builds cars, SUVs, power equipment, off-road ATVs and UTVs, robotics, plus a whole lot more, and it sells these products all around the world. The brand truly owes its success to one product in particular though – the motorcycle. It was Honda’s early D-Type motorcycle that transformed the brand from small-time parts supplier to a global manufacturer in the years after World War II.

Now, the company produces dozens of motorcycle varieties, from barebones dirt bikes to high-powered highway cruisers. Read on to learn more about the current Honda motorcycles, their prices, and what type of bike is right for you.

Types of Honda Motorcycles

Honda has an exceptionally wide range of motorcycle styles to choose from. The most common types are cruisers, touring motorcycles, scooters, sport bikes, and standard motorcycles (often referred to as “naked” bikes due to their minimalist styling). The brand also has an extensive lineup of off-road motorcycles. These include dirt bikes, as well as road-legal models, which are referred to as dual-sport and adventure bikes.

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Honda Motorcycle Prices

The 2019 Honda motorcycle lineup ranges in price from around $2,500 to $31,800. The average price is about $9,000. Overall, these prices are a lot lower than what many competitors offer, making Honda a great starting point if you have a tighter budget. The least-expensive model in the 2019 lineup is the Honda Metropolitan scooter, which starts at just $2,499.

Honda’s dirt bike lineup has prices that range from about $1,500 up to $12,000.

2019 Honda Motorcycle Lineup

Honda’s jam-packed lineup can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s actually pretty simple. Honda uses code names to describe most of its models. Take the CBR300R for instance. The first few letters designate the class – CBR, or sport bike – and the following numbers indicate the engine displacement. In this case, it’s a 286cc engine. Understanding these codes can really help you find what you’re looking for.

The 2019 lineup includes standard motorcycles (CB) – CB300R, CB500F, CB650R, and CB1000R. There are sport bikes and supersport bikes (CBR) – CBR300R, CBR500R, CBR650R, CBR600RR, and CBR1000RR. Honda’s off-road motorcycles are designated by the ‘CRF’ and ‘XR’ codes. These include the CRF250L, CRF450L, XR650L, and CRF1000L, as well as a dozen dirt bikes models.

A few models deviate from this pattern. Honda’s smallest cruisers are known as the Rebel 300 and 500, and the larger cruisers go by the Shadow and Fury names. Honda’s premier touring motorcycle is known as the Gold Wing. There are some other variations and models that we’ll highlight in the appropriate sections below.

Honda Cruising Motorcycle

A cruiser is a great option if you’re looking for a motorcycle for everyday riding. Cruisers have a low seat height, a relaxed foot-forward riding position, and they tend to have a softer suspension – making them comfortable to ride over rough pavement and on longer outings. Honda offers four cruising motorcycles to pick from: the Rebel 300, Rebel 500, Shadow, and Fury.

Honda Rebel 300

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2019 Honda Rebel 300

MSRP
$4,499
Engine Size/Displacement
286 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

The Rebel 300 is the least-expensive cruising motorcycle sold by Honda, and it’s also the best choice for novice riders. Its 286 cc single-cylinder engine should plenty of punch for day-to-day commuting, but its power and throttle response likely won’t be overwhelming for new riders like some larger engines can be. The Rebel also weighs a fairly light 364 pounds, so it’s easy to keep steady when stopped or in slow traffic.

Curb Weight
364 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3 gal
Engine Type
Single-Cylinder
Seat Height
27.2 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Honda Rebel 500

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2019 Honda Rebel 500

MSRP
$6,199
Engine Size/Displacement
471 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

Compared to the Rebel 300, stepping up to the Rebel 500 gets you a larger 471cc parallel-twin engine. Both of these models come standard with a six-speed transmission, a 2.9-gallon fuel tank, electric start, a digital gauge cluster, disc brakes, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Optional accessories include a rear passenger seat, saddlebags, and an anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Curb Weight
408 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
27.2 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Honda Shadow

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2019 Honda Shadow Phantom

MSRP
$7,899
Engine Size/Displacement
745 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

The Honda Shadow Phantom is an interpretation of the classic American cruiser. While the Rebel looks minimalist and modern, the Shadow has a vintage look with a lot more chrome and a bigger 745 cc V-twin engine. Standard equipment includes a five-speed transmission, a 3.7-gallon fuel tank, an analog gauge, front disc and rear drum brakes, and staggered 17- and 15-inch wire wheels. The Shadow Aero ($7,599) is mechanically the same, but has different styling like longer fenders. Optional accessories for the Shadow models include a windscreen, an audio system, saddlebags, and ABS.

Curb Weight
549 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3.7 gal
Engine Type
V Twin
Seat Height
25.8 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Honda Fury

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2019 Honda Fury

MSRP
$10,599
Engine Size/Displacement
1,312 cc
Bike Type
Chopper

The Honda Fury is unmistakably a chopper. Its raked front fork stretches forward, its handle bars are set high, and its seat is about as close to the wide rear wheel as it can get. All in all, it’s a real mean-looking machine. The Fury packs a 1312 cc V-twin and a five-speed transmission, as well as a 3.4-gallon fuel tank, digital gauges, an adjustable rear shock, disc brakes, and staggered 21- and 18-inch alloy wheels. A windscreen and ABS are optional.

Curb Weight
663 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3.4 gal
Engine Type
V Twin
Seat Height
26.9 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Honda Sport Motorcycle

If you want the best performance available on two wheels, you’re looking for a sport bike. These racing-inspired motorcycles are built for top speed and carving around winding roads. They are recognizable by their sleek and aerodynamic body work, but also for their hunched-over riding position, which can be quite uncomfortable on longer trips. As a result, sport bikes aren’t suited for commuting. They also aren’t great for beginners, due to their sensitive throttle response and sharp braking.

Honda offers five sport bikes to choose from: the CBR300R, CBR500R, CBR650R, CBR600RR, and CBR1000RR. There are also two superbikes: the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR.

Honda CBR300R

The base model CBR300R ($4,699) is the most approachable of the bunch. It has a 286 cc single-cylinder engine, a six-speed transmission, and it weighs in at around 360 pounds fully-fueled. Standard equipment includes a 3.4-gallon fuel tank, digital gauges, electric start, an adjustable rear suspension, disc brakes, and 17-inch alloy wheels. ABS is optional. 

Honda CBR500R

The next step up is the CBR500R ($6,699), which has a 471 cc parallel-twin engine and similar equipment as the CBR300R. 

Honda CBR650R

The CBR650R ($9,399) packs a 649 cc four-cylinder engine and adds dual front disc brakes.

Honda CBR600RR

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2019 Honda CBR600RR

MSRP
$11,799
Engine Size/Displacement
599 cc
Bike Type
Sport

The CBR600RR has a high-revving 599 cc four-cylinder engine, along with fully-adjustable suspension and optional ABS.

Curb Weight
410 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
4.8 gal
Engine Type
Horizontal In-line
Seat Height
32.3 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Honda CBR1000RR

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2019 Honda CBR1000RR

MSRP
$16,499
Engine Size/Displacement
999.8 cc
Bike Type
Sport

The CBR1000RR ($16,499) boasts a larger 998 cc four-cylinder engine. A track-ready CBR1000RR SP version ($19,999) is also available, and it has an electronically adaptive front suspension, gyro-assisted ABS, and uprated Brembo brakes.

Curb Weight
430 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
4.2 gal
Engine Type
Horizontal In-line
Seat Height
32.3 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Honda Standard Motorcycle

You can think of a standard motorcycle as a comfier version of a sport bike. Standards still offer agile handling and zippy engine performance, but with an upright riding position that feels more comfortable on longer trips. These motorcycles are often referred to as roadsters or naked bikes due to their minimal body work. Honda offers four standard motorcycles to pick from: the CB300R, CB500F, CB650R, and CB1000R.

Honda CB300R

The entry-level CB300R ($4,649) is an ideal choice if you’re a novice rider. The CB300R shares the same free-revving 286 cc engine as the Rebel 300 and CBR300R, and it weighs in at a svelte 313 pounds with a full tank of fuel. It also looks just as clean cut as the higher-powered models in this family, so you don’t need to opt up for style. Standard equipment includes a six-speed transmission, a 2.7-gallon fuel tank, digital gauges, electric start, adjustable rear suspension, disc brakes, and 17-inch alloy wheels. ABS is optional. 

Honda CB500F

The uplevel CB500F ($6,199) steps up the power to a 471 cc parallel-twin engine. Otherwise, it is equipped the same as the CB300R.

Honda CB650R

The CB650R ($8,899) has a 649 cc four-cylinder engine and dual front disc brakes, along with the features found in the CB300R and CB500F.

Honda CB1000R

The CB1000R ($12,999) has a larger 998 cc four-cylinder, adjustable front suspension, and ABS as standard in addition to all the features from the lower-level bikes. 

Honda Touring Motorcycle

One of Honda’s most iconic motorcycles is the Gold Wing touring bike, and for good reason. The Gold Wing – sometimes spelled “Goldwing” – is powerful and very comfortable for long distance riding. It’s also equipped with all the latest features you could need on a motorcycle. Honda backs the Gold Wing with a long three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.

Despite the Gold Wing’s comfort and cargo-hauling practicality, it’s not a very good option for beginners due to its hefty weight, which ranges from 790 to 840 pounds. That’s way too much for a novice rider to manage.

Honda Gold Wing

The 2019 Honda Gold Wing starts at $23,800 and it’s outfitted with a liquid-cooled 1833 cc flat six-cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also available, and it adds a helpful low-speed reverse function.

Standard equipment includes a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, disc brakes with ABS, staggered 18- and 16-inch alloy wheels, a tire pressure monitoring system, a 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay and a navigation system, an AM/FM radio, a digital gauge cluster, a USB port, keyless ignition, cruise control, a power adjustable windscreen, heated hand grips, and remote-locking hard saddlebags. Honda claims these saddlebags each have 30 liters of storage space. Optional accessories include speakers, backrests, and armrests.

Honda Gold Wing Tour

The uplevel Gold Wing Tour ($27,000) shares the specs and features of the Gold Wing, but it also adds heated seats, an electronically adaptive suspension, and a travel trunk integrated behind the passenger seat with an additional 50 liters of storage space. This model is also available with an airbag.

Honda Off-Road Motorcycles

Honda has a wide range of off-road motorcycles. To keep it simple, we’ll split these into two categories – those that are street legal (dual sport) and those that are not (dirt bikes). 

Honda Dual Sport Motorcycles

There are six dual sport motorcycles in the brand’s 2019 lineup: CRF250L, CRF450L, CRF1000L, XR650L, CB500X, and NC750X.

The Honda CRF250L is the least-expensive option at just $5,199, but it’s still highly capable. It has a 250 cc single-cylinder engine, a six-speed transmission, and a rugged suspension with 9 inches of front and rear travel. Longer suspension travel is necessary in order to soak up bumps and cope with uneven terrain. Standard features include a 2.1-gallon fuel tank, a digital gauge, electric start, disc brakes, staggered 21- and 18-inch wire wheels, and knobby tires. A $750 Rally package is available and it adds a windscreen, a skid plate, hand guards, and a larger 2.7-gallon fuel tank.

The XR650L and the CRF450L are the next steps up in terms of price and performance. The Honda XR650L ($6,999) has a carbureted and air-cooled 644 cc single-cylinder engine – unlike most of the liquid-cooled engines in the Honda lineup – as well as a five-speed transmission and 11 inches of suspension travel. The Honda CRF450L ($10,399) has a liquid-cooled 449 cc single-cylinder, a six-speed transmission, and 12 inches of travel. Both are equipped similarly to the 250L.

The Honda Africa Twin, or CRF1000L, is often called an adventure touring bike. That’s because it blends the tall ground clearance and tough suspension of a dual-sport motorcycle with the comfort and cargo-carrying ability of a tourer. The Honda CRF1000L ($13,599) has a 998 cc parallel-twin engine and a six-speed transmission. It’s available with locking pannier bags, a trunk, heated grips, multiple windscreen options, as well as a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Africa Twin Adventure Sports trim ($14,399) adds a larger windscreen, heated hand grips, and a higher-capacity fuel tank as standard. It also has more ground clearance and longer suspension travel.

The CB500X and NC750X models are mostly geared towards occasional off-road use, and both offer a more conservative five inches of suspension travel. The CB500X ($6,699) shares its 471 cc parallel-twin engine and frame with the CBR500R sport bike and CB500R standard. The NC750X ($8,099) has a 745 cc parallel-twin engine. It’s an interesting and affordable option if you want a light-duty adventure touring bike. The fuel tank is located under the seat, which allows space for a storage compartment up front. A trunk, saddlebags, ABS, and a DCT automatic transmission are available.

Honda Dirt Bikes

Honda has 12 dirt bikes in its 2019 lineup:

  • CRF450X
  • CRF450R
  • CRF450RX
  • CRF450RWE
  • CRF250R
  • CRF250RX
  • CRF250F
  • CRF230F
  • CRF150R
  • CRF125F
  • CRF110F
  • and the kid-friendly CRF50F

Like before, the numbers designate the bike’s engine size. These models range from 449 cc to just 49 cc. The last letter indicates a trail bike with an air-cooled engine (F) or a racing bike with a liquid-cooled engine (R, RX, or RWE). It’s worth noting that these models are not road legal because they don’t have a number of federally mandated safety features, such as turn signals, brake lights, mirrors, or DOT-approved tires.

Honda Scooters and Mini Bikes

If you commute in a city with narrow streets and stop-and-go traffic, sometimes a motorcycle isn’t the right tool for the job. Often times the right tool is a scooter. Scooters are lightweight, small, and maneuverable. They are easy to get on and off, thanks to a step-through design and a chair-like seating position. They often have automatic transmissions as well, making them very user-friendly for beginners. Honda’s 2019 lineup includes four scooter models: the Metropolitan, Ruckus, Super Cub, and PCX150. If a scooter isn’t for you, consider the mini bike. These look like a typical motorcycle, but they are closer in size to a scooter. Honda offers two models in its miniMOTO lineup: the Grom and Monkey.

Honda Metropolitan

The least-expensive model is the Metropolitan ($2,499). It has retro styling, an efficient 49 cc single-cylinder engine, and Honda’s V-Matic CVT (a type of automatic transmission). It weighs just 180 pounds as well. Standard features include a 1.2-gallon fuel tank, electric start, drum brakes, 10-inch wheels, and a lockable storage compartment. 

Honda Ruckus

The Honda Ruckus ($2,749) offers similar engine specs and features as the Metropolitan, but its styling is far more minimalist. It has very little body work and no storage compartment.

Honda Super Cub C125

The Super Cub C125 ($3,599) is another good option. It has vintage looks, and it packs a zippy 125 cc air-cooled engine and a four-speed transmission. Other refinements over the Metropolitan and Ruckus include front disc brakes, ABS, and larger wheels that manage bumps and potholes better. 

Honda PCX150

The PCX150 ($3,699) sports a more modern appearance than the Super Cub, as well as a larger 150 cc engine and a CVT automatic.

Honda Grom

The Honda Grom ($3,399) has a miniaturized sport bike appearance, and it boasts an air-cooled 125 cc engine, a four-speed transmission, and a 1.4-gallon fuel tank. The Grom also features a digital gauge cluster, disc brakes, and 12-inch alloy wheels. 

Honda Monkey

The Honda Monkey ($3,999) is on the other side of the styling spectrum from the Grom. It has similar specs and features, but it looks like a pint-sized ‘60s scrambler with chunky off-road tires.

Honda Motorcycle Warranty

Honda backs its Gold Wing models with an excellent three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. All other Honda motorcycles are covered by a one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.

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Honda vs. Suzuki

The Honda and Suzuki motorcycle brands have a lot in common. Both of these well-known Japanese manufacturers offer a similar model lineup, including cruisers, tourers, sport bikes, standards, dual sports, dirt bikes, and scooters. Both brands compete closely on price as well. Choosing between these two may come down to personal preference. That said, the choice gets easier if you want a touring motorcycle or a smaller bike.

The Honda Gold Wing tourer costs a lot more than its Suzuki C90T rival – about $10,000 more – but it’s a better motorcycle with modern refinements that the C90 doesn’t offer, like heated seats, a navigation system, tire pressure monitoring, and a power-adjustable windscreen. The Gold Wing carries a longer three-year warranty as well, though both brands have a one-year warranty on all of their other models. Honda also offers a wider variety of options in the scooter and dirt bike categories. If this is important to you, start your search at a Honda Powersports dealer.

Honda vs. Yamaha

It’s a similar story with the Yamaha brand. Honda and Yamaha compete closely in price and both offer a range of motorcycles in nearly all the same categories. Both brands have similar one-year warranties as well, with the exception of Honda’s longer warranty on the Gold Wing.

The differences are more subtle. The Yamaha lineup caters more toward high-performance, especially with its touring motorcycles. These sport touring bikes, like the FJR1300 and the three-wheel Niken GT, have the racy appearance of a sport bike but with the relaxed riding position and cargo-carrying ability of a tourer. Honda has offered similar bikes in the past, but not in its 2019 lineup. On the other hand, Yamaha doesn’t have any mini bikes like the Monkey or Grom. Stick with Honda if those appeal to you.

Honda vs. Harley-Davidson

The Harley-Davidson lineup is about as different from the Honda motorcycle lineup as it gets. Harley offers nearly three times the number of cruisers as Honda does, as well as about a dozen more touring motorcycles. Harley-Davidson also backs all of its models with a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If your idea of the perfect bike is a cruiser with classic styling, a big V-twin engine, and easy-riding comfort – you’re better off taking a Harley for a test ride.

On the other hand, the Harley-Davidson lineup isn’t as diverse as Honda’s. Harley doesn’t have any sport bikes, off-road models, or city-friendly scooters. Its prices aren’t quite as low either. Stick with the Honda bikes for better value and variety.

Motorcycle Segments

Cruiser Motorcycles
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Cruiser Motorcycles

Price Range
$4,349-$23,995
Top Models
Honda Rebel 500
Kawasaki Vulcan S
Harley-Davidson Superlow
Engine Size Range
249 cc-1,868 cc

Cruisers are typically lower and longer than standard bikes, with lower seating positions. While their rider posture and leaned-back forks give them a healthy dose of style, they’re best for riders with some experience. The classic examples come from Harley-Davidson, but several manufacturers build bikes that fit into the category. Cruiser designs are available at a wide variety of price points, from just over $4,300 to well over $21,000. The addition of accessories and options to personalize the bikes can push their prices much higher. The $7,600 Harley-Davidson Street 750 and affordable $4,349 Yamaha V Star 250 are examples of cruisers.

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Dirt Bikes

Price Range
$899-$11,999
Top Models
Yamaha YZ125
Honda CRF250R
Yamaha YZ250
Engine Size Range
79 cc-510 cc

A true dirt bike has aggressive tires, an upright ride, a tall seat, and plenty of suspension travel to soak up bumps and ruts. They’re typically not street legal, as they don’t have lights or other mandatory road-going equipment. Dirt bikes are available from tiny models suitable for kids to powerful competition models. The $6,699 2020 Yamaha YZ125X is an example of a lightweight, maneuverable dirt bike with a simple two-stroke engine. Riding on dirt is an excellent way to learn how to handle a motorcycle, according to many experts. However, the tall seats of many dirt bikes make them ill-suited for shorter riders.

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Dual-Sport Motorcycles

Price Range
$4,499-$24,395
Top Models
Honda Africa Twin
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Yamaha TW200
Engine Size Range
125 cc-1,301 cc

A dual-sport (or on-off road) bike blends the features of a dirt bike with the equipment necessary to be ridden on the highway, such as lights. They’re motorcycles that you can ride to work Monday through Friday, then carve through trails on the weekend. They tend to be lightweight and easy to handle, while also being extremely tough. The $5,499 2019 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is an example of a dual-sport bike with a versatile design and optional anti-lock brakes for an additional layer of safety. A subset of the dual-sport class are Supermoto bikes, which are a bit more tuned for the street, but still have substantial off-road credibility.

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Sport Bikes
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Sport Bikes

Price Range
$4,599-$40,000
Top Models
Suzuki Hayabusa
Honda CBR600RR
Kawasaki Ninja 650
Engine Size Range
248 cc-1,441 cc

Looking for the ultimate in two-wheeled performance? You’ll want to be shopping for a sport bike. With potent engines, nimble handling, and high-performance tires, sport bikes are designed to move. They typically feature sleek designs with plenty of aerodynamic sculpting to cut through the wind. If a dirt bike is a Jeep Wrangler, a sport bike is a Porsche 911. With top-end performance that rivals the acceleration of supercars, sport bikes aren’t for everyone. The typical riding position is hunched far forward, making the bikes uncomfortable for long road trips. The extreme performance of high-end models leads to some of the highest motorcycle insurance rates you’ll find. The sport bike is best exemplified by lineups such as the Kawasaki Ninja range and Honda CBR models. Prices range from about $4,700 for a basic Honda CBR300R to more than $32,000 for a Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon with a supercharged four-cylinder engine.

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Standard Motorcycles

Price Range
$2,099-$45,998
Top Models
Honda Grom
Honda Monkey
Suzuki SV650
Engine Size Range
125 cc-1,679 cc

Standard motorcycles are basic, stripped-down models without a lot of extras from the factory. They're kind of like the compact economy cars of the motorcycle world, with enough utility for a variety of riding conditions, but reasonable price tags. Standard motorcycles, which are sometimes called naked motorcycles, are great for beginners and those riders who are looking for basic transportation without wanting to break the bank on more specialized models. You can add accessories like saddlebags and backrests, but most standard bikes won’t include them. Prices for standard bikes range from about $4,300 to around $15,500. At the top end of the class are sporty models from Indian, including the FTR 1200 S with a designed inspired by racing bikes. Riders can expect an upright riding position, small to medium-sized engines, and a variety of models with varying levels of tech hardware. Top-end models include features such as anti-lock brakes (ABS), LED lighting, and digital instrument panels. Examples of standard bikes include the one-cylinder Honda CB300F, which has a base price of $4,349, and the Triumph Street Twin, with a base price of $9,300.

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Touring Motorcycles

Price Range
$8,999-$43,889
Top Models
Indian Chieftain
Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Harley-Davidson Road King
Engine Size Range
645 cc-1,923 cc

Touring motorcycles are designed for long-distance road trips. Like the luxury cars of the motorcycle market, touring bikes are offered with weather-protected room for luggage, security alarms, comfortable seats, navigation systems, and large windscreens to help shield you from the elements. Large and heavy, touring bikes are best enjoyed by experienced riders. Prices on touring motorcycles range from about $8,400 to nearly $44,000 for limited-edition Harley-Davidson models. Two classic examples of touring bikes are the Honda Gold Wing and Harley-Davidson Road King. The Honda Gold Wing lineup starts at $23,800 and can be equipped with features including Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, an automatic transmission, and cruise control. The chrome-laden Harley Road King pricing starts at $19,499. It offers an optional package of advanced electronic rider assistance aids to help you maintain control when you have to react quickly.

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Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
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Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Known for
Cruisers
Top Models
Harley-Davidson Iron 883
Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114
Founded
1903

William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson started Harley-Davidson in a Milwaukee, Wis. garage. The year was 1903, and their first design essentially fit a small engine onto a bicycle frame. The company grew quickly into the 1920s, with innovations such as the now-iconic V-Twin engine design driving the company’s growth. Through the years, the company has seen a series of ups and downs, with several bouts of financial hardship. It was sold by conglomerate AMF to company executives in 1981 and remains independent of other companies. Harley is still Milwaukee-based, though the king of American motorcycles also builds bikes in York, Penn., India, Brazil, and Thailand. Bikes for sales in the American market are still manufactured in America. The company is known for its big, brash cruiser and touring models, with plenty of flash, distinctive exhaust notes, and big price tags. Limited edition models are priced as high as $44,000. Traditionally aimed at experienced motorcycle enthusiasts, the company is evolving with new motorcycles, such as the Street 500, with prices and performance that can be managed by customers getting their first two-wheelers. Prices of Harley-Davidson bikes start at $6,899 for the Street 500 and climb to almost $44,000 for a CVO Limited touring bike. The average base price of a new Harley is $20,338. Harley owners frequently add thousands of dollars’ worth of add-ons to their bikes.

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Indian Motorcycles
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Indian Motorcycles

Known for
Cruisers
Top Models
Indian Scout
Indian Scout Bobber
Indian Scout Sixty
Founded
1901

Though it has not been in constant operation, the Indian Motorcycle Company name has been around since 1901, with its iconic Scout and Chief models coming to the market in the 1920s. After several aborted restarts following its 1953 closure, the company was reborn in 2013. It now operates as part of Polaris, a company that builds vehicles ranging from snowmobiles to all-terrain vehicles and boats. Indian builds six basic models, including the Scout and Chief cruisers, the Chieftain, and Roadmaster touring bikes, and the flat-track racing-inspired FTR 1200 (which fits in the standard bike category). Indian Motorcycle prices range from about $9,000 to $37,000. The average cost for an Indian bike is about $20,800, which is the highest average price among major motorcycle companies. Most Indian models will appeal to experienced riders, rather than novices, due to their price, weight, and power. Other bike makers have more extensive lineups than Indian.

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Kawasaki Motorcycles
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Kawasaki Motorcycles

Known for
Sport Bikes
Top Models
Kawasaki Ninja H2
Kawasaki Vulcan S
Kawasakin Ninja 400
Founded
1969

Kawasaki’s history dates to 1878 when the Japanese company began building ships in Tokyo. The company has grown to be one of Japan's largest conglomerates, producing everything from aircraft and ships to bridges. In 1969, Kawasaki began manufacturing motorcycles. Today, the company builds several lines of leisure vehicles, including Jet Skis, all-terrain vehicles, and motorcycles. Their bike range spans all types, from youth dirt bikes to well-equipped touring motorcycles. Included in the lineup are specialized models, such as the $9,799 retro classic W800, which is one of several Kawasaki bikes styled after café racers. The KLR 650 is a popular dual-sport model, with a price tag of $6,699. Though there are many models in Kawasaki’s lineup that perform well as beginner motorcycles, the brand has built a reputation for their sport, supersport, and hypersport Ninja lineup. They currently offer more than 30 road-legal Ninja models with prices ranging from $4,999 to $32,500. The average price of all models marketed by Kawasaki is a little over $12,000.

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Triumph Motorcycles
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Triumph Motorcycles

Known for
Standard
Top Models
Triumph Bonneville
Triumph Rocket 3
Triumph Street Scrambler
Founded
1902

The roots of Triumph motorcycles date back to 1883 when a predecessor to the current company began building bicycles. In 1902, the company built its first Triumph motorcycle. It survived two world wars and emerged as a major exporter of motorcycles to the United States. Facing stiff competition from more reliable Japanese-made bikes, Triumph struggled to stay in business, eventually going into receivership in 1983. It emerged under new ownership, with new models arriving by 1991. The current Triumph lineup includes sport, standard, dual-sport, and cruiser motorcycles. One of their most popular model families is the dual-sport Tiger 800, which starts at $12,000 and blends the company's inline-three-cylinder engine with a host of technologies including multiple electronic riding mode setups and LED lighting. At the pinnacle of the Triumph lineup is the factory custom Rocket 3 TFC, of which only 750 will be made. It has a price tag starting at $29,000. In the core of the Triumph lineup, the least expensive bike is the $9,300 Triumph Street Twin. Looking at all of the bikes available from Triumph – except for the pricey limited-edition models – the average base price is about $14,350.

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Yamaha Motorcycles
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Yamaha Motorcycles

Known for
Sport Bikes, Dirt Bikes
Top Models
Yamaha YZF-R1
Yamaha YZF-R6
Yamaha YZF-R3
Founded
1955

The Yamaha Corporation was formed in 1887 as a producer of reed organs and pianos. Following World War II, the company's surviving wartime industrial machinery was repurposed to produce motorcycles, and the Yamaha Motor Company was split off from the piano maker in 1955. Today, the Yamaha Motor Company builds everything from snow blowers to personal watercraft and, of course, a wide array of motorcycles. Yamaha’s inventory of two-wheeled vehicles ranges from the $2,599 Zuma 50F scooter to the high-tech $24,999 Star Venture touring bike. The Star Venture includes features such as a reverse gear, throttle-by-wire, and an integrated infotainment and communications system. The average base price for Yamaha models is $11,264. One of the brand’s most popular models is the Yamaha YZF-R6, a supersport bike styled after the company’s MotoGP racing bikes. It has a starting price of $12,199.

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