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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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The Indian Motorcycle Company can trace its origins back to 1901. Bicycle manufacturer and ex-racer George M. Hendee needed a machine that could pace bike races. With the help of engineer Oscar Hedstrom, he got one. This motorized bicycle caught the attention of fans, and Hendee began selling these early motorcycles the following year.

Indian gained mass market appeal in the 1910s and introduced some of its most iconic models in the 1920s, like the Scout and Chief. Continued growth wasn’t assured, however. The company shut its doors in 1953, and a number of unsuccessful reboots followed over the next six decades.

Iconic brands don’t stay dormant forever though. Indian roared back to life in 2013 – now under Polaris ownership – and it has resurrected some of its most famous models in the years since. Read on to learn more about the current Indian lineup and see which motorcycle is right for you.

Types of Indian Motorcycles

The Indian brand is largely known for its cruiser and bagger motorcycles, and that’s mainly what the company offers today.

The 2019 lineup includes cruisers like the Scout and Chief, which provide a relaxed riding position and good maneuverability. There are baggers like the Chieftain and Springfield, which mirror the appearance of the cruiser but with the added cargo space provided by waterproof saddlebags. There’s also the Indian Roadmaster, which is a touring motorcycle designed for long-distance riding. It features extra cargo space, a comfier rear seat, and lots of standard amenities like heated seats and a sound system.

The latest addition to the lineup is the all-new Indian FTR 1200, which is billed as a tracker. It evokes the styling of Indian’s flat track racing bikes, but it also fits under the standard or naked bike category. These types of motorcycles have an upright riding position, minimal body work, and they typically offer a sportier riding experience.

2020 Indian Scout / Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company

It’s worth noting that Indian does not offer a sportbike. These racing-inspired motorcycles are designed for top speed and slicing around turns, and they have aerodynamic body work and a hunched-over riding position. Indian doesn’t really have a beginner motorcycle as well. These types of bikes have small displacement engines and are typically very lightweight. Look to competitors like Kawasaki and Yamaha for better options in these categories.

Indian Motorcycle Prices

Indian’s 2019 motorcycle lineup ranges in price from around $9,000 to $37,000. The average price is about $20,800. Overall, these prices are higher than those offered by a number of other mainstream brands, especially Honda. The least-expensive model in the 2019 lineup is the Scout Sixty, which starts at $8,999.

2019 Indian Motorcycle Lineup

The Indian lineup includes six core models: Scout, Chief, Springfield, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and FTR 1200. The Scout and Chief cruisers range in price from about $9,000 to $20,000. The Springfield and Chieftain baggers are priced in the $21,000 to $27,000 range. The Roadmaster touring bikes cost between $30,000 to $37,000, and the FTR 1200 is priced from $13,500 to $15,500.

Indian offers a wide range of accessories for all of its models, allowing riders to customize their bike to fit their exact needs. That said, these add-ons can quickly raise a bike’s price by a few hundred dollars. Common accessory items include seats and backrests, windscreens, handlebars, foot pegs, luggage racks, and leather saddlebags (which are of course available on Indian’s bagger models, but also on nearly every model in the lineup). Available performance accessories like exhaust or air intake upgrades can cost more than a thousand dollars.

Indian Cruising Motorcycle

The Indian lineup includes two cruisers – the Indian Scout and the Indian Chief. These bikes offer the comfort and practicality of Indian’s larger motorcycles, but with the aggressive styling and agility that some of those bigger bikes can lack. The Scout is the best option for newer riders in the Indian motorcycle lineup. It has a relaxed riding position and a low seat height, and it’s easy to keep steady when stopped or in slow traffic. It also weighs about 550 pounds when fueled up, making it one of Indian’s lightest motorcycles.

Indian Scout Sixty

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2019 Indian Scout Sixty

MSRP
$9,499
Engine Size/Displacement
1000 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

The Indian Scout Sixty is outfitted with a liquid-cooled 1,000 cubic centimeters V-twin engine – that’s 60 cubic inches – and it produces 78 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes a five-speed transmission, a 3.3-gallon fuel tank, two-piston front brakes, single-piston rear brakes, 16-inch wheels, and a single gauge. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is available.

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

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Indian Scout

The midlevel Scout (MSRP: $11,499) has the same standard equipment, but it packs a larger 1133 cc (69 cubic inch) V-twin engine making 100 horsepower and 72 pound-feet of torque. This model also gains a six-speed transmission.

Indian Scout Bobber

As its name suggests, the Scout Bobber (MSRP: $11,999) features “bobbed” fenders and minimal bodywork, giving it a racy and barebones appearance. The Bobber also sits lower to the ground, and its overall length has been shortened by about three inches. It’s equipped with the same 1133 cc engine and six-speed transmission as the Scout.

Indian Chief

The Indian Chief is about a foot longer and 200 pounds heavier. It also features the brand’s Thunder Stroke engine, which is an air-cooled 1811 cc V-twin that produces a hefty 119 pound-feet of torque at a low 3,000 rpm. This low-end torque gives the Chief a confident shove when accelerating up to speed.

Indian Chief Dark Horse

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2019 Indian Chief Dark Horse

MSRP
$18,499
Engine Size/Displacement
1,811 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

The base model Indian Chief Dark Horse has a six-speed transmission, a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, 16-inch alloy wheels, ABS, four-piston front brakes, two-piston rear brakes, cruise control, and keyless ignition. Unlike the Scout, the Chief’s gauge is mounted to the fuel tank. The "Dark Horse" moniker refers to the bike’s styling. It sports a matte-black paint scheme for a modern, aggressive look.

Curb Weight
764 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
5.5 gal
Engine Type
V Twin
Seat Height
26 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Indian Chief Vintage

The Indian Chief Vintage (MSRP: $19,999) looks as if it rolled right out of the 1950s. It has lots of chrome, wire wheels, whitewall tires, a windscreen, and leather saddlebags with tassels.

Indian Touring Motorcycle

You can think of a tourer as the crossover of motorcycles. Touring bikes are big, heavy, and built for riding long distances in comfort. They typically have large front fairings, which streamline the motorcycle and help to shield riders from the wind. They also provide lots of cargo space. If you’re thinking of riding across the country, a tourer would be the bike to do it on.

Indian Roadmaster

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2019 Indian Roadmaster

MSRP
$29,499
Engine Size/Displacement
1811 cc
Bike Type
Touring

The Roadmaster is Indian’s aptly-named touring bike. It packs the Thunder Stroke 1,811 cc engine, a six-speed transmission, a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, 16-inch alloy wheels, ABS, four-piston front brakes, two-piston rear brakes, and an adjustable rear shock absorber. The Roadmaster’s list of convenience features is extensive. Standard equipment includes a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless ignition, cruise control, a tire pressure monitoring system, stability and traction control, a raised passenger seat with an integrated storage trunk, individually heated front and rear seats, hard saddlebags with remote locking, and a large fairing with a power-adjustable windshield. The Roadmaster has a claimed 36 gallons of cargo space. Indian refers to that 7-inch touch screen as Ride Command. This infotainment system operates much like a smartphone – you can use your fingers to swipe, pinch, and zoom – and it responds to inputs even if you’re wearing thick gloves. The screen also has highly configurable displays, so you can monitor specific data like fuel economy and driving range.

Curb Weight
920 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
5.5 gal
Engine Type
V Twin
Seat Height
26.5 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Indian Roadmaster Elite

The Roadmaster Elite (MSRP: $36,999) is a special edition model limited to 200 units. It adds a higher-end sound system, as well as a two-tone paint scheme with 24-karat gold leaf trim.

As if the high cost of entry wasn’t enough of a deterrent, these motorcycles aren’t great for beginners, due to their weight. The Roadmaster tips the scales at over 900 pounds with a full tank of fuel. That amount of weight can be very hard for a novice rider to manage.

Indian Bagger Motorcycle

The bagger style of motorcycle fills the void between cruisers and tourers. These models still have the overall style and stance of a cruiser, but with the added practicality of saddlebags – hence the term “bagger”. Indian Motorcycle offers two models in this category – the Springfield and the Chieftain. Both are outfitted with the Thunder Stroke 1811 cc V-twin engine, a six-speed transmission, a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, ABS, four-piston front brakes, two-piston rear brakes, and an adjustable rear shock absorber.

Indian Springfield

The Indian Springfield starts at $20,999, and – of the two – it’s more like a cruiser. It’s visually similar to the Chief, and it comes standard with a tank-mounted gauge, a windshield, keyless ignition, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, 16-inch alloy wheels, remote-locking hard saddlebags, and lots of chrome. The Indian Springfield Dark Horse (MSRP: $21,999) offers similar amenities, but it trades the windshield for aggressive 19-inch wheels and matte finish paint.

Indian Chieftain

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2019 Indian Chieftain

MSRP
$22,849
Engine Size/Displacement
1,811 cc
Bike Type
Touring

The Indian Chieftain is styled to be more of a tourer. The Chieftain has a sizable fairing and a power-adjustable windscreen. It also adds luxuries like an AM/FM radio, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 7-inch touch screen with navigation (Indian’s Ride Command system). Three other Chieftain models are available, ranging in price from $25,999 to $26,749. The mechanical specs are the same, but the styling varies. This includes the Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Dark Horse, and Chieftain Limited.

Curb Weight
822 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
5.5 gal
Engine Type
V Twin
Seat Height
25.6 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Indian Standard Motorcycle

The Indian FTR 1200 is the brand’s newest model, as well as its most performance-oriented motorcycle. The FTR takes its inspiration from Indian’s flat track racing bikes. As a result, it has a stripped-down appearance with a trellis frame, and it weighs in at around 500 pounds with a full tank of gas – making it Indian’s lightest motorcycle. Prices start at $13,499 for the base model FTR 1200 and $15,599 for the uplevel FTR 1200 S.

Indian FTR 1200

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2019 Indian FTR 1200

MSRP
$13,499
Engine Size/Displacement
1203 cc
Bike Type
Standard

The FTR 1200 has a liquid-cooled 1,203 cc V-twin engine that produces 123 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque. Standard features include a six-speed transmission, a 3.4 gallon fuel tank, cruise control, ABS, four-piston front brakes, two-piston rear brakes, staggered 19- and 18-inch alloy wheels, and a 4-inch gauge cluster with a USB charging port. There are four option packages, ranging in price from $2,800 to $5,730, and these take the FTR’s styling in different directions. The Rally package (which is the most expensive of the lot) adds wire wheels and mud guards, giving the bike an off-road scrambler look. The Tracker package mirrors the look of flat track racing bikes even further with side number decals. The Sport package adds carbon fiber covers and guards, and the Tour package outfits the FTR for longer distance travel, thanks to its windscreen, messenger bag, and tank bag.

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

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Indian FTR 1200 S

The FTR 1200 S shares the same mechanicals as the standard motorcycle, but with a few convenience and performance upgrades. It has a 4.3-inch touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, a fully-adjustable suspension, traction control, and stability control.

Overall, the FTR is an intriguing option for Indian riders that want a bike with sharper handling, but don’t want the hunched-over seating position that comes with a genuine sport bike. The FTR’s seat and handlebars put the rider in a fairly neutral position that remains comfortable even after an hour or so on the road.

Indian Motorcycle Warranty

Each model in Indian’s lineup is covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. That’s pretty typical for the motorcycle industry.

Indian vs. Honda

The Honda brand is a better starting point if you’re shopping for a new motorcycle. The main reason is variety. Honda has a much wider selection of motorcycle styles to choose from. Its lineup has classic cruisers, touring bikes, and standard bikes – similar to Indian – but it also includes sport bikes, café racers, dual-sport and adventure motorcycles, scooters, and mini bikes. Honda offers far more engine options as well; from its high-performing four- and six-cylinder engines, to its small single-cylinder engines that are ideal for novice riders. No matter what you’re looking for on two wheels, your local Honda dealership probably has it.

The other big reason to start your search with Honda Powersports is price. Honda’s motorcycles often cost a lot less than their Indian counterparts. For instance, the most-affordable Indian model is the $8,999 Scout Sixty cruiser. Honda offers several cruisers at a lower price point – the Rebel 300 and 500 ($4,499 and $6,199), the Shadow Aero ($7,699), and the Shadow Phantom ($7,899). It’s a similar story for the uplevel models as well.

Warranty coverage is the one area where Indian does stand apart. Indian covers all of its models with a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. That’s better than the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty that Honda offers on most of its models, however it’s not quite as good as the three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty offered exclusively on Honda’s Gold Wing models.

Indian vs. Harley-Davidson

The rivalry between Indian and Harley-Davidson goes back a century, both on the street and the racetrack, as well as in dealer showrooms. In fact, this competition is more heated now than it has been in a long time thanks to Indian’s expanded lineup, which has more models to compete with Harley-Davidson in a wider range of segments.

Both of these iconic American brands offer a similar lineup of cruisers and touring motorcycles. Both back their models with a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty as well. As a result, choosing between these rivals may come down to brand loyalty for many shoppers.

If you’re undecided though, you’ll probably want to check out the local Harley-Davidson dealer first. Despite competing in the same categories, Harley has a much deeper range of models to choose from and many undercut their Indian counterparts on price – the least expensive is the $6,899 Street 500 cruiser. Harley-Davidson also has more engine options, ranging in displacement from 500 to 1900 cc. This all adds up to more choice when buying your next bike.

Indian vs. Triumph

Choosing between the Indian and Triumph motorcycle brands might be easier than you think. These companies are steeped in history, but their product lines are quite different.

Indian offers an extensive lineup of cruisers and touring motorcycles, making it a better option if you want a bike with a relaxed riding position and long distance comfort, especially if you need to carry some cargo. Triumph, on the other hand, doesn’t offer any tourers, but it does have a deeper lineup of sport-tuned motorcycles. These include stripped-down standard bikes like the Street Twin and Speed Twin, café racers like the Thruxton, as well as off-road adventure bikes like the Tiger 800 and 1200. If you want two-wheel thrills, you should opt for Triumph.

Both companies back their motorcycles with a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Pricing for each brand starts in the low-$9,000 range as well, though Indian’s prices climb much higher on its uplevel models.

Motorcycle Segments

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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