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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The company known today as Kawasaki Heavy Industries was founded as a shipyard in Japan in 1878. Production quickly diversified into the train and airplane industries, and the company produced its first motorcycle in 1961.

The American division of Kawasaki Motors was established in early 1966 in a warehouse in Chicago. The first Kawasaki-made bikes sold in the United States carried the Omega brand name, followed by bikes called Samurai and Avenger, which were then branded as Kawasakis. Kawasaki opened an East Coast distribution company, which then relocated to California along with the Chicago branch in 1968. From there, the business took off in just a few short years.

Kawasaki sportbikes began to grow in popularity, along with other personal craft, such as ATVs and jet skis. Today, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is based in Foothill Ranch, California, and has been producing bikes in the United States since the mid-1970s. Manufacturing facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska and Maryville, Missouri are credited as pioneers for international vehicle companies that manufacture locally for regional markets. 

Types of Kawasaki Motorcycles

Kawasaki is primarily known for its sportbikes, and most of its current lineup consists of variants of the popular Ninja. For 2019, the brand also has a lineup of off-road bikes, as well as bikes suitable for use both on- and off-road. These lines are known as the KLX and KX, the latter of which is offered in a variety of youth sizes for aspiring motorsports champions. 

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For those who prefer cruiser style or touring style bikes, Kawasaki offers plenty of those, as well. Models include the Vulcan, available in sport, classic, touring, and bagger cruiser styles. The W cafe racer, which features eye-catching retro styling, is another option. 

Kawasaki is known as a good brand for beginning riders, who should consider lightweight, easy-to-ride bikes with small displacement engines. These bikes are typically fairly inexpensive and are a great way to get a feel for the hobby before upgrading to something larger and more powerful. However, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of choices for new riders. Good options for new riders include Kawasaki’s Z125 Pro line, the nimble yet resilient KLX off-road line, and the lower-horsepower models in the Ninja lineup.

Motorcycle Segments

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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Kawasaki Motorcycle Prices

For 2019, Kawasaki’s motorcycle lineup ranges in price from about $2,300 to about $55,000, though most land far below that top-end threshold. The least expensive motorcycle in the lineup is the KLX 110 off-road bike, at $2,299 for 2019 and 2020 models. Overall, the off-road bikes are among the brand’s least expensive. The top-end Ninja, a track-only race bike called the H2 R, has an MSRP of $55,000, though the Ninja H2 Carbon, the next most expensive bike in the brand’s range, comes in at $32,500. This range of bikes and prices makes Kawasaki competitive across most of the industry. It’s worth mentioning that Kawasaki is still advertising old stock of certain models, some dating back as far as the 2016 model year. This can be a smart way to save some money on your next bike.

2019 Kawasaki Motorcycle Lineup

Kawasaki’s lineup for 2019 includes the following core models: Ninja for the street and track; Z, Versys, W, Concours, and Vulcan for street use; KLX for off-roading; and KX for motocross. 

Kawasaki Ninjas range in price from about $5,000 for a basic entry-level sport bike to about $55,000 for a race-ready performance model. In the street range, the Z125 Pro mini naked bike starts things off with an MSRP of $3,199, and pricing goes up from there to the Versys 1000 SE LT+, an adventure touring bike with a price tag of $17,999. The KLX 110, the smallest model in the off-road range, starts at $2,299. For the KX motocross line, the 250 has a price tag of $7,799 and the 450 costs $9,299. Youth bikes in this line range from $3,699 to $4,599. 

As for accessories and upgrades, Kawasaki offers plenty across the range for current and older bikes, going back decades. The list of available add-ons includes luggage and storage options, handlebar adjustment parts, carbon fiber body panels, performance upgrades such as sport exhaust systems, and comfort accessories such as grip heaters and audio system components. Prices range from under $100 for a top case to over $4,000 for a Ninja carbon fiber cowling.

Kawasaki Cruising Motorcycle

The Kawasaki brand’s current cruiser motorcycle is the Vulcan. However, according to Kawasaki, there are different Vulcan models for the sport cruiser, classic cruiser, bagger cruiser, and touring cruiser sub-segments.

The cruiser motorcycle category is a comfortable and practical way to travel long distances, thanks to a relaxed and slightly reclined seating position and a handlebar height that enables the shoulders to remain relaxed. It’s a design made popular by American brands such as Harley-Davidson and Indian, but was adopted by many European and Japanese manufacturers several decades ago. According to Cycle World, cruisers are known for lots of bottom-end power and torque. Each of the Kawasaki Vulcan cruiser lines has different characteristics to suit different riding preferences.

Kawasaki Vulcan S

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2019 Kawasaki Vulcan S

MSRP
$7,099
Engine Size/Displacement
649 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

The Vulcan S line makes up Kawasaki’s sport cruiser option, and is powered by a liquid-cooled 649 cubic centimeters (cc) parallel-twin engine borrowed from the Ninja lineup that makes 46.3 pound-feet of torque. This bike also features a six-speed transmission, twin-piston front brakes and single-piston rear brakes, an 18-inch front and 17-inch rear tire, and a 3.7-gallon fuel tank.

Curb Weight
491.7 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3.7 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
27.8 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Kawasaki Vulcan 900

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2019 Kawasaki Vulcan 900

MSRP
$7,999
Engine Size/Displacement
903 cc
Bike Type
Cruiser

The Vulcan 900 makes up Kawasaki’s classic cruiser segment, and it’s available in Classic ($7,999) and Custom ($8,499) trim levels. The Classic features a liquid-cooled 903 cc V-twin engine that makes 58.2 pound-feet of torque, with a five-speed transmission, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, a 16-inch front and 15-inch rear tire, and a 5.3-gallon gas tank. For the extra money, the Custom includes styling details designed to make it look more like a customized bike, such as an upgraded seat and handlebars. Though the Custom shares most of the Classic’s specs, it does feature a 21-inch front tire, which changes the bike’s stance and overall look.

Curb Weight
619.6 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
5.3 gal
Engine Type
V Twin
Seat Height
26.8 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero

The Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS fills Kawasaki’s bagger cruiser role. This bike costs $16,799 and features a low-slung stance, built-in storage with hard-side saddlebags, and a large front housing for the lighting and gauges. A liquid-cooled 1,700 cc V-twin engine yields 107.6 pound-feet of torque. The Vulcan Vaquero comes with a six-speed transmission, anti-lock disc brakes with four-piston front and dual-piston rear calipers, 16-inch tires, and a 5.3-gallon fuel tank. Other features include electronic cruise control and iPod and satellite radio compatibility. The Vulcan Vaquero comes with a 36-month warranty.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

Kawasaki’s touring cruiser is the Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS, priced at $17,499. It, too, features a liquid-cooled 1,700 cc V-twin engine rated for 107.6 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed transmission, anti-lock disc brakes with four-piston front and dual-piston rear calipers, 16-inch tires, a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, and electronic cruise control. Built-in storage abounds, and the audio system features intercom headset integration. The Vulcan Voyager is covered by a 36-month warranty.

Kawasaki Sport Motorcycle

A sport motorcycle is chosen for its performance, including speed, acceleration, braking, and handling abilities. They’re street legal, but often used for competition. For these reasons, they’re generally best left for experienced riders, although smaller-displacement sport bikes may be an option for new riders. The Ninja and the Z Motorcycle are Kawasaki’s primary sport motorcycle lineups.

Kawasaki breaks the Ninja line into Sport and Supersport sub-categories. With 13 distinct models in the 2019 Ninja lineup, and plenty more stock from 2017 and 2018, there are lots of choices. The Ninja Sport lineup is offered in 400, 650, and 1000 variants, plus special editions. The Supersport Ninja lineup for 2019 includes the Ninja ZX-6R, the ZX-10R, the ZX-10RR, the ZX-14RR ABS, and a few special edition variants. 

The Z Motorcycle lineup features models in the Mini Naked, Super Naked, and Retro Sport sub-categories. The Z Motorcycle line features the Mini Naked Z125 Pro, and the Super Naked Z400 ABS, Z650, and Z900. The Retro Sport Z900RS finishes out the lineup. Some consumers might consider the Z models to be closer to a standard motorcycle than a sport motorcycle in terms of styling and purpose. 

Kawasaki Ninja 400

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400

MSRP
$4,999
Engine Size/Displacement
399 cc
Bike Type
Sport

The Ninja 400 features a liquid-cooled 399 cc engine that makes 28 pound-feet of torque, along with a six-speed transmission, 17-inch tires, disc brakes, and a 3.7-gallon fuel tank.

Curb Weight
361.6 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3.7 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
30.9 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Kawasaki Ninja 650

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja 650

MSRP
$7,399
Engine Size/Displacement
649 cc
Bike Type
Sport

The Ninja 650 has a liquid-cooled 649 cc engine putting out 48.5 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes a six-speed transmission, 17-inch tires, disc brakes with dual-piston calipers up front and a single-piston caliper in the rear, and a 4.0-gallon fuel tank.

Curb Weight
419 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
4 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
31.1 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The Ninja 1000 ($12,199) gets a liquid-cooled 1,043 cc engine that makes 81.7 pound-feet of torque, along with a six-speed transmission, anti-lock brakes, traction control, 17-inch tires, disc brakes with four-piston calipers up front and a single-piston caliper in the rear, and a 5.0-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

The Ninja ZX-6R (non-ABS $9,999, ABS $10,999) features a 636 cc liquid-cooled engine making 52.1 pound-feet of torque. This bike comes with a six-speed transmission, traction control, an adjustable sport suspension system, 17-inch tires, brakes with four-piston Nissin calipers in front and a single-piston caliper in rear, and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The ZX-10R (non-ABS $15,099, ABS $16,099) gets a liquid-cooled 998 cc engine that puts out 84.6 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes a six-speed transmission, launch control, traction control, an adjustable sport suspension system, 17-inch tires, brakes with four-piston Brembo calipers in front and a single-piston caliper in rear, and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Finally, the ZX-14RR ($14,999) has a liquid-cooled 1,441 cc engine making 116.5 pound-feet of torque, along with a six-speed transmission, anti-lock brakes, traction control, a heavy-duty suspension system, 17-inch tires, brakes with four-piston Brembo calipers in front and twin-piston calipers in rear, and a 5.8-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Z125 Pro

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2019 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

MSRP
$3,199
Engine Size/Displacement
125 cc
Bike Type
Standard

The Z125 Pro gets an air-cooled 125 cc engine rated for 7.1 pound-feet of torque, a four-speed transmission, 12-inch tires, disc brakes, and a 2.0-gallon fuel tank.

Curb Weight
224.8 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
2 gal
Engine Type
Single-Cylinder
Seat Height
31.7 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Kawasaki Z400

The Z400 ($4,799) features a 399 cc liquid-cooled engine with 28 pound-feet of torque, along with a six-speed transmission, 17-inch tires, disc brakes, and a 3.7-gallon fuel tank. 

Kawasaki Z650

The Z650 ($6,999 non-ABS and $7,399 ABS) upgrades to a 649 cc engine with 48.5 pound-feet of torque, dual-piston front brake calipers and a single-piston rear caliper, and a 4.0-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Z900

The Z900 ($8,399 non-ABS and $8,799 ABS) follows the Z400 and Z650 with a larger 948 cc liquid-cooled engine that puts out 73.4 pound-feet of torque. It has a slightly different suspension setup and a larger 4.5-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki Z900RS

The Retro Sport model is the Z900RS ABS ($11,199), and there is a Cafe Racer variant with upgraded styling ($11,699). This bike is technologically like the Z900, though its retro styling is much different.

Kawasaki Touring Motorcycle

Kawasaki’s touring motorcycle models include the Concours line, for supersport touring, and the Versys line, designed for adventure cruising.

Some consumers may not understand the difference between touring motorcycles and cruiser motorcycles, which is understandable since they are both large, powerful bikes. However, touring bikes are better suited to long trips than cruisers, with more comfort features and more capability to carry cargo. Some touring bikes are also specifically designed to carry passengers, with tweaks to their overall engineering and design, rather than simply featuring a bigger seat.

Kawasaki Concours 14

For 2019, the Concours comes in one model, the 14 ABS ($15,599). It’s powered by a liquid-cooled 1,352 cc engine rated for 100.5 pound-feet of torque. Features include a six-speed transmission, 17-inch tires, disc brakes with four-piston front calipers and a single-piston rear caliper, and a 5.8-gallon fuel tank. The Concours also comes standard with lockable hard saddlebags to stow your gear as well as an adjustable windshield. Kawasaki covers this model with a 36-month warranty.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

For adventuring, there’s the Versys-X 300 ($5,499 for non-ABS and $5,799 for ABS). This model gets a liquid-cooled 296 cc engine with 19.2 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed transmission, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tires, disc brakes, and a 4.5-gallon gas tank.

Kawasaki Versys 650

The midrange Versys 650 ($8,299) is powered by a 649 cc liquid-cooled engine that makes 47 pound-feet of torque. It's equipped with a six-speed transmission, 17-inch tires, anti-lock brakes, dual-piston front brake calipers and single-piston rear calipers, adjustable suspension, and a 5.5-gallong fuel tank.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+

The Versys 1000 SE LT+ ($17,999) is a special edition for this year. It features a liquid-cooled 1043 cc engine with 75.2 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed transmission, a color display screen, smartphone connectivity, heated grips, 17-inch tires, adaptive suspension, traction control, cruise control, LED cornering lights, anti-lock brakes, disc brakes with four-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, and a 5.5-gallon gas tank.

Kawasaki Off-Road Motorcycle

The KLX models are Kawasaki’s off-road motorcycles. Some KLX bikes are dual-purpose (suited for on- and off-road use) and others are off-road-only. For these lines, we’ll be using 2020 model specs and pricing. Some of these bikes are all new models for 2020, though for others, 2019 models are still available.

Off-road motorcycles, also known as dirt bikes, are designed to handle rough terrain on trails, beaches, and sometimes even race tracks. Large, knobby tires provide plenty of traction on a variety of surfaces and conditions, and the suspension is designed to withstand jumps, tricks, and hard landings. Keep in mind as you’re shopping for an off-road motorcycle that some are not road legal. 

Kawasaki KLX 230

For on- and off-road use, start with the KLX 230 (non-ABS $4,599, ABS $4,899). It features an air-cooled 233 cc engine with a six-speed transmission, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tires, disc brakes with dual front and single rear pistons, and a 2.0-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki KLX 250

The KLX 250 ($5,399) is also a dual-purpose bike, and has similar specs to the KLX 230, but instead features a liquid-cooled 249 cc engine.

Kawasaki KLX 110

For off-road-only use, check out the KLX 110 ($2,299), also offered as the KLX 110L with larger wheels for $200 more. The KLX 110 gets an air-cooled 112 cc engine with a four-speed transmission, 14-inch front and 12-inch rear tires, drum brakes, and a 1.0-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki KLX 140

The KLX 140 ($3,099) is also offered in 140L and 140G variants, with larger wheels and slightly higher prices. The base bike features an air-cooled 144 cc engine, a five-speed transmission, 17-inch front and 14-inch rear tires, disc brakes with dual-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, and a 1.5-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki KLX 230R

Then comes the KLX 230R ($4,399), with an air-cooled 233 cc engine, a six-speed transmission, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tires, disc brakes with dual-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, and a 1.7-gallon gas tank.

Kawasaki KLX 300R

Finally, the KLX 300R ($5,499), with a liquid-cooled 292 cc engine, a six-speed transmission, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tires, disc brakes with dual-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, and a 2.1-gallon gas tank.

Kawasaki Motocross Motorcycle

Kawasaki’s motocross lineup is called the KX line, and includes bikes in youth size as well as full size. The line includes the youth KX 65, KX 85, and KX 100, and the full size KX 250 and KX 450. Since the 2020 models are available for this line, we’ll show those prices and specs, though the 2019 models are still available and, in some cases, have slightly lower prices. 

Motocross motorcycles are a sub-segment of dirt bikes, in that they need the same pliant suspension and aggressive tires to handle the tricky terrain of a dirt track. Motocross bikes need to be manageable on dirt and mud surfaces, lightweight for easy maneuvering and jumping, and capable of taking hard landings. 

Kawasaki KX 65

The KX 65 youth motocross bike ($3,699) has a modest liquid-cooled 64 cc engine, a six-speed transmission, 14-inch front and 12-inch rear tires, disc brakes with single-piston calipers, and a 1.0-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki KX 85

The KX 85 ($4,349) has a liquid-cooled 84 cc engine, a six-speed transmission, 17-inch front and 14-inch rear tires, disc brakes with single-piston calipers, and a 1.32-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki KX 100

The KX 100 ($4,599) has similar specs, though the engine checks in at 99 cc and the tires measure 19 inches in front, 16 in rear.

Kawasaki KX 250

Moving up to the full size bikes in this line, the KX 250 ($7,799) has a 249 cc liquid-cooled engine, a five-speed transmission, 21-inch front and 19-inch rear tires, disc brakes with dual-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, and a 1.69-gallon fuel tank.

Kawasaki KX 450

At the top of the line, the KX 450 ($9,299) steps up the engine displacement to 449 cc, but is otherwise similarly equipped as the KX 250.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Warranty

Most Kawasaki models are covered by a one-year limited warranty. However, some models (namely off-road models) are covered only for six months, and a few other higher-end models get two- or three-year limited warranties.

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Kawasaki vs Honda

Honda and Kawasaki are pretty well matched in terms of motorcycle pricing and variety, though Honda does offer some types of bikes that Kawasaki does not, including standard bikes, mini bikes, and scooters. Though there should be no problem finding good motorcycles in the Kawasaki range for every type of rider and experience, Honda’s variety is just as good, if not better.

These two brands are also fairly well matched in terms of price. Kawasaki’s lineup starts at $2,300 for the KLX 100, but this is a small off-road bike with little mainstream appeal. Adding a couple thousand dollars to the budget brings you within range of Honda’s entry-level Rebel 300, at $4,499, as well as many comparable Kawasaki models. As you move through both brands’ lineups, they’re fairly well matched in terms of pricing for similar styles and specs. 

Finally, let’s take a look at warranty coverage, which is another area in which these competitors are on the same page. Most Honda motorcycles are backed by a one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty that is on par with Kawasaki’s one-year limited warranty coverage. Honda does offer better warranty coverage on certain models, most notably the Gold Wing range, and certain Kawasaki models carry two- or three-year warranty policies, as well.

Kawasaki vs Yamaha

Kawasaki and Yamaha also seem pretty well matched in terms of product offerings. Though Yamaha uses different names for some of their products (“trail” instead of “off-road,” for example), the only significant difference is that Yamaha offers scooters, which Kawasaki does not. 

Yamaha’s bikes start at $2,599 for the entry-level Zuma scooter, and the lineup tops out at $26,999 for the Star Venture. The average comes in at $11,264, not too far off from Kawasaki’s average of $12,137.

Kawasaki vs Indian

In general, Indian is a better choice for established riders who have experience and already know what they like – especially if what they like is street riding. Indian’s lineup is focused on standards, cruisers, and tourers, so it’s not as good of a brand for novice riders or those interested in motorsports. 

Indian’s bikes are also more expensive, with a starting price of $8,999 for the Scout Sixty cruising motorcycle. Indian’s most expensive model, the Roadmaster Elite, starts at $36,999. Though Kawasaki does have some pricey bikes at the top end of the range, Indian’s average price is much higher, coming in at $20,789.

Indian’s warranty coverage is superior to Kawasaki’s, with a two-year/unlimited-mileage policy across the range. Though select Kawasaki models get a three-year limited warranty, most of the brand’s bikes get only one year of coverage.

Other Motorcycle Brands

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson

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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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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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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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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