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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British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph dates back to 1902, when engineer Mauritz Schulte fitted a 2.2-horsepower Belgian-made engine to what was essentially a bicycle frame. By 1907, the fledgling motorcycle maker had its own 450 cubic centimeter (cc), 3.5-horsepower engine and was producing 1,000 units annually. A little more than a decade later, some 30,000 Triumph motorcycles saw military service in WWI. 

A brand steeped in tradition, it’s easy to trace a direct line from vintage Triumph motorcycles to some models still in the lineup today. The classic Speed Twin first arrived in 1937, yet it looks not unlike the modern Triumph bearing the same name, right down to its stance, the shape of the gas tank, and the Triumph logos on its sides. Even the basic architecture of its 498 cc two-cylinder engine remained essentially the same for more than 40 years. 

Like domestic brands Harley-Davidson and Indian, Triumph and its riders developed a certain outlaw image over the years, fueled in part by Marlon Brando riding a Triumph Thunderbird 6T in the 1956 biker film The Wild One. Years later, stuntman Evel Knievel famously jumped the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on a Triumph – with a landing somewhat less gracefully than his takeoff. 

Today, Triumph makes a full range of standard, off-road, and cruising motorcycles built on lessons learned over a 100-plus year history of racing and innovation. While many do retain a classic look, others have a more contemporary style. All are thoroughly modern underneath. 

Types of Triumph Motorcycles

Perhaps best known for standard motorcycle designs using the upright two-cylinder engine layout originally introduced in the 1930s and still seen in the Street Twin and Bonneville today, the Triumph lineup also includes a number of sport bikes, cruisers, and adventure/dual-sport models designed for extended trips on or off road. 

Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster / Triumph Motorcycles Ltd

What Triumph doesn’t make are any motorcycles that most riders would consider entry level. Engines are two- and three-cylinder designs, with the smallest displacement being a 765 cc three-cylinder used in the Street Triple and a 900 cc two-cylinder in the Street Twin. There’s no shortage of models, however. From just a handful of engine designs, Triumph cranks out some three dozen model variants, although some are very similar to one another and differentiated only by a feature or two.

Triumph Motorcycle Prices

Triumph prices range from $9,300 for the Street Twin to $22,000 for the Tiger 1200 XCA. The bulk of the lineup falls in the $10,000 to $16,000 range, with an average price of just over $14,000. 

That puts average Triumph prices between full-line brands like Honda and Kawasaki at the cheaper end and domestic makers Harley-Davidson and Indian that specialize in big bikes at the more expensive end. At the same time, Harley-Davidson makes models that are both more affordable and pricier than Triumph. Indian prices start in the same $9,000 range as Triumph. For comparable models, Triumph prices are competitive with other makers.

2019 Triumph Motorcycle Lineup

The Triumph lineup is divided into several series. The Roadsters and Supersports models are geared for sport riding. The Adventure series is made up of models meant for touring, or travelling on and off road. Triumph’s Modern Classics series mostly includes motorcycles meant to evoke the look of vintage models in a modern package. 

Like Harley-Davidson, Triumph offers an almost limitless variety of options, accessories, and color combinations to personalize many models. Just don’t expect a lot of choices for novice riders.

Triumph Standard Motorcycles

Standard motorcycles are traditional designs, generally with an upright seating position and easy on the frills. Designed more for around town riding and commuting than long-distance traveling, standard models are typically lighter and more maneuverable than cruisers or touring models, and most do without fairings or bags. Most can accommodate a rider and one passenger, and have small to midsize engines. About half of Triumph's models fall in this category, including long-running nameplates like the Street Twin and Bonneville, all drawing heavily on the brand’s heritage. 

Triumph Street Twin

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2019 Triumph Street Twin

MSRP
$9,300
Engine Size/Displacement
900 cc
Bike Type
Standard

Combining an old school classic look with modern technology, the Street Twin is the most affordable and closest to entry-level motorcycle available in the Triumph lineup. Power comes from a liquid-cooled, 65-horsepower, 900 cc two-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection and matched with a five-speed transmission. Light on styling frills, the stripped down look is complemented by a matte finish. But underneath, the Street Twin features electronically controlled driving modes that can adjust throttle response and traction control settings at the flick of a switch. Single disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) are standard, and a tire pressure monitoring system is optional. The Street Twin's seat height is 29.9 inches, and its weight is 436.5 pounds.

Curb Weight
436.5 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3.2 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
29.9 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Triumph Street Triple S

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2019 Triumph Street Triple S

MSRP
$9,900
Engine Size/Displacement
765 cc
Bike Type
Standard

With a high-revving engine, performance suspension, and an aggressive riding position to match its race-bred looks, the Speed Triple S is a seriously competitive motorcycle. Powered by a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 148-horsepower 1,050 cc three-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed transmission, the Speed Triple S features four electronically controlled riding modes, twin Brembo front and single rear disc brakes. Standard features include ABS, traction control, adjustable Showa suspension, a five-inch color instrument display, cruise control, and a USB charge port.

Curb Weight
423 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
4.6 gal
Engine Type
Horizontal In-line
Seat Height
31.9 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Triumph Bonneville T100 

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2019 Triumph Bonneville T100

MSRP
$10,400
Engine Size/Displacement
900 cc
Bike Type
Standard

With both the look and the name of an iconic bike from Triumph's past, the Bonneville is perhaps the most retro model in a lineup heavy on throwback influences. The two-tone tank, 55-horsepower 900 cc upright twin engine, five-speed transmission, generous use of chrome and spoked wheels all pay tribute to the original Bonneville of 1959. Modern touches include liquid cooling, single disc brakes, ABS, traction control, and an LCD instrument pod combined with an analog speedometer and tachometer. Options include heated grips and cruise control. The bike's seat height is 31.1 inches, and its weight is 470 pounds.

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

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Triumph Street Triple R and R LRH 

The Street Triple R builds on the performance of the Street Triple S with additional features. Powered by the same 765 cc three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission, the Street Triple R includes all the standard features of the Street Triple S, adding Brembo front brakes, an Adjustable Showa suspension, ABS, traction control (that can be turned off depending on rider preference), a five-inch color instrument display, four electronically controlled riding modes, a more sophisticated on-board computer, and more. The LRH version offers a lower 30.7-inch ride height for easier access. Both versions weigh 366 pounds. Prices for both the Street Triple R and R LRH start at $11,250

Triumph Bonneville T120

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2019 Triumph Bonneville T120

MSRP
$11,800
Engine Size/Displacement
1,200 cc
Bike Type
Standard

A more powerful version of the Bonneville T100, the T120 gets a liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 1,200 cc 80-horsepower two-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed transmission. Beyond that, the Bonneville T120 has the same throwback looks as its less powerful counterpart, paying homage to the 1959 Bonneville with two-tone paint, chrome pipes and engine covers, and chromed wire wheels. The T120 uses twin front and single rear disc brakes. Other standard features include ABS, heated grips, an anti-theft immobilizer, a combination of LED and analog instrumentation, traction control, and switchable driving modes for dry and wet conditions. The bike weighs 494 pounds, and its seat height is 31 inches.

Curb Weight
494 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
3.8 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
31 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber

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2019 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

MSRP
$11,900
Engine Size/Displacement
1,200 cc
Bike Type
Standard

A minimalist bike focused more on the ride than on frills, the Bonneville Bobber features a long, low look and a 1,200 cc 77-horsepower liquid-cooled and fuel-injected two-cylinder upright engine in the classic Triumph tradition, that's tuned for low- and mid-range torque, and paired with a six-speed transmission. Standard features include electronically controlled road and rain driving modes, single front and rear disc brakes, ABS, traction control, a trip computer, heated hand grips, an anti-theft immobilizer, and an adjustable riding position. The seat height is 27 inches, and the weight is 502 pounds.

Curb Weight
502 lbs
Transmission Type
Manual
Gas Tank Capacity
2.4 gal
Engine Type
Parallel Twin
Seat Height
27 in
Carburetion
Fuel Injected

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Triumph Speed Twin 

With its traditional styling highlighted by a large round headlight, big twin engine, upright riding position, and two-tone gas tank with the iconic Triumph logo, the Speed Twin pays tribute to the original Speed Twin of 1938. Beneath the skin, however, it is a thoroughly modern motorcycle. Powered by a liquid-cooled, two-cylinder 1,200 cc 96-horsepower engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the Speed Twin is equipped with updated technology including traction control, three electronically controlled driving modes, twin front and single rear disc brakes, ABS, and electronic fuel injection. Set up for handling, the Speed Twin gets a unique frame and suspension. The seat height is 31.8 inches, and the weight is 432 pounds. Prices start at $12,200.

Triumph Street Triple RS 

At the top of the Street Triple Range and using the same 765 cc three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission, the RS adds a Brembo master cylinder, a more robust Showa front suspension, five electronically controlled riding modes (including track mode), a lap timer, and additional upgrades and styling tweaks. The seat height is 32.5 inches, and the weight is 366 pounds. Prices start at $12,550.

Triumph Thruxton 1200

With Cafe Racer-inspired styling cues including clip-on bars, a smaller, 17-inch front wheel, and a suspension tuned for handing with a lightweight aluminum swingarm and wheels, the Thruxton is built for performance. Powered by its own version of Triumph’s liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 1200 cc two-cylinder engine, the big twin produces 97-horsepower in Thruxton trim. The transmission is a six-speed. The suspension gets KYB front forks and rear shocks, and the brakes are twin front and single rear discs with ABS. Traction control is standard, along with three electronically controlled driving modes, adjustable suspension, LED headlights and tail lights, and an immobilizer. The ride height is 31.9 inches, and the weight is 454 pounds. Prices start at $13,000.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black

Using the same architecture and 1,200 cc 77-horsepower liquid-cooled and fuel-injected two-cylinder 1,200 cc engine and six-speed transmission as the Bonneville Bobber, the Bobber Black adds black paint, pipes, and trim, along with additional standard features including cruise control, Showa front forks, a fatter 16-inch front wheel, dual Brembo disc brakes up front, and an LED headlight. The seat height is 27 inches, and the weight is 502 pounds. Prices start at $13,150. 

Triumph Speed Triple S

With a high-revving engine, performance suspension, and an aggressive riding position to match its race-bred looks, the Speed Triple S is a seriously competitive motorcycle. Powered by a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 148-horsepower 1,050 cc three-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed transmission, the Speed Triple S features four electronically controlled riding modes, twin Brembo front and single rear disc brakes. Standard features include ABS, traction control, adjustable Showa suspension, a five-inch color instrument display, cruise control, and a USB charge port. The seat height is 32.5 inches, and the weight is 423 pounds. Prices start at $14,350.

Triumph Thruxton 1200 R 

Cranking up the performance factor, the Thruxton R gets the same liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 1200 cc 97-horsepower two-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission as the base Thruxton model, along with all its other standard features. To that potent mix, the Thruxton R adds Pirelli Diablo Rossa Corsa tires, fully adjustable Showa front forks, Ohlins adjustable rear shock absorbers, Brembo twin front and single rear disc brakes, and assorted trim upgrades. Prices start at $15,400. 

Triumph Speed Triple RS

That much closer to a racing motorcycle, the Speed Triple RS has the same fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 148-horsepower 1,050 cc three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission as the Speed Triple S. To that package, the Speed Triple RS adds titanium exhaust silencers, a track mode for a total of five electronically controlled riding modes, a lap timer, keyless ignition, carbon fiber trim, and more. The seat height is 32.5 inches, and the weight is 416 pounds. Prices start at $16,500.

Triumph On-Off Road Motorcycles

Designed for day trips or extended excursions far from civilization on all kinds of roads or none at all, on-off road models (also known as dual-sport or adventure bikes) are typically equipped with lots of suspension travel, high ground clearance, versatile gearing, and sufficient fuel capacity for the long haul. Another Triumph specialty, the British manufacturer offers a wide variety of models in this category, from the more street-focused Tiger 800 XR to the go-anywhere Tiger 1200 XCa. 

Triumph Street Scrambler 

Another model name familiar to longtime fans of the brand, the Street Scrambler gets upswept exhaust pipes for a rugged off-road look, enhanced by retro spoked wheels, and a matte-finish on the engine, tank, and fenders. Powered by an electronically fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 900 cc two-cylinder engine with 65 horsepower and a five-speed transmission, the Street Scrambler gets four-piston Brembo front and two-piston rear disc brakes with ABS. Other standard features include traction control, and three electronically controlled driving modes, including one for off-road use. The seat height is 31.1 inches, and the weight is 447 pounds. Prices start at $11,000.

Triumph Tiger 800 XR

Intended for the adventurer who spends more time on the road than off, the Tiger 800 XR is equipped for comfortable long-distance cruising, with Metzeler Tourance street tires on cast road wheels, and a seat, handlebars, and brake and clutch levers that you can adjust for a customized riding position. The engine is a liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected 800 cc 95-horsepower three-cylinder matched with a six-speed transmission. The brakes are twin front and single rear discs with switchable ABS. Other standard features include traction control, an on-board computer, 12 volt and USB power outlets, and an anti-theft immobilizer. The seat height adjusts between 31.88 and 32.67 inches, and the weight is 439 pounds. Tiger 800 XR prices start at $12,000. 

Triumph Tiger 800 XRx and XRx LRH

With the same liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 800 cc 95-horsepower three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission powertrain found in the base XR model, theTiger XRx adds additional features including cruise control, four electronically adjustable riding modes for different conditions and preferences, heated hand grips, hand guards, upgraded instrumentation with a five-inch color digital display, Brembo front brakes, and other upgrades. The XRx LRH combines the same feature set with a reduced ride height that when combined with the adjustable seat makes for a 29.9-inch seat height, allowing easier access and a lower center of gravity. Prices for both the XRx and XRx LRH start at $13,800. 

Triumph Tiger 800 XCx

Aimed at the rider whose adventure touring includes both on- and off-road travel, the Tiger 800 XCx gets a 21-inch front wheel, two inches larger than the one on Tiger 800 XR models. This allows for better balance and control off-road. This bike also has a more upright riding position. The electronically fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 800 cc 95-horsepower three-cylinder engine is tuned for more low-end torque, and is matched with a six-speed transmission. Five electronically controlled driving modes are standard, including one for off-road use. Other standard features include a five-inch color digital instrument display, twin front Brembo and single rear disc brakes, ABS, traction control, cruise control, adjustable Showa front suspension, 12 volt and USB power outlets, an immobilizer, and hand guards. The seat height is adjustable between 33.07 and 33.85 inches, and the weight is 452 pounds. Prices start at $14,600. 

Triumph Tiger 800 XRt

At the top of the Tiger 800 XR range, the XRt uses the same electronically fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 800 cc 95-horsepower three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission powertrain found in other Tiger 800 XR models, and includes all the same features. To that, the Tiger 800 XRt adds an adjustable Showa suspension front and rear, LED headlights and tail lights, a configurable instrument display, five electronically adjustable driving modes, heated seats, and a center stand. Prices start at $15,700. 

Triumph Tiger 800 XCa

The Tiger 800 XCa adds features to the same basic architecture of the Tiger 800 XCx, and uses the same liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected 800 cc 95-horsepower three-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed transmission. Added standard equipment includes a rider programmable driving mode for a total of six modes, LED headlights and tail lights, a programmable instrument display, heated hand grips, a heated seat, an aluminum radiator guard, a center stand, and other upgrades. The seat height adjusts from 33.07 to 33.85 inches, and the weight is 459 pounds. Prices start at $16,200. 

Triumph Tiger 1200 XR

A more powerful version of the Tiger 800 XR, the Tiger 1200 XR combines a similar feature set with a more powerful engine for adventure travelers who spend more time on road than off. Power comes from a liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 1,215 cc, 139 horsepower three-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed transmission. Other standard features include three electronic driving modes for dry, wet, or off-road conditions, Brembo twin front and single rear disc brakes, ABS, traction control, adjustable suspension, cruise control, an on-board computer, 12 volt and USB power outlets, and an immobilizer. The seat height is adjustable between 32.87 and 33.66 inches, and the weight is 534 pounds. Prices start at $16,500. 

Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx and XRx LRH

Using the same liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 1,215 cc 139-horsepower three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission found in the Tiger 1200 XR, the Tiger 1200 XRx adds additional features including a 5-inch color instrument display, LED headlight and tail lights, keyless ignition, heated hand grips, four riding modes, enhanced ABS, and traction control. The Tiger 1200 XRx LRH adds the same features, along with a lowered ride height and adjustable seat that bring the seat height as low as 31.25 inches for easier access and a lower center of gravity. Prices for both models start at $18,900.

Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx

Triumph’s most powerful on-off road motorcycles, the 1200 XCx models are essentially the same as their 800 cc counterparts with a larger, fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 1,215 cc three-cylinder engine producing 139 horsepower. Combined with a six-speed manual transmission and five electronically controlled driving modes, the XCx is designed for travel just about anywhere regardless of conditions. Standard features include cruise control, a semi-active, adjustable suspension front and rear, Brembo dual front and single rear disc brakes, ABS, traction, LED lighting, a color 5-inch electronic instrument display, a trip computer, an electrically adjustable windshield, keyless ignition, 12 volt and USB power outlets, an anti-theft immobilizer, and more. The Tiger 1200 XCx weighs 534 pounds, and the seat height adjusts between 32.87 and 33.66 inches. Prices start at $19,700.

Triumph Tiger 1200 XRt 

The Tiger 1200 XRt has the same liquid-cooled and fuel-injected 1,215 cc 139-horsepower three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission used in the Tiger 1200 XRx, along with all the same standard features. In addition, the Tiger 1200 XRt gets adaptive LED lighting, five riding modes, a hill hold control, heated hand grips, a heated seat, an electronically adjustable windshield, and other features. The weight is 536 pounds, and the ride height adjusts from 32.87 to 33.66 inches. Prices start at $21,300. 

Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa 

The ultimate go anywhere on-off road motorcycle from Triumph, the 1200 XCa adds additional features not available on the XCx. Powered by the same fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 1,215 cc 139-horsepower three-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed manual transmission, the Tiger 1200 XCa gets all the standard features of the XCx plus a rider programmable driving mode for a total of six electronic modes, along with hill hold control for starting out on an incline, heated hand grips, a heated seat, a larger electrically adjustable windshield, and more. The seat height is adjustable from 32.87 to 33.66 inches, and the weight is 534 pounds. Prices start at $22,000.

Triumph Cruiser Motorcycles

Cruisers provide the power and comfort for extended highway riding or a day exploring back roads, either solo or with a passenger. Triumph makes one model in this category: the minimalist Bonneville Bobber Speedmaster.

Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster 

Designed for cruising in classic style, the Bonneville Speedster combines a low, retro look with modern technology and creature comforts. The liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected 1,200 cc two-cylinder engine is tuned for low end torque for easy cruising. It produces 77 horsepower in the Speedmaster model. The transmission is a six-speed manual, and the Speedster offers two electronically controlled driving modes for wet or dry conditions. Standard features include an LED headlight, cruise control, dual front Brembo disc brakes, ABS, traction control, a trip computer, and an anti-theft immobilizer. The seat height is 27.76 inches, and the weight is 541 pounds. Prices start at $13,150.

Triumph vs. Harley-Davidson

While both brands offer motorcycles built for cruising with plenty of power and lots of customization options, the Triumph lineup includes more models built for performance on and off road. 

Like Harley-Davidson, Triumph trades heavily on its past, with many models offering a retro look and style. But the brand’s modern offerings pack in lots of technology, including wide use of ABS and traction control, along with digital displays and wide availability of creature comforts like heated seats.

Both brands back their motorcycles with a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Triumph is definitely the choice if you’re looking for a sporty ride. But Harley-Davidson is the way to go if you’re looking for a traditional tourer with lots of room for storage, Harley-Davidson offers more choices. Somewhat surprisingly, Harley-Davidson is also the choice if you’re looking for an entry level bike, or shopping on a budget. At $6,899, the Harley-Davidson Street 500 undercuts the least expensive Triumph Street Twin by more than $2,000. 

Triumph vs. Indian

Just as is the case with Harley-Davidson, one thing Triumph shares with Indian is a long and checkered history that plays a big part in each manufacturer’s current lineup. With Indian, however, that’s about where the similarities end. 

While there’s some overlap in the standard and touring models offered by Harley-Davidson and Triumph, Indian’s offering is almost entirely made up of big touring bikes. Triumph is decidedly the sportier choice, with a much larger assortment of standard and sporty rides. Triumph is also the choice if you’re looking for a dual-sport model or plan to do some off-roading. 

Both brands offer a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. And both offer models beginning in the $9,000 range. A loaded up touring model from Indian, however, can get considerably more expensive than anything from Triumph. 

Triumph vs. Honda

Simply put, Honda is a much better choice if you’re shopping for your first motorcycle. Honda offers a much broader range of bikes, particularly of the smaller displacement and easy to handle variety. At $4,499, the Honda Rebel 300 is about half the price of Triumph’s least expensive model, the $9,300 Street Twin. 

On the other hand, there’s no substitute for the look, feel, and sound of a big Triumph two-cylinder, and Triumph offers a much broader variety of two and three cylinder sport bikes. And both offer dual-sport models for off and on road travel. Here again, Honda has the edge on price, with the XR650L starting at $6,999. That’s less than half the cost of a Triumph Tiger XCx, although the latter is both a larger and more fully equipped motorcycle. It’s all up to your wants, needs, and pocketbook. 

Honda is also an option if you’re looking for a big touring bike with lots of storage, because Triumph doesn’t play in that space. Both manufacturers offer a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. 

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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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

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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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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