They say we get what we pay for, but that can sometimes be a good thing; say someone gave you $30,000 to use towards starting a bike collection?! Would you know where to begin? Would you know how to ‘get what you pay for’? We’re going to give you a head start in your search. We have compiled a list of the top used bikes on the market for you to begin your search and comparisons. Some of our top choices stand out above the rest, but we’ll leave you to decide that for yourself.
- KTM 525 EXC
Years: 2003 – 2007
If you’re running some trials for fun on varied terrain, this KTM is essential to your research. It’s light and nimble with lots of power and works great for casual riding and having some fun. Good deals can be found in and around $3,000.
- Ducati 900SS
Years: 1991 – 1997
This is a great looking, post-beveled Ducati that has great comfort for the more sport-touring minded. There is a lot of leg room for longer road trips and it’s not only light but very nice to look at as well. Great deals on these bikes can be found at or around $4,000.
- BMW R1150RT
Years: 2002 – 2005
Great for those living in colder climates, the RT has excellent fairing and heated grips than can extend your season of riding. These bikes are super for long distances and all-purpose riding. Prices are fantastic at in and around $5,000.
- Honda VFR 800FI Interceptor
Years: 1998 – 2001
These bikes are known for winning accolades of Best Bike awards and rarely need an introduction. These bikes are comfortable and refined, as well as competent and dependable. Use these bikes for sporting or touring, it doesn’t make a difference in comfort. Coming in at around $4,000 and under, this bike really can’t be beat.
- Honda Superhawk
Years: 1997 – 2005
This bike is infamously known as the “poor man’s Ducati”. This V-twin, 90 degree sport bike has been a top favorite for many enthusiasts through the years. This bike is geared for street riding and can be found at around $3,000.
- Kawasaki ZX-6R
Known as the “636”, this Kawasaki has a midrange power base and an extra 10 to 15 horsepower. It has been referred to as a king on the street and has been a reputable find. This bike can be found at around $4,000.
- Suzuki SV650
Years: 2003 – 2008
Redesigned in 2003with lots of upgrades, including a modified frame and fuel injection, this bike can be used for daily riding. It can be used for pleasure riding and on the track. This Suzuki can be found at a great price, usually under $3,500.
- Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 and 1200
Years: 1986 – Present
This domestic bike is a favorite regardless of budget. A classic Harley without the major price tag, this is a bargain for the comfort, reliability and performance. Coming in at or around $5,000; these Harley’s are worth every penny.
- Honda Nighthawk 750
Years: 1991 – 2003
An inexpensive, reliable, simple and low maintenance bike, this Honda has proven its worth through the years. From a starter bike to everyday commutes, this one is a must have for reliability within a budget. You can often find them for around $1,500.
- Kawasaki Vulcan 1500FI Classic
Years: 2000 – 2007
When it was upgraded with fuel injection, the Vulcan made comfort and reliability a greater selling point. Here you have a larger bike within a midsized budget. Earlier versions of these bikes can be found at around $3,500.