There’s a new motorcycle for just about any price point these days, from a few grand for a Grom all the way up to six figures for highly customized boutique bikes. Thankfully, most machines are nowhere near that kind of money, which means you can have a quality bike without taking a second mortgage out on your house. There are plenty available under $10,000 in fact, and we’re going to run through five of the best 2023 models below.
2023 Honda CRF450L: $9,999
The Honda CRF450L is a highly competent, off-road-biased dual sport. (Honda/)
The 2023 Honda CRF450L is one of the most capable dual sport bikes currently available, especially if you plan to do some serious off-roading. The 291-pound machine is based on the brand’s CRF450X enduro and comes equipped with a 450cc Unicam single, wide-ratio six-speed transmission, fuel injection, dual radiators, LED lighting, long-travel Showa suspension, works-style braking kit, a fuel gauge, hand guards, and on and on. It’s capable of handling any on-road requirements too, opening up countless riding possibilities.
2023 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone: $9,190
Moto Guzzi’s V7 Stone is a style choice, for riders who want a laid-back, capable, and head-turning machine. (Moto Guzzi/)
The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone has a lot going for it, even if it isn’t the first bike you think of on a list like this. Styling-wise, there’s no question it stands out, with a stripped-down, nostalgic aesthetic and the iconic transverse-mounted 90-degree V-twin. The engine got a refresh a few years back and now offers 65 hp and 54 lb.-ft. of torque, not jaw-dropping numbers by any means but plenty for spirited jaunts around town and plenty capable of keeping an elevated pace on the backroads. It’s a bike brimming with character, the shaft drive is low maintenance, the perch is comfortable for a wide range of riders, and with a few accessory add-ons the V7 Stone can become a capable weekend travel companion. This is a bike that could easily have a spot in your garage for a long, long time.
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: $9,599
If you want a bike that can do just about anything, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is a great choice. (Suzuki/)
The popularity of the V-Strom 650 is undeniable, and the XT variant adds some valuable upgrades to the mix. These include hand guards, lower engine protection, and wire-spoked rims. It is powered by a tried-and-true 645cc V-twin engine that has been refined over the years to provide buttery-smooth power output throughout the rev range. The bike has a modest but useful selection of electronic aids, including three traction control settings, Easy Start, Low RPM Assist, and LED lighting throughout. Adjustable suspension lets riders dial the bike in for different ride scenarios and the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel configuration make the V-Strom 650 comfortable on asphalt and capable on dirt. There is a huge range of upgrades available from Suzuki and third-party vendors, so it’s easy to dial this platform to your exact needs.
2023 Triumph Street Triple 765 R: $9,995
The new Triumph Street Triple 765 R offers a lot of fun for under 10 grand. (Triumph/)
The naked streetfigher style of bike is one of the most populated at this price point, with compelling options from Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM, Honda, and others. But the Triumph Street Triple 765 R gets our vote as the most appealing option for the price in 2023. The Moto2-derived triple-cylinder engine offers up to 118 hp and 59 lb.-ft. of torque and the bike weighs a slim 417 pounds ready to ride. Fully adjustable Showa suspension and Brembo braking kit are highlights of the nimble chassis,
By: Byron Wilson
Title: Five Motorcycles Under $10,000 in 2023
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/best-motorcycles-under-10k/
Published Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2023 11:00:01 +0000
Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
The Ducati Monster is widely credited with saving the Italian marque in the 90s. Part of its success lies in its minimalist brawler aesthetic—and part of it lies in the fact that Ducati has always offered the Monster in myriad engine sizes at varying price points. If you couldn’t quite spring for an M900 back in 1994, the Ducati Monster 600 looked just as cool, cost less, and still made adequate power.
Decades on, the Monster is a very different beast and has even shed its trademark trellis frame. But the mid-90s Monster still has appeal—and it’s got tons of custom bike potential, as evidenced by this custom Ducati Monster 600 from Turkey’s Bunker Custom Cycles.
The 1998-model Monster 600 belongs to the Turkish actor Kadir Doğulu, who went through considerable effort to obtain it. The story goes that the bike was one of four imported to Turkey in the late 90s as show bikes for a major local 4×4 event. Kadir spotted it in the corner of a parking garage gathering dust and hassled the owner for ten years before he finally agreed to sell it.
By then, the Monster 600 was desperately in need of rescue. A decade of being parked had given the elements time to work, leaving the chassis, fuel tank, and a whole whack of alloy parts covered in rust. Kadir held onto the bike for a while, then called in the brothers at Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert and Can Uzer, to revive it.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-ducati-monster-600
Published Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2023 18:57:09 +0000
Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Honda’s CB750 Hornet was officially unveiled in Europe last year, and has appeared in other markets globally—just not the US. (Honda Europe/)
It’s been 25 years since Honda’s massively popular 600cc Hornet wheelied onto European tarmac, so when word got out a couple of years ago that a new Hornet was in development the buzz (sorry) around the internet was palpable. The first and second-gen Hornets were almost universally beloved for their light weight, revvy characterful engine, and uh, down-to-earth price tags. Fun, practical, and cheap? It’s no wonder crowds of riders signed up to own one. And while the naked-bike segment has evolved tremendously in the ensuing years, a midsize model with those same characteristics along with the reliability and build quality Honda’s known for—at the right price—might still put up a good fight against its Trident 660 and MT-07 rivals.
The Hornet’s chassis is dominated by a new lightweight diamond steel frame and Showa suspension front and rear. (Honda Europe/)
Sure enough, Honda pulled the wraps off its long-anticipated CB750 Hornet at the 2022 Intermot show in Germany, and it had all the goods we could hope for: a rollicking 91 hp twin engine (not an inline-four like the old model), a robust menu of standard features, and a better-than-expected electronics package. The compact 755cc Unicam eight-valve parallel-twin engine was entirely new, as was the diamond steel frame, and the bike sported throttle-by-wire, ABS, four ride modes, traction and wheelie control, a six-speed transmission, and more.
Initial reports praised its fat midrange, agility, and unique sound (for a parallel twin). It weighed less than 420 pounds, and for a naked middleweight, the price was right; less than 8,000 euro (about $8,500 USD).
Related: 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview
The new Hornet shares its all-new compact 755cc parallel-twin engine with Honda’s just-released XL750 Transalp, though there are slight differences. (Honda Europe/)
You can bet plenty of US riders immediately thought, “Great, North America will get it next year.” And really, that didn’t seem like an outlandish idea. The bike had been teased since at least 2021, beginning with computer illustrations and then more fleshed-out reveals of a concept version; it had now become a familiar formula, with Honda then usually releasing a full production model in Europe, followed a year later with entry into the North American market. But here we are at the end of 2023 and many of the 2024 US models have already been announced, including the reborn 2024 Transalp model, which—it almost feels like a slap in the face—uses the same exact 755cc engine as the Hornet. A bike with the same drivetrain as the Hornet, that wasn’t expected in the US at all this year, and yet…
A 5.0-inch color TFT display allows access to rider modes, traction control, engine-braking, and anti-wheelie settings. (Honda Europe/)
As we said, the engine is all-new, with the parallel twin using Honda’s latest vortex airflow ducting to improve intake flow in the low-end and midrange. Peak power is 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm, with max torque of 55.3 lb.-ft. coming on at 7,250 rpm. The Hornet’s 755cc mill also uses a 270-degree crank for an uneven firing interval that injects more character to its delivery as well as its sound.
To be fair, the Transalp’s mill is ever so slightly different, with the airbox inlets being longer to give it more midrange, and its back
By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb750-hornet-coming-soon-rumors/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 22:17:08 +0000
Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
The Glemseck 101 is the European event for anyone who loves fast, impractical, and highly imaginative machines. Those who partake in it do so with cult-like levels of obsession—returning year after year in a bid to outdo each other and themselves.
Rolf Reick is a regular face at the Glemseck 101. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, the perpetually cheerful industrial designer heads up a design school in the nearby town of Mannheim. But he also has years of experience building custom bikes—like this wild Kawasaki H1 two-stroke—under the banner of Krautmotors.
Rolf has stockpiled a number of rad bits and pieces over the years. So he set himself a goal of building a drag bike for this year’s Glemseck 101 using only recycled parts from his personal stash, turning to external sources only when necessary. (It’s not the first time he’s used this approach.)
One of the parts that Ralf already had on hand was the triple-cylinder two-stroke engine from a Kawasaki H1 Mach III; the original ‘Widowmaker.’ But it was far from stock. It had previously been rebuilt by the Kawasaki specialist Ralf Gille, with a host of upgrades that included extensive head work, a new crankshaft, and a set of Mikuni carbs.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/kawasaki-h1-krautmotors
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 18:01:55 +0000
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