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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.
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’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.
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.
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,

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Title: Five Motorcycles Under $10,000 in 2023
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results

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The recently held “Dare to Dream” auction in Toronto, Canada, represented a wide variety of automotive milestones, specifically for European Sportscars. Aptly described on Sotheby’s website, “They represent what could be—what will be in our eyes, the greatest.”

Collector Miles Nadal

It’s always inciteful to know a little about the face behind the collection and what his/her thoughts are on the business of acquiring automobiles. According to Nadal, he has always been a collector of types. Somewhat tangentially related to cars, his first collection was of hand tools he never used and had no intention of using, admitting he was not mechanical in any way. But he appreciated what they stood for Perfection. Engineering. Function. Those three pillars play a heavy part in his future collections, too. The tools were always pristine and presented in order. The same was applied to his following collection of keys, and then of model cars. The model cars were just a placeholder for the real cars Nadal truly desired to own someday.

After working as a sports photographer in his teen years, further exposed to the world of professional sports and the players that made the difference… the influencers… the icons, he figured out the direction of the collection he would someday start. Automotive icons. And so, we take a quick look at some of the sports car icons that were sold from the collection.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

$3,305,000 USD | Sold

There is perhaps no better archetype of a Ferrari model than the 275 GTB/4. As one of the last Prancing Horses manufactured in the vintage era, preceding the wholesale shift to mid-rear engine placement, the GTB/4 was the product of all the lessons learned since the company’s 1947 inception. Like the greatest Ferraris that preceded it, the model was defined as a grand touring berlinetta: a closed-body dual-use GT car that could be driven to the track and raced before being gently driven back home.

Introduced in 1964, the original 275 GTB was the first roadgoing Ferrari to be equipped with four-wheel independent suspension, and the first to employ a weight-saving transaxle, which also improved weight distribution. When the GTB/4 iteration arrived two years later, it boasted dual-cam valve actuation for each cylinder bank, making it the first four-cam road car from Maranello’s stable. This prodigy of mechanical performance was clothed in coachwork designed by Pininfarina and built by racing car carrozzeria Scaglietti, featuring a long hood and fastback rear end that were obviously developed from the legendary 250 GTO.

1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS ‘Sunroof’ Coupe by Reutter

$637,500 USD | Sold

The most potent mechanical variation of the 356 was the Carrera model, which was powered by the slightly detuned, Fuhrmann-designed four-camshaft, 1,600-cubic-centimeter racing engine. Available in both “GT” race specification and “GS” touring specification, Porsche made sure that their new engine could be marketed on a platform to individuals who were looking to spend time on the track, as well as to those who were looking to drive down the Autobahn in style.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Select “Dare to Dream” Auction results
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