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This conversation is over: $1,807 equals the answer to all of your Honda Navi questions.
This conversation is over: $1,807 equals the answer to all of your Honda Navi questions. (drew ruiz/)

We’ve talked about affordable motorcycles plenty (see Top 5 Cheapest Motorcycles 2022, Best Budget-Friendly Beginner Motorcycles, and Best Affordable Used Motorcycles for New Riders 2022), usually with an eye toward value, upkeep, and longevity. After all, “affordable” means saving money over the long haul, not just on the sales floor.

Curious about the other side of the affordability spectrum? Read the Top 5 Most Expensive Motorcycles 2022 and learn what Santa needs to get you this holiday season.

Sometimes affordable means inexpensive, as in cheap. New motorcycles are always a gamble, no matter the marque. Someone’s gotta be the guinea pig. Taking a flier on an untested brand comes with an upside; you look like a genius when it works out. If you’re feeling lucky, let’s look at some bikes that are affordable, period.

Couple of ground rules here. While the merits of dealerships are up for debate, anything on this list needs to be sold from a building with a lit sign in front and a person sweating out a monthly quota. And these motorcycles are inexpensive on the sticker. Motorcyclist makes no claim, guarantee, or implied level of durability for any of the motorcycles on this list.

Minibike: Honda Navi

As an unofficial Motorcyclist long-term test vehicle, the Honda Navi is paying dividends. The $1,692 saved by not buying a Grom paid for three weekends at the track, plus a cheap vacation to North Carolina. Any question about the Navi gets one answer: $1,807. What’s it got for horsepower? Enough for $1,807. Is it fun? Sure is, for $1,807. It’s an absolute steal. Sure, it can’t wheelie and it’s slower than anything 110cc has a right to be. But simple carburetion, a heavy clutch, and conservative variator weights mean more ponies are just an afternoon’s worth of work away.

Designed for the Indian market and discontinued in 2020, it found a second home on American shores in late 2021. The funky design is just faux-carbon fiber plastic and decals, but we stopped counting the times someone asked, “Is that thing electric?” With an average of 90-plus mpg (100-plus if you’re light on the throttle) in the city, it might as well be. The lockable storage space is OK, but an optional rear rack doesn’t do much for cargo. A simple air-cooled single-cylinder 109.2cc mill is mated to a CVT transmission optimized for longevity, fuel efficiency, and slowness. Not quite sold? Let’s say it again: It’s $1,807.

It took Motorcyclist a few months of searching before finding one, so start your search now.

ADV: Benelli TRK 502X or CFMoto 650 Adventura

This split decision comes courtesy of the imaginary (but very real) dividing line between 500 and 650cc. A 650 is practically a midsize ADV, a category that’s grown of late. A 500 is a bit of a stretch. That said, a new buyer gets a lot to like for cheap. Let’s start with the TRK 502X.

Owned by Qianjiang since 2005, Benellis are designed, developed, and marketed from Pesaro, Italy. Then they actually get made in Wenling, China. A liquid-cooled eight-valve parallel twin puts out 47.6 hp at 8,500 rpm, while a seat height of 33 inches keeps things democratic. Its 19- and 17-inch wheels bookend a 60-inch wheelbase that weighs in at 469.5 pounds dry. You get 140mm (5.5 inches) of travel in the front, 145mm (5.7 inches) aft.

None of these specs are particularly eye-opening until you get to the $6,399 price of the TRK 502X with the upswept exhaust, not the pedestrian TRK 502 with the underslung unit. It’s not the most dirt-capable machine. But you’re likely just starting your ADV journey, so it’s not like you’re not bombing fire roads at 50 mph yet. Just something to consider.

Then $400 more gets you an additional 147cc in the form of the $6,799 CFMoto (yes, they spell it with all caps) 650 Adventura. Hailing from Hangzhou, China, its ATVs are familiar to some on this side of the Pacific. The 650 Adventura employs a 649cc liquid-cooled parallel twin that produces 60 hp at 8,500 rpm. Genuine Bosch EFI feeds it, and a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch helps put it to pavement. A 33-inch seat height extends over a shorter 56-inch wheelbase that ends with 17-inch wheels front and back.

Again, nothing amazing stands out spec-wise. But that price, though. And it comes with standard hard bags and a 5-inch TFT. As is customary these days, ABS is standard, as are 120/70 front and 160/60 rear Metzeler tires. Besides ABS, there are no riding aids, but that’s unsurprising at this price point.

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Top 5-ish Most Affordable Motorcycles 2022
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/reviews/top-5-most-affordable-motorcycles/
Published Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2022 11:00:04 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

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Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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