The motorcycle industry has made great technological strides just as the automobile industry has ever since they became popular in the 1950s. From race courses all over the world, technological innovations eventually found their ways onto the streets of the United States.
Ten thousand dollars can buy a lot of motorcycle nowadays. Here are five 2011 models to sink your teeth into that should be available this fall for under $10,000.
Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low
Harley’s Sportster 1200 Low is not your typical Harley Davidson motorcycle. If you want a decently beefed up Harley for ten thousand bucks this is the one you should get. A standard bike with a v-twin engine it will sound like a Harley even if it doesn’t ride like a chopper.
Harley Davidson makes motorcycles available for just about anyone who wants a solid brand. The new Sportster 1200 does the trick for enthusiasts who want a Harley bike with basic styling. The price tops out at $9,890.
Yamaha’s FZ6R replaces the 2010 FZ6 model. This sport bike is sleek and packs a punch. It looks lightweight and has plenty of zip to take you where you want to go.
The price for this number is $7,500 and is worth every penny. Yamaha makes bigger and beefier bikes but this one does the trick if you want an adrenaline rush that comes from one of the most respected motorcycle companies in the world.
BMW F 650 GS
BMW’s German engineering is apparent in the F 650 GS. The 2010 model will basically be brought out again for 2011 and sell for around the same price at $9,195. At 71 horsepower it isn’t the fastest or sleekest motorcycle in the world but it is light and quick.
BMW makes some great vehicles including their motorcycles. For less than ten thousand dollars, you certainly can’t go wrong with the F 650 GS.
Ducati Monster 796
Ducati is to motorcycles as Ferarri is to automobiles. The 2011 Ducati Monster 796 actually sells for less than ten thousand dollars when it comes in at $9,995.
Perhaps not what you would envision when it comes to Ducati, the 90 horsepower engine is still a thing of beauty. Many improvements have been made from the 2010 model as seats and handlebars are more ergonomically placed for riders of all sizes.
Triumph Street Triple R
Britain’s luxury brand of motorcycles is taking off to new heights with Triumph’s Street Triple R. You won’t believe that this motorcycle retails for $9,599 when you see the sport bike’s handling and suspension.
Even though it’s a street bike is has precise handling that befits an off-road motorcycle. Its two huge headlights will make it a joy to ride at night.
Each manufacturer’s websites provided information for this article as did Motorcycle USA, Motorcyclist Online, and UltimateMotorcycling.com.