Buying a motorcycle doesn't have to be expensive. A new set of affordable models from familiar brands — from cruisers to sport and electric bikes — offer vintage appeal, serious power, and a smooth ride. Whether it's your first or tenth, here are eight motorcycles you'll want to take out on the road.
Best for Absolute Beginners
Wanna ease in to riding? The Grom is a gateway bike that's simple to love and tough to give up. Its low center of gravity (29.7-inch seat height), svelte 225-pound weight, and upright seating position make learning easy. At 124.9cc, there's enough kick to haul a passenger, too – just be careful, because they'll be begging to drive in a matter of minutes. One note: Since it tops out at 56 mph, this truly easy rider isn't intended for setting out on the highway. [$3,199; powersports.honda.com]