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 Cruising
Harley-Davidson Street 750
Nothing sounds like a Harley, but the brand's relatively expensive cost of entry has prevented most beginner bikers from considering one – until now. The Street is a big-deal bike: It's built on Harley's first new platform in 13 years. The Street 750 features a liquid-cooled V-twin motor that operates at four valves per cylinder, all while delivering that signature H-D sound. This bike's low center of gravity – the seat is at 25.7 inches – helps make it nimble enough for navigating the city or the cones at the DMV. [$7,499; harley-davidson.com]