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 In-Town Riding
Royal Enfield Continental GT
Starter bikes rarely boast turn-your-head looks, but this Indian import, based on cafe racers of the 1960s, is an exception. It's manufactured by Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in the world. Despite its period-correct appearance, the GT offers an updated, comfortable ride, with an elongated tank that's recessed to allow room for the rider's knees. The single-cylinder, air-cooled 535cc engine produces a can't-get-you-into-too-much-trouble 29 horsepower and thrives at 65 mph and under, making it ideal for urban rides. [$5,999; enfieldmotorcycles.com]