While browsing the new-model listings in this Buyer’s Guide, some of you may experience a severe case of sticker shock. The symptoms could include uncontrolled outrage, repeated shouting of off-color expletives and a sudden need to reach back and make sure your wallet is secure. This is what often happens when people discover that among the hundreds of entries in those listings are quite a few models with MSRPs exceeding $20,000 or even $30,000.
But while prices for many of the latest, greatest and fastest motorcycles continue to climb, the industry hasn’t ignored the entry-level and budget segments of the market. You don’t need to have a bank account rivaling that of Jay Leno or Brad Pitt to enjoy the pleasures of motorcycling; you can get your foot in the door at a price point that even a moonlighting college student usually can afford.
For proof, we offer for your perusal a selection of 10 (technically, it’s 11) brand-new 2011 models that retail for less than 5 Large. They cover a wide cross-section of motorcycling from sportbikes to cruisers to scooters, providing something for almost anyone’s riding interests.
|Honda CBR250R||Kawasaki Ninja 250R|
|Hyosung GTR250R/GTR250||Yamaha Star VStar 250|
|Suzuki TU250X||Yamaha XT250|
|Yamaha TW200||Aprilia Scarabeo 200|
|Honda PCX||Vespa LX 150 i.e.|