The 7 Best Deals on 2021 Motorcycles | Buying Guide
Danny Reyes, Shipping Specialist, rider advocate, Angels fan and tailgate warrior. Connect
As we ride into 2021, we’re not just welcoming a New Year: we’re also welcoming a whole crop of new motorcycles. The 2021 Ducati Monster. The 2021 KTM 890 Duke R. The 2021 BMW S1000R. The 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport. Even though we’re not out of the woods yet on COVID-19, there are plenty of new motorcycles to keep us hitting the pavement (or the dirt, depending on your ideal ride). Our favorite part of exploring new motorcycle releases? Finding the best deals.
Here’s a quick rundown of 2021 releases that we think give you the biggest bang for your buck. Used Harleys more your style? We’ve also added a couple of models to watch out for as you scour dealerships.
1| 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty – Best Deal on a Cruiser
Cruisers have a reputation for being heavy on the horsepower—and the wallet. But over the last few years, we’ve begun to see some of the major players shift gears toward affordability. Case in point: the 2021 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty.
Indian won major fans with its Scout Sixty, a bestseller that made the iconic American cruiser brand accessible (read: affordable) for beginner riders. Its Scout Bobber Sixty continues on in that spirit, providing a powerful yet easy to handle 78 horsepower 999cc engine, plus plenty of retro cool. With a base MSRP just under $9,000, the Bobber Sixty is leading the pack for entry-level cruisers that refuse to sacrifice performance and style.
2| 2021 Honda Rebel 500 – Low Price Cruiser
Into an unconventional cruiser with a blacked-out style? The 2021 Honda Rebel 500 could have your name on it. With a 471cc twin-cylinder engine, the Rebel 500 has plenty of power, but it’s also a comfortable ride that excels on the highway and in the city alike. For 2021, the Rebel 500 is just as peppy as its predecessors, but with the option of anti-lock brakes, new colors and an SE model that comes equipped with specialty seats and fork boots, covers and headlight all in its signature blacked-out hue.
MRSP: $6,299; $6599 (ABS); $6799 (SE)
3| 2021 Suzuki GSX250R – Best Value Sport Bike
The 2021 Suzuki GSX250R brings the excitement of Suzuki’s sport bikes to a wider audience. With sporty styling and the brand’s iconic two-cylinder fuel-injection engine, the GSX250R is suitable for both daily commutes and bigger rides. Although there aren’t many differences between the 2021 and 2020 model, Suzuki has added a new colorway for riders who prefer a white and black scheme. The 2021 Suzuki GSX250R might lack the “new” factor, but it still comes packed with all the features that riders know and love: a comfortable low seat, a lightweight design and a highly-efficient powerplant that delivers a riding range upward of 250 miles. At $5,499, the new GSX250R is sensible without sacrificing the excitement of a Suzuki sportbike. (Another sportbike from Suzuki that we’re eyeing to this year? The less affordable but very cool Suzuki GSX-R600 100th Anniversary Edition.)
4| 2021 Honda CB300R ABS – Best Value Sport/Naked Bike
Since debuting in 2019, Honda’s CB300 has been winning fans for its mix of power, agility, handling and, not least of all, the fun factor. Taking cues from the CB100, the 2021 Honda CB300R ABS is a modern take on the street bike. To be expected from Honda’s Neo Sports Cafe line, the CB300R has an ultra-lightweight design—30 pounds lighter than the CB300F—that offers great handling without skimping on the strength, plus an upright seat for maximum riding comfort. Its compact 286cc DOHC four-valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine makes the motorcycle a no-brainer both for around town and hitting the highway.
5| 2021 Kawasaki z900 ABS – Best Value Naked Bike
How do you define the “ideal” supernaked? That’s exactly the question that Kawasaki answered with its 2021 Z900 ABS. Equal parts powerful and nimble, the Z900 ABS returns in 2021 with some notable improvements: a strengthened frame and enhanced front and rear suspension settings. It also offers plenty of technology a la Kawasaki Traction Control, power mode, integrated riding modes, and smartphone connectivity. But the 2021 Kawasaki Z900 ABS also gives fans more of what they love: distinctive Sugomi-inspired styling, a smooth powerband and impressive performance. At just under $9,000, the new Z900 ABS continues to prove that a 900cc-class bike can outperform its full-liter peers.
6| 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan – Best Value Adventure Bike
Originally built for Indian customers traveling the Himalayan Mountains, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has gained a following among U.S. riders looking for an approachable entry point into the world of adventure bikes. Although it’s not the most powerful motorcycle on the block (24.5 horsepower), the 411cc adventurer still makes for a fun mid-sized ride. And did we mention the price tag under $5K?
The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan is mostly unchanged from last year’s model—and in many ways, that’s a good thing. But that doesn’t mean you won’t notice any upgrades in 2021. The bike now comes with switchable ABS for enhanced off-road control, an improved rear brake system that performs well with decreased stopping distances, a hazard light and numerous new color options. What’s the same about it? Its lightweight design made for going off the asphalt.
The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan doesn’t have top-shelf components, and if you’re looking for maximum power, it’s not for you. But at about half the price of the cheapest Ducati Scrambler, it’ll get you in the mood for adventure without breaking the bank.
7| Best Value, Long-Range Electric: 2021 Zero SR/S
Sure, we’d all love the latest Harley-Davidson Livewire. which has gotten rave reviews since it was launched as a concept in 2014 and formally in 2019. But at a price tag hovering near $30,000, it could be a tough sell for some riders. Coming in about $10,000 lower, but with impressive features and range, is the 2021 Zero SR/S.
The Zero SR/S features an air-cooled Z-force 75-10 electric motor, 110 horsepower and 140 foot-pounds of torque. It also comes equipped with adjustable traction control and a pretty impressive tech package overall. But depending on your riding style, what could tip the scale is its range—and in that department, the SR/S is at the top of its class. For 2021, the Zero SR/S comes equipped with a 144kWh power pack, which the brand says will deliver a 161-mile range in the city. Taking the highway? That equals about 82 miles at 70 miles per hour. Charging the motorcycle back to 100% takes about two hours.
Looking for an electric bike but don’t need the long range? Enter the 2021 Zero FXS Supermoto. With a range of 50 city miles, the 2021 Zero FXS is geared toward urban riders looking to maximize their commute. Its starting price is $9,295.
MSRP: $19,995 (but check for federal tax credits, state programs and manufacturer incentives, which can put more than 10% back in your pocket.
If these great deals are still outside your budget there is always the option to find a model that has already been broken in. Here is our suggestion for the best value on a used motorcycle.
BONUS | Harley Davidson – Best Value in Used Motorcycles
If you love Harleys but a used motorcycle is more your style (or your budget) consider the 2007-2013 Harley Sportster. At around $3,000, these motorcycles offer significant value at a significantly lower price than the majority of used Harleys on the market.
Going Price (2021): $3,000 (2007-2013 Harley Sportster)
Another budget option is the Harley Heritage Softail Classic circa 2007 to 2017. Although not as flashy as other Softails, it gets you riding a Harley for around $7,000.
Going Price (2021): $7,000 (2007-2017 Harley Heritage Softail Classic)
If you’re buying a Sportster, Softail Classic or any other used motorcycle, check the value here to make sure you get a fair deal. You might also want to review our guide on the top motorcycle auction houses. And if you’re looking for the best deal on a used motorcycle, don’t forget about barn finds.
Whether you’re in the market for a new or used motorcycle in 2021, we’re here to get your ride safely from Point A to Point B. Need your dream bike shipped from another state? Get a free motorcycle shipping quote.