The 10 Best Buys in Motorcycles for 2019 - Balde Branco

Retro motorcy­cle design is hot right now, and it’s a gre­at time to shop for one becau­se this trend isn’t just for high-dol­lar machi­nes. Just about every seg­ment of motorcy­cling has a vin­ta­ge feel and half the bikes on this list have a cool back-in-the-day fla­vor. Here are the latest bikes, both retro and modern, that offer a big bang for the buck.Harley-Davidson FXDR 114



Base Pri­ce: $21,349

The entry pri­ce cer­tainly isn’t che­ap. Then again, all-new Har­ley-David­son power crui­sers don’t come along very often.

Just look at this thing—it has to be one of the toughest-loo­king new bikes on the mar­ket. The FXDRis uni­que among big Har­leys becau­se it’s actu­ally been desig­ned to han­dle tight cor­ners and swit­ch­backs. Tra­di­ti­o­nal Har­leys are known for tor­que, sty­le, and an easy crui­sing atti­tu­de, but the bikes tend to lack the cle­a­ran­ce, sus­pen­si­on, and tires nee­ded for aggres­si­ve riding. The Sof­tail-based FXDR 114 chan­ges all that with impres­si­ve lean angles, a 43mm inver­ted fork, and a forward riding posi­ti­on more like a naked stan­dard bike. The 114-cid V‑twin is a mons­ter that doles out a solid 119 lb-ft of tor­que. Good thing there’s a mas­si­ve 240mm rear tire put­ting the power down.Indian FTR 1200



Base Pri­ce: $12,999

Indi­an has sco­red remar­ka­ble suc­ces­ses sin­ce the brand’s relaun­ch in 2013, pro­gress that was built on the back of tra­di­ti­o­nal crui­sers with clas­sic riding dyna­mics. In other words, not the kinds of bikes you’d cho­o­se to cha­se a Duca­ti into the canyons. But for 2019, Indi­an finally has a spor­ti­er offe­ring, and it’s a stunner.

Based on the company’s off-road FTR750 dirt track racer, the FTR 1200 S uses a 1203-cc twin deli­ve­ring around 120 hp, whi­ch is plenty for the bike’s sub-500-lb dry weight. Thanks to a big 43mm inver­ted front fork, an adjus­ta­ble monoshock rear sus­pen­si­on, and big Brem­bo bra­kes, the FTR 1200 should be a worthy adver­sary for qui­te a num­ber of naked sporty bikes.

It’s cool to see Indi­an taking a big risk to build such a radi­cally dif­fe­rent bike for them—and pul­ling it off big time.Kawasaki Z900RS



Base Pri­ce: $10,999

The gre­at thing about today’s retro bikes is that they only look retro—the tech­no­logy insi­de is fully 2018. The Z900RS, whi­ch looks like a fresh take on the clas­sic Z1, is based around the Z900, a con­tem­po­rary Japa­ne­se sport bike. The 948-cc inli­ne four-cylin­der is a tor­quey beast, so the RS would be at home on just about any road. That big thic­kly pad­ded seat is comfy and sits 32.8 inches off the ground. Simi­larly, the bike’s ergo­no­mics cre­a­te a very natu­ral riding position.

This is the kind of bike that can do it all: run canyons hard on the wee­kend, com­mu­te daily to work, or take a quick ride to the gro­cery sto­re. About that last one: The Z900RS has handy tie-down atta­ch­ment points to make sure that 12-pack stays with you all the way home. And for tho­se that want a bit more sty­le, there’s a café ver­si­on with a tiny fai­ring up front that runs $11,499. 

The­se are glory days for anyo­ne see­king small-dis­pla­ce­ment sporty bikes with bud­get-fri­en­dly pri­ce tags. The Yamaha YZF-R3 has fil­led that niche sin­ce 2015. Now the R3 is rede­sig­ned for ’19 with sle­ek new bodywork that makes it look like its big­ger, more power­ful siblings. A rede­sig­ned fuel tank should help riders nes­tle in behind a more aerody­na­mic front fai­ring. There’s a cle­an new LCD dash pod, too.

Power comes from the same swe­et 321-cc twin-cylin­der engi­ne, bac­ked by a six-spe­ed. Yamaha impro­ved the R3’s sus­pen­si­on with an inver­ted KYB front fork that is said to dole out a smo­other ride and incre­a­sed capa­bi­lity on tight cor­ners. Like most small bikes, the R3 is a gre­at one for shor­ter riders thanks to its 30.7‑inch seat height.Royal Enfi­eld Con­ti­nen­tal GT



Base Pri­ce: $5,999

The Royal Enfi­eld brand has 100 years of his­tory behind it, but the name hasn’t held much sway with Ame­ri­can bikers in recent years. The rea­son is two­fold: mid­dling build qua­lity and an incom­ple­te pro­duct lineup. But lately the motorcy­cle com­pany based in India has been eager to expand and has dou­bled down on quality.

Early next year, Royal Enfi­eld will offer its first twin-cylin­der motorcy­cles in a long time, and will do so at a very rea­so­na­ble pri­ce. The 650-cc Con­ti­nen­tal GT and Inter­cep­tor models are all new from the fra­me up and pro­mi­se to be far more robust than any Royal Enfi­eld that has come befo­re. The Con­ti­nen­tal GT looks like it rol­led right out of the 1970s. We dig it. And becau­se Royal Enfi­eld has lar­gely ope­ra­ted under the radar, buying one means you pro­ba­bly won’t see many others par­ked at your local bike hangout.ADVERTISEMENT — CON­TI­NUE REA­DING BELOW

Can Am Ryker



Base Pri­ce: $8,499

Okay, so this isn’t really a motorcy­cle. It’s a tri­ke. But here’s the thing: Can Am has been buil­ding tri­kes for a deca­de and the new Ryker is its first truly affor­da­ble model, sha­ving about ten grand off the pri­ce of last year’s least expen­si­ve Spyder.

More sig­ni­fi­cant to tho­se who like to hus­tle through twisty roads, the Ryker has been desig­ned to be far spor­ti­er with a lower stan­ce and impro­ved han­dling dyna­mics. You sit seri­ously low in this thing. The seat height is just 23.5 inches abo­ve the tar­mac. The base model uses a 600-cc twin from Rotax, but a more power­ful 900-cc tri­ple is also available.

The Ryker just looks coo­ler and more modern than the older tou­ring-ori­en­ted Spy­der. There’s even a Rally Edi­ti­on model for around $11,000 that wears a sligh­tly rai­sed sus­pen­si­on and tires meant for mild off-road adventures.