Best and Worst, but what’s first
There are some motorcycles we love for the price, and others that give us chest pains. That’s why we had to have some fun with a list of the best and worst deals out there on the market right now.
WARNING, opinion incoming. Just because we wouldn’t pay the price for certain bikes, doesn’t mean they aren’t worth the money to somebody.
With that in mind, let’s get started.
Suzuki DR-Z 400SM vs Triumph Trident 660
We understand that these bikes could not be more different, that’s kind of the point. Nobody would ever cross shop the two. What makes them an interesting comparison is their prices.
The DR-Z all said and done costs $7,600. For the price you get a carbureted, 400cc dual sport with street tires and a screen that looks straight out of the 90s. Shockingly, the Triumph Trident costs just $600 more, and here’s what you get for your money.
LED lighting, a modern TFT, sequential fuel injection, throttle by wire, riding modes, ABS, switchable traction control and an extra 260cc of displacement. The Trident also puts out more than double the horsepower. It’s hard for us to imagine why anybody would buy the ancient DR-Z with so many other options out there.
Zero SR/F vs Yamaha MT-09
EV cars are on the rise, and for good reason. EV bikes still have a ways to go. New technology, like the Zero SR/F, tends to be expensive when it first hits the scene. The electric SR/F costs $19,495, which is a lot. With 110 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, the bike is an absolute beast.
Yamaha’s new MT-09 produces 115 horsepower and almost 70 lb-ft of torque. Though that’s half the torque figure, the MT-09 is still a ripping fast bike. And at just $9,500, we can live with a bit less twist on the back tire.
Even the top of the line MT-09 SP with Ohlins suspension costs just $11,100. For the money, you get a lot more suspension and brakes. The Zero is price-competitive with its electric competition, but certainly not with a gas burner.
Ducati Superleggera V4 vs Any Other Ducati
Ducati makes incredible bikes with an obsessive fixation on beauty and performance. Nowhere is that more true than with one of the 500 Ducati Superleggera V4’s. Ducati took the already wild Panigale V4 R and took it entirely too far. That’s why it costs a shocking $100,000.
The Superleggera produces 234 horsepower with a dry weight of only 335.5lbs. Ducati achieved such a light weight by using tons of carbon components and even reworking 42% of the engine parts to shave an extra 6.17lbs.
However cool that may be, a diet would be an easier way to shed 6.17lbs from your ride. To maximize your money spent, we put together an ingredient list for a garage of Ducati’s we would have for $100K.
- 1X Panigale V4 R for 234 horsepower racing ($40,000)
- 1X DesertX for retro off-road riding ($16,795)
- 2X Ducati Monster for you and a buddy to cruise in town ($23,990)
- 1X Multistrada V4 for long-distance rides ($19,995)
5 bikes for the price of one, and you cover your bases just a bit better overall. The Superleggera V4 is insanely special, but is it more than twice as special as a Panigale V4 R? To see even more bikes on our list, check out the video linked above.