Motorcycles By Price Class

By Chuck Hawks

Do some manufacturers habitually overprice their products? Do you really pay more for a prestigious name? Bear in mind that some manufacturers may not choose to compete in price classes that they find unsuitable for their product line.

What you will find below are motorcycles separated into categories, and then grouped by price class within each category. The categories are "Touring and Sport Touring" (which includes cruise-tour type bikes), "Standard and Cruiser" (which includes sport cruisers and power cruisers), and "Sport."

The price categories below are based on the manufacturer's suggested list price at the time of writing. These prices do not include such things as optional accessories, additional dealer markup, license fees, or taxes.

The point of this comparison is not the price per-se, but to provide a list of brands and models in a similar price range. Selected models from the major manufacturers are represented; this list is not intended to be all-inclusive. Each model is followed by its engine displacement in cubic centimeters. For example: Honda Gold Wing (1832cc).

Touring and Sport Touring, Very High Price Class:

BMW K 1200 LT (1171cc)
Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide (1450cc)
Honda Gold Wing ABS (1832cc)

Touring and Sport Touring, High Price Class:

BMW K 1200 GT Standard (1171cc)
BMW K 1200 RS (1171cc)
BMW R 1200 CL (1170cc)
BMW R 1150 RT (1130cc)
Harley-Davidson Road Glide (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Road King (1450cc)
Honda Gold Wing (1832cc)
Yamaha Royal Star Venture (1294cc)

Touring and Sport Touring, Medium-High Price Class:

BMW R 1150 RS (1130cc)
Ducati ST4 (916cc)
Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard (1450cc)
Honda ST1300 ABS (1261cc)
Victory Touring Cruiser (1507cc)
Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe (1294cc)

Touring and Sport Touring, Medium Price Class:

Ducati ST3 (944cc)
Honda ST1300 (1261cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad (1470cc)
Moto Guzzi California EV Touring (1064cc)
Triumph Trophy 1200 (1180cc)
Yamaha Road Star Silverado (1602cc)
Yamaha FJR1300 ABS (1298cc)

Touring and Sport Touring, Medium-Low Price Class:

Kawasaki ZZR1200 (1167cc)
Kawasaki Concours (997cc)
Triumph Trophy 900 (885cc)
Triumph Sprint ST (955cc)
Yamaha FJR1300 (1298cc)

Touring and Sport Touring, Low Price Class:

Kawasaki KLR650 (651cc)
MuZ Skorpion Traveller (660cc)

Standard and Cruiser, Very High Price Class:

BMW R 1200 Montauk (1170cc)
Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Softail Springer Classic (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson V-Rod (1130cc)
Honda Valkyrie Rune (1520cc)
Kawasaki Vucan 1500 (2053)
Victory Arlin Ness (1507cc)

Standard and Cruiser, High Price Class:

BMW R 1200 C (1170cc)
Harley-Davidson Softail Standard (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Super Glide Sport (1450cc)
Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide (1450cc)
Honda VTX-1800 (1800cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter (1470cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan Mean Streak (1552cc)
Moto Guzzi California EV (1064cc)
Suziki Marauder 1600 (1552cc)
Victory Vegas, Kingpin, Classic (1507cc)
Yamaha Road Star Warrior (1670cc)
Yamaha Road Star (102 c.i.)
Yamaha V-Max (1198cc)

Standard and Cruiser, Medium-High Price Class:

BMW R 1150 R (1130cc)
Honda 1100 Shadow Aero (1099cc)
Honda VTX1300 (1312cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan Classic (1552cc)
Moto Guzzi California Stone (1064cc)
Suziki Boulevard C90 (90 c.i.)
Suzuki 1500 Intruder (1462cc)
Triumph Adventurer (885cc)
Triumph Thunderbird (885cc)

Standard and Cruiser, Medium Price Class:

BMW F 650 CS (652cc)
Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200R, XL 1200 Custom (1203cc)
Honda Shadow Sabre/Spirit 1100 (1099cc)
Kawasaki ZRX1200R (1052cc)
Kawasaki 800 Drifter (805cc)
Moto Guzzi Breva V750 (744cc)
Suziki Boulevard S83 (83 c.i.)
Suzuki 1400 Intruder (1360cc)
Suzuki Bandit 1200 (1157cc)
Triumph Bonneville America (790cc)
Triumph Legend TT (885cc)
Triumph Speed Four (599cc)
Triumph Bonneville (790cc)
Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic, Custom (1063cc)

Standard and Cruiser, Medium-Low Price Class:

Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883, XL 883 Custom (883cc)
Honda Shadow Aero, Spirit 750 (745cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (805cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan 750 (749cc)
Suziki Boulevard S50 (50 c.i.)
Suziki Boulevard C50 (50 c.i.)
Suzuki 800 Intruder/Marauder/Volusia (805cc)

Standard and Cruiser, Low Price Class:

Buell Blast (492cc)
Honda Shadow VLX (583cc)
Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD (498cc)
MZ Skorpion Tour (660cc)
Royal Enfield 500 Bullet (499cc)
Suzuki Bandit 600S (599cc)
Suzuki 800 Marauder (805cc)
Suzuki Boulevard S40 (40 c.i.)
Suzuki Savage (652cc)
Yamaha V-Star Custom, Classic (649cc)

Standard and Cruiser, Very Low Price Class:

Honda Nighthawk CB250 (234cc)
Honda Rebel 250 (234cc)
Kawasaki Eliminator 125 (125cc)
Suzuki GZ250 (249cc)
Yamaha Virago 250 (249cc)

Sport, Very High Price Class:

BMW R1100S (1085cc)
Ducati 999 (999cc)
Ducati 749 (749cc)
Honda RC51 (999 cc)
Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans (1064cc)
Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Serie (992cc)

Sport, High Price Class:

Buell Firebolt XB12R (1203cc)
Buell Lightning (1203cc)
Ducati Monster S4R (916cc)
Honda CBR1000RR (998cc)
Honda Super Hawk (996cc)
Honda Interceptor, Interceptor ABS (781cc)
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R (1198cc)
Kawasaki ZZR1200 (1164cc)
Moto Guzzi V11 Naked (1064cc)
Suzuki Hayabusa (1299cc)
Suzuki GSX-R1000 (988cc)
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 (996cc)
Suzuki GSX-R750 (749cc)
Triumph Speed Triple (955cc)
Triumph Daytona 955i (955cc)
Yamaha YZF-R1 (998cc)

Sport, Medium Price Class:

Buell Firebolt XB9R (984cc)
Ducati Monster 800 (748cc)
Honda 919 (919cc)
Honda CBR600RR (599cc)
Honda CBR600F (599cc)
Honda 599 (599cc)
Kawasaki Z1000 (953cc)
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (899cc)
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, ZX-6RR (599cc)
MuZ Skorpion Replica (660cc)
Suzuki Bandit 1200S (1157cc)
Suzuki SV1000S (996cc)
Suzuki Katana 750 (750cc)
Suzuki GSX-R600 (599cc)
Triumph Sprint RS (955cc)
Triumph TT600 (599cc)
Yamaha FZ1 (998cc)
Yamaha YZF-R6 (599cc)
Yamaha YZF600R (599cc)

Sport, Low Price Class:

Kawasaki ZZR600 (599cc)
Kawasaki Ninja 500R (498cc)
Suzuki SV560/SV650S (645cc)
Suzuki V-Strom 650 (645cc)
Suziki Katana 600 (599cc)
Suziki GS500 (487cc)
Yamaha FZ6 (599cc)

Sport, Very Low Price Class:

Kawasaki Ninja 250R (248cc)

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