Top Five Motorcycles Under $5000

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By Troy Siahaan

Updated February 2020

Recently, while riding the new 2019 Honda CB300R, I stopped and thought to myself how great a time it is to be a new motorcyclist. The field of entry-level motorcycles is stacked, with options to satisfy nearly every desire, whether you fancy a sportbike, a cruiser, or anything in between. Better still, nearly every manufacturer is building entry-level motorcycles at price points those on ramen diets can actually pay off – maybe even before they graduate. This got me thinking: Just how much motorcycle can a person get for under $5000? We’ve done similar lists before, but never with a cap so low. Plus, since affordable models are popping up frequently now, we thought it best to revisit the subject.

Before we begin, buyers in this category are undoubtedly looking for a reliable motorcycle that’s also affordable. The common belief is an inexpensive motorcycle has got to be a basket case, destined to leave you stranded sooner rather than later. While we’ve probably all experienced a case of “you get what you pay for,” (and not in a good way) the crop of motorcycles on this list show surprisingly good build quality despite their price. In this case, inexpensive does not equal cheap. But before you ask, yes, nearly all the models listed here are manufactured in an Asian country. Nonetheless, reliability is in each manufacturer’s best interest, especially if they are hoping to attract buyers in the beginning of their motorcycling journey with the hopes of keeping them long-term.

So, borrowing the Forbes Magazine idea of the Top 30 Under 30, wherein they highlight the top 30 leaders, entrepreneurs, and stars under 30 years of age, we bring you‘s Top Five under $5000.

5. Benelli TnT135 $2699

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