By Wade Thiel
There have been a lot of really great sportbikes released in this last year, but a lot of them are high dollar. When I say that, I mean more than $15,000. Even many of the new middleweight sportbikes come with a pretty high price tag.
I’m not saying that means they’re overpriced. These machines are fantastic and most of them are worth every penny of the price tag, but if you want something new for 2020 and you want a sportbike, your options decrease. With that said, there are still plenty of great sportbikes, naked sportbikes, and sport-touring machines out there that you can and definitely should consider.
With a lot of focus going to new bikes like the Ducati Panigale V2 and the Aprilia RS 660, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight a few of the fantastic 2020 motorcycles under $15,000, specifically my favorites. A few of my colleagues may have other bikes they would like to include here. They can yell at me in the comments if they want. I won’t be offended.
New or Updated Sportbikes for 2020
Overall Winner: 2020 Suzuki Katana
Ah, the Suzuki Katana. It’s a beautiful machine. It’s a bike that feeds on nostalgia while still providing you with something new and interesting. Suzuki went back to the original Katana for inspiration and created a bike that looks a lot like the old one. With that said, this is a modern motorcycle with an engine and chassis from the GSX-S1000.
In the Katana, the 999cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected four-cylinder engine makes 147 hp, which is plenty to trill most riders. The bike also gets some quality Brembo brakes and some good suspension. The bike has style beyond any of its competitors, but those competitors might be a little more refined. Despite this, I …read more