The best gas motorcycles under $15,000

We’ll look at the best gas motorcycles under $15,000 starting from $10,000. This price category is the more affordable class of motorcycles when compared to others.


In this article, we look at the best motorcycles under $15,000 with a brief overview of each. There’s also a list of every other motorcycle you could buy for in this price category.

Here are the best gas motorcycles under $15,000:

  • BMW S 1000 R
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX- 14R
  • Suzuki Katana
  • Yamaha MT-10

Here’s what else you could buy for under $15,000:

  • Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
  • BMW R 1250 R
  • BMW R nineT Scrambler
  • BMW R nineT /5
  • BMW F 850 GS Adventure
  • BMW F 850 GS
  • BMW F 750 GS
  • BMW F 900 XR
  • Ducati Hypermotard 950
  • Ducati Monster 821
  • Ducati Monster 821 stealth
  • Ducati Multistrada 950
  • Ducati SuperSport
  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight
  • Harley-Davidson Roadster
  • Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
  • Harley-Davidson Street Bob
  • Harley-Davidson Low Rider
  • Honda CB1000R ABS
  • Honda Africa Twin
  • Honda CRF450L
  • Honda Fury
  • Honda CBR600RR
  • Indian Scout Bobber Twenty
  • Indian Scout Bobber
  • Indian Scout
  • Indian FTR Rally
  • Indian FTR 1200 S
  • Indian FTR 1200
  • Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX -6R KRT Edition
  • Kawasaki Z900RS
  • Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe
  • KTM 500 EXC-F Six Days
  • KTM 500 EXC-F
  • KTM 350 EXC-F
  • KTM 790 Adventure R
  • KTM 790 Adventure
  • KTM 690 Enduro R
  • KTM 690 SMC R
  • KTM 790 Duke
  • Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure
  • Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel
  • Moto Guzzi V85 TT
  • Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport
  • Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber
  • MV Agusta Brutale 800 Rosso
  • MV Agusta Dragster 800 Rosso
  • Norton Atlas Nomad
  • Scrambler Ducati 1100 Pro
  • Scrambler Ducati Full Throttle
  • Scrambler Ducati Café Racer
  • Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled
  • Suzuki Hayabusa
  • Suzuki GSX-R750
  • Suzuki GSX-R600
  • Suzuki GSX-S1000F
  • Suzuki GSX-S1000
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1050
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT
  • Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure
  • Triumph Street Triple
  • Triumph Speed Triple
  • Triumph Tiger 900
  • Triumph Tiger 800
  • Triumph Speed Twin
  • Triumph Scrambler 1200
  • Triumph Bonneville T100
  • Triumph Street Scrambler
  • Triumph Bonneville T120
  • Triumph Bonneville Bobber
  • Triumph Thruxton 1200
  • Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
  • Yamaha YZF-R6
  • Yamaha Tracer 900 GT
  • Yamaha Tracer 900

Also, be sure to check out Gas motorcycles by manufacturer – 2020 catalog

Quick reference

S 1000 RNaked$13,995
Ninja ZX- 14RSport$14,999

BMW S 1000 R

The BMW S 1000 R is basically a naked version of the S 1000 RR but even less expensive than you would have thought it to be. Overall, BMW hasn’t priced their models to be that expensive. They’re similarly priced to the Japanese models in each category.

What I like about this bike is the fact that you get high performance in a simple good looking machine meant for riding streets instead of tracks. Still, it’s very at home when it does get onto a track.

S 1000 R specs

Top speed>125 mph / >201 kph
0-60 mph3.3 seconds
Range161 mi / 259 km
Wet weight452 lbs / 205 kg
Power165 hp / 121 kW
Torque84 ft-lb / 114Nm

Kawasaki Ninja ZX- 14R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX- 14R was introduced for the first time about 15 years ago. Yet it’s still one of my favourite larger sportbikes. So the styling on this bike is very outdated, yes. But it’s a winner on the drag strips and we are fortunate enough to still have them in production today.

But that doesn’t mean everything about it is outdated. It gets 3-mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) and some other onboard electronics that are up to date. And I forgot to mention that it has a 1,441cc engine that is loaded with power.

Ninja ZX- 14R specs

Top speed186 mph / 299 kph
0-60 mph2.5 seconds
Wet weight593 lbs / 269 kg
Power208 hp / 153 kW
Torque113 ft-lb / 154 Nm

Suzuki Katana

The Suzuki Katana is a revival of its old legacy that started in 1982 but it’s built around the workings of the GSX-S1000. It’s a retro/ heritage bike even though it doesn’t seem all that obvious to the newer generation of riders who never knew the previous models.

You’ll easily be able to spot one with its iconic square headlight and very unique front-end styling. Yet, the power plant looks somewhat familiar and boosts 147 horsepower. It’s not often that a manufacturer’s heritage model is brought into production with such a reasonable price tag.

Katana specs

Top speed160 mph / 257 kph*
0-60 mphN/A
Wet weight474 lbs / 215 kg
Power147 hp / 110 kW
Torque80 ft-lb / 108 Nm


Yamaha MT-10

The Yamaha MT-10 is a beast of a naked bike that many of the younger motorcyclists have found to be something worth drooling over. Partly thanks to the way the headlights brings some personality to it. Plus the air intakes that look somewhat similar to that of the VMAX.

It’s understandable that it might not be to everyone’s liking due to the robotic appearances (at least, that’s what I see in it). If that’s the case, the 998cc engine might be able to persuade you with 160 horsepower and 82 ft-lb of torque.

MT-10 specs

Top speed152 mph / 245 kph
0-60 mphN/A
Range135 mi / 217 km
Wet weight463 lbs / 210 kg
Power160 hp / 118 kW
Torque82 ft-lb / 111 Nm

Final words

You might have chosen differently from what I chose as we all like different riding styles and some features are more important to us than others. This is why I added a whole list of every motorcycle you could possibly buy in this price category.

I always try to keep my articles interesting and informative. And I’m always thankful when they are shared on social media platforms or Pinterest.

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I don’t see myself as an expert in every topic of motorcycling but my articles usually relate to new experiences that are relevant at the time of writing.

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