There’s something about the freedom of motorcycles that's almost impossible to put into words. Ever gaze up towards the sky and think about nothing? That feeling that everything is fading away and concentrating on nothing, that's how you feel when you hit the road on two wheels. If you really want to understand this feeling, you have to get on a bike personally. And it has to be a good bike.

Updated March 2022: Motorcycles, just like cars, have cheap, quick models. There are also motorcycles that are worth more than the average person will see in their lifetime. We take a look at the fastest from each end of the spectrum, and this list was updated to reflect additional motorcycles that are both less than $5,000 and cost more than a supercar!

For the last decade, the lightweight sporting motorbike industry has seen a vast improvement in quality and price. And when we talk of price improvement, we mean price reductions. Being reasonably priced bikes doesn't necessarily mean they're cheap or weak. In fact, the ten bikes under $5,000 listed here have modern features, including disc brakes, fuel injection, and cast-aluminum wheels. Some of them even have ABS.

There is, however, another load of bikes that we can’t actually say are designed for street cruising. Imagine a motorcycle having a base price of $11 million. These bikes can outrun supercars on the road; they are also priced way above supercars. These are not the kind of rides a regular rider will walk into a showroom and buy.

The list below shows 12 superfast bikes selling at $5,000 or less, alongside 11 that cost more than a supercar.

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23 Yamaha FZ1 - $4700

2001 Yamaha FZ1
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Yamaha's FZ1 is now available for less than $5000, and good thing too, as this bike is fast! The FZ1 features a 998cc inline-four that pushes riders to a top speed of 154 MPH. The FZ1 averages $4,700 retail, but we're betting you can find one even cheaper through local marketplaces.

Starting in 2004, the Yamaha FZ1 received an ECU update that provided a better mid-range throttle response. The result was smoother acceleration and even power delivery. We think the updates are worth it, and now that these bikes are affordable, it's time to start looking for one!

22 2002 Yamaha Road Star Warrior - $3,600

2002 Yamaha Road Star Warrior 1700
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Originally the Road Star Warrior retailed for over $12,000. Twenty years later, they're finally affordable at around $3,600. The 1670cc displacement provided from a two-cylinder engine propels riders to 125 MPH, which is quite impressive on a more prominent profile such as the Road Star Warrior.

The Yamaha Road Star Warrior produced 85 horsepower from the generous displacement. Further, the five manual gears are wide, which provides unparalleled cruising capabilities. Not only is it one of the fastest, but it's also one of the most fun.

21 2006 Triumph Daytona 955i - $3,300

Triumph Daytona 955i
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This bike not only falls into the under $5,000 category, but it’s also a motorcycle that has got a lot of competitive pokes when it comes to real-world bike riding. Its first generation was launched in 1997 in the Superbike class, competing with big names in the industry like the Kawasaki ZX-9R, the Honda Fireblade, and Yamaha Thunderace. It was initially called Triumph Daytona T595.

It's a great bike that features a three-cylinder engine that makes the 955i bark like the big dogs with a pipe. It may not be the motorcycle you would want to make a racing record with, but it's very comfortable and moderately priced.

20 Honda CBR954RR Fireblade - $4,500

Honda CBR954RR Fireblade
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This is basically the first superbike with modern features to hit the road in 1992. Soon after its launch, motorcycle racing enthusiasts clearly voted the CBR954RR Fireblade as the best superbike in the liter-class sports motorcycles category, way ahead of competitors like the FZR1000 EXUP.

The Fireblade has been through several generations, but it’s the 2004 model that we are talking about. It receives its power from a 954cc engine that features a modern fuel-injection system and a new high-tech titanium exhaust valve. It’s a beautiful bike, speedy, and a fighter, and most importantly, it’s not as sterile as the first-generation blade.

19 2005 Honda Super Hawk - $3,000

Honda Super hawk
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This was the bike for those who couldn’t afford a Ducati in the 1990s. Many called it the poor man’s Ducati, and it was actually doing way better than Ducati in the late ‘90s. The Super Hawk is a sports motorcycle powered by a 90-degree V-Twin engine and one of the public's favorites in the under $5,000 category.

The only negative thing that can be said about it is its gas mileage and range, but this doesn’t disqualify it from being among the best in any way. In fact, this bike is slowly increasing in value. But if you really need one, you can find it at $3,000.

18 2008 Suzuki SV650 - $4,000

2008 Suzuki SV650
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The Suzuki SV650 is the pride of the naked bike world. It's a perfect choice for an all-around motorcycle that will serve you very well in your everyday commuting and also in long-distance touring, if well-equipped. It is also a perfect racing bike. In fact, it is more of a racer than any other thing. The SV650 is designed with a different front fairing and clip-on handles that allow for a more aggressive riding posture and a sportier appearance.

The Suzuki SV650 is available for only $4,000. If you need one of these, we recommend you go for the second generation, which was produced between 2003 and 2012. It features upgraded features like the frame and electronic fuel injection.

17 BMW G 310 R - $4,750

BMW G310GS
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Even though we know BMW for their standard two-cylinder engine motorcycles, the company has refused to be left out in the small displacements as well proved by their BMW G 310 R. It features mid-mounted foot controls and riser motor style handlebars that keep the rider in an upright posture.

Small doesn’t mean powerless. Just like its cousins, the G 310 R comes with high-quality performance components like the inverted forks and an ABS that keeps the cast aluminum wheels in check. Consider this one a particular entry because the components listed are scarce in the under $5,000 category of bikes.

16 Kawasaki Ninja 400 - $4,999

2022-Kawasaki-Ninja-400-blue
Via: Kawasaki

This is the Ninja 300 successor that is powered by a 399cc engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Its frame (trellis) is similar to the one that built the Kawasaki H2. It comes with a swing arm mounting plate that can be affixed to the engine rear for improved stability. It features a telescopic fork on the front suspension and a mono-shock forks at the back. It's also built with a modern 310mm front brake disc and a 220mm rear brake disc.

It’s a beautiful and adorable green bike that packs incredible power and is available for only $4,999.

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15 Yamaha YZF-R3 - $4,999

Yamaha-YZF-R3-2
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This is Yamaha’s all-new lightweight sports bike that borrows its styling cues from YZF-R1 and -R6. Its power comes from a powerful 320cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, and you can have it for just $4,990. It packs top-notch components like the potent KYB fork, LCD instrument panel, and ten-spoke cast-aluminum wheels.

The Yamaha YZF-R3 is even listed in Yamaha’s Blue Cru emergency program for road racing. This tells you that this is not just an inexpensive bike; it's an exhilarating ride that can be counted on to win a race. The R3 is available in Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Raven, and Rapid Red models.

14 Kawasaki Ninja 300 - $4,550

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 300
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An improvement over the Ninja 250, the Ninja 300 is a long-time royal representative of Kawasaki in the lightweight sports motorcycle segment. And it is our next entry in the under $5,000 fast bikes category with the standard model without ABS. Among significant features that are lacking in the 250cc model are a new exhaust and a slipper clutch that features a power-assist function that minimizes lever effort. The Ninja 300 also features an updated frame and suspension.

This is the standard version, but with an extra $200, you can cruise along the streets with the ABS model or the SE one that comes with snappy 2-tone paint.

13 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6R - $4,000

2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R parked outside
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If you say 636, you’ll be referring to the Kawasaki ZX-6R. The name came about due to its cheater displacement boost. It has a brother model, the ZX-6RR, that was built to be a race-legal sports superbikes. However, the ZX-6R was the street king carrying with it more midrange power and some additional 15 ponies up top.

The model we are talking about here offers some extra horsepower, but that doesn’t disqualify the rest of the models. Any of the Kawasaki ZX-6R models will leave you feeling like the king of the road. And if you manage to find one that is well-maintained, you’ll have to part with some $4,000 to own it.

12 Suzuki GW250F - $4,499

Suzuki GW250F
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This is a near copycat of Suzuki’s B-king model that features a 248cc twin-cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission. It also comes with fuel injection. Its engine’s performance is not as good as a sports bike should be, but it’s a compact and very comfortable motorcycle that new riders can use to get themselves acquainted with the art of riding big bikes.

It has two offerings under the $5,000 cutoff. The first one is a faired version that comes in black that you can buy at $4,499 only. The other one is available in candy cardinal red and doesn't have a fairing, but it's just as good. This one is available at $4,099.

11 Ecosse ES1 Spirit - $3.6 million

Ecosse ES1 Spirit
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As said earlier, Ecosse has a reputation when it comes to super powerful bikes, and the ES1 Spirit is yet another one from their factories. And being the second most expensive on this list at $3.6 million, it is not a bike that everyone on the streets can ride. Its front design looks like a jet, and this is a feature we can confidently associate with its superfast speed of 230 MPH. Ecosse based the creation of this street beast on formula1 race cars, which further explains the speed.

Being among the most exclusive superbikes in the world today, Ecosse made sure that their rarity remains their strength by building only ten units of it.

10 Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike - $550,000

Dodge Tomahawk
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This one looks like it comes straight from a movie. With four wheels, the Dodge Tomahawk V10 superbike is a motorcycle of the future, and if you’re looking for something similar, this one may be more than you can handle. It's among the heaviest bikes ever made at 680kgs, and also among the fastest on the road at a maximum speed of 300 mph. That's closer to a jet than a motorcycle. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

The saddest part of this is that we may never have a chance to ride it on our streets. It remains banned from public roads due to certain road regulations.

9 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 - $232,500

Ducati-Desmosedici-D16RR-NCR-M16
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Ducati is among the most celebrated sports motorbike producers in the world, and their brands are easily recognizable even at night. The Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 is one of Ducati's classic brands, designed with carbon fiber fenders and finished with a strikingly bright red. It also involves other high-end materials like titanium, aluminum, and avionics.

The Desmosedici was a MotoGP prototype that was designed for speed and intended to compete in the MotoGP championship. Despite all these materials, it is quite a light bike weighing in at 171kgs. It can reach a maximum speed of 190mph. Only 1,500 of these were manufactured, and at this price, not many riders can afford them.

8 Ecosse Moto Works FE Ti XX - $300,000

Ecosse Moto Works FE Ti XX
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This is a one-of-a-kind bike that is unique and overtly stylish. Priced at $300,000, the Ecosse Moto Works FE Ti XX is worth every dime, because its delivery is just awesome. Its manufacturer, Ecosse, has a reputation for building a wide range of highly powerful bikes, and the Moto Works FE Ti XX is among the best and most expensive in the Titanium series.

To win the hearts of most motorbike racers who run for the best power to weight ratio, the Ecosse Moto Works FE Ti XX is designed with a lot of carbon fiber to minimize its weight. Its finishing touches, however, are what makes it outstandingly unique.

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7 NCR Macchia Nera - $225,000

NCR Macchia Nera
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The NCR Macchia Nera might be quite uncommon to many non-motorcycle enthusiasts, but to the motorbike community, it's a very popular ride. It is also a perfect choice for you if you love the big heavy-duty industrial machines, or if you're an enthusiastic bike collector. You can add this one in your garage for only $225,000. It’s a limited edition from NCR, so you'd better get it now before it becomes a classic.

At 135kg, the NCR Macchia Nera is among the best lightweight bikes in its class. It’s powered by a four-stroke v2 engine that produces 180 horsepower.

6 Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa - $200,000

Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa
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The Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa is one of the sleekest and most elegant motorcycles and among the cheapest in this category. Its beauty and robust appearance will surely make you drool as it passes you by on the streets.

Launched almost two decades ago, the AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa is Suzuki's pride and can be had for $200,000. The most significant plus for this road monster is its speed. It remains the world's fastest production superbike to date. It was slightly upgraded in 2008 but retained most of its 1999 features including its base price. It can go up to 188 miles per hour.

5 MTT Turbine Streetfighter - $175,000

MTT Turbine Streetfighter
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This is a hybrid superbike that can run on either kerosene or diesel. It can also run on jet fuel. The MTT Turbine Streetfighter is powered by a turboshaft Rolls-Royce engine. The most interesting thing about the MTT Turbine Streetfighter is that you must place a special order to have one. You cannot find in bike showrooms.

Its potent v8 engine can produce a maximum power of 420 horsepower, and 576NM of torque. The engine has two-speed transmission, aluminum frame, and carbon fiber wheels. The MTT Turbine Streetfighter registered a top speed of 249kmh on a road test.

4 Icon Sheene - $172,000

The Limited-Edition Of 52 Units: Icon Sheene
via TopSpeed

This is the work of one Barry Sheene, the longest reigning champion in the British World Championship. His reign lasted from 1977 to 2015 when Danny Kent broke his record. The people (friends, family, and engineers) that surrounded him during his days as a bike road racer came together and designed this Iconic motorbike, in honor of his achievements.

With a four-cylinder 1400cc turbocharged engine, the Iconic Sheene is one of the most powerful production motorcycles the world has ever seen. It produces up to a maximum power of 250 horsepower, and only 52 of them were produced. The Icon Sheene can reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

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