They are reasonably priced, comfortable and they come with good fuel economy. Here are the best practical bikes you can buy.
We’re in love with the Akrapovic sound. We’re fascinated by fancy electronics. We want to rule over as many horsepower as Genghis Khan had in his herd. But it’s not all about power and carbon-fiber chassis. Some of us just want an honest bike, capable of wandering around the city.
Honda NC750X [NC700X] – €6,990 [$7,500]
Honda’s NC750X is the definition of practicality. It comes with the best fuel economy in its class, and it has a luggage space right in the place you might think you’ll find the fuel tank. Oh, wait. It also comes with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The upright stance gives you a commanding and comfortable riding position in traffic, and the wind protection allows you to use it on colder days.
Although it’s not the most engaging motorcycle to ride, this is the best of the bunch when it comes to practicality.
New Suzuki V-Strom 650 – price not available yet
The V-Strom 650 proved to be a reliable all-rounder, suited both for city commuting, B-roads and holidays. And now it just got better. Suzuki just revealed a new version of its popular V-Strom 650. It comes with ABS, three-mode traction control, and an adjustable windscreen. The new look is inspired by its bigger brother, the V-Strom 1000.
Yamaha Tracer 700 – €7,999
The Tracer 700 [MT-07 Tracer] is based on Yamaha’s very popular MT-07 [FZ-07] naked. But it’s way more practical: a larger fuel tank, some fairings, and an upright riding position. Besides being practical, you can have a lot of fun with this one, due to its power to weight ratio – 75 horsepower and 196 kg [432 lbs]. It’s not as practical as an NC750X, but it’s the sportiest in our list.
Watch our Tracer 700 Test Ride
Kawasaki Vulcan S – €7,999 [$7,399]
So, you want an allrounder, but you’d like something… different. Try the Kawasaki Vulcan S. Although it looks like a cruiser, this is just a laid-back position ER-6n. It’s not a V-Twin. It has the same parallel twin engine as the naked, and it comes with a reasonable price. It’s the least practical of the bunch, but it’s the most friendly and affordable cruiser-like motorcycle.
Triumph Bonneville T100 – price not available yet
Triumph just unveiled its new Bonneville T100, which is cheaper and lighter than the T120 revealed last year. It comes with the same clean, stylish look, and it resembles a piece of history. This motorcycle is for those who want a classic and beautiful bike for everyday use, not only for Sunday rides. And the bonneville is a perfect commuter. Trust us, we tested both the old bonneville and the new T120 Also, I know a guy who traveled the world on a Bonneville.
Featured photo: Hans Kemp – Bikes of Burden