10 Cheapest Middleweight Motorcycles in 2024 | Taza Khabre

Middleweight motorcycles have changed in recent years. Gone are the days when dedicated high-revving 600cc super sports cars dominated the segment. Today, the focus is more on price/real-world usability than staying sharp during the occasional track day. In 2024, the middleweight division is in full bloom for several reasons.



Bikes in this segment have adequate performance and features but are not too heavy on the pocket. New riders will have bikes to become. On the contrary, more experienced riders realize that the segment is in the best place: not fast enough to constantly break the speed limit, and not so slow that the experience is not inspiring.


Today, there is no respectable brand that does not correspond to this segment. From Honda and Suzuki to Aprilia BMW, and everything in between, some fantastic bikes on offer for next to nothing. Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, but with so many options, options paralysis is a real challenge for riders looking to add a motorcycle to their garage. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the ten cheapest middleweight motorcycles in 2024.

How we picked the models: HotCars analyzed a variety of bikes to come up with this list. The main parameters were the price below 10,000 dollars and the working volume from 500 to 900 cubic meters.

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10 2024 Suzuki SV650

Starting price: $7399*

Suzuki SV650
Suzuki


While Suzuki may not make some of the most dreamy bikes out there, there’s no denying the smoothness, reliability and performance they offer. The SV650 is a testament to that. The competition continues to push the boundaries and offer more technology and equipment for the money, but the SV650 is a cup of black coffee in a world full of decaffeinated lattes and macchiatos.


It’s a versatile bike that serves beginners and veterans well, giving it the potential to be one of those bikes that will always be part of the garage once they’re there. The bulletproof V-engine has character and gives the SV650 the edge it needs to take on the ever-evolving competition.

Features of the Suzuki SV650 engine

Producer

Suzuki

Engine configuration

V-Twin

Moving

645cc

power

75 hp

A turning point

47.2 lb-ft


(Reference to the characteristics of Characteristics of the motorcycle)


*This refers to MY 2023 MSRP. 2024 pricing will be updated when available.

9 2024 Yamaha MT-07

Starting price: $8,199

Yamaha MT-07 via Yamaha Motorsports
Yamaha


The Yamaha MT-07 has quickly won the hearts of riders around the world since its launch thanks to its CP2 engine, which gives this bike so much character and enthusiasm. The MT-07 has more than enough performance to suit all levels of riders – beginners will need to learn well, while experienced riders will enjoy this bike.


Handling is light and nimble, and the CP2 motor delivers strong low-mid response. The MT-07 offers fantastic value in a ‘what you see is what you get’ style. It may not have all the features and electronics that some of its competitors offer, but when it comes to offering an unparalleled driving experience, the MT wins hands down.

Features of the Yamaha MT-07 engine

Producer

Yamaha

Engine configuration

Parallel-Twin

Moving

689cc

power

74.8 hp

A turning point

50 lb-ft


(Reference to the characteristics of Characteristics of the motorcycle)

8 2024 Triumph Trident 660

Starting price: $8,595

2023 Triumph Trident 660 on a bend on a city road
Triumph motorcycles


Triumph has been working to make its range more accessible to riders and the Trident is an important step in that direction. In terms of price and performance, the Trident is far below the legendary Street Triple. However, it is still a purebred Triumph with a three-cylinder engine that offers a unique experience.


It’s a smooth, easy-to-ride bike that caters to a different audience than the MT-07. The Trident may not beat the Yamaha in terms of pure riding pleasure, but it’s a better all-rounder. The Trident 660 is easier for hobbyists to use, while more mature riders will appreciate the stylish and sophisticated styling.

Triumph Trident 660 engine specifications

Producer

Triumph motorcycles

Engine configuration

Three-cylinder

Moving

660cc

power

80 hp

A turning point

47 lb-ft


(Reference to the characteristics of Characteristics of the motorcycle)

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7 2024 BMW F 900 R

Starting price: $8,995

2024 BMW F 900 R cornering side view
BMW


There is no obvious reason why some bikes fly under the radar. Unfortunately, the BMW F 900 R is a classic example of this phenomenon. While the GS line and the S1000RR get all the credit, almost every other BMW motorcycle doesn’t get the recognition they deserve.


The F 900 R is powered by a twin engine derived from the F 850 ​​GS and offers a host of optional packages to spec the bike to suit different budgets. Although it may lose some features and adjustability, the F 900 R offers excellent value with a healthy mix of performance, ease of use and German build quality.

BMW F 900 R engine characteristics

Producer

BMW

Engine configuration

Parallel-Twin

Moving

895cc

power

99 hp

A turning point

67 lb-ft


(Technical characteristics are taken from BMW)

6 2024 Suzuki GSX-8S

Starting price: $8,999

Blue suzuki gsx-8s dynamic shot
Suzuki


With every other manufacturer embracing the potential of twin-cylinder middleweight bikes, it was only a matter of time before Suzuki followed suit. Considering that most of the model line is represented by old bikes, it is time for Suzuki to offer an entirely new bike.


The new GSX-8S is endowed with the same smoothness that Suzuki machines have always been famous for. There’s no denying the parallel-twin’s flexibility over a four-cylinder configuration in everyday situations, and the new Gixxer’s engine is friendly and compliant, encouraging amateur riders to work on their skills without scaring them silly.

Features of the Suzuki GSX-8S engine

Producer

Suzuki

Engine configuration

Parallel-Twin

Moving

776cc

power

83.1 hp

A turning point

57.5 lb-ft


(Reference to the characteristics of Characteristics of the motorcycle)

5 2024 KTM 790 Duke

Starting price: $9,199*

2024 KTM 790 Duke
through KTM


The 790 seems to have had a short shelf life, being replaced by the 890 Duke before riders could fully familiarize themselves with it. However, KTM still wanted a middleweight bike within the $10,000 mark to bridge the gap between the 390 Duke and the 890, so the 790 returned to carve out that niche. The Duke range has always been built from the ground up as Naked bikes.


Unlike other manufacturers, the Austrian marque did not have Supersports to strip down and label as “naked bikes”, something that many other naked bikes have under the skin. The 790 Duke is light and maneuverable and offers as much fun as riders have come to expect from any KTM. This bike has loads of features and technology – cornering ABS, traction control, quick shifting and riding modes to name a few.

KTM 790 Duke engine specifications

Producer

KTM

Engine configuration

Parallel twin

Moving

799cc

power

105 hp

A turning point

63.4 lb-ft


(Reference to the characteristics of Characteristics of the motorcycle)


*This refers to 2023 MY MSRP. 2024 MY price will be updated when available.

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4 2024 Kawasaki Z650RS

Starting price: $9,599

2022 Kawasaki Z650RS rider in town.
Kawasaki


Kawasakis are usually polarizing, especially in design. You either love them or you don’t. While the sharp cuts, pleats and bright green color scheme may not be for everyone, the Z650RS might be.


It’s got retro styling without the retro frills and is essentially a nice-dressed mid-weight non-cad rather than an old-school cruiser. The Z650RS is a simple, versatile bike that will go as far as the rider wants to go, from the grocery store to the canyons for some weekend shenanigans.

Kawasaki Z650RS engine specifications

Producer

Kawasaki

Engine configuration

Parallel-Twin

Moving

649cc

power

N/A

A turning point

48.5 lb-ft


(Technical characteristics are taken from Kawasaki)

3 2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Starting price: $9,899

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 front third quarter acceleration view
Suzuki


The V-Strom has always served as a fantastic touring bike, winning over riders by offering a lightweight experience. There was too much of a difference in price and performance between the 650 and 1050 V-Stroms, and the new V-Strom 800 stepped neatly into place.


An all-new parallel twin gives it power and is packed with features and performance that make it an exceptional touring car. Suzuki has hit the nail on the head with a motorcycle that is essentially a workhorse with a few extra specialities.

Suzuki V-Strom 800 engine characteristics

Producer

Suzuki

Engine configuration

Parallel-Twin

Moving

776cc

power

83.1 hp

A turning point

57.5 lb-ft


(Technical characteristics are taken from Characteristics of the motorcycle)

2 2024 Kawasaki Z900

Starting price: $9,899

2024 Kawasaki Z900
Kawasaki


Kawasaki has always built motorcycles that convince riders of great value, and the Z900 is no exception. The Z800 was a popular bike among its audience and the Z900 had big shoes to fill back in 2017.


The Z900 has come a long way since then, adding features like traction control, power modes, a full-color TFT panel, and more. While it may not be the most ideal touring bike, it’s still a sharp, naked bike that turns corners into a party every time.

Kawasaki Z900 engine characteristics

Producer

Kawasaki

Engine configuration

Inline-Four

Moving

948cc

power

123.6 hp

A turning point

73.1 lb-ft


(Technical characteristics are taken from Kawasaki and Characteristics of the motorcycle)

1 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp

Starting price: $9,999

2024 Honda Transalp ADV cornering view
Honda


The new Transalp is another bike to be added to the fast-growing middleweight segment. Several of Honda’s rivals already have plenty of strong offerings in the segment, so the Transalp was created to draw drivers away from the likes of the Tenere, V-Strom and Tuareg.


While it may not boast the same off-road capabilities as its bigger stablemate, the Africa Twin, it’s a fantastic long-distance touring car thanks to its Showa suspension and 270-degree twist twin engine.

Honda Transalp 750 engine characteristics

Producer

Honda

Engine configuration

Parallel-Twin

Moving

755cc

power

90 hp

A turning point

55.3 lb-ft


(Reference to the characteristics of Characteristics of the motorcycle)




  • All specs taken from Motorcycle Specs.
  • All prices were collected from the respective manufacturer’s website.

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