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The 10 Best Lightweight Motorcycles Money Can Buy

Best Lightweight Motorcycles

If you love riding motorcycles, you probably also have an interest in knowing which ones are lightweight options because they have a tendency to perform a bit better than their heavier counterparts. In addition, you may be looking for something that isn't going to break the bank if you decide to purchase it.

After all, you want to be able to get the most for the money that you're spending. Therefore, it only makes sense if you would try to find a number of bikes that are lightweight with solid performance and a decent price tag.

If you've been looking for exactly this type of thing, you need look no further. Below is a list of 10 lightweight motorcycles that will get you the most bang for your buck. Does this necessarily mean that these options are the most economical options out there?

No, of course not. There are times when you just can't get an economical option coupled with everything else that you might be looking for. That said, these are 10 lightweight options that you would do yourself a favor to take a closer look at.

10. 2021 Honda CB300R ABS

2021 Honda CB300R ABS

This particular bike is one that is capable of getting the job done for anyone that lives in a congested metropolitan area or enjoys taking their bike out on the trail. It weighs only 317 pounds and stands at 31.5 inches. The motorcycle has a 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder motor, enough to get you through most situations rather comfortably. It also has an asking price of $4,949, much less than some of the other bikes on this list.

9. 2020 BMW G 310 GS

2020 BMW G 310 GS

Who wouldn't relish the chance to have a BMW sitting in the garage? The truth is, this is one of the better lightweight bikes out there. It doesn't have quite as much power as some of the others on this list, but it's still a high-quality bike that doesn't weigh a lot, yet it still manages to look great in the process.

As far as specifications go, it weighs 374 pounds and has a 313cc liquid-cooled motor. One of the more interesting things about this bike is that you can purchase it in three different seat heights ranging from 32.9 inches all the way up to 33.5 inches.

At $5,795, this bike, which is great for trail riding, gives you the opportunity to customize it to suit your own height. That's something that's relatively rare, hence the reason this one makes the list.

7. 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS

If you're looking for a trail bike that has no frills, this is probably one of the first things that should be on your list. It definitely looks the part, having been stripped down almost completely. If it isn't functional, it isn't included. That got the weight down to an astonishing 366 pounds. It's even more astonishing when you consider the fact that the bike sits at 30.9 inches high and comes with a 399cc liquid-cooled motor. Surprisingly, it comes with a price tag of just $4,999.

6. 2020 KTM RC 390

2020 KTM RC 390

When it comes to light weight bikes, KTM is known for producing some of the best ones on the market. This one is no exception. Weighing 328 pounds and sitting at 32 inches high, this 373cc liquid-cooled sport bike is one of the best looking bikes on the market, not to mention one of the narrowest versions out there.

It's not as stable as some of the other lightweight bikes on this list, largely because of its exceptionally narrow design. However, an experienced rider shouldn't have a problem with it. At $5,549, it's right in the middle of your typical price point for a good lightweight bike.

5. 2020 Honda CB500X

2020 Honda CB500X

This is a trail bike with a certain amount of flair. As such, you might find it just as much at home on city streets as it is on the trail. It weighs in at 430 pounds and sits at 32.7 inches high. The thing that truly makes it stand out is the 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor. The price tag for all of this is surprisingly reasonable, coming in at just $6,699.

4. 2020 Yamaha MT-07

2020 Yamaha MT-07

Yamaha has been building high-quality bikes of all types for decades, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that they've managed to do exactly the same thing with this particular model. It weighs 403 pounds and sits at 31.7 inches high.

It also incorporates a 689cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor, something that is impressive enough to get the attention of almost any individual. You can buy one for $7,591. That's an asking price that seems more than fair, especially when you consider the fact that this bike can be used for trail riding, getting from point A to point B in metropolitan areas and just about everything in between.

3. 2020 Zero S

2020 Zero S

This bike looks cool enough from the heads of people that don't even pay attention to most bikes and it's all electric. That fact alone makes it something of a trailblazer, to say the least. If that's not enough to get your attention, it weighs just 313 pounds and sits at 31.8 inches, making it one of the lightest weight options available. You'll pay a little more for the fact that it's all electric, but it seems like it should be worth it in the end. You can have this model for $10,995.

2. 2020 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

2020 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

At $11,995, this is one of the pricer options when it comes to light eight bikes, but it's also worth considering. For starters, it's a Ducati. Their reputation alone is enough to make you at least consider purchasing a bike like this.

This one sits at 31.7 inches high and weighs 432 pounds. Coupled with its 802cc air-cooled parallel-twin motor, it's easy to see that this is a bike that can pack a lot of punch in a very small package.

1. 2020 Triumph Street Triple R

2020 Triumph Street Triple R

Triumph has long been associated with excellence. This particular model weighs 370 pounds and can be customized to sit at a height between 30 inches and 32.5 inches. It sports a 765cc liquid-cooled triple motor. At a cost of $10,500, it might sit your pocketbook back a bit, but it could also give you the experience of a lifetime.

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Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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