Best New Motorcycles to Wish for This Holiday Season

Stylish, affordable, new bikes with something special to offer

Those of us with petrol in our veins are eyes-wide for the latest offerings in two-wheeled excitement. As a special holiday gift to warm our garages, we’ve been tempted by the increased industry focus on affordable, midsized motorcycles that can appeal to new and experienced riders seeking open-road thrills. The bikes tugging especially hard at our heartstrings tend to also have a certain retro charm and deliver performance at a surprisingly affordable price.

Sure, the recently updated Project Rushmore Harley-Davidsons and the Indian Chieftain heavy-weights are lustworthy dream machines, but their large-scale price tags make them cost prohibitive. In contrast, this vital new middle ground makes for a more comfortable budget discussion with your better half. Daresay, these bikes—BMW R NineT, Ducati Scrambler, Honda NC700X, Indian Scout Sixty, Kawasaki Vulcan S, and Yamaha YZF-R3—are more giftable and still quite gratifying.

While we haven’t evaluated these new machines, these are the sugar plums dancing in our heads—the bikes that have us justifying filling that lonely corner of the garage.

Dream cycle

Which motorcycle do you wish Santa would bring you?

Jeff S. Bartlett

A New England native, I have piloted a wide variety of vehicles, from a Segway to an aircraft carrier. All told, I have driven thousands of vehicles—many on race tracks across the globe. Today, that experience and passion are harnessed at the CR Auto Test Center to empower consumers. And if some tires must be sacrificed in the pursuit of truth, so be it. Follow me on Twitter (@JeffSBartlett).