1. Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 ($6,299)
Husqvarna is mainly remembered for its line of hand tools, chainsaws, and other camping clothing. Husqvarna’s motorcycle company, on the other hand, is booming, but not in the way you would expect considering that perhaps the division was sold off decades ago. Husqvarna’s name lingered, but for the most part, the business was happy to market off-road and race-spec motorcycles designed to conquer the world’s most rough terrain.
Husqvarna is entering the realm of street-legal bikes for the masses now that it is under the same leadership as KTM. The Svartpilen 401 is the company’s first foray into bikes, and it’s a motorcycle that’s approachable, affordable, and capable of tackling any terrain like a gazelle.
2. Ducati Scrambler ($7,995)
The Italians, oh, the Germans. They learn how to prepare, paint, sculpt and construct machines that not only move you from point A to point B, and also transport you into soulful love. It’s probable that the rig will catch fire, break in half, or throw you into the Mediterranean in a fiery tangle, but it will all be worth it. That is entirely the point with Ducati’s fantastic Scrambler.
The Ducati Scrambler was revived in 2015 and has rapidly become the “it” motorcycle for the hip, “in” crowd of motorcycle riders.
3. Suzuki SV650 ($7,499)
To be honest, I used to have a Suzuki SV650. Over the course of seven months, I put 26,000 miles on it. It was the perfect fit for my 6’4” frame, had a shorty exhaust that gave the 645-cc V-Twin a growly temperament, and had plenty of strength to get me there John Wick-level trouble if I wanted to. That’s something I always miss.
Suzuki’s new SV650 keeps everything I liked about my old bike, but it’s now more stylish and strong. The SV650 can easily turn from your daily commuter—as mine was—to a great weekend canyon carver, boulevard bruiser, or track-day toy, thanks to a naked trellis frame on full display and focused around Suzuki’s latest and greatest 645cc V-Twin engine.
4. KTM 790 Duke ($10,499)
The KTM 790 Duke isn’t a bike for the faint-hearted. This is a motorcycle that is “Ready To Race,” as KTM’s marketing suggests. The 790 Duke is the kind of bike you buy not to commute to or from your clerical job in a forgettable suburban office park, but to spend more than half of your life with just one wheel on the ground and the other pointed skyward.
The KTM 790 Duke is a mechanized thug, and riders with a similar temperament are needed. The 790 Duke, which premiered recently, is the younger sibling of the frantic 1290 Super Duke R
5. Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 ($10,299)
There are some computers in which you instantly feel at ease. They almost become an extension of your body because they engender themselves so gracefully. You’ll never be the same after these devices merge with your spirit, limbs, and brain. One of these bikes is Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 900.
Though the Aprilia is another Iconic brand, and we’ve already discussed why they’re so good at making amazing motorcycles, the Dorsoduro 900 is so different from the previously mentioned Ducati that it deserves to be picked out used as the list’s capstone.