If you’re independently wealthy, stop reading this story now.
Wait, hold that thought; even if you are a person of independent means you likely didn’t get there by tossing your money away foolishly. And here we’re offering some smart advice on transportation options that will make your budget happier and healthier at the end of every month while also giving you plenty to grin about.
Featured here is a modest collection of rides that can go a long way toward reducing your transportation costs and expanding your smile. With low initial buy-in as well as economical ongoing operating expenses, you can tell friends and family it’s all about being ecologically responsible and fuel efficient—while having a blast doing it. In fact, why not spread that bit of news around and encourage others to join you on those weekend riding explorations? There’s no need for you to keep all that fun to yourself!
Base MSRP: $3449
102 MPG fuel economy estimate*
The new, larger-displacement PCX150 was introduced in 2013 to add highway capabilities to this distinctive scooter with motorcycle-like style. Thanks to its Honda V-Matic automatic transmission, even first-timers can quickly get up to speed with the operation of this well-designed scooter.
This stylish and sporty ride offers many thoughtful design elements that make it supremely handy for errands and commuting, such as a 25-liter lockable under-seat storage that can hold a big bag of groceries or your full-face helmet while you’re enjoying a coffee stop. The PCX150 also serves as terrific weekend entertainment, thanks to its fuel-injected 153cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine that’s ready for longer rides, its nimble and friendly handling characteristics, and its roomy and comfortable two-up accommodations.
The liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine also features an Enhanced Smart Power (eSP™) design, a newly developed global scooter engine that is environmentally responsible while also delivering spirited on-the-road performance. Thanks to its 102 MPG* fuel economy estimate and 1.6-gallon fuel tank, the PCX150 offers excellent range along with terrific capabilities while remaining remarkably economical. All in all, the PCX150 is a fantastic way to start your career on two wheels while also saving big bucks.
Base MSRP: $4190
84 MPG fuel economy estimate*
The stylish good looks of the Rebel provide an enduring appeal that thousands of riders have found irresistible. That it’s comfortable, light in weight and easy to maneuver, along with its 234cc twin-cylinder power and proven durability, are all reasons that keep the Rebel a strong favorite among entry-level street riders. In truth, the Rebel serves as a terrific way to discover the fun and freedom you can find only on two wheels no matter your level of experience. And with a fuel economy estimate of 84 MPG* plus a tank that holds 2.6 gallons, your journeys may turn out to be a long ones. Whether you’re running errands around town or heading out of town with a bag full of maps for a riding adventure, the rugged 250 Rebel serves as a great riding partner—one you can start with and also stay with.
Base MSRP: $4199
77 MPG fuel economy estimate*
If looking at the CBR250R makes you expect some sportbike fun in a nimble and lightweight package—you’ve got that right! Whether you’re shopping for your first bike or you’re a more experienced sort who just appreciates the many rewards of a responsive and lightweight machine, the many-faceted appeal of the CBR250R can be hard to resist. With a curb weight of only 357 pounds and a revvy 250-class liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams, a four-valve head and five-digit redline, this bike delivers on the promise implied by its sporty fairing, sportbike styling and sporting riding ergonomics. The CBR250R delivers big-time with superb handling, a broad spread of easily accessible power, a fuel economy estimate of 77 MPG*and low operating costs.
Whether you choose to use the CBR250R for the daily commute to school or work, as an around-town bike or for fun weekend rides—or all of the above—this is one bike that will keep you grinning like a madman. And the low buy-in price? That’s clearly icing on the cake.
Base MSRP: $4699
73 MPG fuel economy estimate*
If you think a dual-sport bike represents the ultimate in flexibility and riding freedom, you’ll get no quarrel here. After all, who can argue with the ultimate in versatility as you hop from a paved road to a dirt trail without even a moment’s hesitation? And if you also figure a brand-new 250-class dual-sport under Five Large represents a screaming deal, it’s easy to see the unique appeal of the CRF250L.
Thanks to its liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams plus a four-valve head, along with beefy long-travel suspension setups at both ends—a 43mm inverted fork plus Honda’s Pro-Link single-shock rear setup—this is a fun-loving bike that’s equally at home on city streets, country backroads, single-track trails and fire roads. And let’s face it: it also doesn’t hurt one bit that the CRF250L carries a distinct family resemblance to the championship-winning CRF250R and CRF450R race bikes. Yeah, this bike will serve you well as low-cost transportation or a day-to-day commuter, particularly compared to other similar bikes that don’t have its 73 MPG fuel economy estimate*. But when you’re riding a CRF250L, way in the back of your mind you’re always thinking about that little dirt trail you’ve been meaning to check out…
Base MSRP: $5599
68 MPG fuel economy estimate*
With the introduction of the 2014 Forza™, Honda offers scooter riders an all-new machine in the mid-displacement category—an eye-catching new model that delivers impressive performance, outstanding Honda quality and great value. Twist-and-go simplicity with no shifting comes courtesy of Honda’s V-Matic Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission, and the Forza has the power to carry rider and passenger on weekend getaways thanks to a smooth, powerful all-new 279cc engine, plus enough space to accommodate two people. Yet its low center of gravity and nimble handling help make commuting and around-town errands a breeze—you’ll have a blast just being out on the road, wherever you’re bound.
Thoughtful attention to detail and clever touches make life a bit nicer on the Forza. Dual fairing pockets store items where they’re easy to get to, and on the left side a large-capacity box can be opened, closed and locked via a rocker switch located beside the main key cylinder. There’s also a 12-volt power socket and a maintenance panel that allows easy access to plug in accessories or charge your cell phone.
Whether the day calls for commuting, around-town errands or a long ride just for fun, the Forza delivers big-time features in the mid-displacement scooter market. Its amazing versatility, performance and estimated fuel economy of 68 MPG* make the Forza great fun and a great value too.
Base MSRP: $5499
71 MPG fuel economy estimate*
The CB500F naked sport bike serves as a great choice for independent-minded riders in search of a mid-sized entry-level bike with extra attitude, but one that’s also a great daily ride. Naked sport bikes foster the image of independence and non-conformity, and that’s especially true with the CB500F, a bike that looks like a first-cousin to the liter-sized CB1000R. This modern and sporty 500cc naked bike not only carries a full load of attitude and style, it also delivers plenty of performance and versatility. Tipping the scales at only 420 pounds, it’s got everything you need, and nothing that you don’t. Whether it’s used as a daily commuter machine, an affordable weekend ride for backroad day trips, or a bike for hanging out at the local gathering spot, the CB500F serves as a great option for just about any kind of street use. Its comfortable, neutral riding position and slim profile let you feel right at home in the saddle. And with an estimated fuel economy of 71 MPG* you won't have to break the bank for gas money. For a bike that’s affordable, stylish and fun, it’s tough to top the new CB500F.
71 MPG fuel economy estimate*
For sportbike fans, the CBR500R stands out as a light and nimble middleweight that’s just right for riders moving up in displacement categories, while also a great fit for experienced riders who just love riding a great-handling bike. Slotting in nicely within Honda’s CBR category, the CBR500R features full bodywork much like that found on the supersport CBR600RR and CBR1000RR.
Whether well established in the sport or still developing their motorcycling skills, sportbike riders always prize the excellent handling traits that come with a lightweight and responsive mount, and the CBR500R absolutely delivers in that department—there’s plenty of well-rounded performance on tap here. It’s just the right size for riders moving up from the entry-level Honda CBR250R, but even experienced sportbike riders will appreciate the handling characteristics of this 425-pound bike. Its aerodynamic bodywork provides significant advantages in air management for added rider comfort, along with a low drag coefficient and effective engine cooling, rounding out a package that looks as good as it works.
Base MSRP: $5999
71 MPG fuel economy estimate*
As a middleweight adventure-style bike, the CB500X follows the lead of the popular NC700X introduced in 2012. For riders who want to add a smaller, lighter and eminently affordable adventure-style bike to their lives, the CB500X is just the ticket.
Half the fun of owning a bike is the mental diversion it provides when you’re tied down by the daily grind. For riders who love to imagine making that great escape, the middleweight CB500X feeds those dreams. It begs to travel new roads and discover new sights as you enjoy the open road aboard a fun-to-ride motorcycle with an extra dose of versatility. The compact windscreen can be adjusted in height, and it also has a comfortable adventure-bike seating position, plus a larger-capacity fuel tank that has been carefully shaped to allow the rider unrestricted movement. It features a longer-stroke 41mm front fork, and a wider handlebar allows for easy steering inputs. In addition, while the CB500X works well for longer-range adventure tours, it also serves as a versatile ride to fulfill those everyday needs too. For riders seeking a little more adventure in their lives, the CB500X delivers on that idea at a very affordable price.
Base MSRP: $6999
63 MPG fuel economy estimate*
Looking for a unique riding experience? The CTX™700N is specifically engineered to make motorcycling more approachable, affordable and fun than ever before. Think of a machine that combines the laid-back ergonomics of a cruiser with the nimble handling of a sportbike, and you begin to understand the uniqueness of this machine.
The CTX700N features a low seat height of only 28.3 inches, which allows riders to quickly get acclimated to life in the saddle. Available with standard manual gearbox or Honda’s innovative automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which provides either a fully automatic mode or the option of more active gear selection via “paddle-shift” type buttons on the handlebar. And the DCT version also comes packaged with Honda’s Antilock Braking System (ABS).
The 670cc parallel-twin engine features cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity for nimble handling. This smooth-running fuel-injected engine pumps out loads of low-end and midrange torque to simplify taking off from stops even with the manual gearbox, and there’s lots of power on tap for short runs or long journeys. Beneath the fuel tank cover there’s a handy glove box area, and fuel is carried beneath that to further lower the bike‘s center of gravity. All in all, the CTX700N serves as an affordable, friendly and comfortable bike that’s perfect for everyday rides, weekend trips, two-up exploring or just about anything else you can dream up.
*Miles per gallon values listed for all bikes here are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.