8. Suzuki GW250: $3999

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Continuing into 2014 unchanged from last year (doesn’t even get bold new graphics!), the Suzuki GW250 is a cheap beginner bike alternative that doesn’t fall into the sportbike or cruiser category. Powered by a SOHC parallel-Twin, the 250’s styling mimics the audacious (and discontinued) Hayabusa-powered B-King’s, but it isn’t the least bit intimidating. Sold as the Inazuma in Europe for the past few years, and built in China, time will tell if it gains popularity with the American crowd.