Three years ago the new Indian Scout thrashed all six comers in our big Shootout at the MO Corral cruise-off; one year later, Indian introduced the Scout Sixty, a sleeved-down five-speed version of the Scout we decided didn’t give up much at all in its quest to take the fight to the 883 Sportster via an $8,999 sticker price. Its 999cc 60-degree 8-valve V-Twin makes plenty of torque but is also happy to rev past 8000 rpm, and the rest of the Scout is perfectly willing to play along. If I were in the market for a bargain on a traditional American cruiser, this is the one I would throw in my basket.

  • JMDGT

    A lot of good stuff out the for ten grand.

  • Born to Ride

    The EBR is definitely a tempting proposition as I am sadly lacking a sport bike in my current stable. But with the resurgence and apparent health of the Triumph brand, I am more likely to throw down my Tier 1 credit approval at the lovable RS Streetie, with the Blue Tuono 1100 being a close second. Multistrada, STRS, and California 1400 sounds like a pretty idyllic stable at this juncture. But then there is the undying urge to pick up a clean used Japanese standard(SV1000 or 919). I need to start making more money asap.

    • Gabriel Owens

      Save a little money and get the R.

      • Born to Ride

        I want the M50s , adjustable master, and the Ohlins shock. Also I find the modern japanese standard aesthetic to be horrendous. Though I do like the SSSA on the CB.

        • Gabriel Owens

          The cb1000r was designed in Italy.

          • Born to Ride

            Doesn’t change the fact that I vastly prefer the look of the 919 and I don’t think there is any appreciable improvement in performance worthy of the aesthetic downgrade.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        Why are they 40% off?

        • Born to Ride

          Because they are 40% ugly and 60% uninspiring. YMMV

          • Sayyed Bashir

            The EiC doesn’t agree with you.

  • Gabriel Owens

    For me, its between the suzuki gixxus and a xrs900 (not listed). Cool bikes under 10k.

  • john phyyt

    $93,279 For all ten . Or Throw in an FZ 09 and have 11 excellent bikes under $100 K.
    Amazing value.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      So are you saving up?

      • john phyyt

        Yeah . It seems you have a fleet.
        It is just there are many people who can drop 100K on One auto. Lots of 50 k modified pickups about too. But you can get great bike for $10000.
        Many here are polyamoruous but i am a serial monogomist. But whatever . I think we all share a lot. But it is the differences which are interesting. I mean they are all good road bikes but how diverse guzzi to the honda.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          I just met a guy today at a popular bike hangout who has 10 bikes and rides them all. He was riding a pristine orange and black Harley XR1200 with many upgraded parts.

          • Howard Derkson

            like tats gotta get another??$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Jon Jones

    Great picks.

  • Vrooom

    A surprisingly competent group of bikes. I’d be happy owning 6 or 7 of them.

    • spiff

      3 maybe 4 for me.

  • Ross Phelan Daigle

    Love my EBR. I bought my 2017 EBR 1190SX in Strike Yellow (one of only 10 built in this color) with 6.8 miles on it for 9200 OTD. I flew to Wisconsin to pick it up, did some break-in miles, first service, installed my exhaust, ECM, tail tidy and sliders that I sent up to DO to be waiting for me, and then rode it 1200 miles home to Colorado.

    • Old MOron

      Cue DickRuble in 3, 2, 1…

      • spiff

        He’s busy giving the neighborhood kids hell. I got this one.

        Really, prove it. Take a picture of you bike with a riding boot next to the front wheel.

        • Born to Ride

          Don’t forget your thumbprint next to the odometer showing the mileage.

          • spiff

            I think the Ruble would approve.

          • Ross Phelan Daigle

            I’m at about 2080 miles currently. I forgot to photo the mileage but it’s on the COO and the purchase agreement, though I don’t know if I publicly shared those photos. Like I mentioned above, feel free to check out my public album on Facebook called “EBR Fly n ride 2017”.

          • Greg E

            I will simply ask, what’s your user name on the Badweb? I’m sure I can find info on your trip over there.

          • Ross Phelan Daigle

            Phelan

          • Greg E

            That’s what I thought. Not that I’m anyone, but I’ll back up his story. He is a well respected member of the Buell community. If you don’t know what that community is, then you probably don’t own a Buell.

        • Ross Phelan Daigle

          I can’t upload pics from my phone to Discus because they’re too big. But I have a public access photo album on my Facebook profile called “EBR Fly n ride 2017” that well documents my trip. Feel free to check it out. I was actually picked up from MKE by an EBR employee, my friend Eric Weber, taken to the EBR factory to meet Mike Kirkpatrick, Kim Tordik, Ed Laben, Dan Hurda, and some other folks I hadn’t met previously, then taken to lunch by Tim Blomenberg, creator of Buell and EBR DDFI systems, where he set up my tablet to use the COM software to tune my programmable ECM, and then taken by him to Action Powersports in Waukesha to pick up the bike. I actually bought the bike through Kim’s son James, who works at Action.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Wow, that seems like a lot of trouble to sell just one bike.

          • Ross Phelan Daigle

            They didn’t do it to sell the bike, they did it to give me the best experience I could ask for on the Fly N Ride. It’s a very close-knit community and I’ve talked to most of the folks including Erik Buell on Facebook, over the phone, or in person. Tim actually tried to set up a meet n greet with Erik since we drove right past his house but he didn’t answer his phone until we were already at the dealership.

          • Ross Phelan Daigle

            Here we go. I managed to crop it enough to fit the 5 MB limit. This photo was taken a few days ago.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1975c86fe37d09fe0e3fd3d0293adfb7c764271b4a2b07e4df44b31a537dba7a.png

    • One word: heirloom.

      • spiff

        Gabe has a point. At least take good care as you pile on the miles.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          And good luck with parts and service.

          • Ross Phelan Daigle

            Parts and service is my business, and as a machinist and an engine builder, I’m not worried :).

  • Old MOron

    Wow, out of this collection, probably the Street Twin, or the Versys – or maybe the NC!.

    • spiff

      Whaaat? What if you didn’t already have a bike in the garage?

      • Old MOron

        After putting 50K miles on a DRZ, I know how to live without a lot of BHP 🙂

        • spiff

          From this list it would be the Z900 or Buell for me.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            The GSX-S1000 is the best choice.

          • Born to Ride

            I’m not convinced, I have always hated choppy throttles more than anything, and The fact that every review I have read on the thing brings it up is disheartening. Burns even went so far as to have the MO loaner fitted with a slip on and remapped to little avail if my memory serves. I have been told that the kawi 1045(43?)cc engine really cleans up all the buzz and throttle response with big power gains from remapping it. As much as I prefer Zook as a brand, I think I’d go green for a big bore Street-Sport bike. Hopefully the retro Z900 shares the same chassis and engine output as it’s anime inspired brother. Otherwise I may be hunting down a cherry 919.

          • spiff

            I think that Z900rs is going to be the shit.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            My Suzuki Bandit has the start/stop throttle but I’ve gotten used to it. If you ride aggressively, you don’t notice it. Only at slow speeds. My KTM 1190 R and Harley have smooth throttles.

          • spiff

            The Suzuki kind of plays the middle of the 3. Softer than the EBR, more power than the Kawi.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            I am biased because I know what my Suzuki Bandit can do.

  • Sentinel

    The Triumph Street Twin is the bike I would have bought, if only it had a larger capacity fuel tank; damn shame.

  • Sentinel

    If Suzuki makes a Suzuki GSX-S1000 with reasonable passenger accommodation and hard luggage can be mounted to it I’ll buy one, until then, it’s just another limited use, unnecessarily narrow focused bike like the rest.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      It is a sport bike, not a touring bike.

      • Sentinel

        There is no good reason to pigeonhole the bike like that, and then sales suffer because of it. They could have built a bike with the exact same sporting capabilities, but also allowed decent passenger accommodation. You have a pigeonholed mindset, so of course your response is yet another pigeonholed bike; and herein lies the problem.

    • Tinwoods

      Yeah, and if they turned the Goldwing into a sport bike, I’d buy it, too. What an inane post.If you want a two-up comfortable bike with bags, you’re looking at the wrong kind of motorcycle here.

      • Sentinel

        There is no good reason to pigeonhole the bike like that, and then sales
        suffer because of it. You have a pigeonholed mindset, so of course your response is yet another pigeonholed bike; and herein lies the problem.

  • Sentinel

    If they decide to put the same tank, or one more similar to the V7 on the
    Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber, then I’d be interested in it, but as is, no way.

  • Sentinel

    This Z900 bug-like Transformer looks, lack of passenger accommodation, and lack of enough juice to power my gadgets and or heated gear kills that bike for me. I think the RS version will address at least a few of those issues.

  • TriumphRider87

    Great list! With at least 4, my first reaction is “absolutely!” – Street Twin, Monster, Versys, Z900. Had a Bonnie, loved it, Street Twin feels / seems like the modernized improvement that it is. And red is better. Faster, too. Monster, always wanted one, and air-cooled is a must – it’s about the clean lines, the light weight, the handling, not huge power like the 1200 has. Versys – yes. Practical, comfortable, capable, light-weight. Good looking, especially in that orange. Z900 – always loved the Z bikes, this one seems like a great balance. Felt good, too, when I sat on it at the dealer.

    With the Guzzi & V-Strom, I’d be open to being convinced. Have a Norge and love the Guzzi engine character, but that edged tank and that flat-as-a-board seat are off-putting. What do you hold on to? V-Strom – people love them. Comfortable to sit on, I’ve found. That engine is said to be a peach. But a test ride would be required to be convinced.

    With the final 4 (EBR, Scout, NC700X, GSX-S), I’d need some arm-twisting. Don’t need 170hp (EBR). Don’t like my feet straight out in front (Scout) – even the Chieftain has your feet in a more standard, sitting-in-a-chair like stance. The NC is eminently practical, and comfy to sit on but red-line at 6k seems like an issue. If I wanted a Civic, I’d get one. And the GSX-S – no. Just no. Heavy, awkward, and uncomfortable (for me).

    Good list. Nice to be reminded that there are options out there for reasonable prices and lots of character. Thanks.

  • John Dickinson

    I’ve sat on the guzzi V9… It’s not terribly comfortable to say the least…

    but as you can see in my pic, I love my EBR

  • aaMOron

    What, you didn’t think the Grom was worthy? Best $10k I’ve ever spent on a bike!

  • I got a chance to demo a Z900 recently, and loved it. Gobs of power, including down low, comfortable, a great exhaust note from the stock can, and I love the looks. If I were in the market for another bike, this would be at or near the top of the list.

  • lactoferment

    This list is incomplete without one of the Yamaha triples. My pick is the FJ-09, for its combination of practicality, comfort, value, lightness, and power, all the while encouraging you to twist that throttle and be a hooligan. You could also make a case fo the FZ or the XSR and I wouldn’t disagree.

  • JB you swine! I just bought a 1/2 price 1190SX. God help me. But hey, even if it doesn’t run I should get a few columns out of it. It’s a tax shelter, too.

    • Kevin Duke

      And your early impressions of it are…?

      • That I have to wait a couple of weeks! It’s down in Escondido. Putter is going to bring it up here for me.

  • scout

    Must hit a higher price point.