8. Yamaha Bolt



The Harley-Davidson 883 Iron the Bolt is modeled after didn’t make this list because it costs $849 more than the Bolt. Harley’s $7,549 Street 750 did (see #6), but the Bolt offers more performance than either H-D model. Born a Star, the Bolt now falls under Yamaha’s Cruiser/Touring umbrella, whereas the Bolt C-Spec is listed in the Sport Heritage segment along with the VMAX, XSR900, and SR400. Regardless the name or its whereabouts in Yamaha’s lineup, the Bolt is the largest-displacement bike on this list.

2014 Star Bolt Vs. 2013 Harley-Davidson 883 Iron

Honorable Mentions: Honda Shadow Phantom $7,499, Shadow Aero $7,499