The Best Motorcycles for Daily Driving

Aug 11, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Motorcycles can be an affordable and efficient alternative to a full-sized car. Their compact size makes them easier to maneuver and dramatically increases your chances of finding a parking spot. Your commute might be limited by the weather and the storage capacity of your vehicle, but you can still use your motorcycle for daily driving to save time and money. To make the most of your bike, you want a motorcycle that is both comfortable and durable.

The Basics


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The best motorcycles for daily driving will be efficient, as many people choose motorcycles as a way to save fuel. They should also have a storage compartment or an easy attachment point for decent saddlebags. If you’re going to use your motorbike on a daily basis, look for the appropriate safety features, entertainment such as a radio, and comfortable seating. You also need to make sure that you can accelerate quickly enough to keep up with city traffic. Wind protection will be a bonus. With that in mind, we found our top three motorcycles for daily driving.

KTM 690 Duke


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This midrange “supermoto” motorcycle is perfect for the daily commute and city riding. When you have a full tank, the machine is only 360 pounds, and the fuel-injected Thumper motor is incredibly responsive, providing instant power. Just in case, you will also have a standard ABS to keep the bike grounded under unusual conditions. You will have to put in a real effort to get less than 50 mpg. The only downside of this particular model for daily driving is the lack of standard onboard storage. That being said, you can add your own tail pack to make up for the lack of space.

Suzuki TU250X


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This particular motorcycle is reminiscent of classic cruisers without sacrificing versatility. It is incredibly affordable and user-friendly, making it great for those on a budget who are just starting to ride and don’t want to make a big investment. Lightweight with multiple configurations, you can easily add storage with the help of some bungee cords or a more complicated aftermarket accessory. If your primary goal is practicality for your daily commute, this model is ideal.

Triumph Bonneville


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The Bonneville is also a great option for daily driving because of its light weight, easy ride, and comfortable feel. The Bonneville is durable and can be used for the daily commute and longer road trips across state lines. It is nice and compact and has a parallel twin engine with a pipe that gives it plenty of character and British style. You will also find no shortage of aftermarket accessories to let you customize this particular motorcycle to fit your needs.

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