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best motorcycles for commuting

About Our Selections

These selections considered ease of use, rideability, price, and how effective each motorcycle was in the special use scenario of commuting. To define what we consider to be a commute, at least in a major American city, we broke it down into about 10 minutes of urban or feeder street riding, 10 to 15 minutes on the freeway or highway, and then another 5 to 10 minutes riding around a downtown core or an industrial area to get to your workplace.

We also put more weight into overall comfort than on many other lists, as when commuting, you want to arrive at work with your spine and wrists intact. That, by definition, removed supersports and superbikes almost entirely from the list, although we did include one as some will only ride supersports.

2023 Suzuki SV650

One of the best all-around sport bikes of the 21st century, and a great commuter to boot

2023 Indian Scout Sixty

If you need to cruise to work, might as well do it in style while also keeping the gas bill down

2023 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (INT650)

No fuss, no muss, very comfortable, and very capable... the perfect commuter

2023 KTM 390 Duke

If you want to have a small detour to hoon about on the way to work, this is your little bike!

2023 BMW F900 XR

A comfortable sport adventure motorcycle that makes a great commuter as well

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650

One of the best sport tourers of all time, so of course it's hugely capable of commuting

2023 Honda Rebel 500

As it's designed to be an urban cruiser, it handles the freeway without issue

2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

An affordable, powerful, comfortable Ducati that loves the urban jungle and the freeway equally? Yes please!

2023 Yamaha YZF-R3

If you absolutely must ride a supersport to work, make it the most comfortable one out there

2023 Suzuki DR-Z400SM

A bulletproof supermoto that will do the daily commute so it can earn some wheel-out slide time on the weekends