According to a 2008 NYTimes.com blog article, the average cost of a new bike in 2007 was in excess of $12,000. Considering the world economic climate of the past few years, there's not much reason to think bikes have become any less expensive. But all is not lost.
If you're eager to have a user-friendly ride – specifically in the ever-popular cruiser category – that won't break the bank and yet still offers reputable performance, quality craftsmanship, appealing styling and is welcoming of new and/or returning riders, then gaze upon the Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow and Triumph America.
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