How much fun does five grand buy you nowadays? Quite a bit, it turns out!

Today we're going to talk about some great bikes you can buy new for $5,000 or less. The list isn't comprehensive by any stretch, but it is a decent selection of bikes recommended by the staff here at the RideApart word mines. We looked at five different categories—cruiser, sportbike, ADV/dual sport, standard/naked, and factory retro—and chose bikes based on their price, value, and their RideApart Fun Quotient Score™. So, without further ado, let's look at some cheap, fun bikes.