Having a smaller budget to buy a new motorcycle doesn’t mean you have to compromise on performance—and you shouldn’t. There is a way to both meet a budget and enjoy the thrill of the ride—as long as you don’t base your level of badassery on the number of cubic centimeters between your knees.  

Where budget and performance cross paths, there’s a sweet spot where you find a small selection of affordable bikes that rank high on the fun meter. Here are five of the most powerful small bikes you can get your hands on for $5,000.    

5 Of The Most Powerful New Bikes You Can Buy For $5,000

Got a tip for us? Email: tips@rideapart.com