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About Our Selections

These selections considered ease of use, rideability, price, and how effective each motorcycle was achieving the stated goal of its class. We are confident that any of these bikes will be superb options for most riders.

The only two major criteria for this list were that the bikes were associated with sportbikes, meaning sport, supersport, sport touring, sport naked, et al all qualified, and that their pre-fees, pre-tax, pre-PDI pricing was at $14,999 or less.

2023 Yamaha YZF-R7

A top-tier supertwin that carries the spirit of the R6, with the friendliness of a parallel twin

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400

A very affordable beginner sportbike that can also be a weapon in the hands of a veteran

2023 Kawasaki Z650RS

Retro styling and sound, without retro headaches. The best of both worlds!

2023 Suzuki SV650 ABS

Still one of the best beginner bikes out there, as well as one of the best sport naked bikes on the roads today

2023 Aprilia RS660

A new sportbike that lived up to every bit of hype about it

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS

The quintessential sport touring motorcycle, loaded to the gills with tech at an amazing price

2023 Honda CBR600RR

One of the few remaining pure 600cc supersport bikes, but the pedigree behind it makes it a serious contender

2023 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

A superbike engine in a sport touring frame, it really shouldn't work, but it just... does