Three For Five: Budget Bombers


Surprised? The most popular shootout in MO’s history isn’t comprised of exotic sportbikes, incredi-cruisers or luxo-tourers, but of affordable, real-world, everyday motorcycles. In 2007, $5k bought you a Kawasaki Ninja 500R, a Suzuki DR650SE and a Hyosung GT650 Comet. The Hyosung was judged the winner of the shootout by virtue of it being a really good value, with handling, power and big-bike looks for $1,000 less than the nearest competitor. Today, the Hyosung GT650 retails for $6,599, the DR650SE for $6,499, and a non-ABS Ninja 300 stickers for $4,999. With this bargain bike comparo being our most-viewed shootout ever, it makes us think Honda may be on to something with its 500cc platform (winner of last year’s Best Value award), and Yamaha with its new FZ bikes (winner of this year’s Best Value award).

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  • Old MOron

    What?! I demand a recount!

    There is no way that the 2004 Open Class Shootout cannot be number one, never mind not even being in the top ten.

    Check your figures, Blondie. This is MO’s best shootout, ever.

    • Well, perhaps there was a bit of fibbing in this story. Everything was changed-over to new servers in 2007, so anything older than that is just counting views since ’07. It is likely that that ’04 shootout would have ranked higher if we had its previously accumulated ’04, ’05, and ’06 traffic included. That said, in the last seven years, this list does indeed reflect the most read shootout over the last seven years. I won’t be too offended if our old work doesn’t get full credit, I mean seven years really is a long time.

      • Glenn Lutic

        A long time? You must be 22 years old or something?!!

        • Close enough, I’m pretty immature for a 45 year old 🙂

  • And no mention of CrAshley. How could you?

  • Buzz

    I think the Sport Touring shootout needs to be on the list. We rode from Torrance to Reno arriving late at night. We then headed down to take a top to bottom cruise through Yosemite.

    We proceeded to get pulled over for speeding and got tickets for speeding, no insurance and conducting business in a National Park without a permit. We got tossed out of the park.

    Fun stuff!

  • jtm45

    well I was hoping to see the ‘Cows” from the 70’s like the Z1,and the 2 most famous 2 cycle triples the 500 Mach III and the 750 triple.I would buy them all today if I could.