Three For Five: Budget Bombers

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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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