5. Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS $7,999


The Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is the epitome of this list: sporty, comfy, versatile and affordable, it hits all the high-water marks of a mid-displacement sporty-tourer. It handily won our Midsize Urbane Adventurers shootout besting the Honda NC700X and Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS in the process. “Emerging as the clear winner at the end of the official MO ScoreCard, though, is Kawasaki’s new and improved Versys: $7,999 gets you an ABS-equipped super-versatile, super-comfortable and ridiculously sporty motorcycle that’ll keep up with just about anything as long as you steer clear of closed circuits, and $700 more for the LT (with Kawasaki’s excellent KQR bags and handguards) transforms it into one of the best mid-sized touring bikes money can procure,” says the story’s author John Burns. You can read about the updated Versys ABS and Versys LT in Sean Alexander’s 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT first ride review.