3. Suzuki V-Strom 650 $8,399


In our Midsize Urbane Adventurers shootout the V-Strom established itself as the bike with the most horsepower, 63.2 hp at 9,000 rpm against the Kawasaki Versys 650 and Honda NC700X, but at $8,399, it’s also the most expensive model. If Suzuki were able to bring the price more in line with the others it would have fared better in that contest. Says Burns, “The old SV V-Twin is still a pip, but its containment vessel is suddenly a bit leaky and creaky, and the fact that it’s the priciest motorcycle here doesn’t help any in this price-conscious market segment. ‘Hasn’t Suzuki payed off the tooling for this bike already?’ asks Siahaan. Having the highest price tag here is a little strange.” Other V-Strom models include the V-Strom 650XT ABS ($8,499) and V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure ($10,049).