3. 1993 Kawasaki EX500

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1993 Kawasaki EX500

Admittedly, Honda’s CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X are fine motorcycles in the class, but let’s not forget the OG 500, Kawasaki’s EX500, an underrated and sometimes forgotten motorcycle. How great of a motorcycle is it? Our own Evans Brasfield rode across the country on one, then turned it into a race bike. In fact, he’s still got the bike in his garage! If you don’t buy this 1993 edition, he might. With only 16,900 miles, this EX looks to be in really good condition after 21 years. Seller, “slipstreamfate” says the bike runs great, and the reason he’s selling is because he’s ready to move up to something bigger. And that’s the point of this bike, as a stopgap learning tool to progress from 250s to 600s. The EX500 holds its value well and are excellent intermediate bikes. For $1,700, you could probably recoup your cost once you’re ready to move on.