1. Kawasaki Z800


Yes, I’m well aware Kawasaki sells the Z1000 in the States, but the Z800 earns the top spot on my list mainly because I’ve actually ridden one, at a racetrack no less, and fell in love with the bike even though it was out of its element. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I like it more than its bigger-displacement sibling. The 806cc inline-Four makes great power, but it’s also nicely complemented by an able chassis and strong brakes. In the battle of middleweight naked bikes in America, which now includes the Suzuki GSX-S750, I think Kawasaki is doing itself a disservice not bringing the Z800 to the table.