We haven’t quite got our hands on a new and improved 2018 GSX-S1000, with a bit more power and a slipper clutch. But the 2017 base model holds the line at $9,999. Some complain its suspension isn’t the most sophisticated, the same people think it’s too buzzy and has a glitchy throttle – but none of that kept it from finishing fourth in our Naked Sports Six-Way Shootout a couple years ago, behind one $13k bike and two $16k ones – and ahead of two $12k ones. It also spat out 143 rear-wheel horsepower in that little comparison, second only to the Aprilia Tuono we took along as a ringer. Look past her slight rough edges to see the best performance bang for the buck on the current market. From a major manufacturer.