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10 best motorcycles between 600 and 750cc

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Middleweight bikes offer many benefits to all riders. They are lighter, have smaller displacements and are available with cheaper price tags. As a novice rider these bikes are approachableunlike the intimidating 1000cc superbikes and hyper-naked variants.


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As a seasoned rider, these motorcycles can be fun to ride as you can easily push them to their limits. They make great race and track bikes for all riders. In this list are 10 of the best motorcycles within the middleweight class.

10/10 Suzuki SV650

Although the competition is taking over the SV650, it is still a excellent choice for anyone looking for great performance on a budget. However, the age of the SV650 is starting to show. Since Suzuki launched the SV650 in 1999, it has been one of its top sellers.

Thanks to offering a great combination of a low sticker price and good performance. The SV650 has a friendly disposition that makes its V-twin engine attractive to novice riders. It uses a 645cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine that has remained the same since the last update in 2016. The engine offers a modest 68.2 horsepower and 42.9 lb-ft of torque.

9/10 Kawasaki Z650/Ninja 650

When Kawasaki introduced the Z650 in 2017, it was an excellent edition in the middleweight motorcycle class. Over the years, sales within this class have increased, with multiple manufacturers joining the fray.

The Z650 is a mid-weight Kawasaki naked bike with the same underpinnings as the Ninja 650R. Both models offer economical performance and a more practical platform. They use a 649cc parallel twin engine that produces 58 horsepower and 42 lb-ft of torque, while increasing power in the low and mid ranges.

8/10 Suzuki GSX-S750

The GSX-S750 offers a mix of performance and an ergonomically sound chassis. It is a naked sports bike that easily attracts attention due to its aggressive appearance. For the 2022 model year, the GSX-S750 will have a metallic matte black body complemented by darkened chassis components, wheels and engine.

Like most Suzuki naked bikes, the GSX-S750 offers a comfortable riding position, strong performance and aggressive styling at a reasonable price. The GSX-S750 uses a 749cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine that: uses the GSX-R architecture to provide a torque-rich sports bike experience.

7/10 Kawasaki Vulcan S

The Vulcan S is an outlier in the cruiser market. It offers a mix of classic and sporty styling and adjustability for all riders. Kawasaki offers three versions of the Vulcan, including the base S, S ABS and S Café.

All of these models use the same 649cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine. They also offer an Ergo-Fit system that allows for up to 18 adjustments by adjusting the handlebars, saddle and footpegs to different positions. Regardless of the equipment, the Vulcan S offers a modern ride thanks to the snappy re-tuned Ninja 650 R powerplant.

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6/10 Yamaha MT-07/R7

Over the years, the MT-07 has gotten some great touches in braking, ergonomics, engine and aesthetics. These upgrades ensure it is ready to take on all markets while delivering a great driving experience. While it has kept the same frame and suspension, it gets slightly larger front discs.

The MT-07 and R7 use the legendary liquid-cooled 689cc CP2 engine producing 74 horsepower and 49.4 lb-ft of torque. In most cases, the R7 is an MT-07 with fairings. It’s a bike for everyone and proves that you never need a lot of technique and power to have fun on the bike.

5/10 Honda CB650 R

With the middleweight segment growing daily, the CB650 R aims to beat its competition with a grumpy inline four engine. The CB650 R offers upgraded Showa suspension with discrete features that deliver a firm yet sporty ride quality.

The CB650 R fills the gap between small-engine beginner bikes and big-engine bikes. It is an accessible motorcycle that provides a gateway to novice riders while offering affordable performance to experienced riders. That’s thanks to its 649cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine that produces 81.9 horsepower and 42.97 lb-ft of torque.

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4/10 Triumph Trident

The Trident features Triumph’s exciting triple engine and industry-leading technology at an incredibly competitive price. The 660cc triple engine makes 81 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Trident to offer: the perfect balance between exhilarating peak power and low torque.

Even though the Trident delivers modest power, it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s a motorcycle full of character, ideal for daily commutes and aggressive rides. The Trident is an accessible motorcycle suitable for new and experienced riders.

3/10 Aprilia Tuono/RS 660

Aprilia’s middleweight class offers excellent handling, engine character and performance in a clean and sharp form. The Tuono and RS 660 are more affordable variants of their bigger siblings, the Tuono and RSV4. Unlike the bigger siblings, the Tuono and RS 660 use a 659cc parallel twin engine.

The main difference between these two bikes is the bodywork. The Tuono 660 offers more upright ergonomics, a different fork offset and a shorter final drive than the RS 660. Both models offer a smooth, linear delivery making them approachable and fun to ride for beginners and experts alike.

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2/10 Yamaha Tenere 700

Since its launch in 2020, the T7 has become one of the most affordable motorcycles on the market. Rather than follow the competition and offer more electronics and bigger engines, the T7 is quite the opposite. It’s a simple, reliable motorcycle with everything you need.

The T7 is the ideal adventure bike for anyone who needs a powerful engine, excellent power-to-weight ratio and smooth suspension. Weighing in at just 452 lbs, the T7 is easy to maneuver than most of its competitors. The best thing about the T7 is the 689cc CP2 engine that provides linear torque in response to throttle input.

1/10 Aprilia Tuareg 660

While the Tuareg uses the same 659cc parallel-twin engine as the Tuono and RS 660, there are some changes. Among which different camshafts used to reduce lift. The camshafts also help deliver power and torque sooner for all adventurous riders.

However, the basic architecture remains the same, with Aprilia claiming 80 horsepower and 52 lb-ft of torque from the Tuareg. The Tuareg offers four driving modes: Urban, Offroad, Explore and Individual. These modes get full power, but the response varies, with Urban offering a muffled response.