VER­DICT ‘Kawasaki’s Versys 650 is still the pick of this cat­e­gory’

MICHAEL NEEVES SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

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After a day of both two-up and solo rid­ing on a va­ri­ety of roads, Kawasaki’s Versys 650 re­mains MCN’S pick in this cat­e­gory. The Versys is the most com­plete, af­ford­able, mid-ca­pac­ity ad­ven­ture-sport ma­chine. But per­haps the big­gest sur­prise is how the ever­green Suzuki V-strom snatched run­ner-up spot. It feels a lot more modern and spritely than its looks sug­gest, and is a su­perb two-up op­tion.

Yamaha’s new Tracer 700 lacks the sparkle of the naked donor bike and feels a lit­tle small and cheap in this com­pany, although it’s still hugely ca­pa­ble and best of all, af­ford­able at just £6299. It de­serves to be a great suc­cess.

Bring­ing up the rear is the Beemer. Although the en­gine lacks thrills, it has a great chas­sis, the best build qual­ity and mpg, but it’s also much more ex­pen­sive than the oth­ers here.

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