Go Full Throttle
On a commute or a road trip, these bikes maximize saddle time.
BEST FOR: NEWBIES Honda Rebel 500
The manageable 471cc engine in the overhauled Rebel is enough to be a fun commuter without holding you back anytime soon. An assist-slipper clutch makes it simpler for new riders to shift, but it’s the improved safety and comfort that comes from a new fork, shocks with stiffer springs, redesigned seats, and LED lights that make it easier to take on longer, confidenceboosting rides. Bonus: Its blacked-out frame makes the bike look meaner than ones twice its size. $6,500; powersports.honda.com
BEST FOR: EXPERTS Ducati Streetfighter V4
Designers used the Joker’s smile as inspiration for the V4’s LED fascia, and the rest of the bike is just as wicked. With a 1,103cc engine creating 208 horsepower and 90.4 lb-ft of torque, this is Ducati’s most powerful naked bike. To control the chaos, aerofoils apply downforce at high speeds to increase stability. Behind the scenes, sensors provide feedback to the electronics suite, so you can flip on Wheelie Control prevention and manage the torque. $19,995; ducati.com
BEST FOR: WEEKEND WARRIORS BMW F 900 R
Longer weekend trips are better with a bigger, faster engine, but it’s the power and responsiveness to dive into corners and zip right out that makes a ride fun. There’s plenty of that with the BMW’S 895cc parallel-twin engine, delivering a punchy 99 horsepower and 67 lb-ft of torque—but with a twist: selectable riding modes, including one for rain, which tweak the handling based on road conditions. Feel like pushing it? Turn the traction control, and the oversight, off and test yourself. $8,995; bmwmotorcycles.com