2008-2010 Kawasaki Versys | Smart Money

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kawasaki

Cheers
A world of choices in one inexpensive, economical motorcycle.

Jeers
Styling that slots in somewhere between eclectic and extraterrestrial.

Watch For
Charging system problems, hard starting, buzzing bodywork.

Verdict
The one bike that really can do it all!

Value
2008 | $4250
2009 | $4800
2010 | $5590


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2009 | $7550
A 650 in name only, the least expensive version of BMW’s 798cc Rotax-built twin comes with a seat height that can be dialed all the way down to 30 inches from the floor.

Ducati Hypermotard 796

2010 | $7525
For aspiring urbane supermoto types on a budget, the 796 delivers inimitable Italian style, roomy ergos and convincing perform-ance for less money than you might expect.

Suzuki V-Strom 650

2009 | $5650
Having earned a cadre of devoted fans over the years by putting economical function first, the omnivorous version of Suzuki’s immortal SV650 is more capable off-road.

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