Manufacturers typically let their budget bikes simmer on the backburner for far too long, but Kawasaki isn't resting on its laurels with the Ninja 650. For 2012 the midi-Ninja was thoroughly revamped with a new frame and swingarm, ZX-10R superbike-inspired bodywork, a cushier seat, fresh dash, adjustable windscreen and optimized engine state-oftune, among other things. The seat height is lower and the frame is narrower, making the bike a little easier for shorter riders to enjoy while the suspension has been retuned to offer even better ride quality. For the $7499 entry price, you get a lot of motorcycle for your money. The fuel-injected 650cc vertical-twin is nimble, reasonably quick, ridiculously fuel-effcient and versatile enough to excel at any number of activities, from commuting to the occasional track-day soirée. Cutting-edge technology and outrageous horsepower are exciting, but when you need a kickass bike and you're on a budget, the Ninja 650 is too legit to quit.