More broadly focused and infinitely comfier than the typical 600cc supersport, this Kawi fits compact riders better than the big and tall. Narrower than an equivalent inline-four and shorter than a V-twin, the fuel-injected, counterbalanced lump down below lays down more than enough thrust to rivet a novice pilot's attention. Expect to cover the quarter-mile in a respectable 12 seconds at 109 mph. Once above 3000 rpm, it requires less shifting than multi-cylinder alternatives like Honda's 599 or Yamaha's FZ6. Add accurate fueling, a well-mannered driveline along with humane ergonomics and you have a practical, light-steering, 441-pound commuter that gets in and out of corners with very little effort.