Thanks to technological innovation and a renewed emphasis on bad-ass aesthetics, this is a golden age for motorcycles. The question isn't whether or not now is the right time to buy a bike. The question is which bike is perfect for you.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure
Germans and Austrians build stout adventure bikes with fervent followings, but their high cost of entry can leave enthusiasts cold. Suzuki's dual-purpose cult favorite barely crosses the five-digit price point but packs a grunty 645cc 90-degree V-twin engine, go-anywhere suspension, and industrial-grade side cases big enough to haul a road trip's worth of provisions. Thanks to rugged construction and dirt-friendly functionality, the V-Strom is the dark horse in the adventure field. [$10,049; suzukicycles.com]