Best for Your First Sport Bike

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Last year, Kawasaki upped the ante in the competitive starter-sport-bike segment by replacing this model's 250cc engine with a 300, which greatly increased the bike's power. Yet the Ninja offers more than just brute power: It also has a standard digital fuel injection system and ABS brakes available for just $300 extra. Special engine isolation mounts ensure the rigid frame is the smoothest in class while maintaining the Ninja's legendary sport-bike handling. [$4,999;]