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Ducati Monster 696

Price: $8,775

First released in ’92, the Monster spawned a cult of naked bike enthusiasts, and the stripped-down sport bike’s newest iteration only helps it to maintain icon status. With an emphasis on ergonomics, lightness, and custom styling for riders of every level, the Monster still packs the power you’d expect from a Ducati.

Engine Specifications:
Type: L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Top Speed: +/- 120 mph
Displacement: 696cc
Bore x Stroke: 88×57.2mm
Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
Power: 58.8kW – 80hp @ 9000 rpm
Torque: 7.0kgm – 50.6lb-ft @ 7750 rpm
Fuel injection: Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
Exhaust: 2 aluminum mufflers

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Buell Blast

Price: $4,695

These days gas mileage is as important as the price, but why bother if you aren’t getting the power you really deserve? For less than five grand, the Blast gets you 69 mpg and a 492cc engine that is swift off the line with plenty of power in higher gears. Plus, with easy-to-reach controls for better handling, it’s an ideal starter bike.

Engine Specifications:
Type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, two valves per cylinder
Top Speed: +/- 96 mph
Displacement: 30 cu. in. (492 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 3.50 in. x 3.12 in. (88.90 mm x 79.25 mm)
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Power: 34 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 30 ft. lbs. @ 3200 rpm
Fuel injection: 40 mm Keihin™ carburetor with auto fuel enricher system
Exhaust: Tuned, tri-pass resonance chamber

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Yamaha FZ6

Price: $7,000

Yamaha’s marquee bike features “usable power,” meaning it’s got balls when you want to open up the throttle but won’t take you for a thrill ride every time out. A liquid-cooled, 600cc engine, on a lightweight compact frame with an upright riding position, makes this bike ideal for daily commutes and weekend tours.

Engine Specifications:
Type: 600cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 valves
Top Speed: +/- 145 mph
Displacement: 600cc
Bore x Stroke: 65.5 x 44.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Power: 96.55 hp (70.5 kW) @ 12000 RPM
Torque: 63.10 Nm (6.4 kgf-m or 46.5 ft. lbs) @6440 RPM
Fuel injection: Group Fuel Injection, 36mm throttle bodie
Exhaust: N/A

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Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Price: $3,500

The most affordable and fuel-efficient ride from Kawasaki yet, the Ninja scores big for its styling and handling ease. The 250R is the only 250cc sport bike sold in the U.S., so if you’re looking for a compact, easy-to-operate machine that looks as badass as it makes you feel, this is your ride.

Engine Specifications:
Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Parallel Twin
Top Speed: +/- 110 mph
Displacement: 248 cc
Bore x Stroke: 62.0 x 41.2 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
Power: +/- 25 hp (19 kW)
Torque: 18.1 lb-ft @ 10,000 rpm
Fuel injection: Keihin CVK30 x 2
Exhaust: single-side upswept 2-into-1 exhaust

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