Here are the 10 best 650-class street bikes of all time

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The 650 class is the perfect blend of accessibility and power, a bike you can grow into and rely on for years to come. This class has become more popular over the years and has led to companies adding more features to create better value for those who fall into this cc range. Here are our top 10 options for 650 street bikes.


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10/10 Kawasaki KLR650

Shot of a blue 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 with white background

The KLR650 is the OG adventure bike and a fantastic all-around vehicle. This bike is for you if you are a fan of the off-road truck industry. The 2022 model replaces the carburetor with a fuel injected platform, which is more difficult to work with the model. This bike offers ample cargo space, high ground clearance, and plenty of options for standard heated grips, bark breakers, skid plate, phone charger, and a traditional milk crate. Although designed for off-road use, which is a clear sign of a capable commuter. It’s a smart choice for anyone who wants to have a good time and ride comfortably. Although the 2022 version starts at $6,699, any older model can be found for around $2,000 to $4,000.

9/10 Suzuki V-Strom 650

Side shot of a red 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Known for its reliability and impressive off-road handling, just like the KLR650, the V Strom 650 allows for dual use but is primarily focused on highway travel. A great budget option for those looking for the Triumph Tiger class, the V-Strom is a 645cc V-twin engine with upright ergonomics and base styling. The bike comes standard with dash-mounted 12-volt accessory ports, a maintenance-free battery, and a solid LCD display. The rear rack is easily used to attach a backpack, and saddlebags/top boxes are easily added to the luggage system. At $8,904 MSRP for the 2022 model, this is an easy buy for those looking for more accessories with their vehicle. V-Strom 650s are renowned for their Toyota-like reliability and can be easily found on Craigslist or Marketplace for $3,000-5,000 for interested buyers looking for older models to purchase.

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8/10 Kawasaki Z650

Photo of a white 2008 Kawasaki Z1000 on the track

This mid-range Z-series sportbike is a step up from the current Z900 models, but a serious step up from the Z400, Kawasaki’s newest entry-level vehicle. This 649cc parallel-twin, four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled pumps out 48.5 lb-ft of torque with a smooth six-speed transmission. The cycle starts at $7,549 for the non-ABS version and is a crowd favorite for its styling and performance. This bike is a great sleeper choice for those who want to exude superbike dominance while riding a more realistic mid-range vehicle.

7/10 Honda CB650R

2018 red Honda CB650F on city streets action shot

The CBR650R is a head-to-head contender with the Ninja 650R, offering a custom 4-1 exhaust, slipper clutch, 41mm Showa front fork and a 649cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine. This bike comes with a solid amount of premium features and customization galore. The bike comes standard with an LCD display and an aggressive tuck-style seating situation. Those looking for a track-inspired motorcycle with a slightly higher price tag ($9,799), look no further than the beautiful CB650R.

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6/10 Kawasaki Vulcan 650

Picture of a 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Green

The Vulcan 650, or Vulcan S, model uses the same motor platform as the Z650 and Ninja 650 models. With this power delivery over a sealed chain drive, the bike exudes confidence and style while looking great of cruiser. This bike is popular for those looking for the Harley-Davidson image with a surprisingly low price. The non-ABS version of the cycle starts at $7,349 and offers a top speed of 116 MPH and a maximum of 46.3 lb-ft of torque at 6,600 rpm. This bike is an easy win for beginners and Harley cruiser riders looking to save some money.

5/10 Royal Enfield INT650

A red and chrome Royal Enfield Classic 350 upright with wildlife

The Triumph Scrambler-esque beach cruiser with attitude and comfort. This bike combines style and performance. The 650 twin-cylinder engine and classic seating position provide a balanced ride with ample front and rear suspension. While only 47 horsepower, power is felt the most low down, allowing for instant propulsion beyond the monotony of side-traffic lights. The low position of the footrest and seat allow for a perfect ergonomic triangular design for the most comfortable position possible. This laid back cruiser is tough to beat and an easy decision for the free spirited. Tie yours with an MSRP of $5,799.

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4/10 Kawasaki Versys 650

Photo of a green 2014 Kawasaki Versys 01 on the road

The Versys 650 is a capable touring bike with the 650 engine used in the Vulcan, Z650, and Ninja 650. This bike is inspired by adventure riding positioning, with aggressive commuter tires and a sleek design (clearly inspired by the class Z cycles). Entry-level pricing for the non-ABS model starts at $8,899 and includes smartphone connectivity, traction control, windshield and upright ride ergonomics. This Bill would quickly be outfitted with top cases, panniers and tech upgrades, making it an easy and comfortable commuter and weekend canyon carver.

3/10 Triumph Trident 660

2021 silver Triumph Trident 660 in empty parking lot parked

Many will recognize the Triumph Street Triple after winning the Daytona 200 on its first attempt. Triumph is known for their well-assembled vehicles with excellent performance and a Mozart-like sound emitted from their exhausts. The Triumph Trident 660 was a welcome addition to this class, offering an affordable price with the style and performance you’d expect from Triumph’s design team. The bike starts at $8,395 and offers a top speed of 132 mph with 47 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. It’s a very compelling choice for those looking for the Triumph experience at an affordable price.

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2/10 Suzuki SV650

Shot of a parked blue 2006 Suzuki SV650 on a white background

Touted as one of the most reliable and usable motorcycles for the track and street, this motorcycle changed the industry in 1999. Although the brand lost many of its loyal followers with the redesigned Gladius (SFC650), the brand returned in 2017 with the classic style and performance it was known for since its initial introduction. The 2022 Suzuki SV650 model starts at $7,749 and is a strong contender with the Ninja 650 as the best bang for your buck 650 bikes. The 2-into-1 exhaust lends notoriously nice tones to the riding experience . The bike also features an easy start system to aid low-end maneuvering, helping novice riders shift gears. At 69 horsepower, it’s one of the fastest bikes on this list while still maintaining 48 MPG. An excellent choice for those looking for reliability, style and performance.

1/10 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Shot of a re 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 on a white background parked

The Ninja 650 is a personal favorite and an easy choice for the value-seeking consumer. With substantial parts and a well-known durable package, this bike is an easy win for those looking for a simple, no-frills riding experience. I’ve had many of these bikes and can confidently say that I enjoyed every bit of it. This bike is a great option for those looking for simplicity at an entry-level price of $7,899 and plenty of options on the used market. Although lacking the TFT screen that other models offer in the industry, this bike allows you to focus on the riding experience and reliability satisfaction.

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