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With the addition of the triple-cylinder Daytona 660, the casual middleweight sportbike class is more diverse than ever.
With the addition of the triple-cylinder Daytona 660, the casual middleweight sportbike class is more diverse than ever. (Triumph/)

If you’ve read our list of track-ready 600cc machines, then you already know that group leans on a feature set tailored to shine at the circuit, focusing on things like performance, light weight, and aggressive ergonomics while adding helpful amenities like quickshifters, power modes, rider aids, and the like. But what if you don’t want a high-strung, backbreaking rig that’s only really comfortable on the track? You’re not the only one; recent US purchase data shows that sportbike sales have shifted away from hardcore machines deemed too uncomfortable and over to affordable bikes that can commute as well as occasionally scratch around the racetrack when the weekend comes.

Manufacturers have responded with toned-down machines offering more humane ergonomics and otherwise practical feature sets even if it comes at the cost of a few horsepower. Although most of these claim sub-100-hp outputs, 2023/2024′s crop of casual middleweights is also more versatile and, as a bonus, less expensive than their racier brethren.

(What’s on your list? Drop it in the comments below.)

Honda’s CBR650R is the only inline-four in this group, but despite the supersport looks, it’s plenty comfortable around town.
Honda’s CBR650R is the only inline-four in this group, but despite the supersport looks, it’s plenty comfortable around town. (Kevin Wing/Motorcyclist/)

2023 Honda CBR650R | $9,899

CBR650R or CB650R? Other than that one pesky letter, there’s not much mechanically different twixt the pair, with both sharing the same 649cc inline four-cylinder engine and steel-tube chassis of last year’s models. Yup, this is the only inline-four of the bunch, and even though the European bikes got nice upgrades for 2024 (like punchier styling, a new TFT dash, and the E-Clutch option), US bikes carry over unchanged from 2023. So we see no changes to peak power, and both are still running with Honda’s HSTC traction-control system. It’s the same ol’ suspenders too, with a 41mm Showa SFF-BP inverted fork paired to a single shock, with four-piston radial-mount front brakes and 310mm rotors and always-on ABS. Even the seat height is the same.

So the choice between CBR650R and CB650R comes down to ergos and plastics, since both are approachable and capable. The CB650R’s more upright seating position and neo-retro looks belie its standard bike leanings, while the CBR’s bodywork and distinctively supersport-like styling and performance will appeal to more aggressive riders.

Related: 2019 Honda CBR650R First Ride Review

Light, all-day comfortable, and very responsive, the Ninja 650 is a solid choice for daily street riders.
Light, all-day comfortable, and very responsive, the Ninja 650 is a solid choice for daily street riders. (Kawasaki/)

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS | $8,899

Twin-cylinder middleweights are definitely having a moment, and the Ninja 650 makes a great case for itself by offering a well-balanced chassis, user-friendly power, and very good fit and finish. Set between the newbie-friendly Ninja 400 and the more ripping ZX-6R supersport, the Ninja 650′s liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-twin engine opts for a responsive power delivery that should appeal to a broad range of skill levels, with a claimed 49 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,500 rpm on tap. The upright riding position, well-mannered parallel twin, and solid chassis are all unchanged for 2024, but the Ninja 650 made news last year with a traction control update. A nonadjustable 41mm telescopic fork and horizontal back-link shock provide a nice balance between comfort and sport, and the Ninja’s 24-degree rake and light 421-pound wet weight make it quick steering and maneuverable. An assist-and-slipper clutch means a light feel at the clutch lever, and all-day comfy ergos make for more enjoyable street rides. ABS is optional (but recommended).

Related: 2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650 First Look Preview

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Title: Best Middleweight Sportbikes for Street Riders
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Published Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2024 18:13:27 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
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Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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