Don't pay too much attention to the reviews of large publications. Advertising dollars and politics pay a large part in deciding the "best bike". I've been riding for 45 years and personally ride a BMW S1000R. I bought the Z650 for my wife after riding the Yamaha on a test ride. The Yamaha vibrated MUCH worse (review wrong) and steered quicker. Fun factor went to the Kawasaki and that is all that matters!