There's the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha FZ-07 and maybe even the KTM 690 Duke. But I do like the Kawasaki aesthetics more than its rivals.
i agreeThere's the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha FZ-07 and maybe even the KTM 690 Duke. But I do like the Kawasaki aesthetics more than its rivals.
I totally agree on the sitting position with the Suzuki SV650. I actually had that bike in mind until I sat on it. Even as a woman, it is not pleasant and I half had to sit on the fuel tank to reach the handlebars! The design felt just wrong.I've only had a test ride on the Z650, but I had already eliminated the competition without riding any of them. The KTM, too expensive and I wouldn't know where to find a dealer. Yamaha FZ7, too tall and I'm not a Yamaha fan. Their dealers habit of severely discounting their bikes, thus hurting resale makes me stay away. Been burnt twice. FZ7 suspension is way too mushy. The Suzuki. The seat. Slopes right down into the tank for a nut crushing riding position. The widest part of the seat, the part you should be sitting on, slopes upward, so you can push your ass back on it, but you can't really sit on it. No thanks. My test ride on the Z was great. I was familiar with it immediately.