This week's issue of MCN sees the new Yamaha Tracer 700 take on its rivals - Kawasaki's Versys 650, BMW's F700GS and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 - for the title of best middleweight all-rounder.
There are plenty of middleweight all-rounder bargains available and we've listed some of our favourites below.
Don't be confused by the name, the F650GS is actually powered by a 798cc parallel-twin, which puts it a class above the older single-cylinder F650Gs. The low seat height and softened delivery of the engine make this a great choice for inexperienced riders.
The Versys has always been a bit of an odd-looker, and the second generation was no different. The first model suffered from intrusive vibration, but it was mostly sorted for this model, and it looks much better. A real workhorse of a bike that knows how to have fun too.
Criminally overlooked, Suzuki's bulletproof V-Strom 650 will keep plugging away and makes an excellent long distance commuter. Comfy, incredibly easy to ride and with the proven engine from the SV650, there's not a lot to complain about with the V-Strom.
Arguably the grandfather of the new Tracer 700, the Yamaha TDM produces enough power from the parallel twin engine to make it fun for more experienced riders. On the flipside the TDM is one of the easiest bikes to ride - perfect for inexperienced or returning riders.