Best Sub-1000cc Sportbike: Kawasaki ZX-6R
The Green Team was firing on all cylinders when it developed the new ZX, a bike that nearly bested the fabulous GSX-R1000 for our Best New Streetbike honors. The Zixxer Six series has for years been saddled with extra weight or skittish handling, but everything came together in '05. It's now sure-footed and poised, and it's also become one of the most attractive middleweights. Plus you get the power of an extra 37cc at no cost and the only slipper clutch in its '05 field.