Is less really more? That might explain why the lightweight class of motorcycles is booming. Of course it could also be the unbeatable power-to-weight ratios, an increasing number of rider aids trickling down from top-line models, and, yes, still-reasonable price tags. Make no mistake, these 300cc machines aren’t sawed-in-half supersports, but real-deal, fully fledged motorcycles, capable of triple-digit (barely in some cases), go-to-jail speeds (not that we’d ever tout that). Not surprisingly, our list is populated mainly by the Big Four—Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha—mostly because their options provide the best performance, comfort, and reliability (though not necessarily the at lowest price). All the bikes we list have ABS as either standard or as an available option. Small, sporty bikes are better than they’ve ever been, and the class has become more appealing for both new riders on the hunt for a first bike as well as experienced shredders looking for an affordable track toy or commuter (we’ve included the naked iterations as well).