Sportbikes climbed the horsepower ladder back in their day because 1) big numbers were selling bikes, and 2) a primary sales tool in the Golden Age of the 1990s was to win AMA Supersport roadraces. But if you have a careful look at 300cc-class specs, it’s clear that the makers are pushing for midrange, which tells you these are real motorcycles. If a 300 were just a 600cc supersport model cut in half, it would peak at 15,000 rpm, need titanium valves to get there, and have, at best, half-hearted midrange. But these 300s are not that. These are sensible, fun-to-ride utility motorcycles that will spend most of their time in-town, where punchy midrange is the most useful asset. Top speed? Why split hairs over the difference between 102 mph and 102.5? They’re fast enough to get a ticket.