After all the city work and highway flogging, these little gems are in their element once you get them to the twisties. Here the Yamaha R6 emerges as a clear favorite among most of our testers, with comments such as, "What's not to like about this bike?" and "It just does everything right," being bandied about after a stint on the Yamaha. Essentially, the R6's combination of a nimble, diminutive chassis with scalpel-sharp handling and a flexible, powerful engine allows riders to concentrate on riding this bike to their own ability, rather than to any limit of the machine. With midrange power easily on-par with the ZX-6R, and crisp throttle response in the top half of the rev range, the R6 launches from turns with authority. Its speed is easily scrubbed off for the next bend by Yamaha's superb one-piece caliper brakes.