All-around performance, comfort and smiles came from the Kawasaki Ninja 650R. Its windscreen provided good protection and caused no helmet buffeting. Very little pressure was needed on its high, wide bars to lean the 650R into corners. If anything, I wanted the bars to be a little lower for a more sporty riding position, but, as is, it's all-day comfortable. The 650R has a counterbalanced parallel twin engine that delivers smooth, linear power. It loses power at the top of the rev range, but pulls well everywhere else. The 650R's forks have no adjustment and are soft, but more importantly, front-end feel is predictable; I think a little suspension work would go a long way. The rear shock, which is mounted along the right side of the frame and swingarm, is extremely easy to access and, for once, adjusting preload doesn't involve scraping my knuckles on motorcycle parts.