This last November, an entire fresh crop of motorcycles was unveiled at various motorcycle shows all over the world in what's become one of our most exciting launch seasons to date. Recently, Bradley told you about the ten bikes we're the most excited to ride, but some of you complained that the picks were too premium; that we were only focused on the best and most expensive of what is on the horizon. And, to an extent, that's true. Because we're journalists and often more excited to ride the things we can't afford over the ones we can. And because those are the bikes that move the needle and push development forward.

But the bikes we're the most excited to swing a leg over aren't necessarily the bikes we'll recommend the most, nor are they the best option for the vast majority of consumers. More and more, the bikes that are the best for most people are the ones on the opposite side of the spectrum—the ones with a smaller displacement and a modest price tag. That said, here are the small motorcycles we're looking forward to most, that we think you'll like, too.

Husqvarna Vitpilen
The 2017 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen.Courtesy of Husqvarna

2017 Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen

This one made our "The Top Ten New Motorcycles We’re Dying To Ride in 2017" but it's worth mentioning again here. Because it's hard to talk about anything surrounding this year's bike launch season and not talk about Husqvarna's upcoming cafe racer-y Vitpilen and Svartpilen. Based on the KTM 390 Duke, we already sort of know that the Husky will be a great package. The question is mostly on how bike will vary ergonomically and then where it will land price wise.

In photos, the fit and finish look astounding and a huge step up from the 390 Duke, which is actually a nice move in differentiating the two bikes. The 390 Duke becomes the bike for the guy who wants an entry level sport or sport naked bike, whereas the Husky is more for the urban rider who wants something small, nimble, and cost effective to commute to work on, or just dance through town on.

BMW G 310 GS
The 2017 BMW G310GSCourtesy of BMW

2017 BMW G310GS

It has always seemed a bit odd to me that all of the entry level, small displacement motorcycle options mimic their sportbike and sport naked older siblings, especially when sitting bolt upright is often a much better riding position given their intended uses. Unless you're buying one of these 300-ish cc bikes for the track, the sportbike counterparts feel like they're trying to be something they're not, and most of the nakeds feel under-designed. While not the prettiest of the bunch, Honda's CB500X is by far my favorite of its 500cc trio, and it's easily the most capable of the bunch as it's all-day comfortable in addition to being well sprung and easy to move around on.

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect BMW's G310GS to be much of an adventure bike. At this size, it would be hard pressed to compete with any dual-sport off road, and a big part of the "adventure" thing is being able to haul your luggage around, which this little thing will have a hard time doing. But, that doesn't mean it won't be an incredible-looking little bike, perfect for whatever the urban commuter could throw at it. Don Canet was impressed with its naked sibling in the BMW G310R, and you could argue that this engine paired with upright ergos makes for an even more exciting package.

Kawasaki Versys 300
The 2017 Kawasaki Versys 300Courtesy of Kawasaki

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki is pairing two incredibly popular bikes, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Kawasaki Versys, together for what could be the ideal bike for new riders in their new Versys-X 300. That recently revamped parallel-twin engine is a winner and should provide the same experience that's made the Ninja 300 so popular, while the Versys' more upright riding position will make this bike more comfortable both around town and for the occasional long haul.

I've never been a huge fan of the Versys' looks, but I saw one of the new Versys-X 300s at Kawasaki's headquarters when I was picking something else up, and it actually struck me as being quite handsome. The snubbed nose and angular lines on the sides of the tank suit the bike well, and overall the Versys-X 300 didn't look like a mini motorcycle. As long as it rides well, this thing is going to be a hit.

KTM 390 Duke
The 2017 KTM 390 DukeCourtesy of KTM

2017 KTM 390 Duke

We're big fans of KTM's littlest Duke and, for 2017, KTM has made the little weapon even more potent. Visually, its gets styling cues that bring it inline with the refreshed 1290 Super Duke R (look at that headlight). On top of that, it gets a new and improved "open air" cartridge fork and a 20mm larger front brake rotor (320mm total). Its fuel tank grows from 2.9 gallons to 3.5 gallons, and it gets a new seat and new rear subframe, which raises seat height from 31.5 inches to 32.7 inches.

This is already likely one of the best options for new riders who want to push their riding into sporty territory, and it's only gotten better. Plus, I'm a sucker for that headlight.

Honda CRF250L Rally
The 2017 Honda CRF250L RallyCourtesy of Honda

2017 Honda CRF250L Rally

Somehow, Honda's upcoming CRF250L Rally is one of our most read news stories following the EICMA show this last November, proving that there is a god.

The CRF250L Rally adds a larger fuel tank, windscreen, and asymmetrical headlight to the existing dual sport, but the changes don't stop there. They've revised the engine package, updating the bike with new throttle bodies, updated exhaust system, and new airbox, which bumps power from 22.8 horsepower to 24.4.

Honda CRF250L Rally
The 2017 Honda CRF250L RallyCourtesy of Honda

The bike also gets a two-channel ABS, which allows you to switch the system off at the rear, as well as a completely revised suspension setup that should be more off-road capable.

The current CRF250L is...well, it's a dog. But, this Rally could actually be not that bad off road and it looks incredible. More than that, it could be the gateway to more brands taking this segment seriously and giving us the proper 400-ish cc rally dual sport we deserve. Only way we'll find out, however, is with swinging a leg over it. Something we're all pretty excited to do.

Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
The 2017 Husqvarna 701 SupermotoCourtesy of Husqvarna

2017 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto

Before you start bellowing at me about how the Husky 701 Supermoto is neither small, entry level, or cheap, let me say that Bradley put together the ""The Top Ten New Motorcycles We're Dying To Ride in 2017"" article and the butthead left the best one off the list! And I'm the dictator of this here magazine (okay, maybe just this article) and I can't wait to ride it. So you're stuck with it (unless you leave the page).

For those of you who don't know, Husqvarna is putting the engine from the new 690 Duke (yes, the one with the second counter balancer shaft and revised timing) into the 701 Supermoto. This engine makes more power (+6hp), more torque (+4.4 pound-feet), has smoother fueling, and reduces like 75% of the vibrations (according to my butt dyno), making it a much better contender both for sport riding and daily life. It's still on the pricey side with an MSRP just over $11,000, but its sweet, sweet sumo sauce will reward you with every twist of the grip.

Did I mention that I'm excited to ride this thing? Because holy crap, I'm so excited. Also, we're working on what will be one of the coolest projects of the year as a content package around it, which I can't wait for you to see.