These four bikes—the Ducati Hypermotard, Kawasaki Versys 650, MV Agusta Brutale Dragster and Suzuki GSX-R750—prove that middleweight fun can be had in four distinct flavors.
Are you one of these people who won’t crack a smile unless you’re on an open-class bike? If so, you probably haven’t ridden any of these middleweights. Each of these dissimilar machines, in its own way, will have you grinning from ear to ear inside your trusty full-face lid.
We know that the definition of fun is about as broad as the European and Asian continents separating our pairs of Italian- and Japanese-built motorcycles. Some folks like to be visually titillated before the sidestand has even been stowed; others need the wail of the exhaust under hard acceleration. Still, others find the most joy in packing for an overnight trip and taking all day to ride there.
Wherever you are on that spectrum, chances are good that one of these personality-packed, non-retro middleweights is calling your name.