One great example is the new Street Triple RS which has a 765cc engine and all the electronic wizardry so that riders can able use far more of its potential than those same riders would on a 1050cc Speed Triple.
Meanwhile, they save themselves more than $500 on the most basic Speed Triple.
Not all bigger bikes are worse than the smaller models. Often the larger capacity model comes with new technology that makes it better, like the late-model BMW Boxer engines.
But here are some other examples of where the smaller model is better:
The new water-cooled Bonneville 900cc models are not only smoother and better fuelled than the 120cc models, but have greater range.
The 803cc Monster engine is so good it is now used in Ducati’s most popular model, the Scrambler.
BMW R 65 was more reliable than the bigger models that followed.
Suzuki’s SV650 was more manoeuvrable and smoother than the SV1000.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Kawasaki Versys 650 over their 1000cc counterparts.
Can you think of any other examples where the lower capacity model was a better buy than its bigger brother or where the increased engine capacity made it a better bike? Please leave your comments below.