The 500cc engine is and endangered species. In 2019, only a handful of models still run on half-liter mills—most other models have made the move into the 600s or are listed below the 400 mark.

There are, however, a few great 500 models left out there, keeping the fort and fending off ambitions of “bigger and better”. Despite their gradual disappearance, 500s make great starter bikes and are usually a reasonable compromise between decent performance and affordable licenses and insurance. We decided to take a look at some of the great 500s on the market for 2019.

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