In the power wars, the Virago proved it could still use its light weight and high compression ratio to good advantage, especially off the line, but many testers found the Alpha could catch up to it, with the Kymco a close third. The Suzuki was saddled with the same critique--its single cylinder did fine in bottom and midrange power delivery, but had a sluggish throttle and faded fast. The Rebel wallowed in this company--experienced riders and novices alike felt it was underpowered. On the lake course, several testers voiced concerns about the sponginess of the GZ250 and Kymco's brakes, while others complained of grabbiness on the Virago. Surprisingly, the Japanese bikes' dated styling appealed to our group--one deemed the Rebel "cute," and four others gave the Virago a thumbs up. The Alpha received two votes for aesthetic favorite, while the Kymco's unusual flair garnered three "best-looking bike here" scores. The Suzuki, alas, earned indifference, with not one tester picking it as his favorite.