Yesterday, on a bit of an impulse, I dove into a world I know NOTHING about. The 70s and 80s UJM restoration / customization / coolalization world. On a bit of whim (read: I'm ridiculously impulsive), I sold my beloved 2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50. It simply wasn't seeing enough highway miles, and in the city, my KYMCO Venox 250 trumps all other motorcycles. Still, wanting something affordable, with a little more horsepower, and perhaps a little caught up in the Toronto cafe racer scene and the kustom kraze, I decided to jump on the opportunity to pick up a 1979 Honda CB650 for $800 with dreams of restoring her to her former greatness... or at least having one sweet ride!Read More »
I once learned the hard way that if a motorcycle has been too molested, that is, if it’s been too modified by the wrong hands, it should be avoided. Last night, whether out of stupidity, forgetfulness, or a stroke of genius, I decided to ignore this lesson.
I bought a heavily modified 1990 Honda Hawk NT650 GT, with various Honda and Buell pieces on the front, Ducati parts on the back, and some aftermarket parts thrown in for good measure. I’m diggin’ it.
KYMCO's Quannon 150cc motorcycle was the answer to those in need of a reliable, lightweight, beginner friendly motorcycle, that was actually sized for adults. While the Honda CBR-125R has been an excellent beginner machine, at anything over 5'9" it becomes a little tight, not to mention arguably "too light". That's where the Quannon comes in.Read More »
The 250cc motorcycle market has finally opened up in the Western hemisphere. In North America, where the Ninja seemed to sit at the top of the 250cc sportbike throne all alone, it now faces challenges from both Hyosung, as well as from Honda's new CBR-250R. If you're looking for a 250cc cruiser, the only one available in Canada or the USA we'd recommend is the KYMCO Venox, but if sportbike motorcycles are your thing, here's a comparison of acceleration, speeds, braking and fuel economy from Popular Mechanics:Read More »
The Honda CBR-125R is perfect for people who wish to have a motorcycle but are still somewhat hesitant about the size and power of the machine. The CBR-125R eases a person and allows them to feel a confidence when riding.Read More »