I knew what the Breakout was meant for, but I wanted more. How could we discover what a motorcycle was really capable of without pushing the limits? "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsch. This time I decided to take the Breakout outside of its comfort zone and its "Urban Prowler" designation...Read More »
Have you ever been out riding and known you just weren't taking your motorcycle to its full potential? That was my first experience with the 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout. I rode it in traffic from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada in Concord to the Toronto core. I knew there was more to this heavy and incredibly well finished machine, but I just hadn't been able to properly unleash it yet.
Hunter S. Thompson said "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." So I did. I waited until midnight. The night was cold. The temperature was in the single digits celcius (around 48 degrees Fahrenheit). Despite it being June I put on my snow pants. Welcome to Canada, Breakout, time to have some fun together.
When I went to pick up the 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout, I hadn't rode a 700 pound motorcycle since last season. I wonder if Kanishka Sonnadara knew I was a bit apprehensive as we climbed into his demo Nissan Juke NISMO. We met with Maria Diaz at Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, signed our lives away, got a tour de bike, and got to work.
I'll be walking you through, day and night, life with the new 2013 Breakout. I tend to do some really stupid and pretty cool stuff, so you should probably follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
Who can deny Kawasaki's knack for creating great small displacement motorcycles? The company makes three 650cc motorcycles available in North America: the Versys, ER-6n, and the Kawasaki Ninja 650R. The latter is a great alternative for anyone wise enough to avoid to avoid a 600cc supersport as a first bike, but still wanting a motorcycle zippy looks and performance. Likewise, for those who value their power and fear they'll outgrow a Ninja 250 quickly, the Kawasaki Ninja 400R might be right for you.Read More »
The Yamaha V-Star250 has been around for generations, and aside from a name change, the bike has received no real improvements or changes in over twenty years. Formerly known as the Virago 250, the V-Star 250 is the beginner motorcycle cruiser that new motorcyclists continue to flock to year after year.Read More »
You’ll need to go back over a quarter century to the last era of motorcycling when small, beginner friendly motorcycles were this popular.Kawasaki’s Ninja 250 is the right bike at the right time. The Ninja’s 2008 restyling has made it a good looking to boot, with power to go beyond A to B.
There are so many reasons for today’s unprecedented hype in the 250cc sportbike class. Gas prices are soaring, the recession is shadowing over us, more great websites out there educating new riders on the importance of starting small. Whatever the case, the 250cc market is hot.
Adding to the Marauder 250, Suzuki has returned to a classic design: the single cylinder small displacement universal Japanese motorcycle (UJM). With a low price point, Suzuki’s TU250 aims to be the answer to a double-dip recession, offering motorcyclists a low cost, efficient method of transportation that’s light on fuel, maintenance, and on insurance.
Stop waiting for retro style... and start waiting for a retro style bike, that actually has some power...
The heart and soul of the Suzuki S40 is it's “Big Thumper” 650cc single cylinder engine. The model dates back to the 1986 Suzuki Savage 650. The Savage, later renamed the S40 saw no significant changes from 1986 to 2012 save for a drag style handlebar added in 2005. The full review is here:Read More »
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 »