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.
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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 »
I’ve been keeping quiet a handy service in Toronto called MotoLimo. Motorcycle Towing Toronto is YouMotorcycle’s own motorcycle towing biz, but we aren’t the only guys in Toronto that offer motorcycle towing. Moto Limo has a fleet of trucks always hovering around in the Greater ...Read More »
I put my motorcycles through hell, so every now and then I treat them to some little treasure. It's my way of saying "I know I abuse you, but I really do love you." Little upgrades like performance tires, exhaust systems, make the difference in a healthy moto-man relationship. Some people like to pack on the chrome, I settle for practical mods.
Of course, as someone without a life outside of motorcycles, girlfriends, buddies, and family, have no clue what to buy me. I'm sure there are many motorcycle rider spouses out there who find themselves wondering "What should I buy a motorcycle rider?". Here's one great suggestion.
I picked up a pair of Alpinestars Blacktop shoes a year ago. I was doing a lot less office work and a lot more bartending. I needed a motorcycle boot that could provide more protection than a sneaker, but was low-key enough to be worn under a pair of jeans or khakis without sticking out like a sore thumb. The Blacktops were a perfect fit.Read More »
At first thought, Vespas and choppers seem to have little in common. Choppers are ludicrous, oversized, exagerated monstrosities. Scooters are cute, fuzzy, small displacement and lightweight little machines. Despite their differences, both scooters and choppers rose to popularity following World War II. The history of war vets having returned home and began stripping and customizing their motorcycles is well documented. Likewise, today's pop culture image of the scooter is the evolution of a 1940s Cushman design.
It wouldn't be long before counter culture and popular culture flirted. Did good corrupt evil, or did evil see the light? Have a look at these rare Vespa Choppers from an era gone by and decide.
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.