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Beginner Motorcycle Reviews

Kawasaki Z300 Review

Being naked has its advantages. It’s very fashionable to be naked these days, especially when it comes to motorcycles. That’s where the Kawasaki z300 comes in.

Based on the rock solid platform of the Ninja 300, the Z300 adds a few things and takes away a lot more to come up with a motorcycle that appeals to the masses. Right now the Z300 is not currently offered in the USA, but that may change in the near future.

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Yamaha R3 Review

Yamaha has been eerily silent in the beginner bike scene for the last couple decades. It has been dominated by Kawasaki, Suzuki, and now even Honda has entered into the fray with their CBR 300 and CBR 500. Yamaha's new R3 has been worth the wait. This bike has a solid foundation which you can build a great riding career on. Plus it looks AMAZING.

If you are in the market for a new motorcycle, before you run out and buy a Ninja 300 or even my favorite bike right now the KTM Duke 390, you should check out this little Yammy.

Yamaha SR400 Review

You may not have ever heard of the Yamaha SR400, if not then that's a shame. Yamaha has a strong history of 400cc motorcycles and this SR400 is like a trip back in time. That can be a good thing, or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Read on to find out whether or not you want to hop on this time machine!

Yamaha TW200 Review

There are few bikes with as much personality as the TW200. I normally ride street bikes, and the TW200 is actually the first dirt bike I ever had the chance to ride. It’s fun, bouncy (compared to a street bike), and a blast to ride on the street or the dirt. I got the chance to take this bike out for a few days and really run it through it’s paces. If you are nervous about dropping your first bike, or you want a motorcycle that is extremely beginner friendly, then check out the TW200.

​Suzuki TU250x Review

There aren’t that many single cylinder motorcycles out there when compared to twins and inline-fours. This little Suzuki proves you can have big fun with a smaller motorcycle. With it’s classic lines and thumping engine, this is an ideal bike for a smaller rider or someone who wants something to commute around town. If you are a new rider, or even just someone who wants some cheap transportation, read on to find out why this bike rocks.

Honda Shadow VLX Review

The Honda Shadow is a motorcycle that has been around for decades. Between 1988 and 2008 Honda produced the VLX version of the Shadow (also known as the VT600c). It is a great introductory cruiser with enough power to make highway riding comfortable and easy. After all, that’s what cruisers do best and this Shadow is at home on the open road! Read on to find out why you should consider the VLX if you are a fan of cruisers.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Review

The Kawasaki Vulcan has been a mainstay of japanese cruisers for decades. It combines the precise engineering Kawasaki is known for with a modern style that can’t be beat. Perhaps one of the best beginner cruisers available right now is the Vulcan type S. Imagine the looks of the Harley V-rod at less than half the price. Now that is bound to get some attention!

Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883 Review

When it comes to great starter motorcycles, Harley Davidson isn't known for them. Harleys are loud, heavy, powerful bikes that have a very unique culture surrounding them. One that embraces the veteran rider for the most part.

To most non motorcycle riders you have only two types of bikes: Crotch rockets and Harleys. Although the Iron 883 might not be the most ideal beginner bike, it is one of the best to choose if you are a Harley fan. 

Honda Hawk GT Review

I have heard great things about the Honda Hawk GT 650. For an older bike I think it is one of the most stylish with its single sided swing arm and angular features. Although naked v-twins are becoming more popular now, when Honda first introduced the Hawk NT650 in the late 80's, it was anything but the norm. The motorcycle may be 650cc's but it is definitely an easier bike to control than other 600cc+ machines, this is because of the way the V-twin delivers the power to the rear wheel.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review

For decades Kawasaki has been one of the steadfast manufacturers that build smaller motorcycles aimed at new riders. The Ninja 250 is an iconic bike that got a serious facelift in 2008. A few years later, Kawasaki released the next evolution of that bike: The Ninja 300. It's an improvement on the Ninja 250 in every way, in fact it just might be the best beginner motorcycle.



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