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From the first time you twisted the throttle full-bore to the first time you hit the mountain back roads, there’s something undeniably special about motorcycling. There’s nothing else quite like it, and there’s no better way to connect with the road.

At BestBeginnerMotorcycles, we create and curate content designed to help new riders keep the rubber side down and quickly learn the skills and techniques they’ll need to enjoy their two-wheeled machines to their fullest. From protective equipment to riding techniques – and everything in-between – you’ll find a wealth of information dutifully prepared for you by seasoned riders and motorcycle enthusiasts.

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It’s Common Sense There are people and groups arguing for and against helmet use in general and the topic is extremely inflammatory in the United States. I think it’s less controversial to debate abortion or gun control than it is wearing a helmet with some people. Nonetheless, numerous scientific studies have repeatedly shown helmeted riders …

The Alternative Motorcycle? Scooters are probably the most common two-wheeled vehicles on the road worldwide other than bicycles. I suppose in that sense it’s the same as the alternative genre of music. Labeled in North America as the non-mainstream choice while in reality, it couldn’t be any more popular. Honda alone has sold almost 100 …

The Short Answer The difference between mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles comes down to power and size. In reality, all three are actually just types of motorcycles, but they’re built with different purpose and levels of complexity. The Same But Different The simplest way to think of this is to picture three very different breeds of …

Harley Davidson

115 years of Harley Davidson Motorcycles A couple of weeks ago one of the local Harley dealerships in Calgary offered up a “behind the scenes tour” of the facility to interested members of the public. I never need much of an excuse to head down there to check out the selection of new models, but …

Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware There’s a tremendous difference between a vehicle that has been properly maintained and one that hasn’t. I’ve owned several cars, trucks, and bikes sporting high miles that have been very reliable because someone took good care of them before me. Obviously, if you can get one with lower miles that …

Bob Dylan is Speaking To Me About Motorcycles “Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still in spin And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’ For the loser now will be later to win …

We can’t deny the beauty and charm of some of Europe’s motorcycles. Over the years, the motorcycle has transformed massively due to new technology that’s available to us, however, some of the classics will never go out of fashion. European motorcycles have always been recognized for their styling as well as the unique riding experience, …

In life we’re often given the choice to stick with what we have or move on to a new challenge. Some people like myself, embrace change while others prefer familiarity and live by the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it.” There’s nothing wrong with either approach, but I think with anything …

Small But Terrible This funny expression was shared with me by some five foot tall friends of mine from the Philippines years ago. Its meaning is similar to “not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog”, commonly used on this side of the Pacific. Speaking as a somewhat vertically challenged person …

Honda Rebel 500

If you’re anything like me, the idea of a whole new fleet of motorcycles coming out is beyond tantalizing! I can’t wait to read all about them each year so I can go annoy salespeople with my questions while sitting on them (the bikes not salespeople).  I think they see me coming and often just …

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Suzuki V-Strom

Touring For New Riders When it comes to long distance riding, the main two elements desired in a motorcycle are rider comfort and the ability to maintain highway speeds comfortably. You won’t last more than a few hours (at most) if you lose all feeling in your lower extremities due to the physical discomfort caused …

Dual sport motorcycles are an exciting yet practical choice for beginning your two-wheeled riding experience. They are especially appropriate if you grew up riding off road and still wish to have the flexibility to spend part of your riding time there (without having to shell out more money for a second set of wheels). Dual …

Kawasaki Ninja

If you’re looking to acquire your first sport bike on the journey to becoming a confident and competent motorcycle rider here is a list of can’t miss bikes and tips just for you. Pick a Good Fit By this I mean pick a bike you feel comfortable sitting on and can reach the ground flat …

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You, Me, & 650cc’s: The Best Starter Bikes for Two-Up Riding So you’ve mastered the basics of riding alone on a motorcycle, and now you find yourself bringing along a partner. Riding two-up, colloquially known as having a Pillion, brings its own unique set of challenges. Not only are you responsible for your passengers safety, …

Great Bikes for Heavier Riders

Three Great Starter Motorcycles for Heavier People So you’ve been bitten by the bug I call motorcyclus riderus and as a result have come down with a serious case of the bike fever, eh? It infects all different kinds of people, from many different walks of life and body types. The joy of riding knows …

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Top Motorcycle Helmet Brands Motorcycle riding is one of the most exciting experiences in life. The adrenaline, the speed, the sheer feeling of air rushing as the scenery blurs by, it’s utterly addictive. It is easy to see how with all this excitement in the air first time motorcycle riders spend all their money on their …

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Summary Introduced for the 2017 model year, the 2018 Z650 offers thrilling performance, easy handling, and lightweight maneuverability. New riders won’t have to worry about outgrowing the power too soon, but they should be careful: this “small” Z has more than enough power to be daring… and dangerous. Highly recommended for fans of naked bikes …

Ural Gear Up with Sidecar Review

What… IS that?! An old BMW with a sidecar? It looks like it came right off a World War II battlefield based on the styling, heavy steel frame, ammo cans, military paint scheme and fox hole spade strapped to the sidecar. How old is it? WOW! What a cool looking rig. A restored antique maybe? …

Suzuki GS500 Review The Suzuki GS500 is probably the perfect beginner motorcycle for someone who is confident in their ability to quickly grasp the basic motorcycle concepts. It’s a pretty small motorcycle, but it’s also powerful enough to lug around some of the bigger guys (250 lbs+!!) with relative ease. It gets great gas mileage …

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TORC T14B Helmet

Bluetooth was invented to replace wired connections over short distances. This has resulted in a multitude of products, one of which involves implementation into motorcycle helmets. Bluetooth technology enables a helmet-and-smartphone connection, allowing the user to enjoy media and engage in communications while riding. While it is possible to install a communications platform into almost …

motorcycle Helmet

Five Great Helmets Under $300 for New Motorcycle Riders In the United States you’ll find that 19 of 52 states have implemented a universal helmet law. Regardless of the law in the area you reside, one thing that motorcyclists can unanimously agree on is the importance of protecting your skull. Not only will a helmet …

Leather Biker Gear

There are two ways to approach the beginning of your biker days: one is to have all the gear ready before you buy your bike, and the other is to rush into your nearest biker store as soon as you’ve bought your bike and purchase the basics. Whichever way you do it, it’s important to …

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