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At the time this article was written, the first third of the year 2020 has just slipped past. While there is a current global crisis in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, it hasn’t stopped people enjoying the hobby of swinging a leg over a motorcycle, with some doing so for the first time. The …

Cruisers are the epitome of the relaxed motorcycle riding experience. It’s all in the name: they are bikes meant to cruise long distances, without upsetting their rider’s comfort. Cruisers are also a very important market sector for all manufacturers, as they constantly trade back and forth with sportbikes year to year on having the most …

One of the things that many beginner riders look for when starting to explore the possibility of having a dirt bike as a second bike, or a dual sport as their primary, is price. As we all know, when budgeting for a bike, maintenance, registration, insurance, dealer servicing, and more all adds up to make …

While many enthusiasts ride motorcycles for the fun, the sport, or the hobby of it, quite a few of us actually use them as urban transport. No long mountain drives, no highway cruises along the coast, just the simple point A to point B commute, or to the corner grocery when you need a pint …

Not everything on two wheels needs to be the fastest, the most powerful, or even the most sleek. There is an entire world of two wheeled fun to be had at 50cc’s. Unfortunately in North America, the 50cc motorcycle has mostly been relegated to youth oriented dirt bikes. However, in Europe, due to how their …

While there is nothing wrong with a single-cylinder thumping away, an inline-four screaming through to its redline, or a v-twin rumbling, there is just that special something about a parallel twin motorcycle engine. It’s the humble tradesman in the corner, quietly working away on its craft with a determined and time-honed skill. In keeping with …

While we focus a lot on the best beginner motorcycles here, as the name of the site states, and we sometimes forget that the term motorcycle encompasses more than just the rip-snorting sport nakeds, the rumbling cruisers, or the screaming supersports. Not everyone wants, or even needs, a large displacement bike to get around. In …

You’ve done it! You did the safety course, you passed your license test, and now you’re a fully qualified rider of motorcycles. Now comes the most exciting part of being a new rider: buying your first bike! Now, instead of going to the showroom and picking up a shiny new bike (unless you really want …

A lot of new riders are looking to start off on something that will give them the most fun without necessarily being the most powerful. For some, it’s due to their body size and weight being too small or light for higher displacement motorcycles, for others it may be the fuel efficiency or specific usage …

In decades past, there was a gigantic push towards higher and higher displacement as the only way to produce more exciting, more powerful, and faster motorcycles. However, in the past few years, manufacturers have realized that you can still make exciting, fast, and powerful bikes with lower displacement through clever engineering and technology. In 2020, …

Motorcycles are all about freedom, or so we like to tell ourselves. However, how often do we really get out there and ride? More often than not, we’re stuck in the city streets, with little blasts of fun between the lights, or maybe a nice cruise down the freeway to get to the next suburb. …

Naked or Faired, the FZ6 is a Great Platform that New Riders Won’t Quickly Outgrow I might be biased, given that I’m currently rocking the 2007 Fazer in Yamaha 50th Anniversary Colors you see above, but the FZ6 is probably the perfect bike for the confident beginner rider that wants a bit of power without …

First Impressions I got my first look at the new 2019 YZF-R3 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the AIMExpo in October of 2018. It was love at first sight. I immediately noticed the aggressively placed clip-ons, MotoGP-esque front faring, and more angular gas tank. The new styling so closely resembles it’s “big brothers” (the YZFR1M, …

From 2004 to 2010, Yamaha sold the FZ6 Fazer, a sport-touring motorcycle that featured a detuned R6 engine (circa 2003) and sporty styling, but with a more comfortable and ergonomically-friendly riding position. As the owner of a 2007 FZ6 in Yamaha 50th Anniversary colors, I’m happy to write an article extolling its virtues. If you’re reading this …

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 …

Best Motorcycle To Ride On a Date You’ve seen them. Svelte his and her versions of tailored motorcycle jackets, gloves, and helmets, locked in an embrace as they tour through the city. He’s got his hands on the handles and she’s locked around his waist. The two of them spirit through town with a devil …

Yamaha Virago 250 Review The Yamaha Virago 250 has the classic standard cruiser look without the unmanageable power and torque that a new motorcyclist doesn’t need while learning the basics of riding. Out of all of the standard style motorcycles I have to say that I really like the look of the Virago the best. …

Yamaha TW200 Review There are few bikes with as much personality as the Yamaha 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 …

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 …

Check out our hands-on 2019 Yamaha YZF-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 …