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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 …

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, …

A Sub-$5,000 Thrill Ride Purpose-Built for Beginner Riders Ahh yes, the CBR300R – a lightweight, easy to maneuver, easy to maintain, fuel-sipping, beginner bike prodigy. That may sound like a lofty description, but the CBR300R has been that since its introduction in 2013 (on sale since in 2015). The CBR300R has successfully cemented itself in …

Kawasaki’s Ninja 650R Has Been an Entry-Level Staple Since 2006 Bikes like the Ninja 650R, FZ6R, and SV650 are ideal for new riders that either needs something larger due to their height, or are confident in their ability to manage a bit more power than what the typical “beginner bike” ships with. With an estimated …

The Suzuki SV650 is Not Your Typical Beginner Motorcycle The SV650 defies the common convention that a beginner rider piloting a bike with 600cc’s or more is setting themselves up for failure. In most cases, the reality is that 600cc’s is simply too much for a new rider. The Suzuki SV650 respectfully disagrees with that …

My wife wants to join me out on motorcycle rides, but not as a passenger anymore. She wants her own wheels. No problem since there are plenty of excellent options out there. She Wants To Write Too She wrote an introduction about what criteria were most important and why she picked the Honda CB500X in …

Royal Enfield launched a new motorcycle in 2016 that many riders got excited about. Earlier, bikers used to get their sports bikes modified in order to drive through the challenging, yet thrilling, routes of the Himalayas. Thanks to Royal Enfield, there is now an ever-ready bike that can take these challenges head-on. Royal Enfield took …

I’ve been eagerly waiting for an opportunity to test ride the brand new 2018 Ninja 400. Finally last week I did just that at a Demo Day put on by the local dealership in Calgary: BlackFoot Motosports! The new 400 Ninja is lightweight, equipped with an all new trellis frame and has noticeably more horsepower …

Economics: A Harsh Teacher Several times in history people and companies have taken big risks and won equally big. It’s the fuel for ambitious innovation and business venture as well it should be. Conversely, there are plenty of huge failures for the simple reason that no one, no matter how smart or successful really can …

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 …

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 …

A friend of mine happened to glance at my computer screen while I was researching the Honda NC700X today. He spotted its picture on the laptop screen and after a moment of admiring it exclaimed: “That’s a pretty sharp looking bike! I like the “beak” on it. Yeah it’s nice! Is that a good one?” …

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 …

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 …

If you’re looking to roam highways and byways in laid back, cool comfort while also keeping the price of ownership on the level, here is a list of can’t miss bikes and tips just for you. Low Rider Is Best Pick a bike that allows you to reach the ground flat footed. With cruisers this …

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 …

The media hub at AIMExpo 2018 – America’s largest and most significant motorcycle show – is electric. Media, vendors, and major brands from all over North America – and the world – have come in droves to showcase what’s new for 2018. Among them, perfect for new riders (and BestBeginnerMotorcycles.com), is the 2018 Kawasaki Z125 …

What’s Old is New Again In 1959 the Bonneville T120 was brand new on the motorcycle scene. The 650cc engine producing 46 hp was considered a monster at the time and the bike was one of the fastest in production. The T120 monicker implied a top speed of 120 mph, but when actually tested by …

Many of my fondest, most happiest moments have occurred while aboard a two wheeled steed, moving at speed down a smooth sheet of blacktop asphalt.  Warm air flowing past my face as the rising growl, “braaap”, or buzz of the engine drowns out all usual woes and cares.  The dotted, yellow center lines appearing to …

When it comes to choosing a first motorcycle many different options are available for consideration in matching up to your individual needs and wants.  It centers around personal preference so much, that really no one can tell you one particular choice is best for you, but good insight can be gained by listening to what …

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 …

Let’s face it, taking your beloved motorbike to a garage and asking a bunch of strangers to fix or service it is never desirable. Unless you’re confident in the garage’s abilities and know they have a track record of awesome care and service, you’ll always be taking something of a gamble. This is particularly frustrating …

Words by Jim Pruner, photos by Nathan Guinn Suzuki DRZ-400SM Review A bulletproof, fun, and approachable bike, the DRZ-400SM is the epitome of the “Jack of all trades”, where it does all things well but no things exceptionally well. Should that deter you? Absolutely not. The DRZ is an example of a timeless and well-considered …