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 …

Too Many New Riders Overlook the GS500 & I Can’t Figure Out Why My first motorcycle was a ’99 Kawasaki Ninja 500R, a 500cc sportbike that came with around 45 horsepower, timeless good looks, and fuel-sipping fuel economy. It was an excellent first bike and one that I flicked from corner to corner with glee. …

Introduction While not necessarily a “new” helmet the Rea-5 graphic brings a fresh look to Arai’s Corsair-X helmet. The Corsair-X is the top shelf unit in Arai’s lineup and designed for racers and supersport motorcycle riders. Since the design comes from the track, this motorcycle helmet is most at home on riders that find themselves …

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 …

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 …

So… you finally did it. You saved up your money and decided to purchase a new motorcycle. Now it’s time to start thinking about protecting your investment from the elements and the hazards that you will face on the open road. This article will focus on what paint protection film is, its use for protecting …

Have I Gone Back In Time? You’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing a helmet that was released in 2013, six years too late. Fair question. The answer: because the new GT Air II has just been released and everyone will be scrambling to buy it instead of this original GT Air helmet. A smart shopper …

There’s just something special about riding a motorcycle with the wind on your face. When you need that kind of experience, you’d better pop a half helmet on your head and get out there. Half helmets are great for riders who don’t like to wear a helmet but know they need to in order to …

What do you do when you’re not a full-face, modular, or half helmet fan? You go for the good old three-quarter open face helmet. This type of motorcycle helmet provides good protection to your head while still allowing you to feel the breeze on your face as you ride. Many of the modern options come …

Dual sport riders are a unique bunch. The motorcycles themselves have to pull double duty. That means the riders have to know how to ride both on the street and on the dirt. The duality doesn’t end there. Dual sport riders need gear that’s suited for both environments, too. A dual sport helmet has to …

Start Here: Setup Hardware/Tools Needed All you need before getting started are a few wiring clips and mounts (I’ll get to that later), pliers, tools to loosen your gas tank (if you want a super clean install) and a microSD card (they call it a TF card in the instructions) with up to 256GB capacity. …

When it comes to a motorcycle helmet that offers the very best in features and protection, you’ll do no better than a full-face helmet. These helmets get their name from their construction. The helmet is a solid shape that provides protection to your head and face. While some people prefer the feel of an open-face …

Many people love full-face motorcycle helmets for the amount of safety they offer but aren’t thrilled with having their face covered all the time. Instead of going with an open-face helmet, there’s the option to choose a modular one for the best of both worlds. With a modular helmet design, the face shield and chin …

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, …

The RS-2 is Bell’s evolution of their wildly popular RS-1, and features numerous improvements compared to the outgoing model. It’s sleeker, better vented, and incorporates a new face shield and sun visor. It’s also claimed to be lighter, quieter, and easier to live with. On paper, the RS-2 is not so much an evolution of …

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 …

Best Touring and Adventure Boots Under $500 As a new rider, you might not be very focused on footwear but it can be a very critical piece of gear if you get into a wet environment or find yourself coming to a stop on loose gravel or dirt. You will also quickly learn that different …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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? …

Hands On Review – Nolan N104 Helmet Nolan, an Italian helmet manufacturing company is better known for its extraordinary helmet shapes and designs. The trend seems to continue with Nolan N104, which is a modular, full-face motorcycle helmet with a boatload of promising features. The shape and the design of the helmet are the first …

Hands On Review – Bell Solid Rogue Helmet Bike riding is all about chills and thrills. To make bike riding an exciting and an unforgettable experience, it is important for bike riders to wear a branded helmet.As there are many brands available in the market, it is hard to make the right selection. Bike riders …

Hands On Review – Bilt Techno 2.0 Bluetooth Helmet Build for Stylish And Responsible Motorcyclists! BILT is known for manufacturing affordable and comfortable helmets. In the recent years, BILT has added successfully launched Bluetooth helmets, which can easily work on the outdated cell phones. The only thing that the phones need to have is a …

Hands On Review – Shoei Metallic Neotec Motorcycle Helmet When it comes to road safety, you really do need to rely on only the best quality and most comfortable helmet. Motorcycle accidents are the road accidents that have the most fatalities and you can easily obtain a disastrous injury that can affect the quality of …

Hands On Review – HJC IS-33 Motorcycle Helmet There can be no compromises when it comes to safety. If you want to be safe on the roads when you use a motorcycle or scooter then you need the best safety gear to ensure you get the best chance at survival in case you fall. The HJC …

Arai Signet Q Full Face Helmet Review Arai is a renowned helmet brand in the world. There is a plenty of stylish and dependable helmets available in the market, but today, we are going to discuss a new helmet that is stealing the show all across the globe. The name is Arai Signet Q Full …

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 …

Suzuki DR200SE Review The Suzuki DR200SE is a smaller displacement dual-sport that would make a great beginner motorcycle. It feels at home on the surface streets, or in the dirt with a robust engine with enough torque to get you over the hills or out of dangerous traffic! Suzuki DR200SE Has the Ideal Engine and …