Look at that longing look. That’s the power of the 2023 Yamaha V Star 250. (Yamaha/)
They say the best part about your first motorcycle is that you won’t own it forever. It’s a cliché, but they exist for a reason. Put real thought into your choice, but give yourself a pass on finding “the perfect bike.” Got a picture in your head about what bike you look really cool on? Forget that picture. Focus on value, safety, and accessibility. Worry about looking good later. For now, worry about getting a motorcycle you can handle. Also peruse the Best Affordable Used Motorcycles for New Riders 2022 and Best Budget-Friendly Beginner Motorcycles 2019 articles for more affordable streetbike options.
Related: Best Budget-Friendly Beginner Motorcycles
The do-it-all, friendly-as-can-be 2023 Honda CB500F. (Honda/)
In the interest of upholding Motorcyclist’s reputation for hard-hitting motorcycle journalism, none of last year’s bikes are included in this year’s list. The 2022 choices are great bikes, but let’s dig a bit deeper.
Sporty spice on two wheels: the 2023 Honda CBR500R. (Honda/)
This year’s criteria for inclusion included model longevity, usable power, and more dual sport and/or ADV options. The adventure category is inspiring folks to take the MSF course (Motorcycle Safety Foundation), which is highly recommended. It’s not an exact stat, but taking the MSF course results in 98 percent fewer injuries compared with learning in a parking lot from “Jeff.”
Here’s a brand-new list of affordable motorcycles for beginners. Obviously we missed a few contenders or are completely wrong, so feel free to tastefully disagree in the comments section.
Get mildly lost in adventure on the 2023 Honda CB500X. (Honda/)
Small Cruiser: Yamaha V Star 250
Made from 2008 to present, the V Star 250 features the smallest V-twin you can buy that powers a real motorcycle. An air-cooled 249cc 60-degree V-twin inspired by the classic Virago will hustle you anywhere you want to go, within reason. Fun fact: People who make fun of Viragos are secretly in love with them. And while most of the V-twin world is busy stocking up on apparel and merchandise extolling freedom and individuality, V Star owners are living the dream atop their 27-inch seats.
This 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 would look nice in your garage. Or pasture. Or dirt road leading to your ranch. (Kawasaki/)
Still not sold? Try this: Spend a season cutting your teeth on a V Star, flip it for what you paid, and use the money you saved on a bike you want (and are totally ready for). Remember, you only paid a couple of grand and don’t have bike payments. A new rider gets their first training wheels while you get experience and, eventually, the wheels you want. Karmic, eh?
Price Range: $1,750–$3,000 (good/great condition), $4,699 (2023 MSRP)
All-Around Value: Honda CB500 Family
Did you see this coming? This 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan in camouflage. (Royal Enfield/)
Everybody’s making parallel twins that serve across a wide variety of models. In that spirit, Motorcyclist is getting in on the act. The Honda
By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Best Budget-Friendly Motorcycles for Beginners 2023
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/best-budget-friendly-motorcycles-for-beginners/
Published Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:00:00 +0000
Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
The Ducati Monster is widely credited with saving the Italian marque in the 90s. Part of its success lies in its minimalist brawler aesthetic—and part of it lies in the fact that Ducati has always offered the Monster in myriad engine sizes at varying price points. If you couldn’t quite spring for an M900 back in 1994, the Ducati Monster 600 looked just as cool, cost less, and still made adequate power.
Decades on, the Monster is a very different beast and has even shed its trademark trellis frame. But the mid-90s Monster still has appeal—and it’s got tons of custom bike potential, as evidenced by this custom Ducati Monster 600 from Turkey’s Bunker Custom Cycles.
The 1998-model Monster 600 belongs to the Turkish actor Kadir Doğulu, who went through considerable effort to obtain it. The story goes that the bike was one of four imported to Turkey in the late 90s as show bikes for a major local 4×4 event. Kadir spotted it in the corner of a parking garage gathering dust and hassled the owner for ten years before he finally agreed to sell it.
By then, the Monster 600 was desperately in need of rescue. A decade of being parked had given the elements time to work, leaving the chassis, fuel tank, and a whole whack of alloy parts covered in rust. Kadir held onto the bike for a while, then called in the brothers at Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert and Can Uzer, to revive it.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Prizefighter: A custom Ducati Monster 600 built for a Turkish actor
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-ducati-monster-600
Published Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2023 18:57:09 +0000
Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Honda’s CB750 Hornet was officially unveiled in Europe last year, and has appeared in other markets globally—just not the US. (Honda Europe/)
It’s been 25 years since Honda’s massively popular 600cc Hornet wheelied onto European tarmac, so when word got out a couple of years ago that a new Hornet was in development the buzz (sorry) around the internet was palpable. The first and second-gen Hornets were almost universally beloved for their light weight, revvy characterful engine, and uh, down-to-earth price tags. Fun, practical, and cheap? It’s no wonder crowds of riders signed up to own one. And while the naked-bike segment has evolved tremendously in the ensuing years, a midsize model with those same characteristics along with the reliability and build quality Honda’s known for—at the right price—might still put up a good fight against its Trident 660 and MT-07 rivals.
The Hornet’s chassis is dominated by a new lightweight diamond steel frame and Showa suspension front and rear. (Honda Europe/)
Sure enough, Honda pulled the wraps off its long-anticipated CB750 Hornet at the 2022 Intermot show in Germany, and it had all the goods we could hope for: a rollicking 91 hp twin engine (not an inline-four like the old model), a robust menu of standard features, and a better-than-expected electronics package. The compact 755cc Unicam eight-valve parallel-twin engine was entirely new, as was the diamond steel frame, and the bike sported throttle-by-wire, ABS, four ride modes, traction and wheelie control, a six-speed transmission, and more.
Initial reports praised its fat midrange, agility, and unique sound (for a parallel twin). It weighed less than 420 pounds, and for a naked middleweight, the price was right; less than 8,000 euro (about $8,500 USD).
Related: 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview
The new Hornet shares its all-new compact 755cc parallel-twin engine with Honda’s just-released XL750 Transalp, though there are slight differences. (Honda Europe/)
You can bet plenty of US riders immediately thought, “Great, North America will get it next year.” And really, that didn’t seem like an outlandish idea. The bike had been teased since at least 2021, beginning with computer illustrations and then more fleshed-out reveals of a concept version; it had now become a familiar formula, with Honda then usually releasing a full production model in Europe, followed a year later with entry into the North American market. But here we are at the end of 2023 and many of the 2024 US models have already been announced, including the reborn 2024 Transalp model, which—it almost feels like a slap in the face—uses the same exact 755cc engine as the Hornet. A bike with the same drivetrain as the Hornet, that wasn’t expected in the US at all this year, and yet…
A 5.0-inch color TFT display allows access to rider modes, traction control, engine-braking, and anti-wheelie settings. (Honda Europe/)
As we said, the engine is all-new, with the parallel twin using Honda’s latest vortex airflow ducting to improve intake flow in the low-end and midrange. Peak power is 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm, with max torque of 55.3 lb.-ft. coming on at 7,250 rpm. The Hornet’s 755cc mill also uses a 270-degree crank for an uneven firing interval that injects more character to its delivery as well as its sound.
To be fair, the Transalp’s mill is ever so slightly different, with the airbox inlets being longer to give it more midrange, and its back
By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb750-hornet-coming-soon-rumors/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 22:17:08 +0000
Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
The Glemseck 101 is the European event for anyone who loves fast, impractical, and highly imaginative machines. Those who partake in it do so with cult-like levels of obsession—returning year after year in a bid to outdo each other and themselves.
Rolf Reick is a regular face at the Glemseck 101. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, the perpetually cheerful industrial designer heads up a design school in the nearby town of Mannheim. But he also has years of experience building custom bikes—like this wild Kawasaki H1 two-stroke—under the banner of Krautmotors.
Rolf has stockpiled a number of rad bits and pieces over the years. So he set himself a goal of building a drag bike for this year’s Glemseck 101 using only recycled parts from his personal stash, turning to external sources only when necessary. (It’s not the first time he’s used this approach.)
One of the parts that Ralf already had on hand was the triple-cylinder two-stroke engine from a Kawasaki H1 Mach III; the original ‘Widowmaker.’ But it was far from stock. It had previously been rebuilt by the Kawasaki specialist Ralf Gille, with a host of upgrades that included extensive head work, a new crankshaft, and a set of Mikuni carbs.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/kawasaki-h1-krautmotors
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 18:01:55 +0000
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