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You won’t find the 15-year-old, carbureted 250cc Yamaha V Star 250 here; we’re going with more modern options for our 2024 starter bike list.
You won’t find the 15-year-old, carbureted 250cc Yamaha V Star 250 here; we’re going with more modern options for our 2024 starter bike list. (Yamaha/)

First-timers on two wheels? New graduates of an MSF riding course? Returning riders needing to shake off some cobwebs? Small-displacement and beginner bikes often get a bad rap for their occasionally underwhelming power output and less than exciting feature sets, but for the kinds of riders we just listed, choosing qualities like user-friendly engines, low seat heights, and low weights has commonsense appeal. The bikes we’re ticking off here bring better-than-average performance and feature sets than you’ll normally find in the beginner bike class, and will appeal not just to recent MSF course alums, but also older riders seeking an easy riding machine. If you’re looking for more than your basic air-cooled 250 single, this is a good place to start.

Related: Best Beginner Motorcycles 2023

BMW’s G 310 GS cops some ADV riffs from its 1250 GS brother, but it’s more of a competent streetbike with some dirt potential, and it’s very good at that indeed.
BMW’s G 310 GS cops some ADV riffs from its 1250 GS brother, but it’s more of a competent streetbike with some dirt potential, and it’s very good at that indeed. (Jeff Allen/)

2024 BMW G 310 GS | $5,695

BMW’s G 310 GS utilizes the same 313cc DOHC liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine found in the G 310 R, but gives this ADV-ish variant more suspension travel (7.1 inches of suspension travel versus 5.2 inches), 19-inch front wheel, longer wheelbase, and a more relaxed steering head angle. It’s still an extremely approachable and user-friendly machine, with a seat height that starts at 32.8 inches, but can be lowered to 32.3 inches with the accessory low seat. Ride-by-wire, ABS, and LED lighting round out the standard feature list, but if you’re looking to spice up your ride with some dirt road stints, be sure to swap in some more aggressive tires and remember the wee GS isn’t a hardcore adventure bike. Think of it instead as an urban-leaning dual sport with moderate off-road abilities, that’s probably happier on pavement.

Related: 2021 BMW G 310 GS First Look Preview

Thoroughly modern styling with standard-bike ergos, the light, comfortable, and well-balanced Honda CB300R is a solid choice for new and old street riders alike.
Thoroughly modern styling with standard-bike ergos, the light, comfortable, and well-balanced Honda CB300R is a solid choice for new and old street riders alike. (Honda/)

2024 Honda CB300R | $5,149

OK, so an inverted 41mm fork, lightweight steel chassis, upright naked bike ergos, and radial-mount four-piston caliper with standard ABS already make Honda’s 2024 CB300R a more-than-solid solid entry in the class, but ya gotta admit, it looks pretty sharp too. (Read or watch our official review during the 2019 Honda CB300R MC Commute Review). While the docile 286cc liquid-cooled single engine and smooth throttle won’t intimidate new riders, there’s still a good amount of torque on tap, and the CB300R’s got a wonderfully smooth gearbox and clutch to egg on more experienced pilots. What’s more, seat height is an easy 31.6 inches off the deck and the bike weighs in at a breezy 316 pounds wet (claimed) which when paired with the nicely balanced chassis makes for a seriously nimble (and seriously fun) ride. Impressive build quality and a starting price just north of $5K doesn’t hurt either.

Related: 2024 Honda CB300R First Look Preview

You’ll find Honda’s Rebel 500 on these lists almost every year, thanks to a smooth, torquey parallel-twin engine, a robust set of features, and great styling.
You’ll find Honda’s Rebel 500 on these lists almost every year, thanks to a smooth, torquey parallel-twin engine, a robust set of features, and great styling. (Honda/)

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Best Starter Motorcycles for 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/best-starter-motorcycles/
Published Date: Mon, 06 May 2024 22:24:06 +0000

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

Rev up your engine and get ready for the ultimate road trip! These quintessential routes each have their own unique charm ‒ offering rich history, breathtaking vistas or heart-pounding excitement with thrilling twists and turns. Buckle up for what is certain to be an epic journey.

PACIFIC REGION

Top of the World Highway – Alaska
If you find yourself in Alaska with your collector car, steer towards the charming town of Jack Wade, close to the Canadian border. There, you’ll find the start of an impressive drive on the Top of the World Highway along Alaska 5. Don’t forget your passport, as this road leads you east into Canada, where Alaska 5 transforms into the rugged Yukon 9. It winds through Canada’s breathtaking Yukon Territory and culminates at a ferry terminal in West Dawson, on the scenic banks of the Yukon River. Many say it’s one of the most stunning drives on the planet.

Hana Highway, Maui – Hawaii
One of Hawaii’s most iconic drives awaits you on the island of Maui. Often referred to as the Road to Hana, the winding Hana Highway gracefully hugs Maui’s northeast coast, where lush green cliffs are adorned with cascading waterfalls that tumble down to beaches with golden, black and red sands. During the 52-mile journey you’ll traverse narrow one-lane bridges and pass by fruit stands offering fresh local produce.

WESTERN REGION

Cascade Loop Scenic Byway – Washington
Spanning 400 miles through some of Washington state’s most breathtaking landscapes, the Cascade Loop promises stunning views and fantastic stops. Along this scenic route, you’ll encounter North Cascades National Park, Whidbey Island, the picturesque Stevens Pass, the serene Lake Chelan and the quaint towns of Winthrop and Methow Valley. This drive is packed with incredible vistas, hiking trails and cozy spots to stay, making it perfect for an unforgettable getaway.

Pikes Peak Highway – Colorado
For racing enthusiasts, the $15 toll to access Pikes Peak Highway is a small price to pay to experience one of the most iconic hill-climb racetracks in the world. This thrilling 19-mile road has been the stage for the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, for over a century. Experience the majestic Rockies in a way that few ever will as you scale to the breathtaking 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

While you’re in the area, we highly recommend taking the scenic route to the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, located just 50 miles from Denver on Interstate 70. Starting from Pikes Peak, head north on Route 67, and enjoy several picturesque highways before merging onto I-70. Here, you’ll encounter the world’s highest road tunnel, peaking at an impressive 11,158 feet in elevation. Opened to westbound traffic in 1973 and to eastbound traffic in 1979, this engineering marvel spans over 1.5 miles.

Pacific Coast Highway – California
The Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is one of the world’s most famous roads. If you’re planning to explore this legendary route, be sure to set aside plenty of time to travel the nearly 700 miles of California State Route 1, as it’s called in northern California. For uninterrupted views and easy pull-off stops to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and ocean vistas, we suggest experiencing this journey from north to south.

Mulholland Drive – California
Mulholland Drive begins in the Hollywood Hills and stretches 21 miles west to Woodland Hills. From “Ford v Ferrari” to “Fast and Furious,” this ultra-famous Southern California road has been featured in countless films and has hosted celebrities like Madonna, John Lennon, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and many more.  The 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” was inspired by this very route. As a top Hollywood tourist destination, Mulholland Drive is often bustling with tour buses, tourists and locals, representing the essence of Hollywood’s allure and excitement.

SOUTHWESTERN REGION  

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The Twisted Sisters – Texas
Northwest of San Antonio and nestled in the captivating Texas Hill Country are three enchanting roads locally dubbed “The Twisted Sisters”. Comprising Texas Farm to Market (FM) roads 335, 336 and 337, this trio offers a journey of winding curves and scenic vistas. Pass through towns such as Medina, Vanderpool, Prade Rach, Hackberry and Camp Wood before finishing the nearly 100-mile loop in Leakey, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps, © 2024 Google.

The Devil’s Highway – Arizona
About 200 miles east of Phoenix near the town of Clifton lies Route 191, now known as the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives
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Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 15:50:12 +0000

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5 Sensational Cycles from Bonhams’ Summer Sale

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1955 Vincent Black Knight

Every classic motorcycle tells a tale, whether it’s a hair-brained origin story or volumes from a lifetime of loving use. The best stories and biggest price tags don’t always go hand-in-hand, and we’ve combed the catalog of Bonhams’ upcoming Summer Motorcycle Sale to find the bikes with the most to say.

The online sale starts June 14th at 12:00 BST and runs through the 24th, and while there are scores of titillating bikes, projects and parts, these are the five lots we’ll be watching.

1980 BMW R65 Desert Racer
1980 BMW R65

Much of BMW’s illustrious desert racing history was built on the back of the GS, but that’s not to say it all started there, and racers had long been modifying boxers for off-road use before the dual-purpose GS debuted. A product of several skunkworks specialists, this 1980 BMW R65 has been heavily modified and campaigned in notable desert rallies throughout the 1980s.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: 5 Sensational Cycles from Bonhams’ Summer Sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-summer-sale
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:36:51 +0000

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THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block

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THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block
2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “MAYBELLENE” – $808,500

In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare famously wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the realm of custom vehicles, however, a name can mean everything.

A custom build’s moniker often tells a story or reveals something about the car’s history, characteristics or the journey its owner or builder has experienced. Names can embody specific themes, qualities or aspirations. For instance, a high-performance car might be given a powerful, aggressive name, while a classic or luxury vehicle might be bestowed with a name that conveys elegance and style.

Naming a car gifts it a unique identity, particularly for custom vehicles tailored to reflect the builder’s personal taste and style. A car with a unique name is more easily recognized and remembered, especially at car shows, events or among fellow car enthusiasts. It helps the car stand out and be easily identifiable.

Assigning a nickname to a custom car animates it with personality and significance, transforming it from a mere object into something meaningful and personal. Check out some of the most unique car names to cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block over the last few years.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “MAYBELLENE” – $808,500
Built by Kindig-It Design and set on an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis. Power comes from a Ryan Falconer-built 600ci V12 conservatively rated at 1,000hp and topped with twin Magnuson superchargers.

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1957 CONTINENTAL MARK II CUSTOM COUPE “CASHMERE” – $715,000
Complete ground-up build into a custom Resto-Mod by Havasu Speed. Has a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a Performance Automatic 4R70W 4-speed transmission. Complete independent front and rear suspension with air ride. Ron Mangus custom interior.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV “GOOSE” – $429,000
Recipient of full frame-off restoration. Powered by a Gen 3 crate 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission with a dual-range Atlas transfer case. Has a 2-inch body lift and 3.5-inch suspension lift.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1970 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV “MAVERICK” – $374,000
Recipient of a full frame-off restoration. Powered by a Gen 3 crate 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to 10-speed automatic transmission with a dual-range Atlas transfer case. With a 2-inch body lift and 3.5-inch suspension lift.

2021 LAS VEGAS AUCTION – 1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM COUPE “THE GRINCH” – $385,000
Custom-built by Ringbrothers and unveiled at SEMA. Powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine mated to a TREMEC 5-speed manual transmission. Has a custom interior and exterior, as well as a Pro-Touring suspension.

2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP “SINISTER 56″ – $330,000
Professionally built for SEMA 2018 by Premier Street Rod. Winner of Chevrolet Design Award “Truck of the Year” at SEMA. Twin-turbo LS 427ci Redline Performance-built engine making over 1,200rwhp mated to a Bowler TREMEC T56 6-speed manual transmission.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE CUSTOM COUPE “CHICAYNE” – $291,500
Multiple award-winner built in 2003 by Rad Rides by Troy; has been referred to as one of the most iconic street machines ever built. Powered by a streetable twin-turbo 406ci engine putting out over 1,000hp, mated to a 4L80E automatic transmission.

2021 SCOTTSDALE MARCH AUCTION – 1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD CUSTOM WAGON “BRANDY” – $275,000
Powered by a ZL1 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine producing 670hp with 650 ft/lbs of torque. Has a TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with GM Performance easy pedal clutch, Sikky close-ratio shifter and Wilwood big brakes.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 2021 RAM 1500 TRX CUSTOM 6X6 PICKUP “WARLORD” – $275,000
Customized and powered by a 750hp tuned Hellcat V8 engine. State-of-the-art electronics paired with the active suspension system featuring full-time 6-wheel drive.

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1965 FORD MUSTANG CUSTOM FASTBACK “VENOM” – $275,000
Resto-Mod with a 6-year, all-new custom rebuild. Powered by a 427ci Roush IR engine mated to TREMEC TKO 600 5-speed manual transmission. Finished in PPG Blurple paint over a Nappa leather-trimmed interior.

2022 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1972 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP “EL DIABLO” – $264,000
Powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine topped with a Whipple supercharger and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Custom-fabricated body, frame

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THE POWER OF A NAME: Exploring Unique and Memorable Custom Vehicles on the Auction Block
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/the-power-of-a-name-exploring-unique-and-memorable-custom-vehicles-on-the-auction-block/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:22:45 +0000

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