If you’re considering investing in a motorcycle to get around but are unsure what to get, may we suggest the Honda CB600F. The sleek naked design offers great performance while accenting it’s aggressive style. Weighing in at a light 414Lbs combined with a 25.5° rake this bike has good handling and maneuvering through traffic is a breeze which can be useful during rush hour. Motorcycle geometry is something that consumers often overlook but can greatly impact the riding experience. Fortunately the CB500F offers an upright riding position which is a more natural sitting position with your weight resting on your seat and not on your arms as is the case with most sport bikes. The upright sitting position makes this bike a perfect commuter and your back will thank you for it. Mated with a 500cc engine this is not a bike that will quickly be outgrown as it produces 46.1 horsepower at competent 8500 rpm. One of the great joys of riding a motorcycle is the rolling on that throttle and feeling the rush of wind, The CB500F will not disappoint as it can easily reach 60 mph in 5 seconds. Another beauty of this 500cc engine is how efficient it is, and is not uncommon to achieve upwards of 65 mpgs. Ultimately it the Honda CB500F is a great motorcycle all around and would be highly recommended for anyone especially for those living in urban areas. For more info regarding this motorcycle click here
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Spotlight: The World’s largest manufacturer of Motorcycles

Exploring a short history about Honda

success-story-of-soichiro-honda1946 marks the first year production of Honda motorcycles by Soichiro Honda. (picture provided by findlayhondaflahstaff.com) WWII had just ended previously in 1945 and a war-devastated Japan needed an answer to the high demand for cheap transportation. Soichiro spent the next three years designing and developing his engine for his bicycles. In 1949, Japan got it’s answer with the first Honda motorcycle called the Model D for Dream. As a kid, Soichiro was infused with mechanical skills he attained from working on mechanical devices given to him by his father. Gihei Honda was the town’s local blacksmith and Soichiro refined his mechanical skills over the years as he helped his dad, Gihei, fix and sell bicycles and motors. He became so proficient by the age of 17 that he was picked as the mechanic for Shinichi Sakibahara, a famous race car driver in Japan at that time. Soichiro eventually opened his repair shop four years after working for Shinichi, where he continued mastering his engineering and mechanical skills. In 1958, Soichiro disrupted the motorcycle market in the U.S by selling the first Honda, a C100 Super Club. What’s the bike’s claim to fame? It is widely recognized as the largest-selling motorcycle of all time with more than 60 million units to date and counting. The bike will happily give the rider an astounding 90 mpg along with a cheaper price tag than most current small motor bikes. Picture provided by Motorcyclenews.com.
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Since then, Honda has continued to build its reputation as being most “reliable” with its continued success over the years from their Honda CB 77 to the super hawk models and into the modern age of sportsbikes with the 87′ CBR600F and the street legal 92′ NR 750. In 2007, Honda also became the first manufacturer to feature air bag crash protection on a motorcycle. In addition to Honda’s motorcycle superb reliability, they have continued to manufacture motorcycles with consumer safety as it’s top priority. Apart from being the largest motorcycle manufacturer, they are the largest engine builder and 6th largest automobile producer in the world. Check out our Honda Inventory for more details on any of Honda’s most dependable sportsbikes.
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As a manufacturer, Triumph, most recently claimed the unofficial title of producing the most balanced 3 cylinder sports bike on the market. Competition is nipping at their heels with the closest competitor being the Yamaha FZ-09. Nevertheless, triumph seems to edge itself over the finish line for the naked bike segment. Here’s why with the 2014 Triumph Street Triple R ABS. The bike features light steering, superior handling and eye-popping brakes as compared to it’s previous models. Many popular motorcycle review websites have listed this bike as one of their top choices for best value all around! The street triple is packed with a punch of power, yet, light enough and compact. For the strength and simple assembly, the triumph’s new tubular frame (aluminium) is only made from a handful of component parts as opposed to 11 previously.  It has a rock solid chassis and steers heavier than the FZ-09. The Street triple has a fitted gear-driven balance shaft so long rides at high speeds aren’t interrupted by vibration. The bikes most obvious change is the placement of the exhaust pipe which runs beneath the engine, giving the tail a clean and modern look. This particular year model motorcycle is more responsive than ever thanks to the weight distribution towards the front end making the bike more centralized. The Abs system is automatically activated once the ignition switch is turned on. For the wrong kind of attention, there is a technology security system installed that detects a microchip in the key body. If the microchip is not present, the ignition system will be disabled. This also prevents copies of the real key being used to turn the bike on. For more information about this bike, check out the link provided for the 2014 Triumph Street Triple R ABS that we have in inventory:

Year: 2014
Model: Triumph Street Triple R
Motorcycle Class: Standard and Naked Motorcycles
Engine: 675cc liquid-cooled inline four cylinder
Fuel System: Fuel Injected
Transmission: 6-speed
Suspension: Kayaba 41mm telescopic forks with fully adjustable preload, rebound and compression up front, and Kayaba rear monoshock with fully adjustable preload, rebound and compression
Brakes: Dual 308mm discs in front with four-piston calipers, single 220mm disc in back with two-piston caliper
Wet Weight (Including all fluids): 416 pounds

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Tips for riding safely on the freeway

From beginner riders to advanced

The freeway can be an intimidating place for most beginner riders. Here at AK Motors, we highly value our customer’s safety; so we’ve put together a list of tips for safe riding on the freeway! On-ramps are highly dangerous where traffic is merging onto or off the highway. They often consist of sharp turns, forcing motorcyclists to lean hard to turn their motorcycle. Even more so, riders should be aware of the increased dangers on-ramps pose when they are wet or slippery. Successfully negotiating the curve of the on-ramp comes as the first challenge to any rider. As a rider, you must always monitor the traffic around you at all times. As you approach the freeway from the on-ramp, you must identify a safe spot that you can merge into and signal to accelerate (at a safe and controllable speed) into that spot safely, essentially merging with the freeway traffic. If you are already on the freeway and passing an on-ramp where traffic is getting onto the highway, move away to the far left lanes as possible. Most drivers will not see you (motorcycle) and mistake the space you occupy as free to merge into. One important thing to remember, riding on the far right lanes where you are passing on-ramps poses higher risks as many drivers make the last minute cross over lanes to exit. Below is an illustration showing a vehicle crossing a lane to exit at the last minute and what dangers are present for those riding in the far right lanes.
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Other tips include being aware of your lane positioning. Avoid riding in vehicles blind spots or right beside vehicles. Pressingly important, is your distance from other vehicles on the freeway. Always keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles, especially SUVs, trucks and semi trucks. The rule of thumb is the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. Changing lanes requires extreme caution on the freeway. Before changing lanes, you need to ensure that there is enough space between you and the vehicles around you. Ensure that space you want to merge is clear and that no additional vehicles are trying to merge into the same space. Miscalculating the speed of the traffic, especially the speed of the vehicles behind you, can cause serious or fatal accidents. Showing your intention of merging into another lane on the freeway is recommended as the turn signals on motorcycles are small and hard to see. Holding your hand out to indicate left/right merging intentions helps other drivers see your position. Again, always monitor the traffic around you at all times! If you want more information, please check out the DMV website for motorcycle safety on the freeway. We, AK Motors, also recommend reading our other blogs on lane splitting safely and riding your motorcycle in the rain. Check out our inventory for some of the hottest used bikes around town!

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Spotlight: Yamaha YZF R1

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Yamaha launched the YZF-R1 in 98′ to create a small engine by doing a “stacked gearbox” design which was considered revolutionary at the time.  The R1 hardly needs an introduction, its dual front ram air intakes and under-tail dual exhaust are enough to make anyone aware that this machine means business. The YZF-R1 has a 7-level traction control system (MotoGP) that has been developed, so it’s rider may not feel the harsh/unnatural intervention from the system. Additionally, traction control reduces tire wear owing to less wheel spin. The bike is powered by a 998cc in-line four cylinder engine and has all the technological advances developed for the previous model. This beautiful piece of machinery features a Yamaha Chip Control Intake; this intake system widens the spread of power, and the fuel injection system provides maximum smooth throttle response. The bike has excellent cornering capability and crisp handling due in partly to the aluminum frame that offers exceptional rigidity balance. The sound that they YZF-r1 makes is dissimilar to any inline-four cylinder supersport. Sulthoni from Topspeed.com writes “Crossplane crankshaft technology proven in victory after victory on MotoGP® machines provides a high-tech uneven firing interval. Unlike typical inline-four engine design, where the two outer and two inner pistons move together in pairs with 180°intervals, the crossplane crankshaft has each connecting rod 90° with a unique firing order of 270° –180° – 90° – 180°. This overcomes the inherent fluctuations in inertial torque during each engine revolution, and the accompanying peaky torque characteristics. Instead, combustion torque continues to build, giving the rider more linear throttle response with awesome power and traction out of the corners. Seven-level Traction Control System allows the rider to get more traction and drive while exiting corners.” Furthermore, the engine elects a coupling-type balancer, which effectively spins in the opposite direction as opposed to the crankshafts; this maximizes power output as well as rider comfort. The first feature of the crossplane appeared in the 2009 YZF-R1 model, and it was claimed that the rider would experience two engines in one. Yamaha’s incorporation of the cross-plane crank design offers more low-end pull than traditional layouts and you can ride more confidently in tricky conditions with Yamaha’s simplistic, but effective traction control system. Below, we have a beautiful 2013 YZF-R1 for sale. Please click on the link for more information.2013-r1-01

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Kawasaki has been a steadfast builder for smaller motorcycles that are aimed at beginner riders. Many motorcycle outlets, online, have been praising the Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS model as one of the best beginner motorcycles out there. The GP inspired clutch allows the rider to pull the shift lever with minimum pressure. About two fingers is all you need to shift gears. Beginner riders and first time manual riders will find the clutch on the Ninja 300 Abs easier with the assist and slipper clutch. The Ninja 300 Abs boosts some of the features from the larger ninja models such as the assist and slipper functions with the digital fuel injection system. The bike is also built to mirror the 600cc style without the heavier super sport engine. Most people wont be able to tell the difference since both bodies are similar in style and look. Actually, at first glance, the bike can be mistaken for a middleweight bike. The best thing about it? The price. The MSRP for the a new 15′ model with ABS is $5,299. At Ak Motors, we currently have a 2014 Ninja 300 ABS for $4,500. Click on the link for more information on the bike. Here are some specs about the bike:

Year: 2014
Model: Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS
Motorcycle Class: Sport bikes
Engine: 296cc liquid-cooled parallel twin
Fuel System: Direct Fuel Injection – 32mm throttle bodies
Transmission: 6-speed
Suspension: 37mm telescopic forks in front, rear Uni-Trak with adjustable preload
Brakes: 290mm disc in front with two-piston hydraulic caliper, 220mm disc in rear with two-piston hydraulic caliper with ABS
Dry Weight: 383.6 pounds

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Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

Must Ride: Route One, Big Sur Coast Highway

Exploring the must ride highways of California

Beginning in Morro Bay (San Luis Obispo County), the route one stretch runs along the California coast line for about an estimated 126 miles up to Monterrey Bay. This stretch of asphalt heaven has been named by the Department of Transportation as part of the national list of “All American Roads.” This list only has 19 highways and Route One is the only HWY representing California. Thus, is it a must see and ride hwy for anyone looking for a scenic route and a little adventure. The coastal view is breathtaking with inland scenery featuring waterfalls, rolling hills, flowered meadows, rock outcroppings, redwood forests, coastal mountains and lush valleys. Much of the media over time has honored this classic American route in many books, articles, magazines, websites and movies. There are a number of lighthouses along the hwy with a generous amount of animal life including sharks, pelicans, bat rays, sea lions, etc. There are also a total of 7 state parks and range of historical interests along the hwy. Now, the only question is, what are you waiting for?

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Big Sur Coastline: Photo  Steve Hixson

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Spotlight: Honda

Exploring the Giant Japanese automobile and motorcycle manufacturer

Does it surprised anyone that Honda continues to build the best fuel efficient motorcycles and cars around? Their bikes and cars have been placed among the top best fuel efficient lists in the USA since their entry into these markets. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and are ranked 8th largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Here is a list of Honda’s scooters/motorcycles with their impressive mpg:

1. Metropolitan – 117 MPG
2. Ruckus – 114 MPG
3. PCX150 – 102 MPG
4. CB500F – 84 MPG
5. CB300F – 60 MPG

At AK MOTORS, we currently have the 2013 PCX 150, but the 2015 CB300F was just sold. Click on the highlighted links to check them out! With the continuous increase in gas prices from time to time, it’s no wonder Honda strongly holds their position as the World’s Best selling motorcycle company in the world. Back in 2008, gas prices were just at $1.84 (Average). Now days, we would be lucky enough if the gas prices even came close to $2.30. The national average for 2015 was $2.64, which is a total of $97 Billion in reduction from the previous year. Having fuel efficient transportation is highly important for consumers now more than ever. With that in mind, Honda has been improving their fuel efficient technology and applying it to every motorcycle/car they build. This is partly the cause for the rise in their automobile and motorcycle units sold. For 2015, they were able to make a profit of $410 million dollars through their motorcycle segment. That’s because their motorcycles/scooters have continued to be dubbed most reliable and most fuel efficient year after year. The Japanese company has managed forge and maintain their position among fellow Japanese competitors Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki. Among the Japanese Big Four, Honda’s reputation as a reliable company/brand puts them ahead of the other three. You will find the internet echoing Honda’s reliable reputation through many outlets.

Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

The “new” beginner standard, is what everyone is calling the 2015 Naked CB300F. From the smoothness of the engine braking, clutch action and suspension to the significant reduction in vibration due to the counterbalanced crankshaft; this bike is the ultimate necessity for beginner motorcycle riders. The CB300F shines as a commuter with a 17% increase in power than the CBR250R.  New riders will benefit from the upright position as it allows for a more relaxed state as opposed to a sport bike stance where it can make any new rider nervous as they cower forward over the gas tank. It has been dubbed the “perfect learning tool” by various online review articles. Combined with it’s impressive 60 mpg fuel consumption, the bike appeals, heavily,  as a perfect daily commuter. With it’s reduction in weight and price, I can’t see any other competitive beginner bikes being matched up as an equal to the Honda CB300F. Here are some specs:

Year: 2015
Model: Honda CB300F
Motorcycle Class: Sport Bikes
Engine: 249cc single-cylinder four stroke
Fuel System: Programmed Fuel Injection
Transmission: 6-speed
Suspension: 37mm telescopic front forks, Pro-Link monoshock rear suspension
Brakes: 296mm disc in front with two-piston caliper, 220mm disc in rear with one-piston caliper
Weight (Including oil, gas, and all fluids): 348 pounds

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Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

First introduced in 98’/99′, the Yamaha R6 took the middleweight world by storm with its high-horsepower engine and aggressive handling. The Japanese inline-four was an instant hit, and 1999 was the year the R6 took the World Supersport crown. One of the first updates came in the year 2001 with a newer fork and fully-adjustable shock. Of course, there were some other minor changes and small updates. The major re-vamp of the R6 followed in 2003 with all new styling highlighted looks and internally receiving fuel injection to have a slightly longer stroke for a full 600cc. With the chassis, the update came an inverted fork, more aggressive steering geometry, and piggyback rear shock. 2006 saw another revision with the new (previous) 599cc engine for higher rpms. Today’s R Series are built with the highest power, lowest weight and unrivaled agility. Everything about the R6 is built towards ultimate cornering for the rider and the machine to work as a single unit in operation. Light on it’s tires but a killer ride for sure. Also, check out our 2013 Yamaha R6 we have for sale!

Here are some specs about the bike:
Year: 2013
Model: Yamaha R6
Motorcycle Class: Sport Bikes
Engine: 599cc liquid-cooled inline-four cylinder four stroke
Fuel System: Fuel Injected with 38mm throttle bodies
Transmission: 6-Speed
Suspension: 41mm fully adjustable upside down front forks, single rear fully adjustable suspension
Brakes: Dual 320mm front discs, 220mm rear disc
Dry Weight: 357 pounds

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Here at AK Motors we are proud to offer one of the best used motorcycle selections you’ll find in the Bay Area. If you’re in the market for a used bike, check out our online inventory or contact us for an appointment. To see our current inventory and explore more details, check out our Inventory page! We are located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA with easy access from all over the Bay Area. We offer financing for all credit levels! Apply online here, and contact us with any further questions.

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