Because motorcycle riders, especially beginners, are so prone to accidents, there have been a growing number of MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) courses that aim at increasing rider safety by reducing risk. Though it’s usually aimed at new riders to give them the basic skills to ride on public roads, there are many other reasons even for experienced riders to take a local MSF course that can save some cash and even your life.

A famous study of motorcycle accidents called the Hurt Report, which looked at over 900 accidents in the Los Angeles urban area, found that learning to ride through a hands-on course, such as a local MSF course, cuts the chances of a rider being in an accident to one third when compared to those taught by family or friends. That means that riders who were taught by their peers were three times as likely to be in an accident. Avoiding accidents is [...]

With all of the obvious risks involved with motorcycles, it’s easy to ask, “Why would anyone want to ride one?” Motorcycles don’t appeal to everyone (especially not to mothers), but ask any long time rider and they’ll tell you that the experience is unbeatable. As enticing as that sounds, it doesn’t appeal to any logical argument on why someone should start riding. So for everyone who is thinking about getting a motorcycle license, here are some reasons why you should go for it.

1) Price
Motorcycles, as a road legal form of motor transportation, are much cheaper than other commuting options. A great used bike for first-time riders can go for much less than five thousand dollars. Compare that to a car, where finding anything under fifteen thousand dollars is difficult and will probably only get you something on the lower end.

2) Reliability
Japanese sport bikes are known for their reliability [...]

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2011 marks a complete overhaul of the Suzuki GSXR.  This new package has dropped nearly twenty pounds compared to the previous year.  Suzuki has designed a new aluminum twin-spar frame with enhanced flex design that provides solid rider feedback without being overly harsh in everyday riding conditions.  The GSXR 600 now features Showa big piston forks with increased adjustment range for changing road surfaces.  The new big piston forks combined with upgraded Brembo Monobloc calipers result in significantly improved stopping performance and increased stability under braking.  The 2011 edition features a new engine design that significantly boosts midrange torque.  Suzuki’s engine management system has been tweaked to feature two-way power modes, A and B.  Mode A allows for full power delivery, with no throttle restriction.  Mode B reduces power delivery, making it ideal for slick road conditions, or new riders looking to adjust to a new bike.

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The Yamaha R6 continues to be one of the most popular choices in the 600cc class for good reason. It’s ascetics remain one of the sleekest sportbike designs to date, and underneath Yamaha continues to fine tune every aspect of the R6 from the chassis up. As one of the most technically advanced sport bike on the market, the R6 is an icon of cutting edge design from the track to the street. The Deltabox chassis features a stiffer front end along with stronger swingarm bracing in the back to enhance response under braking. Yamaha introduced YCCT/YCCI chip controlled throttle and variable intake to the market with the R6 in 2006, and has continued to refine these systems into the industry standard for racing level performance. The electronically controlled valves result in extremely precise response at high rpm, capable of responding to speed variation at 1000th of a second. Handling on the R6 has been [...]

Suzuki’s GSXR 1000 is a continued lineage of peak performance and reliability.  Track focused sport-bikes like the GSXR 1000 are in a continual evolution from handling tweaks to engine overhauls.  The 2012 edition features Showa big piston front suspension that have been reduced in length as well as reduced spring tension due to overall weight reduction.  The GSXR’s suspension is fully adjustable which allows you to make it as hard or forgiving as you like, going from track ready conditions to total comfort settings in just minutes.  The versatility of the 2012 GSXR isn’t only limited to suspension changes, Suzuki has integrated a multi-engine mapping power selector which enables you to select the amount of power output you want to receive from the engine.  Suzuki calls this their S-DMS engine management system, but it really boils down to input modes A,B, or C.  In mode A, the engine will operate at maximum performance, placing no [...]

The ZX10R is a showcase of what Kawasaki can do. With a 998cc engine at the top of its class, and handling characteristics that rival many 600 class bikes, the ZX10R is a true rider’s machine. Despite being at the top of pack in terms of raw speed, Kawasaki has put a lot of work in to ensure the handling can compete with the best of them. The ZX10R’s wheelbase has been stretched, in conjunction with a more relaxed steering angle to provide stable and yet responsive turn in ability. Strong brakes and the wet slipper clutch further aid in the ZX10’s smooth handling whether on the track or the road.  This is a machine packed full of technology that the common eye might look right past. A prime example of this is the electronic engine aid dubbed “KIMS”, or Kawasaki Ignition Management System which they differentiate from traditional traction control systems. Rather than reducing [...]

It’s no surprise to anyone who has had the opportunity to ride Suzuki’s GSXR-600 that it is openly considered to be one of the best 600cc sport bikes around.  From the first ride, the stability of Suzuki’s chassis inspires confidence both on the street and at the track.  Suzuki’s success in the 600cc sport bike class is a direct result of the innovation they put into the GSXR line.  The aluminum twin-spar frame offers an extremely compact, lightweight design that performs as well as it looks.  The sleek aesthetic and aggressive design never fails to turn heads.  Suzuki’s GSXR continues to lead the pack with innovative, stylish designs with the performance to back it up.

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Style and comfort.  Two concepts locked in a never-ending twist of marketing hype and subjective context.  Maybe you’ve convinced yourself that you are pulling off those fur lined Crocs that you picked up for “wearing around the house” though instead you find yourself wearing more often than real shoes, but let’s be honest…no one is pulling those off.  I get it though, the need for comfort sometimes outweigh the appeal of being stylish.  When it comes to motorcycling, this is a very real design tradeoff that manufacturers must face.  Comfort often comes at the cost of handling, with more relaxed riding positions, softer suspension, and additional weight in the form of larger seats, bars, and functional storage.  Style on the other hand, often indicates a more aggressive riding position, smaller, lighter seating, and an overall harsher ride that is optimized for peak performance.  Somewhere in between these design worlds lies the Kawasaki Ninja 650R.

If you’re in the market for a sportbike in next to new condition without the factory price tag, you’ll enjoy checking out this week’s featured Moto-Spotlight.  Look through any ‘best bike’ publications around and you’re bound to find the name GSX-R.  The gixxer name is one of the most recognizable in the motorcycling world, and with good reason.  Suzuki’s flagship sportbike line has become an icon throughout the racing world and on the street because of it’s reputation for reliability and performance.  Suzuki is one of the rare manufacturers to offer a 750cc sport bike.  Despite being classified as a middleweight, the GSXR 750 weighs in at just 6 pounds heavier than it’s 600cc younger sibling.  Someone must have weighed that incorrectly, right?  It’s specs like these that put a smile on the face of everyone who has the chance to own one of these machines.  Squeezing 150cc and 24 additional HP into a frame that [...]

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