Yamaha’s new YZF-R7 offers riders who are drawn to supersport motorcycles a stylish, stripped-down, midsized sporty package with everything you need for everyday comfort, control, and performance for just $8,999.
The bargain-priced 687cc Yamaha FZ-07 shares its FZ-09 sibling’s styling and cross-plane engine platform, but in a smaller, more user-friendly package. New riders and commuters can both appreciate the FZ-07’s light weight and easy maneuverability. But with plenty of torque and power for weekend warriors, the FZ-07 is, simply put, two-wheeled fun at its best.
Sensible riders cut their motorcycle teeth on an easy-to-ride, small-displacement bike, but as skill and confidence grow, so does the hunger for a bigger motorcycle. Many of these little trainer motorcycles that are so accommodating at parking lot speeds lose their composure on the highway, if they can reach highway speeds at all.
With a super-low 26.4-inch seat height and a weight nearly 100 pounds lighter than the Raider, Star Motorcycles predicts that its new Stryker will appeal particularly to female riders. To find out if thats the case, writer Tricia Szulewski flew out to Austin, Texas, for the official press introduction of the new Star Stryker. In her article, she shares her comprehensive review and an account of her test ride in the open Texas countryside.
Bike No. 1 is a 2007 Yamaha V Star 250. This was my first bike. I bought it brand new expecting to ride it for several years. This is a great starter bike. It is lightweight and easy to handle. I did not feel intimidated learning on this bike. The ride was so smooth and easy (though I didnt realize this at the time), and I didnt know that a lot of the bumps on the road were even there.
I dont know about you, but Im getting mighty tired of hearing the doom and gloom in regards to the state of our economy. The news is littered with dour predictions and sour phrases such as “economic uncertainty.” Personally, Id rather focus on the good things coming out of this new era of fiscal responsibility. Rather than panic about the bottom line of my 401k statement, I check out how many shares Ive got, and am committed to hunkering down for the long-haul.