If youve never given any thought to riding a sportbike, then this just might be the motorcycle to change that. Kawasaki recently introduced the Ninja 650R, the companys latest two-wheeled fun-seeker. With a seat height of just 30 inches (thats low in the sportbike category), and a dry weight of 392 pounds (thats very light in any category), the Ninja 650R is sure to appeal to a variety of riders from beginner to expert.
I was in Barstow, California, the last fuel stop on a long, hot ride to Las Vegas. It was 9:00 at night. I just spent the last seven hours riding the 2005 BMW R 1200 GS across a very hot and crowded desert highway. When I finally got to the hotel and poured myself off the GS, I sat down and thought about what I enjoyed about this bike.
Its one of the biggest touring motorcycles on the market, but dont let the large size fool you into thinking you cant handle it. Teri Conrad put the massive machine through its paces on a twisty mountain road and discovered how comfortable and user-friendly the bike really is. Oh… and you cant miss what she thinks of those large, lockable hard saddlebags. She found they can fit some interesting cargo.