Yamaha V Star 250

In the eyes of the experts, this motorcycle isn’t much to look at. However, in the eyes of beginners, this just might be the perfect ride.

This low-bore cruiser gives its riders a great sense of control at a reasonable speed to help even the clumsiest rider get a hang of things.

The History of a Casual Cruiser

Yamaha has been pumping out high-quality motorcycles with displacements ranging from the low-bore 200-300cc to the 1,000+ window throughout the company’s entire history. Many of their motorcycles prior to 2008 fell into the category of cruisers, providing a vibrant foundation for the 250 V Star to build its foundation.

The first Yamaha V Star 250 hit the market in 2008 as the replacement for the Yamaha 250 Virago. While many were sad to see such a classic as the Virago fade into the annals of history, many of these same critics were blown away by the design of the V Star 250.

Filling the Virago’s Niche

The biggest challenge that Yamaha would encounter while bringing in the new V Star would be replacing the legendary Virago’s niche and fully captivating the same market while simultaneously expanding the brand.

That was accomplished by incorporating elements of the Virago into the V Star’s design. In fact, many of the individual specifications between these two motorcycles are identical, with the V Star somewhat resembling a merely overhauled and redesigned Virago.

One of a Kind

Despite lasting in production for just about eleven years, the Yamaha V Star has only been through one generation, a testament to its success in the motorcycle industry.

Yamaha V Star 250 (2008-present)

The specifications of the 2008 V Star resembled the Virago in a myriad of ways, but it was more than just a copy. It was a total redesign of the motorcycle that preceded it.

The V Star 250 included a four-stroke, V-twin cylinder, SOHC engine with two valves per cylinder as well as the obvious 249cc engine from which it draws the “250” in its name.

More “Baby” Bikes in the Works

On August 22, 2019, rumors began to circulate that Yamaha was working on another low-bore beginner motorcycle that would be inspired in part by the Yamaha V Star 250 but would potentially have an engine half the size.

Famous Films and TV Shows

The Yamaha V Star has had its fair share of Hollywood moments being shown on set in at least nine TV shows and movies in total.

Social Groups

As with any motorcycle that has become as popular as the V Star 250 and is still in production, finding bulky groups on social media, like this one with more than 1,000 likes, shouldn’t be much of a difficulty or concern.

Yamaha V Star 250 – The Perfect “Baby” Bike

Don’t let the phrase “baby bike” upset you. Whether you’re a beginner or you just enjoy the ease and fluidity of low-bore motorcycles, that’s perfectly acceptable. The Yamaha V Star 250 is still a great bike and it’s definitely one of the safest options for people learning to ride.

Honda CB300F and CB300R

These two sibling models in the long-standing Honda CB-series have been making waves since first hitting the market in 2017.

Both of them shine in their own particular ways, with the CB300R having just a little more power under its tires.

History of the CB-Series

Honda began production of the CB-series motorcycles all the way back in 1971, starting with the CB50. These motorcycles were relatively microscopic in comparison to larger-bore motorcycles such as those that Harley-Davidson was putting out at the time.

The CB-series quickly took off, growing in size, scope, and of course displacement, ever since. As of 2019, there are more than 400 versions of CB-motorcycles and almost 100 distinct models.

Modernized CB Design

Both the CB300F and the CB300R are relatively new to the scene, only joining the CB-series family in 2017, adding to the series’ repertoire of “naked” bikes. These naked bikes are essentially motorcycles that are stripped of any fairing or cosmetics that would cover the engine.

The use of naked bike design on the CB300F and CB300R serves not only to give the models an interesting, skeletal, cool look and feel to the silhouette but also to complement the liquid-cool systems in the engine as well as to facilitate a more natural and free air intake.

Too New for More Generations

Having only arrived in public markets a couple of years ago, it would be a little premature of Honda to be putting out new generations of these models so soon. To do so would imply fault in the designs, making it seem like something needed to be changed, as the originals were not marketed as LE models.

Honda CB300F and CB300R (2017-present)

Both of these models are considerably more affordable than those of competitors on the market today, particularly compared to models produced by manufacturers such as BMW Motorrad.

While the specifics vary from F to R, the general rule of thumb is that the Fs are for a more casual ride whereas the Rs are for a more rigid and stronger grip on speed.

No End in Sight for the CB-Series

Honda has shown no inclination of a desire to discontinue production of either the CB300F or the CB300R, despite adding more and more CB-series motorcycles every couple years. In fact, the 2019 CB300 lineup seems more polished and well-performing than ever.

Famous Media

With such a small engine, the CB300 line-up hasn’t found widespread success and distribution in the world of TV and film. One of the reasons behind this might simply be the fact that the CB300s lack the buzzwords that make for an intimidating motorcycle, such as “high-bore.”

Social Groups

Honda, Honda, Honda. Whether you’re looking for a car group or a motorcycle page, they’re simply everywhere. We’ve even had some considerable luck finding dedicated motorcycle pages, such as this one for the Honda CB300 with more than 200 likes.

Honda CB300F and CB300R – Underappreciated Cruisers

In the world of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters, low-bore engines from specific designers tend to barr those particular models from ever achieving widespread fame as great cruisers or motorcycles in the eyes of many purists out there today.

However, if you’re like us and you’ve got an eye for style, speed, and security while riding, you might just find yourself being drawn a little closer to the CB300s.

Kawasaki KLX250

Kawasaki is known for crafting high-quality motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters that can whip their riders down asphalt and tarmac tracks at breakneck speeds, but the company is also known for producing great dual-purpose motorcycles such as the KLX250.

Kawasaki in a Nutshell

The history of Kawasaki is a long one filled with awards and accolades. For more than 100 years, Kawasaki has been producing high quality motors for cars, airplanes, motorcycles, or anything else that needed an engine, though nowadays they tend to stick to motorcycles.

After having produced countless supersports and high-performance motorcycles, Kawasaki decided to expand a different sector of their market share: dual-purpose motorcycles. This was to be done with the addition of the KLX250 to Kawasaki’s dual-purpose repertoire in 2009.

Dual-Purpose Design

In order to enable the KLX250 to shine both on-road and off-road, the engineers at Kawasaki needed to design a motorcycle with a lightweight frame, at least decent horsepower, and lots of torque.

To do so, the team went the standard single-cylinder route for such bikes and fitted a tubular semi-double cradle frame with a four-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve engine for a total combined wet weight of only 304.3 pounds.

Two Generations

The Kawasaki KLX250 has undergone one major redesign in its history, culminating in a total of only two generations.

Kawasaki KLX250 (2006-2007)

The design of the first models of the KLX250 line-up set the trend for the future models. It incorporated a sealed chain drive into the frame as well as a high-quality Uni-Track suspension system with 16-way compression and rebound-damping adjustment capabilities.

Kawasaki KLX250 (2009-2014 / 2018-present)

In 2009, the KLX250 models were retrofitted with an all-digital instrument console, sturdier seats, and a frame that was less prone to vibrations and rattles at higher speeds.

These dual-purpose motorcycles are capable of producing enough torque to render even a couple inches of mud as fun to ride on as a solid, flat, and stable asphalt highway.

News

The majority of the news surrounding the Kawasaki KLX250 still pertains to the return of the model into production in 2018 after several years of fading into discontinuation.

Fortunately, with the announcement of the new 2020 model, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be a second discontinuation any time soon.

TV and Film Appearances

The Kawasaki brand is no stranger to the entertainment industry. Many Kawasaki models have been included in TV and film productions and the KLX250 is no exception. The KLX250 has appeared in about a dozen films and television shows.

These are also the motorcycles of choice or the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force military personnel.

Social Groups

If you’re looking to join a kawasaki motorcycle fan group dedicated to the KLX250 then look no further than the Facebook page titled Kawasaki KLX250, which has more than 2,000 members. Of course, there are other groups as well, if this one doesn’t satisfy your personal requirements.

Kawasaki KLX250 – An Off-Roading Masterpiece

The Kawasaki KLX250 is one of the top-of-the-line dual-purpose motorcycles and is produced by one of the top-of-the-line superbike producers in the world. Needless to say, this combination led to the creation of a real masterpiece.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

The super king of superbikes released another great motorcycle again in 2017 in the form of the Kawasaki Versys-X 300.

This motorcycle, while not quite fast enough to break the Ninja H2R’s current record for the world’s fastest production motorcycle nonetheless brings some serious force to the world of casual cruising.

New on the Scene

The Kawasaki Versys-X 250 and 300 rolled off the assembly lines and into showrooms across the world at roughly the same time in 2017. The 300 was intended to be a slightly more powerful version of the bike for a slightly more experienced version of Kawasaki riders.

The Versys-X series is what is known as a touring bike, meaning that it is more than just a cruiser: it’s a long-distance cruiser. This type of motorcycling purpose requires a specifically engineered chassis, frame, and well… pretty much everything else.

Designing a Touring Bike

In order to be able to handle long rides both on and off the asphalt, the Versys-X 300 needed to be equipped with a high-quality suspension and a lightweight frame.

Weighing in at 385.9 pounds wet and sporting a high-tensile steel backbone frame supported by 41mm telescopic forks in the front and Bottom-Link Uni-Track, gas-charged shocks with adjustable preload settings in the back, the Versys-X 300 has everything it needs to be a fantastic touring bike.

Too Soon for Changes

Two years in production isn’t nearly enough to justify a second generation. That means the Versys-X 300 models are currently one size fits all.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 (2017-present)

To maintain the distances and performance outputs necessary for comfortable long-distance rides that still leave owners with that sense of the wind roaring through their hair on a smooth, asphalt highway, a proper engine is needed.

The engineers at Kawasaki outfitted the lightweight frame with a relatively small four-stroke, parallel twin, DOHC, 8-valve engine occupying only 296 cubic centimeters of space.

There is So Much More to Come

If Kawasaki treats the Versys-X series with the same intensity and ingenuity of research and design as the Ninja-series models, then there is so much more that we can see in the future of this motorcycle. As of right now, however, the news is limited to product reviews and first-rides.

Too Soon for Film

Many films take a couple years to produce and TV shows can take just as long to get ready for shooting. While two years might be enough time for some films to enter distribution, it’s not enough for others.

That could explain why the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 has appeared in zero films and TV shows.

Social Groups

With any of the newer and less-developed–in terms of marketing and history–models on the market, you’re going to find some difficulty finding dedicated social media groups. However, the Versys-X 300 crushes that trend.

This group, in particular, has more than 4,000 members and was founded even before the first Versys-X hit the streets.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 – A Revolution in Touring

Whether you’re looking to tour on a superbike, motorcycle, or scooter, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 might be exactly what you’re looking for. It has a low-bore engine with a lightweight frame, great suspension, and everything else it needs for you to take on the greatest adventure of your life.

Yamaha XT250

This high-performance, dual-sport motorcycle was one of Yamaha’s most popular and most widely successful off-road-capable motorcycles, superbikes, or scooters ever produced.

If you’re not convinced, hop on and let us take you for a quick ride!

Off-Road History

The Yamaha Motor Company has been producing motorcycles that were designed for the street, designed for off-road riding, or designed for both forms of sporting for decades. 

In 1980, although the XT250 would dominate the market for a few years, many considered it just another one of these Yamaha motorcycles. For this reason, as well as Yamaha’s desire to move production faculties over to the newer XT350, the Yamaha XT250 was removed from production in 1990. 

Of course, every now and then when a classic is removed from production the producers wise up a few years later and bring it back, which is exactly what happened to the XT250 in 2008.

Decades of Off-Road Design

Countless years of innovations in research and design led Yamaha to produce the legendary XT250 in 1990 with plenty of horsepower, torque, and agility to make it a great choice for riding everywhere from your ordinary workday commute to a backwoods swamp or an overgrown farm.

The first model was designed with this versatility in mind and paved the way for the other generations that followed.

An Off-Road Trilogy

As with all great things in life, the XT250 came in a trilogy of designs. Over three generations, the designers and engineers at Yamaha turned what was already a mastercrafted classic into something truly extraordinary.

Yamaha XT250 (1980-1983)

The first model produced set the stage for what kind of engine would be included in future models. This engine took the form of a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC engine with two valves per cylinder, a displacement of 249cc and a decent 22 horsepower at 8,600 rpm in a 270lb (wet) frame.

Yamaha XT250 (1984-1990)

The second generation concluded the original series before it was revived in 2008. For these models, newer plastics were added to the designs and the fuel tank shrank. This generation is largely to blame for the failure of the line, because power was significantly reduced.

In compliance with new emissions standards, horsepower was lowered to 17 and the top speed dropped by six miles per hour.

Yamaha XT250 (2008-present)

The newer models have been almost completely redesigned. See for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.

Revived, Revved, and Ready to Go

Fortunately for fans of the Yamaha XT250, more models are on the horizon. In fact, the 2020 model, linked above, has just been announced for production.

Famous Media

Various Yamaha XT motorcycles have been seen on set in dozens of films and TV shows, including Knight Rider and Rambo.

Social Groups

The best place to socialize with other fans of the Yamaha XT250 on social media is the Yamaha XT250 Rider’s Page, which has just shy of 1,000 members.

Yamaha XT250 – One Amazing Dirt Bike

Although the XT250 has survived the death of its line and come back to ride with us once again, it still carries with it the ghost of what it once was. If you’re ever given the choice between a first generation XT250 and a third generation, we hope this article will help you to make the right choice.

Honda CRF250L Rally

The CRF250L Rally puts the “rally” in “rally racing.”

This highly affordable machine brings high-performance dirt bikes into a price range perfect for anybody who’s just starting out and is looking for a great bike that won’t break the bank.

Honda’s Dirt Bikes

If there’s one thing that Honda is known for, it’s the typically low prices of all of their production models from their cars to their scooters and everything in between. In general, if it’s a Honda, it’s cheap, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t quality material.

Honda hasn’t been well-known in the dirt bike scene for long. As you might have guessed, the official history of Honda dirt bikes began decades ago in the ‘50s and ‘60s but didn’t really take off until 2012 with the production of the CRF250L.

Breaking Away from Honda’s Street Bikes

The decision to start making off-road bikes was not taken well in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Honda was just making a name for itself in the street bike arena and that’s what people wanted more of. However, flash to 2012 and we see an entirely new revelation in Honda’s dirt bike designs.

The original CRF250L sported a four-stroke, single-cylinder, DOHC, four-valve engine with a modest (for a dirt bike) displacement of 249cc. The CRF250L Rally, released in 2017, would have much better specifications.

Talk About an Upgrade

The CRF250L Rally is considered less of the second generation in the CRF250L line and more of a new model for the CRF-series based on the designs of the CRF250L.

Honda CRF250L Rally (2017-present)

The engine in use in the CRF250L Rally models is still the same engine as that in the CRF250L models, but that’s not where the Rally really makes its mark.

The Rally sets itself apart from the previous CRF250L models with its computer-controlled, digital transistorized ignition, 38mm PGM-FI throttle body induction, 10.7:1 compression ratio and lightweight frame.

Moving on from the L

It seems that Honda has started moving production faculties over to newer versions of CRF-series models, including the CRF250 Rally rather than the CRF250L Rally.

Evidence for this can be seen in how many more motorcycles and dirt bikes Honda has announced while still not announcing a 2020 model for the CRF250L Rally.

Entertainment Credits

The CRF250L Rally hasn’t appeared in many films and TV shows as it probably should have, given the superiority it enjoys over the CRF250L; however, this could be chocked up to age. The CRF250L is much older.

Of course, this is not to say that the CRF250 line-up hasn’t had any credits either. Just the opposite is true! Various models from the CRF250 line-up have appeared in dozens of TV shows and films.

Social Groups

If you’re looking for a Facebook page dedicated to expressing support and enjoyment of the CRF250L Rally, check out this one with more than 11,000 likes.

Honda CRF250L Rally – The King of Honda’s Dirt Bikes

Given Honda’s past track record–pun intended–it’s only a matter of time until the CRF250L Rally gets dethroned, most likely by another CRF-series dirt bike. But if one thing’s for sure, it’s that, even if it does get dethroned, the CRF250L Rally will live on in its legacy as one of the best dirt bikes ever created in its price range.

BMW HP4 Race

The BMW HP4 Race is one of the most unique production motorcycles in the world.

Everything from the materials used to build the frame to the engine itself is cause for an old-fashioned eyebrow-raise. Hop on and let us explain exactly what we mean!

Limited Edition

BMW Motorrad has been producing motorcycles for almost a century, beginning with the BMW R 32 in 1923. Before then, however, the company (under other names) was known for producing aircraft engines. Fortunately, after the end of the year, profit incentives shifted to less destructive enterprises.

Flash forward 95 years and you have a massive, international corporation constantly putting out new designs and engineering new ways for people the world over to enjoy their lives. The BMW HP4 Race is yet another example of the high-quality engineering and design to be found at BMW.

An Ultra Lightweight Design

When you think “racing superbike,” what kind of weight bracket and frame structure comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you’ll probably say something along the lines of 400 to 500 pounds in a steel trellis frame. If you were talking about the BMW HP4 Race, you would be dead wrong.

The BMW HP4 Race, weighing only 322 pounds (dry) despite having a 999cc engine, is the first motorcycle in the history of the world to have a fully carbon-fiber frame.

Specifically, the unique first-time-ever design uses a carbon monocoque RTM frame with steering head angle and swinging-arm pivot adjustment, stacked high on a load-bearing engine casing.

One of a Kind

Yes, the BMW HP4 Race is still available for purchase on BMW Motorrad’s website, but don’t let the market years confuse you. This superbike is a limited edition version only produced during 2018.

  • BMW HP4 Race (2018)

Much to the dismay of many superbike enthusiasts, the BMW HP4 Race isn’t going to be around forever. As of 2019, BMW has already ceased production of this limited-time-only motorcycle.

Because of the limited edition production time and the unique technology that went into the motorcycle, you might be able to get away with referring to the BMW HP4 Race as a concept motorcycle.

Inside its purely carbon fiber frame is a load-bearing, four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC engine with 16 valves, 215 horsepower at 13,900 rpm, and a 13.9:1 compression ratio. There are few, if any motorcycles with as high a compression ratio as this, and even fewer of those incorporate load-bearing engines.

News

As of August, 2019, the BMW HP4 Race is still on the open market and going for about $78,000. If you need one, get it soon. If past limited edition motorcycles like the Ducati PS1000LE have taught us anything, it’s that “LEs” skyrocket in price once they’re off the market.

Popular Media

A 2013 BMW HP4 was featured in an episode of Fifth Gear, but the 2018 BMW HP4 Race has yet to make its way onto any film or TV sets.

Social Groups

BMW is more common in Europe than in the United States, but if you’re an American determined to find a BMW motorcycle group on social media, you’re not totally alone. The BMW Riders Association, in the US, has more than 5,000 followers.

BMW HP4 Race – the First Carbon-Fiber Superbike

Riders the world over are hoping that the lightweight, carbon fiber design of the BMW HP4 Race is a sign that the high-tech, space-age technology has finally found its way into the world of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters. Given the limited edition nature, it’s hard to tell, but here’s to hoping!