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Put the phrase “big fun in a small package” in Google and there’s a good chance that the Kawasaki KLX 250SF supermoto bike will pop up right in front of your eyes.

Based on the company’s critically-acclaimed KLX250S dual sport on/off-road bike, the 250SF dials it up with an aggressively style bodywork finishes that features a comfortable seat, a KLX-specific handlebar, an elaborate instrument panel, and a set of sticky street radials mounted on 17" wheels.

More than that, the KLX250SF also offers serious capabilities in a fun, easy-to-ride package, regardless of where the adventure takes it. The bike is powered by a 249cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve engine mated to a six-speed transmission, providing the kind of entry-level power that allows you to get introduced to the world of bikes. Compared to the KLX250S dual sport, the KLX250SF has also reduced wheel travel at both ends, placing the center of gravity lower for improved on-road handling and enhanced straight-line stability. At the same time, the suspension is still supple enough to soak up most road surface irregularities and offer a smooth ride. The KLX250SF comes with a fully-adjustable suspension that features a 16-way adjustable compression and rebound damping on both the 43mm inverted cartridge-style front fork and the UNI-TRAK rear suspension. A 300mm semi-floating petal disc with a two-piston hydraulic caliper is used as the front brake while the rear brake features a 240mm petal disc with single-piston hydraulic caliper.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KLX 250SF’s specs after the jump.

Riding a motorcycle is just like anything we do when we’re trying to learn it; you start off with basic equipment and gradually move on to more sophisticated ones when you’ve gained enough experience.

So it doesn’t make any sense if you try to jump into the big, bad cruisers of the world. You have to start simple with a bike like the Yamaha TT-R230 . Powered by a reliable, electric-start, 223cc air-cooled, SOHC four-stroke engine that puts out smooth, widespread power perfectly suited for all kinds of trails and riders, the TT-R230 is an ideal intro bike for riders looking at breaking into trail riding. The powertrain is then mated to a smooth-shifting, six-speed transmission with heavy-duty clutch geared for maximum versatility and usable power delivery.

In terms of its design, the bike comes with a steel, diamond-type-design frame that provides great handling and strength. Likewise, a 36mm front fork with 9.5" of wheel travel makes for a sturdy set-up to go with an aluminum box-section swingarm featuring snail-type chain adjusters for quick and easy chain adjustments. As for the brakes, the TT-R230 carries a 220mm front disc and 230mm rear drum brakes that give powerful stopping power, especially in uneven trails. A competition-style flat seat/tank junction provides great rider mobility while the electric start feature makes getting started a complete push-button exercise. The bike’s gripper sit has been designed to be comfortable, allowing for easier ride movement while a 2.1-gallon capacity allows for ideal range to enjoy the thrills of the outdoors. The TT-R230 also has large, folding, cleated foot pegs for excellent footing in all outdoor conditions and durable fork boots that have excellent fork seal and stanchion tube protection.

Find out more about the Yamaha TT-R230’s specs after the jump.

Yamaha ’s TT line of four-stroke bikes is the perfect family bike to take the kids out on those weekend trail trips. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t come with the kind of performance capabilities that other bikes have, the TT-R125LE does provide the kind of overall fun that allows riders - whether they’re kids or adults - to enjoy every minute of the trip.

For the 2012 model, the Yamaha TT-R125LE features a long, gripper-style seat that aids seat-of-the-pants feel. The bike also comes with Team Yamaha-inspired colors, graphics and front and side number plates; a sleek and narrow fuel tank that helps create a big-bike look and feel; large, folding, cleated footpegs that provide excellent footing, even in wet or muddy conditions; and durable fork boots to ensure excellent fork seal and stanchion tube protection.

As far as its handling capabilities are concerned, the TT-R125LE has a rigid frame design that features a long wheelbase to accommodate bigger riders while maintaining quick, agile off-road handling. A 31mm telescopic front fork with 7.1" of travel comes with preload adjustability for confidence-inspiring control over rough terrain. Likewise, a single rear shock with 6.6" of travel and compression and rebound damping adjustability provide predictable handling for the aggressive rider.

In terms of performance, the TT-R125LE comes with a reasonable 124cc air-cooled SOHC four-stroke powerplant with a 20mm Mikuni carburetor that ensures crisp, dependable throttle response. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission with a heavy-duty clutch that’s been geared for superior versatility.

Find out more about the Yamaha TT-R125’s specs after the jump.

Young kids that are looking to break into the world of motor bikes shouldn’t be riding something that they still can’t handle. That’s why there’s plenty of room in this world for bikes like the Yamaha PW50. For the past 25 years, Yamaha has been front and center in mini-bike design and manufacturing, and they’re continuing that trend with the PW50.

Aimed at novice riders, the ’twist-and-go’ PW50 benefits from a range of safety features and rider-friendly designs that makes it the ideal choice for new bikers. With a low-maintenance technology backed up by Yamaha quality and reliability, this stylish mini-bike is so easy to own and maintain.

When it comes to kids’ mini-bikes, Yamaha is the clear leader. With the PW50’s rider-friendly design it’s easy to see why this 50cc 2-stroke is a firm favorite with kids that enjoy riding bikes and parents that are looking for a simple, comfortable, and safe bike to let their kids ride on.

Find out more about the Yamaha PW50 after the jump.

Trail-riding and off-road biking doesn’t have to come with a bike that’s exclusively suited for those kind of surfaces. If you’re looking for a bike that can provide everything you need for your off-road travels at a fraction of the cost that some other models would charge, the Yamaha XT250 is a worthy choice.

The minimalist design of the XT250 belies the impressive performance and handling characteristics of the bike considering it comes with an affordable price tag. The bike carries big, fat tires that deliver great traction and rider comfort over a wide range of terrain, making it one of the most all-purpose and user-friendly bikes on the market.

Unless you’re into the really extreme stuff, off-road riding doesn’t require a specialized bike that will cost you the moon-and-a-quarter. Though its not as flashy as some people would prefer, the dual-purpose XT250 is the perfect bike for the every-other-weekend off-road runs.

Find out more about the Yamaha XT250 after the jump.

Entry level bikes are important because they give upstart riders a chance to learn the ropes before they move on to the bigger and more powerful variety. The Yamaha TW200 is a bike that fits that description to a tee, a perfect introductory model to get newbies on the saddle.

It doesn’t come with world-beating performance numbers - the bike’s 196cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve engine doesn’t scream power at all - but what it does offer is a basic feel of what off-road bikes are capable.

The TW200 is a well balanced dual-sport bike that is openly inviting new riders to hop on and take it for a ride. A lot of people will ride and move on to bigger and better bikes in the future, but before you get to that stage you still have to start somewhere.

That ’somewhere’ is the Yamaha TW200 and it’s a good bet that it’s ideally-suited for novice riders the world over.

Find out more about the Yamaha TW200 after the jump.

Unlike most specialty bikes that cater to a specific market, a bike like the Yamaha TT-R10E offers plenty of fun for the whole family, begging to be ridden by just about anybody with a remote interest in motorcycles.

The seat height for the TT-R110E reaches only 26.4", making it easily accessible to most riders of any shape and size. That goes well with 7" of ground clearance that offers great suspension at both ends of the bike. In addition to that, the TT-R110E is powered by a very palatable 110cc air-cooled SOHC four-stroke engine that has been tuned for maximum off-road performance in a wide range of trail conditions. This goes with a four-speed gearbox with automatic clutch that offers the right gears for just about any terrain.

For the 2012 model, Yamaha is also offering a slew of new additions, including a long YZ-style gripper seat, Team Yamaha-inspired colors, graphics, front and side number plates, large, folding, cleated foot pegs, and a key-type ignition switch that prevents unauthorized riding.

There’s always a place to start when you’re looking into satiating your desire to ride bikes. Whether you’re a young kid or a start-upper, the Yamaha TT-R110E has what you need to learn the ropes.

Find out more about the Yamaha TT-R110E’s specs after the jump.

Novice riders are quick to jump into the biggest and baddest bike they could find, determined to disprove the notion of the learning curve. Not exactly the smartest thing to do so we’ll spare you all the bruises and suggest you take something that you can use as a start-up: the Yamaha TT-R50E. It won’t give you all the performance capabilities of its more powerful brethren, but what it does provide is a great bike for learning the ways of an off-road bike.

Powering the bike is a modest 49cc air-cooled, SOHC powerplant that puts out smooth, reliable four-stroke power perfect for kids and small kids. The three-speed transmission with an automatic centrifugal clutch allows for easy shifting that even newbies can learn without a hitch. This goes well with a convenient electric starter for effortless starting to go with a compact-design case to keep overall engine width down to 296mm, for a narrow feel and great handling.

For the 2012 model year, the Yamaha Off-Road TT-R50E will come with a key-type ignition switch that deters unauthorized riding, a throttle stop screw that lets adult supervision restrict speed while novices are learning the proverbial ropes, a standard sidestand that tucks up out of the way when not in use, and a handy choke lever that’s located just right in front of the main switch.

Find out more about the Yamaha TT-R50E’s specs after the jump.

When talking about Kawasaki and its versatile, do-everything bike, the name that will always come up is the Versys . It doesn’t have the same heritage as its Kawasaki contemporaries, but when it hit the scene a few years ago, it received universal praise from everybody, including being named the "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcyclist Magazine.

This year, Kawasaki is bringing back the Versys and if the 2010 model is any indication of what we’re in store for with the 2011 model, then prepare to make room for this bike in your garage.

It’s not even the most powerful bike in the Japanese bike maker’s line-up, but where it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in just about everything else. It looks great; it’s got enough performance capabilities to exude the Kawasaki tradition; and it’s got top-quality suspensions to make the ride as pleasant and as comfortable as possible.

Don’t mistake this bike for anything else. If you’re looking for breakneck power and speed, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a bike that gives a decent amount of everything you want, there’s nothing better than the Versys.

Find out more about the 2011 Kawasaki Versys Sport Motorcycle.

An award-winning bike that offers no compromises; that’s what the Yamaha YZ450F offers - and a whole lot more.

Fresh off of improvements across the board, the new YZ450F will come with a host of beefy upgrades, including new design elements, improved powertrain, and overall better handling.

These changes fit right in with the lofty standards set by the models predecessor, the 2010 YZ450F , which won a plethora of awards including Dirt Rider Magazine’s “Bike of the Year”, Cycle World’s “Best Motocrosser”, and Motorcycle Magazine’s “Best Dirtbike of 2010.”

Yet despite all of its accolades, Yamaha still saw fit to give the YZ450F improvements, further proving that a great bike should not be satisfied with itself. Whenever there’s a time that awards come, they should not be looked as validation for greatness, but motivation to maintain their status as the best.

For their part, Yamaha has the right frame of mind with the YZ450F. It’s a good enough bike to merit some distinctions, but at the end of the day, ’good enough’ should never be associated with status quo.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZ450F after the jump.


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