The 12 Best Buys in Motorcycles for 2017
Many of today’s riders are discovering the daily comfort and riding ease that comes from bikes with tinier engines and tidier dimensions.
There is no feeling that can describe an open road in front of you, freedom, wind blowing in your… Just your bike and you!
Here are some of the latest bikes, big and small, that provide serious bang for your buck right now.
2017 Honda Rebel 300/500
Base Price: $4,399
Honda doesn’t remake the smallest, least potent models in its lineup very often. Its mini-cruiser for novice riders, the Rebel 250, has been in production since 1985. It was ancient mechanically and stylistically. But for 2017 Honda, has finally remade the Rebel.
These bikes are “minimalist” according to Honda. To us, they look clean, cool, and way more expensive than the price suggests. It’s modern take on the notion of an entry-level motorcycle—one that might appeal to more than those just shopping for a starter bike.
The stance and riding position of this bike is still in the cruiser camp, but Honda engineers built in a lean angle that will let you chase sportier standard bikes in the canyons. This time around there’s a modest 300, which uses a 286cc single cylinder engine as well as a 500 using a stronger 471cc parallel twin that costs $1,600 more. And throw in another three-hundred bucks on either bike and you can have ABS brakes too.
2017 Yamaha SCR 950
Base Price: $8,700
It’s no secret we have a weakness for Retro-styled bikes. And the new Yamaha SCR 950 hits all the right notes. Just check out the sweet vintage lace wheels and old school number plates. The SCR looks like something that would roll right out of Steve McQueen’s garage in the 1970s. The new on-off road scrambler-style machine is based on the bones of the Yamaha Bolt cruiser, including its 942cc air-cooled Twin. But the transformation to SCR was accomplished by adding a taller suspension and handlebars for a comfier riding position.
Of course with relatively modest underpinnings, the SCR won’t keep up with the more focused bikes dedicated to dirt sports or backroad hustling. But with an easy-riding personality, classic style, and an estimated 51 mpg, the SCR is a bike that looks like a weekend toy but makes for an excellent daily rider.
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