Which beginner bike?

Ride Apart have made an entertaining video reviewing bikes for city riding. Featured is the Cleveland 250cc caferacer, Honda CBR 250 and the Suzuki DRZ 400. Whichever bike is your favourite would depend on your riding style and taste but the guys in the video do make them look like a lot of fun.

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Yoshimura Katana 1175R

It is very hard to believe that this bike is based on a 30 year old model.  The Suzuki Katana was not that popular in it’s time as the European design was considered quite radical, however, it has developed a strong cult following over the years.  Here we have the Yoshimura custom, with the beefed up engine, matte black paint and plenty of other tidy goodies.  To be quite honest, I also thought the Katana was quite an ugly bike until I saw this.  Maybe it has finally come into its age.

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Ellaspede – Suzuki GS500

This may not be the most beautiful cafe racer in the world but I really admire taking arguably the most boring bike created in the last decade and breathing new life and style into it.  Normally this would entail bolting on a range of aftermarket loud pipes, garish stickers and twin headlights – streetfighter style.  Instead, custom bike bulders Ellaspede has taken this 2001 Suzuki GS500 and gave it a pygmalion transformation with parts you would normally find on a classic Triumph or BSA.  The striped back look of the clubman bars, custom seat and paired down indicator and tail lights has turned this daily commuter into a daily commuter that I would want to be seen with.  Great job!

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