Top 5 Motorcycles for Urban Drivers Jun 6, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
Daily commutes seem to be getting longer and fuel prices are ever on the rise, leading more and more people considering a motorcycle. A motorcycle is a surprisingly useful alternative for urban drivers, even if you’ve never ridden a motorcycle before. A small bike is lighter in weight and easier to handle than a larger one. In addition to offering great gas mileage, they are easier to park and store. You can save money on insurance and parking fees. In high-traffic areas, you can often beat traffic jams by scooting between cars. This is now legal in California and widely accepted in many other places. Just do it very carefully, because you never know when a car will jump lanes without warning. When traffic is stopped, you also have to watch out for someone opening a car door just as you try to squeeze through, so be safe. Keeping that in mind, consider these five top small motorcycles for city driving.
1. Suzuki TU250X
This bike is rated as being an excellent choice for beginners. It’s a simple machine, weighs a mere 236 pounds, puts out 16 horsepower, and averages 80 mpg. Easy to maneuver, you’ll negotiate those city corners and unpredictable traffic like a pro in no time.
2. Honda Grom
The Grom might be small, but it delivers on fuel economy at 134 mpg. The engine is a 125cc and only delivers 9 horsepower, but because it only weighs 225 pounds, you can goose it around corners just for fun. Slip it into any small space for parking or storage.
3. Yamaha YZF-R3
This Yamaha is a happy medium between a sedate city commuter bike and a fun sports bike. Powered by a 321cc parallel-twin engine that puts out 42 horsepower, it’s enough to put the wind in your hair when you get a weekend break, yet it’s perfect for your daily commute in city traffic with an estimated 56 mpg. You’ll sit upright on this machine, and the suspension will smooth out your ride.
4. Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
This downsized version of the popular Scrambler weighs a mere 403 pounds with its 399cc engine and 41 horsepower. Designed after the original, it has a retro look with a lighter weight and a tamer engine.
5. Harley-Davidson Street 750
Also available in a 500 model, this new, lighter bike from Harley-Davidson is more adaptable for urban commuting than its bigger brothers. Because of its smaller size and lighter body weight, it is more maneuverable in city traffic, making your daily run to and from work a pleasure rather than something to be endured. Despite the downsizing, this bike is still a thoroughbred Harley.