Five Motorcycles You Can Really Give As Gifts

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2014 Honda Grom 125

If you are one of the few that has come into some extra cash this holiday season and someone on your gift list has been especially good, what about giving them a 2-wheeled gift? Can you think of any better experience than waking up on Christmas morning to find a motorcycle under the tree? Here’s five motorcycles you can give as gifts that won’t completely break the bank.

Suzuki TU250X
Suzuki TU250X

Suzuki TU250X — $4,399
This stylish, economical retro roadster would make a great present for a college student. The perfect basis for a cafe racer conversion.

Honda Grom
Honda Grom

Honda Grom — $2,999
The hot item this holiday season is already sold out. If you can find one though, you’ll be a shoe-in for parent/partner/offspring of the year. Ridiculous good fun in a package that’s perfect for the city commute, too.

CCW Heist
CCW Heist

CCW Heist — $3,195
This sweet little bobber is just the thing for the Sons of Anarchy fanatic. Buy two and start your own biker gang.

Yamaha TW200
Yamaha TW200

Yamaha TW200 — $4,590
Give the gift of dual sport riding in this silly, un-intimidating package. The wide rear tire and low seat height makes it incredibly easy to balance.

Kawasaki KLX110L
Kawasaki KLX110L

Kawasaki KLX110L — $2,499
A kid’s dirt bike in an adult-size package. Endless fun for the young at heart who have somewhere off-road to ride. (This one is not street legal though.)

Have you ever gotten or given a bike as a gift? How did it work out?

  • Hooligan

    The TW, a unburstable bike. Bloke down the road from me has one. Sits outside uncovered 365 days a year. He uses and severley abuses it, it looks total rusty crap. But always starts first time. The Kwack seems very heavy to kick over, friends who had them sold them but then they were limp legged wussies.

    • Piglet2010

      I find my TW200 very hard to start unless run regularly – probably gum from evaporated fuel plugging the idle circuit in the carb? But it survives off-road crashes without complaint.

      Not a bad bike for riding around town or on back roads either, but stay off the freeway since with the stock gearing it is not happy going over 55 mph.

      • di0genes

        More likely the fuel has evaporated from the float bowl, bowl can not fill unless there is vacuum if there is an automatic petcock. Try using the prime position on the petcock when starting a carburetted bike with an automatic petcock that has been sitting. If your idle circuit was plugged the bike would not run properly.

        • Piglet2010

          The TW200 has a manual petcock, with no prime position.

          The only other fueling issue I have encountered is some surging after switching to reserve on a couple of occasions. However, in general the TW200 runs well when cold for a bike with a carburetor.

  • Piglet2010

    When is RideApart testing the TU250X and TW200?

    And while I like the TW200 (I own one), Yamaha really needs to bump the displacement up to 249cc and add fuel-injection or drop the price significantly to make it competitive with the CRF250L.

    • michaelse

      I’d also like a review of the TU. It seems like the perfect around-town bike; one of the few that *might* actually be cheaper to own and insure than a used economy car. And visually, it’s much more appealing than the Rebel.

      • Blu E Milew

        I feel a lot of bikes are cheaper than a car to insure. I pay $75/yr. for a DRZ, at age 21. Car costs more than that, monthly.

      • Piglet2010

        I can ride a TU250X and feel normal. On a Rebel (or any other 250cc class metric cruiser), I feel like I am on a clown bike, due to my 33-inch inseam.

      • ThinkingInImages

        It’s hard to believe that Honda still makes the Rebel. It goes all the way back to 1985, pretty much unchanged.

        • michaelse

          It blows me away that they keep their resale value so well. I’m always seeing 5-15 year old Rebels still selling for $2000-3000.

    • Scott

      Maybe when Suzuki brings the TU250X to California – they’re still slacking on emissions five years later. As for the TW, and as a fellow TW owner, I’d love to see that XTW250 concept Yamaha had a few years ago brought to realization.

      • Piglet2010

        Contrary to the belief of the people that live there, the world does not revolve around California. Suzuki likely figured out that the CARB certification costs were not worth the few additional sales.

        TU250X test bikes in California are not a problem, since Suzuki can slap manufacturer plates on their press fleet units.

        • Scott

          You inferred the wrong meaning from my reply – RideApart’s primary writing staff is based in California and it would be more difficult to grab a brand new one for a review. They’ve stated as much before in other articles.

          • Piglet2010

            If Suzuki wants the bike reviewed by RideApart, it will happen.

    • Tom327Cat

      Arguments about displacement aside, the TW-200 needs only 2 changes to be the perfect motorcycle; fuel injection and valves that can go about ten times further between adjustments. (600 miles really?)

      • Piglet2010

        Another 3 or 4 horsepower at the rear wheel would make a huge difference for highway riding, or even getting up to speed on 45-mph urban arterials. And the extra torque would allow raising the gearing so excessive vibration could get pushed up from 56 mph to the mid 60 mph range.

    • El Isbani

      Finally saw a TW riding down the Congress ave in Austin. Now that looks like a fun bike for city streets. Can’t do it though, soon as it gets dark it’d force me to try some jumps at the city golf course.

      • Piglet2010

        Now that you mention it, I am *SO* tempted to take a short cut across the local golf course on my TW200.

        Other than no storage space (the seat bolts on, and does not even have a place for registration papers under it), the TW200 would be a great commuter bike if no freeways are involved – those fat tires let one plow right through potholes and over broken pavement.

  • runnermatt

    The Grom is sold out?! I think Honda underestimated the popularity.

  • Justin McClintock

    Not a Christmas gift, but my wife gave me a bike for my 30th birthday a couple years ago. It was used, but that was fine by me…a DRZ400SM. That worked out REALLY WELL!!!

  • Stuki

    Wonder how long before Paris gets a Panigale as a gift……

  • Charlie

    that CCW bike is a total piece of Chinese junk… I have ridden one, and its not worth the money

    • mikki sixx

      Did you ride The Heist? They’re very tempting…

  • Tiberiuswise

    I gave my son a KLX 140L as a Christmas gift. He’s totally hooked.

  • ThinkingInImages

    Since under 5,000 seems to be the “number”, I’d put the CBR250R on the list. It’s a great, small motorcycle and I’m guessing there’s still inventory out there.

  • Slacker

    Actually, funny enough I got a TW200 as my first motorcycle for Christmas a couple years ago. I was happy to see it included on the list! I’ve taught my girlfriend, both my sisters and a friend how to ride on it ever since I moved up to a new bike. I even lowered it with the shock from a VTX250.

  • El Isbani

    Hah! Happy my bike (TUX) got a photo on Ride Apart. Is that wrong?