Bike 101: Choosing your ride
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Bike 101: Choosing your ride

Bike 101: Choosing your ride
Old School
The Virago was introduced in 1988 as the Yamaha Route 66. It has an air-cooled, 60-degree V-twin motor, teardrop tank, pullback handlebars and spoked wheels. (Photo by Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times)
Bike 101: Choosing your ride
Industry Standard
The Ninja dominates the entry-level sportbike class. It looks and rides like a larger machine but is nonetheless entirely beginner friendly. (Photo by Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times)
Bike 101: Choosing your ride
Large Profile
The performance-oriented Comet, which looks similar to Suzuki’s SV650, comes with a two-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. (Photo by Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times)
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