Finding the best beginner motorcycles can be a bit intimidating. Good beginner motorcycles are powerful, loud, and can be dangerous. Fortunately, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all motorcycle. There are some great bikes out there designed to cater to the needs and abilities of all riders, including the beginner motorcycle rider. If you are considering buying a bike, do your homework before you go shopping. Motorcycles cost thousands of dollars, so you want to get it right the first time when you buy a bike.
There is no single motorcycle that will make the best starter motorcycle for all riders. You should choose one that is best for you based on size, performance, handling, and features. And yes, you definitely consider the look of the bike, too!
Considerations When Buying Your Beginner Motorcycle :
What is the purpose of the bike? – Are you looking for a beginner motorcycle to ride for short jaunts over rough terrain, or for long highway trips? Are you more interested in power or comfort? Think long and hard about what you want from your bike. Consider that your wants and needs may change as you become a more experienced biker, so look towards the future, too.
How much bike can you handle? – Have you ridden a buddy’s bike before, or is the motorcycle world new to you? Are you large and physically fit or slim and more of a couch potato? Or are you a large couch potato? It’s best to find a bike that fits you physically and runs with a manageable amount of power. Don’t assume that because a bike is featured as a “starter bike” that it lacks power. You can find the best starter motorcycle for you with plenty of power! Remember, too, that if you plan on traveling long distance, you may need a bike with a larger fuel tank.
Should you consider a used bike? – Yes, those shiny new bikes look amazing, but a used bike may be a better purchase for a beginner motorcycle rider. Even skilled bikers lay down their bikes every now and then, and chances are you will do the same or drop it at least once (and probably a few times). Better to save yourself thousands of dollars with a used bike that can take a bit of abuse. Once you become an experienced biker you can get that sleek, new model bike.
How big are you, and how big is the bike? – Bikers are all different sizes, and motorcycles are styled accordingly. Now, I’ve seen some petite women competently ride monster bikes. I have also seen larger men on bikes that seem uncomfortably small, but they swear are comfortable for them. In other words, just because you are shorter or taller does not necessarily mean you need a smaller or larger bike. You should get a feel for a seat height that is comfortable for you and allows you to feel in control and have a good riding experience. Again, think towards your riding position. Some new riders feel more comfortable with an upright riding position. And remember with any purchase, to ride a motorcycle before you buy one.
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Here Are Some Great Beginner Motorcycles:
Remember, no one beginner motorcycle is best for all bikers, so check out a number of bikes to find one that is the best fit for you and your needs.
Honda Rebel 300
Looking for a reliable bike but still want to look good? The Honda Rebel 300 may fit the bill! It’s got a sleek blacked-out design and sports a 286cc single cylinder 4-stroke engine. It has a laid back look and riding feel, and will provide newbies and more experienced bikers with a smooth, even ride. It’s a good bike for a shorter person or a female as it’s got a nice, low seat. It’s a solid high performance bike without unnecessary gimmicks. If you like the look of a Harley but can’t afford the price tag, this bike is an excellent choice.
Kawasaki Ninja 300
If you are looking for a sporty bike that is reasonably priced and has just enough power to please, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 may be your bike. Most sport bikes can overwhelm the beginning motorcycle rider, but this bike is a bit calmer than the typical sport bike. The 296cc engine has Digital Fuel Injection for good fuel economy (up to 66 mpg) and great response. It’s got a powerful look and just enough bells and whistles to please most motorcycle riders. It is a great mid-range bike that meets the needs of many beginner and intermediate bikers.
Yamaha V-Star 250
Lightweight and low to the ground, this bike provides a good ride with plenty of agility. At just 27 inches from seat to pavement, it’s a great size for smaller and beginner bikers. The 250cc engine gets 78 mpg, which makes this choice good for the environment and your wallet. Yamaha refers to the bike as “approachable” and we couldn’t agree more. This bike is a great fit for most novice bikers – but don’t worry about outgrowing it too soon. It’s got superb handling and an excellent ride that will keep you satisfied for a long time to come.
Ducati Desert Sled
If off-roading is more your thing, check out the Ducati Desert Sled. On this bike you can conquer rough terrain with its capable maneuvering. It is a good looking beginner motorcycle, but don’t let its looks fool you: this bike is a beast in the dirt! It’s ready and able to handle the open road, too, which makes it a versatile option. It’s missing a lot of the gadgets and great display panel found on other bikes, but trade that in for power and the ability to ride in any condition and you are all set!
I am a big fan of Harley-Davidson motorcycles but I do not feel that they make a great entry level motorcycle. The exception to that rule may be the Street 500, especially a used model. Again, it is a matter of comfort, size, and feel – and for some, they just want the Harley-Davidson experience!
Experienced riders know that you need to get on a bike and ride it to really get a feel for it. Do not be afraid to test out a number of different motorcycles before you settle on one that is the perfect fit for you.
Beginner riders should be cautious and ever-aware of the road. Motorcycle crashes can be devastating – and can leave a biker severely injured, or worse. Ride safely, obey the rules of the road, and invest a weekend and take a motorcycle safety course. Add 1-800-MOTORCYCLE to your phone right now under Lawyer.
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