8.Consider a Starter Bike

Top 10 First Motorcycle

No, a starter bike is not going to be your dream bike, but whatever it is, it will hold a special place in your heart. Remember your first crush? First kiss? First time you made another person’s toes curl? Your first bike will be like that.

Be aware of your novice skill level. Yeah, everyone wants to be a pro, but the reality is you have to earn that status. Rossi didn’t start with MotoGP bikes. You shouldn’t start with top-of-the-line either.

Fact: You will drop your first bike at a complete stop for the silliest of reasons. Fact: Statistically, you are most likely to crash during your first year of riding.

Look at smaller, lower-powered, less expensive bikes. The good news is that the current crop of motorcycles in this category are nice looking, fun to ride, and even feature some cool technology. The days of small-displacement bikes being the training bras of motorcycling are over.

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  • Starmag

    My first streetbike. 1966 Ducati Falcon 50. $75 from Mukwonago Fireman’s Park annual flea market. Thanked my dad thousands of times for buying it for me until he made me earn it through extra chores. Thought I’d burn out my retinas just from staring at it. Red,white, and blue sparkle 3/4 helmet. Insurance? License? Sure….

  • IslandTosh

    I was laughing as read #1, but then it started hitting a little too close to home. Now I can’t let the wife read it, least she realize the seriousness of my condition


    I’ve owned three motorcycles up until this point in my life, but have only owned one at any single time. I’ve just purchased a new to me motorcycle yesterday, marking the first time I’ve owned two motorcycles at the same time. Pray for me.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Be careful. It’s a slippery slope…

  • John B.

    Great list Evans! I would add one item to your list. Think about what kind of riding you want to do: Daily Commuting; Track Day Specialist; Iron Butt Long Distance; Dual Sport Adventures; One or Two Up; Sunday Cruising; Off-road; or all of the above. If I were new to motorcycling today, I would consider the Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. That bike checks many boxes for new and experienced riders.

  • Sloan Essman

    A Honda 599 as on “6 -buy a used bike” was my first, and it was bought used. Loved it but later got something with a little more wind protection for long trips (VFR800)