It’s a question we’re asked all the time: “What’s the best motorcycle for a new rider?” It’d be great if we could give the same answer every time, but in reality the answer depends on many factors – rider size, competency, wants, needs, and desires among them. Small displacement bikes are generally a good place to start, but read enough forum commenters and before long you’ll find someone who shares their tale of how they started on a literbike and lived to tell the tale.
Hence the subject of this poll. If you’ve read MO long enough, you’ll know we think new riders should typically start small and work their way up. But what about you? Which of these motorcycles would you recommend? Click on the up or down arrows beside each bike to rank them and have your say as to which beginner bike is best. Don’t see your preferred machine on the list? Tell us what it is in the comments section.