It’s a question we get all the time at Motorcycle.com: What should I get as a first bike? Well, there isn’t just one answer to this question, as different people have different wants, needs, and desires in their first motorcycle. We’re lucky to live in a time where, no matter what kind of riding you’re into, there’s a lightweight, beginner-friendly machine just for you. Here, we’ll give you our take on the 10 best beginner motorcycles available today.
You’ll likely notice this list is made up of mostly asian motorcycles (with a few exceptions), as they are the ones producing lightweight, agreeable motorcycles that aren’t a burden on the wallet. Still, this isn’t to say other models, like the Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 aren’t worthy candidates for this list. Also, we’re sticking with current model year bikes, as delving into the used market would make this exponentially more complex. However, there are definitely advantages to buying used: lower cost and less anxiety over dropping it – and you will – being two main ones.
No conversation about beginner bikes would be complete without also mentioning gear. A common mistake we see is the new rider spending all their cash on that shiny new bike, only to ride away with nothing more than a helmet (and a cheap one at that). When budgeting for a new bike, be sure to also set some money aside for proper gear. A helmet, jacket, sturdy gloves, riding jeans, and riding boots/shoes is ideal.
This list is presented in alphabetical order, as there are no winners or losers in this group. Of course, there are far more than 10 bikes eligible for this list, so if you have something you want to suggest (new or old), feel free to let us know in the comments below – and if you have ideas for future videos you want to see, tell us about those, too.