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Ten Great Beginner Motorcycles

 

 


 

10 motorcycles that are designed for the needs of new riders:

If you're new to motorcycling and you're looking for the perfect starter bike, here's a list of ten motorcycles that are designed for the needs of beginner riders.

Don't make the mistake of making your first motorcycle an overpowered sportbike or a flashy heavyweight cruiser; think small, manageable, and keep in mind that you'll probably be replacing your humble starter bike sooner than you think!

As a new rider, you're better off considering one of these smaller, lighter motorcycles that are eaier to manage than some over-powered sportbike, or heavy criser-style - keep in mind, this gives you more time to become more confident in your riding abilities, and more time to look around for the next bike you'll "grow-into".

 


 

1.)

2010 Suzuki GZ250

($2,999)

Though the Suzuki GZ250 is equipped with a rear drum brake and its 249cc single-cylinder engine is carbureted-- not quite disc brake or fuel-injected technology-- this little cruiser is a solid ride with an irresistible price tag.

Suzuki GZ250

 


 

2.)

2011 Honda CBR250R

($3,999 - $4,499 with ABS)

The all-new Honda CBR250R is a single-cylinder sportbike that goes against the mighty Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Unlike the Kawasaki, the CBR250R is fuel-injected and available with anti-lock brakes.

Honda CBR250R

 


 

3.)

2010 Suzuki GZ250

($3,999)

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a favorite among performance conscious riders looking for their first bike, and its fully-faired design gives it grown-up looks combined with approachable road manners. The Ninja 250R starts at $3,999, and the Special Edition color scheme seen here runs $4,249.

Suzuki GZ250

 


 

4.)

2011 Suzuki TU250X

($3,999)

The Suzuki TU250X combines traditional styling with a fuel-injected, single-cylinder powerplant and surprisingly plush suspension. Not only does it combine classic standard motorcycle looks with modern functionality, it does so with a price tag that's under $4,000.

Suzuki TU250X

 


 

5.)

2011 Yamaha V-Star 250

($4,090)

Yamaha's mighty V-Max is a compelling halo product, but this V-Star 250 offers classic cruiser style in a package that any beginner can handle. Its air-cooled 249cc V-twin lends it a substantial look for such a relatively small bike, and a low seat height of 27 inches makes it easy to manage.

Yamaha V-Star 250

 


 

6.)

2011 Yamaha XT250

($4,099)

The Yamaha XT250 is a bit more dirt ready than most typical beginner bikes, but this dual purpose motorcycle's suspension travel and air-cooled 249cc offers a fun, rugged ride for those who plan to venture offroad.

Yamaha XT250

 


 

7.)

2012 Yamaha TW200

($4,490)

The fat-tired Yamaha TW200 is a welcome alternative to cookie-cutter starter bikes, and its dual purpose abilities make it trail and dirt ready. Its 196cc single-cylinder engine features an automatic cam chain tensioner for minimal maintenance.

Yamaha TW200

 


 

8.)

2009 Honda CRF230L

($4,999)

Honda's entry-level dual purpose CRF230L should appeal to beginners who might consider taking their bikes on trails as well as roads. Its 223cc single-cylinder engine has electric start, and its versatility makes it ready for almost anything.

Honda CRF230L

 


 

9.)

2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40

($5,099)

Though it shares genealogy with hulking cruisers like the M109R, Suzuki's entry-level Boulevard S40 weighs a reasonable 381 lbs, and its 40 cubic inch single-cylinder engine yields an estimated 63 mpg.

Suzuki Boulevard S40

 


 

10.)

2009 Honda CRF230M

($5,399)

The Honda CRF230M takes characteristics of the dual-purpose CRF230L-- like long suspension travel and rugged bodywork-- and converts it into a supermoto-style bike with a seat that's .2 inches shorter.

Honda CRF230M

 


 

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