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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".




2010 Suzuki GZ250


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




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




2010 Suzuki GZ250


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




2011 Suzuki TU250X


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




2011 Yamaha V-Star 250


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




2011 Yamaha XT250


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




2012 Yamaha TW200


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




2009 Honda CRF230L


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




2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40


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




2009 Honda CRF230M


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



What was YOUR 1st Motorcycle?



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