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.
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!
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".
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
- $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.
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 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.
2011 Yamaha V-Star 250
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 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
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.
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.
Suzuki Boulevard S40
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.
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.