Considerations When Buying A Used Sport Bike

Pick a Good Fit

By this I mean pick a bike you feel comfortable sitting on and can reach the ground flat footed or nearly so. This small detail helps riders feel confident in keeping the bike rubber side down and speeds learning. Often overlooked in favour of other criteria, I promise that putting comfort as priority one will be the best guideline to follow in making your choice.

Go Low to Start

Keep your engine size in the 250 to 500 cc size ideally. Bikes in this range are strong enough to move you around easily if you’re average size, and also very lightweight and maneuverable. Don’t worry about outgrowing the bike. This likely won’t be the last one you buy, and a quality learning bike is easy to resell when you’re ready to move up.

On the other hand, none of these sport bikes are lacking for power and performance so don’t get too cocky when riding these machines. Most of them have a dose of borrowed tech from their super bike siblings after all.

Look for a Bargain

Brand new has its charm in that you’re not inheriting someone else’s blemishes or problems, but on the other hand, bikes depreciate quickly so why spend more than you have to?

Plenty of owners take good care of their bikes and wisely keep up with the maintenance. Those are the bikes you’re after and they can usually be purchased for $4000 (or even half that in earlier model years).

Chances are good your first bike is going to fall over as you learn to handle it. Even seemingly harmless, low speed tip-overs leave scars. It’s not nearly as painful to add another scratch to a “previously loved” paint job rather than putting in the first one yourself.

About Our Selections

These selections considered ease of use, rideability, price, and how effective each motorcycle was in helping the beginner or newer rider learn the intricacies of riding. We are confident that any of these bikes will be great starter bikes for those wanting a bit of adrenaline and excitement in their rides, without the bike trying to kill you.

We must stress again that you absolutely should not go out and buy a supersport right away. There are a couple of "junior supersports" on this list, but in reality they are nowhere near the power and savagery of a proper 600cc supersport. Who knows, maybe you might enjoy a sport naked more, and change your mind and move up to hyper nakeds, street monsters, and streetfighters instead!

Honda CB500F

A sport naked with some real guts to it, but also extremely beginner friendly

Kawasaki Ninja 250R/Ninja 300/Ninja 400

One of the most popular model of start sport bikes out there, for good reason!

Yamaha YZF-R3

A junior supersport that will teach you everything you need to know if you show it respect

Suzuki GS500F

Sometimes the best school is old school, especially with this sport touring gem

KTM 390 Duke & RC390

A powerful engine shared between two different styles: Sport naked and junior supersport

Yamaha FZR400

A junior supersport from the 20th century that even today is a stellar bike... if you can tame it