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 any beginner rider.

Our selections come from a wide range of sizes and power, from bikes perfect for the light and lean rider, to bikes meant for the big and tall crowd. No matter what, however, there is always a bike out there for everyone, you just need to find it. If one of these selections interests you, go down to your local dealership and swing a leg over. You won't know if a bike fits you (physically) until you go and sit on it!

Honda CB500 Series

Three bikes, one shared parallel twin engine, three beginner bikes for different market segments

Yamaha YZF-R3

Demands your respect, and when it is shown, there is nothing in the 300cc class that can match it

Kawasaki Z650RS

Taking the excellent Z650, and giving the full "Retro Sport" (RS) treatment, making it a cool looking bike to learn on

Indian Scout Bobber Sixty

A good starter cruiser if you must have some big American iron under your butt

KTM 390 Adventure

One of the best beginner ADVs for those that want to have to wipe the mud off their visors after a day of riding

Honda GROM

The perfect city runabout, and an absolute hoot to ride as well!

Suzuki SV650

The quintessential beginner bike for over 20 years

Honda Rebel Series

A trio of sport cruisers that keep things simple, but allow you to learn everything about riding

Harley-Davidson Iron 883

A very capable bit of American iron that is designed to bring new riders into the cruiser ranks

Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

A rare treat from Ducati: A motorcycle that seems to have been designed with a beginner in mind


One of the best "city adventurers" that can also get out in the weeds and grass if needed