About Our Selections

Before you rush out and buy the biggest, baddest American cruiser out there, it must be reinforced that a lot of cruisers can be both very powerful and very heavy. Many of them are not what are considered to be beginner friendly, and hopping onto the wrong bike to start out with can have unfortunate consequences. For that reason alone, we have recommended more Japanese bikes than American, as they have much more controllable power and lighter weight, while still teaching you everything you need to know to move up to some good ol' iron from the US of A.

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 superb starters for the new rider!

Yamaha V-Star 250

A hilariously fun little V-twin cruiser that is also a great teacher

Honda Rebel 500

A simple, no nonsense sport cruiser that is also the best beginner cruiser of them all

Kawasaki Vulcan S

A sportster-style cruiser with a parallel twin heart that just might win you over

Harley-Davidson Iron 883

If you have to pick one Harley to start with, it's the Iron 883

Indian Scout Sixty

A powerful but surprisingly friendly premium cruiser for the discerning beginner rider