About Our Selections

The general consensus across all fields is that while a 300 or 400cc motorcycle will get you going to really enjoy motorcycling, it’s best to start off at about 500cc’s if you're 200 lbs or more. This way, the engine has a chance to get you moving and doing so in a fuel-efficient way. A 1000cc (or more) motorcycle will get the job done easier, but most of them can’t be considered beginner-friendly; that’s why you won’t see many of them on this list.

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 starter or second bikes for the new riders to learn and enjoy on!

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

A recommendation given with one gigantic caveat

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Nearly two decades after its introduction, still one of the best beginner sport tourer motorcycles

Suzuki SV650 ABS

Simply the best beginner sport bike, period, for over 23 years

Indian Scout Sixty

A surprisingly zippy little sport naked that seems to simply enjoy going for a ride, commute or not

Honda Rebel 500

One of the best ways to learn how to ride a cruiser-style bike

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

There are few better ways to go adventure touring for the bigger, heavier beginner

Triumph Tiger Sport 660

For those heavier and taller riders looking for capable tourer from the British brand