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 superb starter or second bikes for most riders.

To further define what we are meaning by "long distance riding," we have set our sights at a full day trip or, at the upper limit, a weekend away. If you are looking for motorcycles for trips that are multiple days or even weeks in length, we do have a list of the best touring motorcycles for beginners.

Suzuki V-Strom 650

An adventure tourer that is happy on the pavement, but can also get dirty if needed

Kawasaki Versys 650

An adventure tourer that prefers pavement and day trips out of the city

KTM 390 Adventure

When it comes to ADV bikes for all situations, you can never go wrong with a KTM

Honda Rebel 500

One of the best beginner sport cruisers in a generation, perfect for all day riding

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 (INT650)

A modernized model of a classic British B-road bomber from back in the day

Kawasaki Vulcan S

One of the friendliest beginner "sportster" cruisers out there

Harley-Davidson Iron 883

A very friendly introduction to big American iron that is also a mile-munching day tripper

Indian Scout Sixty

Powerful but quite friendly to the beginner if you respect the right wrist

Triumph Tiger Sport 660

An adventure tourer that is also a sport tourer, a bike that combines two classes into one

Yamaha MT-07

One of the best beginner dual-sport motorcycles on the market