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 parallel twin engine motorcycle, or for big and tall riders that need a bit more grunt in their starter bike.

Being the workhorse of the motorcycle world, almost every manufacturer has some variation of a parallel twin in their lineup. Despite this, there is an acknowledged bias towards Japanese bikes in this regard, as they have some of the most reliable and beginner friendly versions of this humble engine.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 & Z650

Two versions of the best midsized starter bike from the Green Team

Honda CBR500R

Balancing the looks of a supersport with the comfort and ease of use of a sport tourer

Honda CB500F

A junior streetfighter for that is also a friendly commuter

Honda CB500X

Want to go on an adventure? Say hello to one of the best beginner ADV bikes out there

Honda Rebel 500

The best middleweight sport cruiser for beginners of the current generation

Yamaha MT-03

What Yamaha calls a "hyper naked," it's a junior streetfighter with a heart of gold

Suzuki GSX250R ABS

Racing DNA from MotoGP and WSBK, in a beginner friendly sport bike. Sounds perfect!

Yamaha YZF-R3

Make no mistake, this is not just a sport bike, but a full on "mini -supersport" that demands respect

BMW F 750 GS

One of the best adventure tourers on the road today, worthy of your consideration if you want an ADV