About Our Selections

For this list, we have looked at every type of touring motorcycle and selected two or three from each of the big three categories. Those are Sport Touring, Adventure Touring, and Road Touring (Cruisers).

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 lighter and/or shorter rider, and even for some of the bigger and taller ones as well!

Kawasaki Ninja 400

A very comfortable and capable sport tourer

Suzuki SV650

No surprise that one of the best beginner bikes of all time is capable of some decent touring

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

An adventure touring bike designed to be a "city adventurer" that can also do long distances


A big brand bike at a budget price, an absolute gem for a beginner rider

Honda CB500X

One of the best midrange ADV bikes on the road today, and it just happens to be beginner friendly

Suzuki Boulevard C50T

A no-nonsense mile crushing road tourer with a big, friendly V-twin and classic styling

Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

Just the right amount of bike to be a great beginner road tourer