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At the time this article was written, the first third of the year 2020 has just slipped past. While there is a current global crisis in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, it hasn’t stopped people enjoying the hobby of swinging a leg over a motorcycle, with some doing so for the first time. The …

One of the most common questions we get asked here at Best Beginner Motorcycles is: “I want a sport bike, which one is the best?” It’s not as simple a question as you may think, as there are a variety of things that can influence what motorcycle is the right fit for you. Are you …

Who doesn’t like an evening or afternoon at the movies? A couple of hours or more of great entertainment, some popcorn to munch on, and more often than not these days, some action including a motorcycle. Many films that are considered historical classics have motorcycles in them, sometimes as the main plot device or a …

Cruisers are the epitome of the relaxed motorcycle riding experience. It’s all in the name: they are bikes meant to cruise long distances, without upsetting their rider’s comfort. Cruisers are also a very important market sector for all manufacturers, as they constantly trade back and forth with sportbikes year to year on having the most …

While many of us who ride prefer to ride on our motorcycles alone, there are those for whom the importance of having a comfortable place for a pillion rider to join us. It could be as simple as going out for an evening, to crossing through states to get to a meetup or camping spot. …

You’ve passed your motorcycle DMV test. You have all your gear. Now you need a motorcycle to gain experience on, yet you want to be able to get some respect for your choice of bike. Some bikes just have that “I’m a new rider” look about them that honestly shouldn’t get you any ridicule, as …

Moving Weight is What Horsepower is For, Amirite?! There are those out there that have been called to ride, their hearts are set on swinging a leg over a two wheeled beast with an engine, and their right wrist is aching to twist a throttle. Except… like me, they are on the heavier side of …

By far the most popular motorcycle sector, the sportbike range is filled with bikes of all shapes, sizes, and styles. In the most broad sense of the category, you have naked bikes, semi-fairing streetfighters, and fully faired sportbikes. However, getting onto the wrong sportbike as your first bike can quickly lead to a destroyed bike …

Not everyone that gets their motorcycle license wants to be the next Valentino Rossi. Sometimes, the truest expression of our love of two wheels and a motor stuck between them is to simply go out for a ride. And sometimes that ride becomes a day trip out to the mountain and canyon roads, or a …

Well, you could just grab a dirt bike, hop on, fire it up, twist the wrist, and if it doesn’t buck you off, hey, there you go, dirt bike! In all seriousness, however, when trying to pick out a dirt bike, a whole variety of factors come into play. Dirt bikes are meant to be …

One of the things that many beginner riders look for when starting to explore the possibility of having a dirt bike as a second bike, or a dual sport as their primary, is price. As we all know, when budgeting for a bike, maintenance, registration, insurance, dealer servicing, and more all adds up to make …

While many enthusiasts ride motorcycles for the fun, the sport, or the hobby of it, quite a few of us actually use them as urban transport. No long mountain drives, no highway cruises along the coast, just the simple point A to point B commute, or to the corner grocery when you need a pint …

Not everything on two wheels needs to be the fastest, the most powerful, or even the most sleek. There is an entire world of two wheeled fun to be had at 50cc’s. Unfortunately in North America, the 50cc motorcycle has mostly been relegated to youth oriented dirt bikes. However, in Europe, due to how their …

While there is nothing wrong with a single-cylinder thumping away, an inline-four screaming through to its redline, or a v-twin rumbling, there is just that special something about a parallel twin motorcycle engine. It’s the humble tradesman in the corner, quietly working away on its craft with a determined and time-honed skill. In keeping with …

While we focus a lot on the best beginner motorcycles here, as the name of the site states, and we sometimes forget that the term motorcycle encompasses more than just the rip-snorting sport nakeds, the rumbling cruisers, or the screaming supersports. Not everyone wants, or even needs, a large displacement bike to get around. In …

A lot of new riders are looking to start off on something that will give them the most fun without necessarily being the most powerful. For some, it’s due to their body size and weight being too small or light for higher displacement motorcycles, for others it may be the fuel efficiency or specific usage …

In decades past, there was a gigantic push towards higher and higher displacement as the only way to produce more exciting, more powerful, and faster motorcycles. However, in the past few years, manufacturers have realized that you can still make exciting, fast, and powerful bikes with lower displacement through clever engineering and technology. In 2020, …

Motorcycles are all about freedom, or so we like to tell ourselves. However, how often do we really get out there and ride? More often than not, we’re stuck in the city streets, with little blasts of fun between the lights, or maybe a nice cruise down the freeway to get to the next suburb. …

Some of us out there have loved two wheels since the very first pedal bike we rode up and down the street. Some of us were lucky enough to get a miniature dirt bike at a young age and grew up riding the dirt before we ever rode the streets. And some of us have …

With the Winter now officially halfway done, it means that Spring is now closer. And for those of us that enjoy to travel on two wheels, that means it’s almost time to get the bike ready for its first Spring ride. Yet, in many places, Spring, Fall, and even Summer can have cold, wet, miserable …

While many of us enjoy the whole process of doing gear changes manually, there is a growing market of riders that would prefer to either start off on a motorcycle with automatic gears, or riders that may no longer wish to have to deal with multiple gear changes. There are also those that may have …

A Sub-$5,000 Thrill Ride Purpose-Built for Beginner Riders Ahh yes, the CBR300R – a lightweight, easy to maneuver, easy to maintain, fuel-sipping, beginner bike prodigy. That may sound like a lofty description, but the CBR300R has been that since its introduction in 2013 (on sale since in 2015). The CBR300R has successfully cemented itself in …

Too Many New Riders Overlook the GS500 & I Can’t Figure Out Why My first motorcycle was a ’99 Kawasaki Ninja 500R, a 500cc sportbike that came with around 45 horsepower, timeless good looks, and fuel-sipping fuel economy. It was an excellent first bike and one that I flicked from corner to corner with glee. …

Kawasaki’s Ninja 650R Has Been an Entry-Level Staple Since 2006 Bikes like the Ninja 650R, FZ6R, and SV650 are ideal for new riders that either needs something larger due to their height, or are confident in their ability to manage a bit more power than what the typical “beginner bike” ships with. With an estimated …

The Suzuki SV650 is Not Your Typical Beginner Motorcycle The SV650 defies the common convention that a beginner rider piloting a bike with 600cc’s or more is setting themselves up for failure. In most cases, the reality is that 600cc’s is simply too much for a new rider. The Suzuki SV650 respectfully disagrees with that …

Naked or Faired, the FZ6 is a Great Platform that New Riders Won’t Quickly Outgrow I might be biased, given that I’m currently rocking the 2007 Fazer in Yamaha 50th Anniversary Colors you see above, but the FZ6 is probably the perfect bike for the confident beginner rider that wants a bit of power without …