About Our Selections

These selections are made based on a wide variety of criteria, however we focus mostly on the approachability, friendliness, and rideability of all the bikes that have made it to this list. While one is a bike we recommend for those with a season or two under their belt, all of these bikes can be considered appropriate for beginner riders and their first motorcycle. You will also see many bikes return to this list from our previous years of recommendations, as some bikes are simply the best beginner motorcycles of their displacement and riding niche.

Keep in mind, any motorcycle can be dangerous if you don't respect it and keep the idiot filter between your brain and your right wrist. We also recommend that you add in enough room in your budget, when considering any or all of these bikes, for good quality gear including helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots. We strongly recommend that you ride ATGATT.

Suzuki GSX250R

A friendly beginner sport bike with some serious powersports pedigree

Kawasaki KLX 300 & KLX 300 SM

A dual sport with a grunty single cylinder engine for endless fun

Honda CRF300L Rally

A beginner dual sport bike for those serious about following the adventure touring niche

Yamaha YZF-R3

Approach it with respect and it will introduce you to the world of supersports

Honda GROM

The only thing tiny about this bike is the price tag, because the smile it will give you will be massive

Yamaha V-Star 250

A small displacement V-twin cruiser for lighter riders with classic American styling

Honda Rebel 300

Perhaps the single friendliest beginner cruiser on the market today

Honda Trail 125

A tiny bike that literally can go anywhere and do anything when it comes to adventuring