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.