About Our Selections

While not all of these bikes will be electrically powered, for the largest part, that is the segment of off-road motorcycles that see the most use of automatic transmissions. In this list, which is not a ranking, simply a listing of the best, the only guideline we all agreed on here at BBM to follow is that they must be currently in production as of the start of 2023.

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!

If you haven't already, read our dirtbike buying guide to help you identify the best type of dirtbike for your needs.

Honda Trail 125

A mini-dual sport that is much happier on dirt than it is on pavement

Zero FX

An electric dual-sport that has more fun getting dirty

KTM Freeride E-XC

A dedicated electric dirt bike from the company renowned for their off-road bikes

Electric Motion Escape R

Probably the hardest-core dedicated off-road electric bike out there right now

Honda Africa Twin DCT

With a season or two under your belt, the Africa Twin DCT is a friendly and comfortable adventure bike