What Is The Best Beginner Motorcycle?
January 21, 2014 by Jim Williams
Many people, when they make the decision that they are going to begin riding a motorcycle, want to go big from the very beginning. This can and often does lead to them laying the bike down and giving up on their ambition. This is a common problem that can be avoided if the beginner is willing to be patient and take baby steps with one of the many beginner motorcycles that are on the market. The following is a short list of the best bikes to begin your riding adventure on.
- Honda Rebel 250
- Star Motorcycles V Star 250
- Suzuki GZ250
- Suzuki BoulevardS40
- Kawasaki Eliminator 125
- Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
- Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Super Low
The biggest issue is that a beginner will generally lay their bike down while trying to learn the basics. This is one reason that the Honda Rebel 250 is a good bike to learn the basics on. You will want a bike that is low to the ground and does not weight that much. After your lay it down, you want a bike that will be easy for you to pick up. The other advantage to the Honda Rebel is that it has the big bike look and feel. Few riders are going to even know it is a beginner bike unless they look very close. The large amount of chrome allows for the bike to pass as a big boy and yet allows the rider to feel that they are still on a starter bike to allow them to get their feet wet.
Star Motorcycles V Star 250 is another in the long list of bikes that give a rider that big bike feel. Weighing in at 324 pounds, it is the lightest of the beginner bikes. Again this is important in the fact that this allows for a rider that wipes out on their bike to easily be able to stand the bike back up and get back to riding. The V Star is another bike that is decked out to the max with chrome. The best part of the V Star is that they retain their value and are easy to find on the market on a routine basis.
The Suzuki GZ250 is looked at as being the official starter bike as it is used by many of the courses that beginner riders take before they saddle up onto a bike. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation actually endorses this bike for their sanctioned classes. Again this is a bike that you will find a large number on the street at decent prices. The main reason that these are so popular is that they are generally the closest to looking like a big bike that you can get. There are a couple of bikes that are closer, but this is in the top three.
The last bike one should look at buying as their beginner bike is the Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Super Low. When it comes to a bike that looks like the big boys, this is the king. With the Harley Davidson name plate behind you, no one will question if it is a starter or not. In fact many seasoned riders still can not tell that it is a beginner bike when they see it.
These are a few of the choices that a rider has when they are looking to get a bike for their first. Now that you know the basics about the best bikes on the market, you can make a decision that will be right for you and your bike needs.