Best Beginner Motorcycles

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So you've completed motorcycle school or just learned to ride a motorcycle. The next step is purchasing your first motorcycle. This can be a difficult task, as you have quite a few options and you are probably too new to understand what exactly you want out of a motorcycle. My general advice to new motorcycle riders is to not go overboard, although admittedly, this is easier said than done. I favor buying less expensive or used bikes at the start. After you have a solid year of riding under your belt, that may be the best time to dish out more money and get your dream bike. With that said, your starter bike is very important. You don't want to spend an arm and a leg on it, but it should be a decent enough bike that is easy to handle. Here are some bikes you might want to consider (in no specific order).

1. Honda CBR 500

The CBR 500R is no doubt an excellent starter bike. It's fun to ride and well-suited for just about anyone, not just beginners. It may not be the best bike for an absolute beginner, but anyone that has a bit of experience should greatly enjoy this bike. The engine has lots of power for a bike of this size and weight.

2. Suzuki DR 200

The newly designed DR 200 is the latest bike in the DR line. This series of bikes have been a well-known favorite in the world of dual sport bikes. Compared to earlier versions of the bike, the redesigned DR 200 has a more comfortable ride, thanks to its revised seat design. The 3.3 gallon gas tank is another upgrade tha will allow you to travel greater distances without having to refuel.

3. Yamaha SR 400

This is a favorite among beginners. The bike has a nicely designed, retro look that may not appeal to everyone, but should please a great many people who like the more old-fashioned designs. Despite having a kickstart, the engine is easy to start. This bike should make the shortlist for all beginners.

4. Suzuki V-Strom 650

The Suzuki V-Strom gets to be a bit on the expensive side, but you should still consider it because it has a terrific reputation. The bike can serve as both a street bike and a dirt bike, so it's a good choice for people who want the best of both worlds.

The appearance of the bike is a bit controversial. Some people find the look unappealing, but this of course is a matter of personal taste. The engine is similar to the one used by the Suzuki SV650, although it has some modifications that are designed to help the bike serve well both on the street and off the road. Overall, this bike is a great choice for beginners who want a versatile bike they can use for a long time.

5. Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Kawasaki Ninja has a bit more power when compared to the 250cc motorcycles that Kawasaki has had in the past. The Ninja 300 has better technology, a newer look, and a more powerful engine.

For those who want it, an ABS (anti-lock braking system) is available. This is always a good option if you can afford it, especially for beginners. The Kawasaki Ninja has a stellar transmission, and the shifting is fast and smooth. In terms of looks, the Ninja 300 bears resemblance to the older 500 and 1000 models. It is a popular look that is favored by many motorcyclists.

So which bike should you choose?

At the end of the day, the bike you choose is a personal choice and nobody can make it for you. That said, you want to pick the bike that is most well-suited for your purposes. You need to honestly answer two questions:

1. What is your level of experience?
Don't choose a bike that's too much for you to handle.

2. What do you want to use the bike for?
Will you use the bike for a commute, or just for fun? What conditions will you be riding in?

3. How much are you willing to spend?
In an ideal world, we'd all have all the money in the world to spend on our beginner bike. But most of us live in a world where we'll have to take a realistic look at what we can afford.

After answering these questions, you can then narrow down your choices and take it from there.