When people get into motorcycles, 90 percent of the time they are inexperienced in how motorcycles work, and what they should get for their first bikes. If you’re a young person, there is an increased likelihood that you’ll buy a more dangerous sport bike, and if you’re a bit older, a greater possibility to buy a huge couch-like Harley-Davidson. However, neither of those are particularly good for beginners.
The comfortable Harley-Davidson is entirely too heavy, and the rider is much more likely to drop the bike when coming to a stop due to the sheer weight of it. The sport bike on the other hand has a throttle that tends to induce what is known as “whiskey throttle” and you are likely to end up in a ditch or a tree.
Most people that have been riding motorcycles for a long time will suggest you buy a used one that’s no larger than 500cc’s. However, not everyone wants to buy a used motorcycle. If you do, you’ll have to deal with carbs, tuning, possibly a choke, and a plethora of other little things that get in the way of actually learning how to ride. There are however quite a few new motorcycles that are perfect for beginners. To aid in helping new riders pick out the best first motorcycle, we’ve compiled a small list of the top five new motorcycles perfect for new riders.
Kawasaki Vulcan S
We actually reviewed this motorcycle a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with it. The Vulcan S is immediately confidence-inspiring. You can get on it no matter what level of riding experience you have an enjoy yourself. Add to that both the seat and the bars are adjustable to suit any height and weight, and you have one of the most capable and adaptable motorcycles on the market. And with a base price of just $6,999, it’s also far cheaper than most of its competitors.
The Ducati Scrambler is one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles of the past few years. Its old school styling, and torquey engine make for the perfect beginner adventure bike. Think of the Scrambler as a more comfortable dirt bike that you can take both on and off road. It’s a fairly small motorcycle, making it easily maneuverable for beginners. Add its brilliant capability with the subtle badassness of it, and it’s a recipe for success for not only the new rider, but also for Ducati. Price for the new motorcycle starts at $8,495.
So all your friends have sport bikes, and you want a sport bike too. However, you don’t want to immediately die because you’ve never been on a motorcycle before and a superbike just seems a bit too dangerous. Well first off, congratulations, you’ve made a great decision that will further your riding career long into the future. Second, you can still have the sport bike fun with this Honda CBR500R. It uses the CBR sport bike frame, but with a 471cc motor that will keep the front wheel down instead of popping wheelies left and right. This motorcycle starts at only $6,299, which is a bargain if you ask us.
The Triumph Bonneville is one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. It’s heritage spans decades both in the U.S. and the U.K., and now you can have your very own. Throughout its history, Triumph has almost never stopped building the Bonneville, and the newest iteration is absolutely perfect for beginners that want a touch of retro in their motorcycles. The motorcycle is 1960s cool, but with all the conveniences of a modern bike. Prices start at $8,099, but how could you put a price on something that looks this good?
Many people say buy an old used motorcycle to learn on, however, you’d then be stuck with dealing with oil changes, chokes, stuck carburetors, and a host of other problems that are surely to come up before you can safely get the motorcycle on the road. Even with new motorcycles, you’ll have to worry about some of those issues arising, not so with the motorcycles built by Zero. Zero motorcycles are all electric, which means there are minimal moving parts. It’s the pinnacle of ease-of-use. If you don’t want to worry about all the minor little things on your first motorcycle, Zero’s DS could be the perfect motorcycle for you.
While I’m all for learning how to ride a motorcycle the proper way, and sometimes that involves buying a used bike. I’m more in favor of not having to constantly worry about a motorcycle not starting, or having to pay through the nose to get it fixed. Buying one of these new motorcycles could solve those issues, and these are some of the best motorcycles out there, especially for beginners.