Top 5 Beginner motorcycles for different riders!

Top 5 Beginner motorcycles for different riders!
I hate seeing people recommend a “one bike for every rider” that’s complete nonsense. Not every bike is good for everybody. My list will show you my recommendations on what’s a good bike for YOU in case YOU Fall into a certain category.


1. Yamaha R3 (best to buy brand new, sporty looking)
2. Kawasaki Ninja 250 (best if on tight budget, sporty looking)
3. Yamaha FZ07 (For those who don’t want to “outgrow” your bike)
4. Suzuki DRZ400S (For those who want to go off roading!)
5. Honda VFR800 (For those who want to do sport touring and long distance commuting)

1. Honda Grom (125cc bike perfect for city traffic, over 100mpg)
2. Kawasaki Vulcan 650 (best cruiser for new rider)
3. KTM RC390 (For those who want to go to the track!)

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  2. Sorry hero but I’ve gotta disagree with you with the VFR800.
    I’ve been riding for approx 5 years now (since I was 16) and have owned 4 different bikes in that time and motorbikes have been my only form of transport up until 3 months ago, and I’m glad that I progressed the way that I did, and while I’m sure it’s possible for some learner out there to hop on a VFR I would highly recommend against it as a first bike.

    Starting off on a 2-stroke 50cc Vmoto Monza (due to it being the first license I could get where I live) it taught me basic handling of a bike and the insanely stupid things car drivers will do to you because you are on a bike and being such a low-speed, automatic machine it allows you to focus more on learning the ins and outs of riding a bike on the road.
    In total, I did around 20,000km on the Monza before it’s engine finally died

    The second bike I owned (and still own) is an old 96 CB250, now this was a personal choice, mostly due to aesthetics: (Original owners video) and the fact it was only going for about $1400 aud at the time that my Monza’s engine was dying. Now anyone that is familiar with the CB250 will know it is about the lowest powered 250cc engine out there that won’t impress anyone, however coming from a 50cc it felt like a big step up and was able to do 100kmh on the highway (not comfortably, but it could do it). It was the bike that I learned how to handle gears (very forgiving in this regard) and highway speeds on.
    In total, I did about 15,000km on it before leaving it sitting in a garage for 2 years while I was living interstate. While it’s not something I ride often anymore it can be some good fun and was a forgiving learner bike.

    The third bike I owned was a 2013 DR650SE that I got because I was after something that could be taken into the dirt and was capable of comfortably doing 110kmh on the highway and this was the first one I would not recommend starting on and while not hugely more powerful than the DRZ400sm (4hp difference) the bike is very top heavy and it does not like traveling at slow speeds, but with with Heidenau k60 scout tyres I could take it anywhere I wanted and have it perform well. All in all it is a good bike for TALL riders who want to have a torquier bike than the drz that has a slightly bigger stock fuel capacity (however anyone owning this bike for any length of time will likely want to upgrade the capacity to a 20/25l Acerbis or 30l Safari tank) and while not one I would recommend for beginners it can be done if you’re tall enough.
    In total, I did about 30,000km on it before swapping it for my VFR800FI

    And now the 4th bike I have owned the 2001 5th gen VFR800FI.
    Now I just want to start by saying that I absolutely love this bike, and while not having owned it for nearly as long as the others I can confidently say that this is not the bike for any learner looking to stay alive should choose. While it is true that it is heavier and handles well on the highway and shouldn’t wheelie (unless you’re really trying to) it is a very powerful bike that while fun to ride and is more comfortable than some super-sports out there it is not a comfortable bike for long rides and especially when you’re carrying a pillion. You will have a “break in” period for your back as it gets used to the new riding position. You will also get pains in the palm of your hand directly under your thumb (a lot of your weight is put on this small area if you’re not actively holding yourself upright with your core muscles and especially on fast stops) and if you ever ride with a pillion (not recommended for beginner riders anyway) every time you are stopped at the lights you will be massaging these muscles trying to get the pain to go away. While these issues might be all overcome the biggest challenge in my opinion for beginners is the clutch, it has a small “Goldilocks” area for taking off and given anymore it will start to crunch and try to throw the bike out from underneath you (my brother nearly did this while moving it in the driveway).

    In conclusion, I have come off my Monza twice, the CB250 3 times, twice on the DR650 (well I got it bogged twice on two separate occasions and the bike stayed upright but I
    came off) but have not come off the VFR yet.
    In the 5 times I came off my first two bikes they were light and low speed. Thankfully escaped with nothing more than scrapes and bruises. If I had the VFR as a first bike I’m not so sure I’d even be alive today to write this.

    So if there are any beginners out there considering the VFR as a first bike, do yourself, your friends and your family a favor and get something lighter and lower powered as while you can easily kill yourself on any bike the VFR will execute any control you input to it exactly. The VFR800 is an amazing bike but save it until you have a few years under your belt before buying one.

  3. You forgot the Honda CBR500R/ CB500….just a bit more power than the 300s but a very tame and beginner friendly engine….i love it as my first bike because it truly is an all rounder….

  4. Started on a 2017 sv650. Love that bike! Best bike I could have asked for to start on. I do not plan on selling that bike ever

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