Hobbies Cars & Motorcycles The 10 Best Beginner Bikes Share PINTEREST Email Print Cars & Motorcycles Motorcycles Buying & Selling Motorcycle History Restoration & Repairs Cars Used Cars SUVs Trucks ATVs & Off Road Public Transportation By Basem Wasef Basem Wasef is the author of "Legendary Motorcycles" and "Legendary Race Cars." His work has appeared in Autoblog, Men's Journal, Robb Report, and Wired. our editorial process Basem Wasef Updated May 24, 2019 If you're brand new to motorcycling and are looking for the perfect starter bike, here's a list of 10 motorcycles that are tailored to the needs of beginner riders. Don't make the mistake of making your first motorcycle and overpowered sportbike or a flashy heavyweight cruiser; think small, manageable, and keep in mind that you'll probably be replacing your humble starter bike sooner than you think. For related topics, check out: The 5 Most Common Beginner Mistakes in MotorcyclingTen Great Beginner MotorcyclesTen Great Advanced Beginner MotorcyclesThings You'll Need to Know Before You Start Riding a MotorcycleHow to Ride a MotorcycleBuying Your First Motorcycle 01 of 10 2014 Honda Grom ($2,999) Photo © Honda The 2014 Honda Grom isn't just the cheapest bike on this list of beginner motorcycles, it's also one of the most fun. Related: 2014 Honda Grom Review: Small Bike, Big Thrills 02 of 10 2012 Honda Rebel ($4,190) Photo © Honda Honda's trusty rebel is a standby at Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses, and its 26.6-inch seat height and mellow 243cc powerplant make it an excellent cruiser for new riders. 03 of 10 2015 Honda CBR300R ($4,399, $4,899 with ABS) Photo © Honda The sequel to the Honda CBR250R, the CBR300R gets updated with a slightly bigger engine that claims a 17 percent climb in power and numerous ergonomic and design improvements. The CBR300R battles the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the upcoming Yamaha R3. >>Click here for a 2015 Honda CBR300R Review >>Click here for a 2011 Honda CBR250R Photo Gallery<< 04 of 10 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ($4,799, $5,499 with ABS) The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300. Photo © Kawasaki For 2013, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 upgrades from its venerable 250R predecessor with fuel injection, a stiffer chassis, numerous hardware updates, and available ABS. The Ninja 300 starts at $4,799 and runs up to $5,499 with ABS. For more check out our 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review, and Photo Gallery. 05 of 10 2011 Suzuki TU250X ($3,999) Photo © Suzuki The Suzuki TU250X combines traditional styling with a fuel-injected, single-cylinder powerplant and surprisingly plush suspension. Not only does it combine classic standard motorcycle looks with modern functionality, it does so with a price tag that's under $4,000. 06 of 10 2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 ($4,190) The 2012 Star Motorcycles V-Star 250 is priced at $4,190, and is available only in Raven (ie, black.) The V-Star 250 features new handlebars, and will go on sale in November, 2011. Photo © Star Motorcycles Yamaha's mighty V-Max is a compelling halo product, but this V-Star 250 offers classic cruiser style in a package that any beginner can handle. Its air-cooled 249cc V-twin lends it a substantial look for such a relatively small bike, and a low seat height of 27 inches makes it easy to manage. 07 of 10 2012 Yamaha TW200 ($4,490) Photo © Yamaha The fat-tired Yamaha TW200 is a welcome alternative to cookie-cutter starter bikes, and its dual purpose abilities make it trail and dirt ready. Its 196cc single-cylinder engine features an automatic cam chain tensioner for minimal maintenance. 08 of 10 2013 Honda CRF250L ($4,499) Photo © Honda Honda's new-for-2013 dual-purpose CRF250L offers a nicely balanced blend between pavement capabilities and off-road possibilities; mechanical highlights include a 249cc engine adapted from the CBR250R sportbike. Check out our Honda CRF250L Review. 09 of 10 2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40 ($5,099) Photo © Suzuki Though it shares genealogy with hulking cruisers like the M109R, Suzuki's entry-level Boulevard S40 weighs a reasonable 381 lbs, and its 40 cubic inches single-cylinder engine yields an estimated 63 mpg. 10 of 10 2009 Honda CRF230M ($5,399) Photo © Honda The Honda CRF230M takes characteristics of the dual-purpose CRF230L-- like long suspension travel and rugged bodywork-- and converts it into a supermoto-style bike with a seat that's .2 inches shorter. Click here for a review.