Top 11 Best First Motorcycles to Start A Biking Career (Buying Guide for New Riders)

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Starting a motorcycling career is an exciting period in one’s life, but it is always highlighted by the toughest decision that has to be made: what bike should become your first ride?

Well, the ideal package should include smaller displacement and forgiving throttle, low seat height, lightweight, and of course affordable price. In this lineup, we will show you those options that a beginner rider has and will highlight those features that make them a perfect choice to start out your motorbike journey.

Honda CB300F and Honda CBR300R:

Honda CB300F and Honda CBR300R

286CC Single Cylinder 4-Stroke LQ
Electronic Fuel Injection 6-Speed Transmission
Seat Height: 30.7 in/ Weight 348/357 LBS

Honda CB300F and Honda CBR300R, bring the best of motorcycling that could be mastered by a novice rider, who will be instantly connected to these machines.

Honda Rebel 300 & 500

Honda Rebel 300 & 500

Engine: 286CC / 471CC Single
Parallel-Twin 4-Stroke / 30-46 HP
Weight: 364-408 LBS
Seat Height: 27.2 Inches / Optional ABS

Honda Rebel comes in two modifications, an MSX300 version and an MSX500 with the major difference being the powertrain. It is worth noting, that experts recommend aiming for the more powerful 500 version right away.

2019 Honda Grom MSX125

2019 Honda Grom MSX125

Single-Cylinder 125CC Sohc 4-Stroke Engine
4-Speed Manual Fuel Capacity: 1.45 GAL
Wet Weight: 229 LBS
Speed: 62 MPH / MPG 134

If you do not take yourself too seriously, the Honda Grom MSX125 will definitely be a bike to have fun on while learning how to ride.

2019 YAMAHA V STAR 250

2019 YAMAHA V STAR 250

249CC Liquid-Cooled V-Twin
Seat Height: 27 IN (686 MM)
78 MPG Wet Weight: 326 LB (148 KG)
Strong 282 MM Brakes
Range: 200 MI

2019 Yamaha V Star 250 is the brand’s smallest cruiser model that is offered with a class-exclusive 249cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. With its strong brakes, smooth suspension, and 27-in high seat, the bike is a good choice for beginner riders who have minimal riding experience.

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

321CC Twin-Cylinder
Power: 42 HP (31KW)
Torque: 21.8 LB-FT (30NM)
Seat Height: 30.7 IN (780 MM)
Wet Weight: 368/375 LBS (167/170 KG)

The all-new 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 is the smallest bike of the brand’s R-Series that offers a great balance between track performance and riding comfort, being a perfect entry-level sports bike option.

2019 KTM 390 Duke

2019 KTM 390 Duke

373CC 1-CYL 4-Stroke
Liquid Cooled
Power: 44HP (32 KW)
Torque: 27 LB-FT (37 NM)
Bosch EMS
6-Speed
Seat Height: 32.7 IN

Undoubtedly, KTM 390 Duke is one of the best looking motorcycles, which are both nimble enough for beginners, and would definitely be appreciated on the streets by experienced hooligan riders.

2019 BMW G 310 R

2019 BMW G 310 R

313CC single-cylinder 4-Stroke
Power: 34HP (25 KW) At 9,500 RPM
Torque: 21 LB-FT (28 NM) At 7,500 RPM

2019 BMW G 310 R is a great choice for novice riders who will have a blast getting acquainted with the world of motorcycling with it. With a 34 horsepower peak output and 90 mph top speed, it suitable for city riding and occasional longer trips.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 / ABS

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 / ABS

296CC 2-Cylinder / 6-Speed, Return Shift
Suspension: Showa 5.1 IN
Seat Height: 32 Inches
Wet Weight: 386 LBS / Optional ABS

If you are planning to start out your riding career both on the road and trails, Kawasaki Versys-X 300 shall be a good option for the first ride. It is ready for some serious off-road adventures but at the same time remains road-legal.

2019 Benelli Tornado Naked T 300

2019 Benelli Tornado Naked T 300

300CC IN-Line 2-CYL, Liquid Cooled / 32HP (24W)
Torque: 18.4 LB-FT ^ Speeds
Seat Height: 31.3 IN
LED Tail / Turn Lights

Due to the revitalization of Benelli after its acquisition by the Chinese corporation Zhejiang Qianjiang, the Italian company managed to bring to the market high-quality naked models suitable for beginners the likes of TNT300.

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

373CC Single SYL / Electronic Fuel Injection
Power: 44HP (32KW)
Torque: 27 LB-FT (37NM)
Bosch EMS
WP Suspension
Ride-By-Wire

While on the outside this motorcycle has a completely unique look, it is actually underpinned by the KTM 390 Duke platform, which could be explained by the fact that Husqvarna is a subsidiary of this Austrian bike manufacturer.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 / ABS

Kawasaki Ninja 300 / ABS

29cCC Parallel-Twin / 39 HP (29 KW)
Seat Height: 30.9IN (764MM)
Available ABS / 17-In Wheels
Multi-Function Digital Display

Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a great first sportbike option that is fun to ride, has comfy ergonomics, and looks exactly like its bigger siblings, Ninja 600 and 1000.