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The Best Motorcycles For Beginners [2023 Edition]

Last updated March 17, 2023 by Simon Bertram

Budget Beginner Bikes

Under $6,000

Mid-Range Beginner Bikes

$6,000 to $10,000

High-End Beginner Bikes

$10,000 and above

Honda Rebel 300 and 500

The friendliest beginner cruisers that have existed in a generation

Yamaha YZF-R3

The best beginner sport motorcycle for those that want to progress to supersports

Honda CRF300L & CRF300L Rally

A perfect start point for the adventurous type that wants to get some off-road time in as well

Kawasaki KLX300

One of the most popular dual-sport motorcycles that is a great launching point for new riders

Suzuki DR-Z400S & DR-Z400SM

A powerful but friendly beginner dual sport or supermoto, depending on which spec you choose

Honda CB500X

For those that want to start adventure touring or going on long distance trips, you simply cannot go wrong with this bike

Suzuki SV650 ABS

The ultimate beginner bike that helps you learn you everything you need to know about riding

Kawasaki Z650 & Z400

A very capable pair of beginner bikes that pack in a lot of technology at pretty incredible prices

Indian Scout Sixty

If you give it the respect it deserves, this starter bike might be the only motorcycle you'll ever need to buy

Harley-Davidson Iron 883

A surprisingly pared down and simplified starter bike that is extremely friendly to new riders

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