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best small displacement motorcycles

About Our Selections

These selections considered ease of use, rideability, price, and how effective each motorcycle was in helping the beginner or newer rider learn the intricacies of riding. We are confident that any of these bikes will be superb starter or second bikes for most riders.

To further define what we are meaning by "small displacement," we are attempting to find the best bikes that have 200cc or less in terms of displacement. Due to there not being many bikes left in that range, we raised the maximum displacement to 300cc, with flex room of about 25cc as some bikes advertise as 300cc but are actually slightly over.

2023 Honda GROM

The perfect Smile-Per-Mile runabout

2023 Kawasaki Z125 PRO

A shrunken down, miniature streetfighter that has a ton of character

2023 KTM 200 Duke

A mini-hooning machine in the way that only KTM seems to be able to build them

2023 Honda Monkey

If you want the looks of a classic with the technology of today in a capable mini-moto

2023 Yamaha MT-03

A junior hyper naked that is one of the best beginner bikes available today

2023 Honda CRF300L Rally

The best dual-sport in a generation