As an aspiring rider looking for their first bike, this is certainly an exciting time. You probably already know that there are thousands of options on the market. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect match, another compelling model or manufacturer enters the picture. So, how do you make the right choice?
First, consider how you plan to use your motorcycle. If you intend to zoom around the city, something agile with a small engine capacity makes sense both practically and economically. For those whose journeys will involve longer distances, a larger and more powerful bike is naturally in order. As a beginner for this type of bike, we suggest you look for pre-owned motorcycles as this is much cheaper than brand new, though the performance and power are still there. It’s also important to look into the proper safety gear you’ll need before riding; this should be bought new, for your safety’s sake.
That said, there are winners and losers on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to suitability for new riders. In this guide, we’ll focus on the former and briefly discuss four great motorcycles for beginners in the year ahead.
Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
While not the cheapest option on the market, the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is a sight to behold, and its impressive 392cc air-cooled engine provides an experience to cherish. This is partly why the bike has long stood as the most popular in its category. With a comfortable double-seat, solid visibility, and retro-cool styling, you’re sure to stand out.
The Sixty2 is also capable as both a city-slicker and a long-distance runner. You can customise it with several accessories and colour options, including Atomic Tangerine, Ocean Grey, and Shining Black.
Suzuki Address 110
On the complete opposite end of the price range is the Suzuki Address 110 scooter. It’s perfect for learners who have a provisional A1 licence or are simply on a budget. This neat looking two-wheeler manages to consume a mere 2 litres per 100km, making it highly economical. It’s also practical, with built-in helmet storage and plenty of luggage space.
There are several other Suzuki bikes that you can check out online in this category, but if you just want something cheap that will reliably get the job done, the Address 110 is sure to satisfy.
Triumph Street Triple RS
The menacing Street Triple RS is a 765cc powerhouse that Triumph describes as agile, fast, and fun. It’s an ideal fit for those who feel confident with their riding skills and are looking for something more capable. This bike isn’t difficult to ride, though, with features such as Shift Assist transmission allowing you to change gears without a clutch.
Despite its impressive power figures, the Street Triple RS is fairly light at 166kg dry. It also gets a reasonable 5.2 litres per 66 miles, so you won’t be spending much on fuel.
Last but not least is the A2 license Kawasaki Z300 and its 300cc liquid-cooled engine. It’s nimble, affordable, and able to reach an impressive 100 miles per hour. The comfortable seat makes it suitable for long journeys, while the lightweight design means it’s just as capable around town. You can expect to get 4 litres per 66 miles with it, too.
A few honourable mentions include the Triumph Street Twin, Honda SH Mode 125, and BMW F900R. They’re all great options for beginners, so be sure to check them out.