Best Beginner Motorcycles
Why Not Bigger?
It’s like in all of those cases when rich parents who buy their kids powerful sports cars to smash it in less than a month. You want to show off in front of your friends riding a 600cc motorcycle that sounds like a raging lion and die soon or do you want to first start with a smaller bike and enjoy your riding career longer?
Only imagine what it is like to keep more than 300 pounds balanced on two wheels... while also paying attention to the throttle, clutch, changing gears, cornering, swerving or breaking. Hard, isn’t it?
There are a lot of great motorcycles on the market for the beginning rider. So what should be the first question you should ask yourself when searching for the first bike? Is it too heavy for you? How's the bike’s maneuverability? Are the price and the insurance costs to high for you? Well, all of these questions are only a small part of the questioning. The key is to get something that fits your body, riding style, and budget as well. So, do yourself a favor and turn your attention to the smaller models. Moreover, the best thing with the small-sized motorcycles is that they really hold their resale value.
The biggest mistake a new rider can make is to over consider engine displacement when purchasing their first motorcycle. Most of the riders who started on a 600cc or on an 1000cc motorcycle (or anything between) soon realized they don’t yet have the skills to handle them properly. It is far more important to find a motorcycle that is comfortable and raises one's confidence in their riding.
When choosing your first motorcycle you should consider its size, physical, not the power of the engine. You don’t want to die fast or loud... The bike should be mountable with little effort. While on the bike, both feet should be on the ground, not necessarily flat, so the bike does not sway back and forth. Another sizing to consider is wheel length. For a new rider, a longer wheel length is more forgiving when a mistake is made entering a corner too fast.
Now that you’ve got the whole handling figured out, you can move on to choose the engine’s capacity. Most of you think that the cubic centimeter number gives away the power of a motorcycle. Wrong. It’s all about horsepower that gives you an idea on how ‘mean’ a motorcycle can be. Any new rider should limit their ride to less than 100 horsepower and no, it will not make you look cool, but at least it will keep you safe.
Brand New or Second Hand?
Well, if you have the money and you don’t care on how you spend it... a brand new bike will fit you just like a glove. The main advantage when going for a brand new bike is that it will break... later. Not never, but later than a second-hand one. However, a second-hand bike will help you save money, which should be invested in good riding gear. Plus, it will hurt you less when you crash and damage it than if it’s brand new. Since the first bike is only for learning and getting used to face the traffic on just two wheels, you will soon feel the need to change it for a bigger bike.
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how long does it take for a beginner to feel comfortable riding alone instead of being a passenger.
Take the course mandatory, after practice with your bike in a parking lot (one with no one around except the buddy you bring with you) mandatory. My wife started on a honda areo 750, why, I did look at smaller bikes, but most were old out of production and dealers would not work on them, the vulcan 500 just did not fit , back break to high, areo just right , seat height 25". my son rides a ninja 250, although he can throw my 1100 sabre around like he was born to it.
Sorry for being so long winded but I keep reading things that this is what you have to do, I have been riding for 40+ years and yes I took 11 bikes to get up to an 1100, but not so with my wife and two sons, like I said, wife started on a 750 son # 2 started on a 1100 then went to a 250 (loves it around the campus) son # 1 well he always just road my hand me downs, as a family we have all ridden the white mountains, the blue ridge mountains, deals gap. Just to get back to the power thing, My first son learned to drive on my Austin Healy , my youngest learned to drive on my v8 jeep, never did I think I hat to go buy a 4cly maverick so that he would not kill him self. Just had to teach him if he pushes down to hard on the accelerator and get caught his license in gone for a yr.