Yamaha V Star 250

Somewhere between a classic cruiser and a custom-style motorcycle is the Yamaha V Star 250. It’s been built to appeal to a wide range of riders, and that goes doubly for the new rider. At just 249cc, it’s efficient and powerful enough for day-to-day riding in the city. It’s not the most fleet of foot, so probably not too good on the interstate.


It has a nice, low 27-inch seat height that’s great for smaller riders, and the weight is just 326 pounds. Between its clean look and small stature, it’s one of the best beginner motorcycles, without a doubt.

Kawasaki Z125 PRO

If you’re thinking an on-road/off-road bike, it’s what we call dual-purpose. Kawasaki gives us an option for beginner riders in that type of category, the 2018 Kawasaki Z125 PRO. It’s built to be a blast to ride, is a cost-effective way to get into the hobby, and is one of the best beginner motorcycles you’ll find.

The tiny motor, just 125cc, might not sound like enough, but the bike is super-lightweight. It’s just 225 pounds which is easy enough to handle for smaller riders. But you can’t be too small – the seat height is nearly 32 inches.

Can-Am Spyder


Not ready to take the training wheels off yet (metaphorically speaking)? Balancing on two wheels isn’t for everyone. The Can-Am Spyder is a good choice for a beginner rider who wants the open-air experience without the nerves of just two wheels. It’s a bigger unit, so it needs more than the rest have – at least 1300cc of displacement.

It’s an ultra-modern design with molded panels and an aggressive ‘grille.’ The Can-Am Spyder is equipped with ABS brakes, a semi-automatic transmission, and can come with or without a radio, power height-adjustable windshield, and heated grips. But most importantly, you get comfortable with being a rider, and hopefully, you can graduate to a two-wheeler in time.

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