As a novice rider, it’s wise to start on a smaller bike with less power in order to master balance and throttle control without risking being whisked into an unwanted fence by sheer force of wind alone.
The Suzuki SV650 is one of the best starting bikes available, featuring a lightweight chassis and relaxed seating position for comfort. Additionally, this motorcycle offers Low RPM Assist to avoid stalling.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 learner approved supersport bike is known for its race-inspired dynamics. A popular choice among beginners looking for their first experience riding motorsport, this R3 boasts an aggressive look as well as an inline twin 321cc engine and sports fairings – ideal for first timers!
One rider can comfortably use this scooter while still having enough power to pass cars when necessary. A true rev-demon, it rewards riders who maximize torque with every stroke they make.
In 2019, Yamaha released major updates that further improved their YZF-R3 motorcycle. New features include an upside-down 37mm KYB fork with revised settings, revised triple clamps and lower clip-on fuel tank; plus an intelligent LCD dash which displays speed, gear shift indicator, trip data and rev counter, making it easier to read even under direct sunlight. A wide array of accessories ranging from Akrapovic slip-on exhausts to rear seat covers and tool kits is also available for purchase for this motorcycle.
Kawasaki Ninja 400
As with the YZF-R3, the Ninja 400 is a small displacement sport bike that could serve as the ideal beginner-oriented machine; however, your skill level and speed-to-competency should always be your determining factors when selecting your motorcycle.
As with its larger sibling, the Ninja 400 looks incredible. Reminiscent of both world-renowned ZX-6R and ZX-10R models, its appearance exudes power and grace at once. Furthermore, its design also allows riders to ride more comfortably.
It shares its predecessor’s trellis frame, suspension setup and Dunlop GPR 300 tyres but feels lighter and agile on the road. A quick throttle yank reveals respectable but not overwhelming power for its size, fast enough for tight track competition while offering sufficient grip in city streets and expressways. Furthermore, its seat is comfortable without overtucking too aggressively – ideal for taller riders.
The Kawasaki ZX-4RR is one of the latest supersport bikes to embrace performance-with-economy principles, offering excellent performance but at an economical price point. While race replicas may become common, this bike marks a welcome return to steel frames and budget-minded components.
It is an exhilarating ride, surprising nimble for its 414lb curb weight. Additionally, this model includes a ride by wire system with full and low power modes as well as adjustable inverted Showa fork, radial front brake calipers, quickshifters with up/down functionality and smartphone connectivity – plus its 4.3in colour dash is equipped with smartphone integration!
The 399cc inline-four engine produces 75hp at 9,000rpm (American models limit the power to reduce emissions and noise levels). Although this engine lacks in flexibility, its voracious appetite for revs more than makes up for it – not to mention how reliable its chassis is when racing around tracks!
Garware has offered Hyosung bikes before, and the GT250 from Hyosung stands out. Offering great pose value at an attractive price point, the GT250 may prove tempting for beginners looking for something distinctive in a crowd.
This vehicle is powered by a 249cc air-cooled four-stroke V-Twin engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission that generates 26 horsepower and 22 pounds-feet of torque.
It offers good thrust off idle, is easy to ride around town and easy to transport, yet power begins to fade after 8,500 rpm. However, if you keep revs low and work towards its claimed top speed of 100 mph then this bike becomes quite enjoyable. Additionally, its fuel injection feature makes controlling it simpler; an essential feature for beginner riders.