Best Beginner Motorcycle?

When you’re just starting out as a motorbike rider, it can be hard to tell which bike is best for you. You don’t want to splurge a lot of money on something that is either impossible to ride or that you’ll outgrow incredibly quickly. We’ve put together a list below five of what we consider some of the best beginner motorbikes around at the moment, all A2 license compliant.

Read on and see what you think.

Kawasaki KLX 250 

So one of the reasons we’ve gone for the KLX 250 model is that as a beginner, getting off-road experience is fantastic practice, and the bike is fantastic on-road and on-trail. The frame is lightweight, meaning it’s easy to get back up on those inevitable spills, and the clutch is incredibly forgiving, which is great for new riders.

Kawasaki has lots of great bikes for beginners; you should also look at the Ninja 650 and the new offering – the Kawasaki Eliminator.

  • Power: 22 hp
  • Weight: 138kg
  • Seat Height: 890mm
  • Price: £4,199

Honda CMX500 Rebel

Honda is another manufacturer that produces many bikes which are suitable for beginners. What’s great about the Honda rides is that many people also come back to them when they’re a bit older, wanting fun rides that aren’t too demanding – so you know that they’ll happily grow with your experience. The CMX500 Rebel stands out as it is incredibly easy to use and ride. It’s well-balanced with a low seat height of 27.2 inches – so getting your feet down when stopped is no bother.

  • Power: 47 hp
  • Weight: 191kg
  • Seat Height: 690mm
  • Price: £6,399

Yamaha MT-03

The Yamaha MT-03 is a great beginner bike with a low seat and lightweight body. It can reach up to 108mph, allowing riders to get onto motorways without worrying about the rest of the traffic. It delivers this power in a controlled and calm manner, so beginners can enjoy their ride and get a bit of speed on without feeling like the bike is about to get away from them.

You could also look at the XT250, a great beginner bike that can keep up on motorways and tackle some off-roading. The main issue with this bike is that it’s often outgrown quickly.

  • Power: 37.1 hp
  • Weight: 167kg
  • Seat Height: 780mm
  • Price: £6,108

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Again, it is a great bike for both on-road and off-road riding. This motorcycle sits in the adventure class, so it has a sturdy, well-built frame, fantastic traction on the wheels, and excellent suspension for either rough tracks or long-distance travel. It’s surprisingly comfortable for an adventure bike, so you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping this as your main ride for a good while.

  • Power: 39.4 hp
  • Weight: 196kg
  • Seat Height: 800mm
  • Price: £5,049

2024 KTM 390 Duke

The 390 Duke has been a favourite beginner bike for many years and many riders, and the 2024 version promises to live up to expectations. One of the best features of the KTM Duke is its incredible agility and easy handling – beginners can throw this bike around however they like, and it will respond admirably. KTM have tweaked the peak power and torque to keep the 390 power limit under the A2 licence limit of 35kW.

  • Power: 44 hp
  • Weight: 168kg
  • Seat Height: 800mm
  • Price: £5,699

A beginner’s bike needs to give you room to expand while also being fun to ride. If you’re not enjoying getting out on your bike, you won’t gain the experience you need to move up engine sizes. These bikes are some of our top choices for beginners – they shouldn’t be too intimidating but stand some time, so you don’t immediately need to upgrade. Try some out and find the one that’s right for you.

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