10 New Motorcycles for Beginners to Buy in 2018 (Prices and Specs Reviewed)

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When buying your first bike the backwards strategy would be to purchase it based on the looks. You might like the sporty lines of Honda CBR600RR, but this beast could be rather dangerous for an unexperienced rider. Firm feet position on the ground while at rest, comfortable upright posture in movement and forgiving powertrain these are the traits that you should be looking for in a beginner motorcycle.

Today we are presenting only the latest beginner newcomers with their prices and technical specifications, plus we picked two-wheelers from different classes to make sure that you are able to find the one that fits your riding needs.

Motorcycles featured in this video:

Zero S: zeromotorcycles.com/zero-s

Zero Motorcycles is the current undisputed leader in the production of electric bikes. Their latest and hottest introduction to the market is Zero S that also comes in a more powerful modification SR.

Honda CB500F: honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/street/cb650f/overview.html

If you are not considering buying a new motorcycle every few years and want to get the “one” that can satisfy your desires as a beginner rider and further on as you progress, you must definitely look into a Honda CB500F.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber: www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/motorcycles/classics/bonneville/2018/bobber

Yamaha MT-07: yamaha-motor.eu/uk/products/motorcycles/hyper-naked/mt-07.aspx

Yamaha MT-07 brings a 698 cc parallel twin engine to the road, that is capable of delivering power in a linear way that will be appropriate for new riders and veterans will be able to enjoy additional kick.

Honda Rebel 300: powersports.honda.com/2017/rebel-300.aspx

The latest 300 is a descendant of a familiar Rebel 250 that has been manufactured since 1985. Many consider this bike as a perfect “my first ride” vehicle due to the humble engine, light 364-pound weight, comfortable riding position and immaculate balance.

Kawasaki Z650: kawasaki.com/Products/2017-Z650-ABS

In reality the Z650 is a camouflaged sports bike and the major reason for that is the same twin engine and chassis as the ones on Ninja 650. However, all of the available power comes at low and mid-range grunt that is not overwhelming for new riders.

Kawasaki Versys 300-X: kawasaki.com/Products/2017-Versys-X-300-ABS

Kawasaki Versys 300-X is ready for some serious off-road adventures but at the same time remains road-legal and can serve as a decent commuter.

KTM 125 Duke: ktm.com/naked-bike/125-duke-2018/

All in all, KTM 125 Duke, is one of the best budget models for the very new riders, who want to make their transition to motorcycling safe and at the same time want to stay away from the notorious Yamaha YBR 125 at all costs.

Yamaha Tracer 900: yamaha-motor.eu/uk/products/motorcycles/sport-touring/tracer-900.aspx

Yamaha has quite a number of sport touring models in its garage, but the only viable options for a beginner rider are Tracer seven and nine hundred.

MW R Nine T Pure: bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/bike/heritage/rninet_pure/rninet_pure_overview.html

BMW R Nine T Pure is reminiscent of the machines from the 70s and 80s era with its circular headlamp and tachometer. It is the most stripped down version of the lineup and this allowed to lower the price to $11,995.

Suzuki GSX250R: suzukicycles.com/Product%20Lines/Cycles/Products/GSX250R/2018/GSX250R.aspx

Even though, one of the humblest entries to the sportbike lineup with just 25 horsepower pushing you forward, GSX050R it is definitely worth consideration.

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  1. Im thinking of getting the MT07, i have been riding my Yamaha Ybr125cc for under two years after my CBT test, im doing my direct access test (which in the UK, 24years and older can take, this allow you to ride any bike of any power, its either a three day course or 5days) if i pass it, im looking at the MT07, now im i a beginner or intermediate? Im 5'7 tall and 85KG

    Bikes considered

    MT07, Street Tripple(Triumph), Bobber and Harley 750

  2. I’ve been riding a bicycle (without side wheels) in all conditions for over 30 years now, so I’ve heard that the Kawasaki H2R was a good option to start with as I have a lot of 2 wheels experience. you should add it your list

    Not to forget if you fall for vintage : Kawasaki 750 2strokes h2, perfect start for daily commuting

  3. I’m glad I read the comments on this one. I’m a true beginner. My only experience is on a little Yamaha star in the open lot that my motorcycle class was in. It sounds like this list is for some other type of beginner.

    It’s hard trying to find the right bike with so many differing opinions, but it’s clear from the comments that this list is not for me.

  4. Your concept of what constitutes a "beginner rider" is much broader than mine. Even in my country (which is well known for its non-tiered licensing and casual attitude to risk) few riding instructors would consider an 1100cc engine appropriate for a "beginner rider." Beginners are called beginners precisely because they do not have the requisite riding skills, riding experience, or risk offset of better riders. Almost by definition, they cannot yet handle the weight, torque, or speed that an 1100cc engine can generate. Many would argue that 500cc is still too much speed or too much weight.

  5. Based on specs, I'd think the Vulcan 650, Suzuki S40 and maybe another honda or two could replace the bigger guns. Others have commented on that from experience, so chalk mine down to "it seems to me." Plus, it's based on what I'm personally shopping for! 🙂 Currently leaning to Yamaha Bolt or Vulcan S ABS. Not first bike, but first bike in a long time….

  6. Quit being a bunch of Babies my 1st bike was a 1300 CC Honda fury If you're a bigger guy you get a bigger bike Not everyone is small enough to sit on A 250 CC or Even a 650CC bike without crushing it

  7. I'm from India and all the motorbikes shown here are superbikes to my knowledge.
    And at 7-10k dollar we will get a car.

    We have bikes usually of 150cc and costs around $2000.

  8. My first back in the day, an H2 Kaw triple. 2nd was another H2 750. 3rd was a Z1 900. Now I have a KL 250, a KLR 250 and a XT 225 lol I prefer the gravel roads and the woods in my old age. 😉

  9. Awsome video!! I got confident with riding while living in Thailand for a little. Lots of drunk drivers, and gravel everywhere. Myself and some friends took a trip. Both riders, 1 American, me!! 1 Austriailian, and a French guy. The road to king and queens temple from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon was a long stretch and the mountain once you do get to the national park elevation goes up to 8,000 ft above sea level. Lots of twist and turns.. Scariest ride was coming back down. Edges with no barricades slipped on a turn breaking a little to hard, back wheel stopped on the white line about 10 ft from the edge. It made me a better rider. long rides will do it. Its get really fun after that, a little to fun. Riding on the weekends is not enough to create a good rider.. And most are weekend riders. Again I think its a great video. All aspects were considered. Not all riders are the same some are natural, most are not. I think it was a good list; as most people are not riding up and down mountains, going on death defying rides.

  10. I just bought a triumph Bonneville t100 2017 for my very first motorcycle with absolutely 0 riding experience-other than my zuma 125 I had. I learned everything by watching videos and practicing in my neighborhood. People exaggerate on the power. If you're careful and have some sense, anyone can teach themselves how to ride. It's not rocket science. My bike is 900cc's.

  11. I am a very beginner rider. Since many people seem to have an issue with the term "beginner', my level is like 1) I had no problem driving 125 cc scouter in Ho Chi Minh city recently although the way people drive there scared a hell out of me: 2) I recently took/passed the motorcycle school. 3) The weight of the bike I drove at Motorcycle school is about 360 lbs. It seems that my choice will be one of Yamaho Bolt, Kawasaki Vulcan S or Honda Rebel 500…. However.. to be honest, if it does not take too long to feel comfortable with the bike even as a beginner, the look of Indian Scouter Sixty is most appealing to me. Any suggestions ?

  12. You should stick to walking, as your advice on beginner motorcycles sucks donkey balls. Having riden all my life you are fucking clue less in the world of motor bikes.

  13. I have always viewed a beginner in riding as someone who has very little or no experience on a motorcycle. You have several listed here that are just way too powerful for a beginner like myself. When looking for a beginner motorcycle most people are looking for their first bike something to learn to ride on. a 1100-1200 cc bike is definitely not something to learn to ride on.

  14. The rebel is a welcome change in restyling for sure, however the 300 can be quickly outgrown by most riders. I believe the 500 is a better beginner bike as it can b grown into quickly and still be fun enough to not want to toss in the garbage after the first year.

  15. Idk aswell I have an XT600 and that shits only 45 bhp but it's definitely enough to slide tyres after a moderately high rev down shit and power wheelie in 1st and maybe a bit in 2nd gear I would NOT call that bike beginner friendly, a Yamaha WR125X with 15 bhp — thats more like it

  16. this is a beginner list?!? wtf? you have bike with 650cc up to 1200cc that can go more of 220km/h without problem, and them some pretty expensive bikes… For beginner it should be only cheap bike, lower power (like the 300cc or 500cc) and not to heavy. Most important is an cheap first bike because it will be drooped. Myseft i started with an second hand honda cb500, and it was sell only after 8 month for almost the same price. I replaced to a honda hornet and I have the cb600 for 6 years. At the moment i have an cb1000r. I drooped the cb500 one time, two times the cb600 and one time the cb1000r. the drop was always stopped because of stupidity like kick stand not correctly put or not used to the new height of the bike. So.. is an good advice is to buy motor protectors to avoid damage in this small drops.

  17. Good god. Multiple examples of 10,000$ bikes with 600+ cc. Its impractical at the very least, because a "New" Rider is a rider either fresh from or just about to get a non restricted license. There is simply WAY to much power on many of these bikes, and the price tags aren't helping. No matter how good your balance is, you WILL hit your ass on the pavement once, and you don't want a 10,000 dollar bike to hit that pavement. As for cc, even in the cruiser/touring section you only need 750 cc max. A New Rider will not have a smooth throttle hand and again, will fall on his or her ass and bang up the super expensive bike you recommended. There are some serious flaws here

  18. 2 complaints; you really think noobs can hand 1200??? Also. Wtf. Do you think we’re made of money? These are so damn expensive!!!

  19. I get a kick out of this. A beginner bike is 2000 ninja 250 thats bern dropped already and you paid 1200 bucks for. New small displacement bikes are capable and expensive to make mistakes on. Ive been riding for 5 years and ride a 390 duke. Why? Because my skill needs to catch up to the FULL capability of the bike. Then and only then are you having the most fun available on it. I want a monster 1200s but what am i gonna do on it? It looks great but ill tell you right now i will not have neer as much fun on it as i am on the duke right now because its way beyond my skill level. And im not talking about running fast in a straight line. Anyone can do that after a week of riding

  20. I'm a beginner (53 year old). For past 1,5 year i starter with 125cc (xl125v Varadero, 170 kg full weight 15 CV). Now i will try to have m'y A2 licence ( max 47 CV during 2 years. I 'm French that's our Law.) I will look for something with same weight. So i will progress securely in having fun with m'y bike.

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