Most new riders default to the Ninja300 and the SV650 as the fundamental bike for beginners. If you are looking for some other interesting alternatives these, here is a list of 7 overlooked and not very popular bikes that are splendid for beginners.
1Honda RVF 400
This is a little but surprising motorcycle. Even though they were made from 1994 to 1996, don’t worry about maintenance. It is a fairly simple machine to work on. It’s carbureted, without any advanced electronic components and has a 399CC V4 engine. It’s the perfect fit for a person who wants a proper sportbike but without an excessive amount of power. Its price ranges from four to five thousand dollars. Apart from all of this, it is also learner approved in countries with license restrictions.
If you want to get into the ATV market without spending too much money, this should be a bike to consider. This bike is currently being manufactured and can be bought brand new for under 4.500$. It’s a bike that can be used for ATV, especially from a beginner’s point of view. With a 250 CC single-cylinder engine with a 2-year unlimited mile guarantee. It is a practical, great looking motorcycle.
3Honda CBR250RR (90’s)
This is the ideal solution for a newcomer who wants the awesome sound of an inline four-cylinder engine but also wants to comply with learner restrictive licenses or simply prefers something with a little less power than a 600. With a 250CC inline-four engine with a potential 16.000 rpm, it costs between two and four thousand dollars. Nonetheless, they are hard to find in the US. Just like the RVF 400, this bike has the perfect 90s sportbike organized package.
4Kawasaki Versys 650
This motorbike can be considered as a solid but underrated option to start out. It combines excellent ergonomics with a 650CC parallel twin engine and you can get it brand new for around 8500$, although it is recommended to check out the used market to save two or three thousand dollars. You can basically do whatever you feel doing with this bike: from work commuting to traveling, it works perfectly. Sports bikes are usually showy, so if you are into the idea of not standing out too much, this is a great choice. However, some people might consider this bike ugly.
This bike, while not being the fastest or the prettiest, can be considered as one of the finest entry level bikes due to its price and availability. These bikes can be found for under 1500$ easily because simply nobody wants them. That does not mean this motorcycle has potential: with tons of modding possibilities and a super simple structure, this is one of the best if not the best option for the complete beginner. This bike, while not being the fastest or the prettiest, can be considered as one of the finest entry level bikes due to its price and availability. These bikes can be found for under 1500$ easily because simply nobody wants them. That does not mean this motorcycle has potential: with tons of modding possibilities and a super simple structure, this is one of the best if not the best option for the complete beginner.
With an 805CC engine, this is a cruiser motorcycle that is easy to work on, easy to maintain and has the potential to look great if treated with care. Some features like water cooling and interesting suspension components makes of this a very interesting option for a beginner for about three thousand dollars and does not want to spend way too much money in the saturated cruiser market.
We end this list with a sweet little motorbike that has been in production in the US since 2009. With a 250CC single-cylinder engine, this bike is supposedly built for ‘’the daily and casual ride’’. You can get this bike brand new for under 4.500$ dollars and just like the previous bike, it can be heavily customized and make it look just the way you want.