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The perfect beginner bike – what is it?

– Which bike to choose for a beginner? – One of the most discussed topics in the motorcycle world. The question asked to all seasoned pilots and popular bloggers.

Most of the first-seasoners are waiting for a specific answer, saying that the brand conditionally “X”, the “Z” model is the optimal training rocket. But people, like the goals of buying a motorcycle, are too different for the answer to be equally good for everyone.

Let’s discuss how to choose your first motorcycle?

What are the criteria for the ideal beginner bike?

Whether you like it or not, the first bike must be as simple as a brick. The beginner still has too little experience to cope with a “smart” motorcycle, the electrics of which are comparable to the nervous system of a super-human. The first season inevitably floods the candles, gets confused with gear shifting, suffers from carburetors, if the motorcycle is carb, and not injection.

If a motorcycle is technically too difficult for a beginner motorcyclist, then the very first problems that he must learn to solve on his own will become an overwhelming burden. And this is unnecessary spending and a reason to be disappointed in the choice. When the bike is easy to operate, the beginner has the guts to learn how to repair it on his own.

Power and handling

The first motorcycle must not be more than 400 cc. And yes, if you were so hoping to take the liter Aprilia RSV R1000 as the first motorcycle, then this venture will have to be postponed for a couple of years. No matter how much experienced friends urge you to buy a motorcycle that is too tough for your experience, no matter how you want to show off on a powerful bike in the first season, it is not worth it. The first motorcycle as a tricycle for a small child, the goal of which is to acquire primary skills and nothing more.

Someone will say, they say, let a motorcycle from a motorcycle school be a training rocket, and take something cool and powerful for yourself. They say I have learned to play the “eight” on the court, which means that in the city it is time to blame the entire scholarship. And they buy on such persuasion! And then they go into a slip, fly out of turns and crash into intersections due to the banal inability to urgently brake! Is style more precious than life?

Well, if you are an adult and consider it shameful to ride 200 dice per experience for the first season, take 400, but not more.

Novice riders who buy their first motorcycle in adulthood believe they can make up for lost time with the power of the motorcycle. But your age does not in any way affect the acquired skills / motor skills, motorcycle control, if you have not trained before and have not gained direct experience.

I do not argue that having a reserve of power under the tail is more than useful when you are in an emergency and it is better to slip through, adding gas, than to clumsily brake and crash. But you also need to be able to skip and brake! What joy is it to unscrew the trigger to get out of trouble and topple over in a wheelie instead?

The first motorcycle should be easy to handle. When you bought not a motorcycle, but roughly speaking “boots”, then riding it will not bring you any pleasure. Moreover, you will be constantly distracted from the road situation by how uncomfortable it is for you to sit, how difficult it is for you to maneuver. As a result, you risk being disappointed in your choice. Hence the second conclusion – the modest performance of the engine should be combined with maximum controllability.


There is no point in buying high-speed motorcycles for a beginner also because of the high cost of consumables and repairs. There was a moment when I thought about changing the class of the motorcycle and from a comfortable chopper fit I decided to try to change to a sport. I turned to an advanced motorcyclist for advice, saying what model of sportbike would be the most successful for a beginner? To which he replied with a smile:

– What difference does it make to you if you drop it anyway?

At first I was offended by such an answer, because he did not name specific models, and even accused that I was overloading the novelty, and then I realized that he was right … after all, newcomers put their motorcycles so many times in the first season that they close on them sometimes scary to watch! Just like the fighting classics from survival racing!

Your motorcycle should have a minimum of protruding parts and plastic, because while you get used to landing, you get used to rearrange the motorcycle without clinging to hot parts like an exhaust pipe or a boiler, put and remove it from the footboard, you will drop it more than once or twice , definitely. Many listen to the advice of their grandfathers and twist mirrors and plastic for a while in order to get used to operating on the training site, and when they get used to it, they return everything to its place.

If you think about it, sportbikes are the most vulnerable class for beginners. Landing is uncomfortable, the desire to polish at 99% kicks in from the first exit in the night city. When dropped, the plastic is scratched instantly.

For cheap and low-volume models, spare parts and raskhodniks are within reasonable limits. Ideally, choose the most common model, one from which parts are given as change during disassembly, then there will be no problems with repairs.


As my friend biker used to say: it is better to go slowly than to be treated quickly. The first motorcycle is a proportion where, on the one hand, there is power, ease of control and ergonomics, and on the other hand, the price is an issue. You do not need to chase too expensive and wild motorcycles for the sake of the effect produced on those around you, without skills and experience you cannot become a good motorcyclist. It is the skillful handling of the technique that makes the impression, because even on an old model, you can show the true level of control over yourself and the motorcycle.

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