What are the Best Bikes for Beginners?

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Many people are buying motorbikes in 2020 which suggests that people who have perhaps always wanted to ride a motorbike are taking the plunge, perhaps in part due to the pandemic. Riding a motorcycle is a thrilling experience unlike anything else, but what is a good place to start for a beginner?

What to Look For? 

As with a new motorist to the road, it is always a good idea to start out with something that is basic, not particularly powerful, with a few handy features and affordable to buy and run. Specifically, this will be a bike with an engine size less than 600cc, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and windscreen/fairing to block wind. It is also important that you make sure that the seat height is just right for you.

So, what are a few of the best bikes to look at for new riders?

AM License (16+)

For youngsters, a good place to start is the AJS JSM 50 moped which is a stylish 50cc moped that will be affordable and an easy and safe way to get started. Alternatively, the Aprilia RS4 50 is another smart choice as a cool and stylish sport moped with a 50cc single-cylinder engine.

A1 License (17+)

For the next age group, the Honda CBF 125 is a step up as a lightweight, small-capacity motorbike with good looks while the Kymco CK1 125 is another popular choice with A1 riders with sharp modern styling and lower costs than the Honda.

A2 License (19+)

For those with an A2 license, the BMW F800 GS is a great beginner bike and, as you would expect with BMW, it features exceptional engineering, a sleek style and reliability. It is also capable of different types of riding whether this is commuting in a city, motorway driving or weekend adventures. A good alternative for beginners with the A2 is the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 which is the iconic manufacturer’s best entry-level option and one of the best-looking scrambler’s available inspired by skateboarding, surfing and pop music.

Why You May Want to Consider a Scooter?

As a beginner, you might find that it is actually a better option to purchase a scooter as opposed to a motorbike initially. Obviously, scooters are much more affordable than a motorbike and you could get a lot more for your money (especially in the used scooter market) and this can be a good way to see if this type of transportation is for you, so it can be a good stepping stone towards a motorbike. 

In addition to this, you will also find that there is very little maintenance work with a scooter which makes them easier to own and run. On top of this, they are also more fuel efficient which makes them more eco-friendly and cheaper to run and they are also much cheaper to insure.

For those that have always dreamed about riding a motorbike, now could be the perfect time for this with these being a few considerations that should help you to find the right bike or scooter.

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