There are a variety of options to choose from when thinking about beginner bikes, many of them focused on sports-type models or standards. Often times, this is because manufacturers spend more of their money on marketing promoting their sport bikes or beginner standards. But fear not, cruise pilot – there are great entry-level models for those who crave forward-footed posture. Here, we’ve rounded up eight of those great options for your viewing pleasure.
Harley-Davidson Street 500/750 / Street Rod
When you think of cruises, naturally Harley davidson is the first manufacturer that comes to mind. However, you likely have visions of the big Harley cruisers rumbling down the road in your head. Look down the HD product catalog and you will find the Street entry-level model series. Lighter, smaller, and less expensive than The Motor Company’s better-known offerings, the Street series features a V-Twin engine. Starting with the 500 Street, you get a classic-styled cruiser that is unmistakably Harley-Davidson with power coming from a powerful, but not overly powerful, 500cc V-Twin. Go up one level to 750 Street and get the same features: lightweight (for a Harley), ABS, low 28-inch seat height, but with a bit more sexual attraction from a 750cc Twin.
If you feel especially athletic, opt for the Street bar (pictured) and get the same basic rig as the Street 750, but with more power, better suspension, and a more aggressive look. Pricing starts at $ 6,899 for the Street 500, $ 7,599 for the Street 750, and $ 8,699 for the Street Rod.
Honda Rebel 300/500
If you remember the Rebel Honda Named after when it took its test drive many moons ago, Honda finally updated the model a couple of years ago so your kids can have those same memories when they go to the DMV. Very similar to the Harley-Davidson Street series, the Rebel line features two models that are nearly identical except for the engine between the legs. Starting with the Rebel 300, you get a very minimal design awaiting your own customization. The seat height is low (27.2 inches), the bars are high, and there’s not much to separate you from the elements. Power comes from a single 286cc that’s the furthest thing from intimidating. Get on the Rebel 500, and the only real difference is the 471cc Twin that provides forward thrust. The Rebel 300 starts at $ 4,499, the 500 at $ 6,199. ABS costs a bit more.
Kawasaki Vulcan S
the Kawasaki Vulcan S You may be swinging the line between the beginner bike and the intermediate bike with the 649cc parallel twin you share with the Ninja 650 Y Z650 models, but their base price of $ 7,099 is very attractive for this category. Plus, it offers something no one else does: a custom fit from the showroom floor. Kawasaki calls it Ergo-Fit, and it comes down to adjusting the bars, pegs, and seat to fit your specific height. Whether you’re hovering around the 5-foot-6-inch mark, or a towering figure that doesn’t easily get lost in a crowd, the Vulcan S can be configured to be as comfortable as possible, and it’s all done at the dealer without more. cost. That kind of compatibility is huge for a new rider. And we haven’t even delved into the performance of the bike! In short, it is an excellent bike to learn and grow.
Suzuki boulevard s40
Remember that line earlier about the Honda Rebel and having memories of your student’s test? The same applies to the Suzuki boulevard s40 – or as you may have remembered it back then, the Suzuki Wild LS650. But while the Honda has recently been updated, the Boulevard S40 is still the same machine now as when it debuted in the mid-1980s. Some may call this a negative, but for a new rider, there is something comforting about riding a bike. machine with more than three decades of development: you know that all the errors have been solved. Power comes from a highly reliable 652cc single cylinder fed through a carburetor so you can appreciate how things were done in the past. The belt drive also requires almost no maintenance. Another throwback to yesteryear is the rear drum brake (don’t worry, there’s a disc up front). The seat height is 27.6 inches and the curb weight is 381 pounds. At $ 5,799, you get a pretty decent return for your money.
Yamaha V Star 250
Another blast from the past is the Yamaha V Star 250. Like the previous Suzuki, the V Star 250 is also carbureted, with a brake of …