Gone are the days when motorcycles were just elements of transportation. The initial idea behind the invention of motorcycles was to make moving from a place to another easier. They’ve been seen as an important part of transportation since then, but is that what motorcycles are really about? It’s been an amazing transition from being elements of transportation, which they still are, to being an essential part of our daily lives; there’s a spot for them in the mental space. Some people now own motorcycles not because they want to use them to move from one place to the other. They are now a reflection of a man’s taste and personality. Why do some of them cost a fortune? Aren’t they supposed to be moving people from places to places? They are meant for so much more and that’s why a lot of people don’t mind spending as much money on them as they possibly could.

There’s no better time to enjoy outdoor activities than 2021. If anything 2020 taught us the most, it’s to live and cherish as many memories as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to learn new things and implementing those things in our lives for good.

The excitement you get when you ride on a bike as a beginner is one of the best things you can ever do to yourself. The laughs, the funny falls, the adrenaline rush that comes with holding a powerful beginner’s bike in your hands; it doesn’t get better than that. If you’re just starting, you’ll need as much information as you can get because you don’t want to get your hands on the wrong bike for so many reasons.

Below is our list of the top 10 best beginner motorcycles you can get your hands on in 2021.

10. 2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS

A very special motorcycle we have here. Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS is a 296cc 4-stroke engine motorbike that is perfect for beginners. Who says you can’t go on a little off-road adventure even as a beginner? The tires features in this bike will ensure that you enjoy every bit of your time on your adventurous ride. The bike features a robust suspension coupled with an ergonomic handlebar position and low seat height. Pricing for this Kawasaki motorcycle starts at $5,899 USD.

9. 2021 Honda CB300R ABS

If you love small sportbikes, then this 2021 Honda CB300R ABS is the perfect option for you. It runs on a 286cc single-cylinder engine with four different valves. The moving parts in this bike might not be as much as those of other motorcycles we’ve discussed so far but that’s due to it being purely a beginner’s bike. The bike features low friction piston rings and iridium spark plugs which will ensure that the bike serves you longer than you can ever think of. The motorcycle is priced at $4,949 USD.

8. 2021 Suzuki SV650 ABS

You must have wondered if this was ever going to make the list; why wouldn’t it? It has been featured on several lists of beginner’s bikes for the past few years and it continues to justify its inclusion. The 645cc v-twin engine cranks out 75hp and some will wonder if that’s not too much of an engine for a beginner’s bike. Since first appearing in 1999, Suzuki SV650 ABS continues to be regarded as one of the best bikes for beginners with its lightweight chassis and low emissions perfectly complementing the powerful engine. The bike has a starting price of $7,699 USD.

7. 2021 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha doesn’t disappoint; this is a claim you can strongly defend if you’ve used at least one of the brand’s products from any industry. Yamaha MT-03 is another beginner’s motorcycle we can’t quite take our eyes from because it’s made for that purpose (just for beginners). There are carburized rods in the 321cc twin-cylinder engine to help disperse heat properly and effectively. The bike has its main headlight right at the centre of the front panel while there’s also a pair of LED eyebrows take up each side of the bike. Yamaha MT-03 has a starting price of $4,599 USD.

6. 2021 Honda Rebel 300 ABS

2021 Honda Rebel 300 ABS is the real definition of a perfect beginner’s bike. With low seating that aids comfort and convenience, you definitely won’t find ‘the going’ tough with this motorcycle. It runs on a single-cylinder 286cc engine that is packed with two overhead camshafts which allow the bike’s engine to run smoothly and without noise. Without doubts, you’ll enjoy being on this bike as a beginner because that’s exactly what it’s meant for. A starting price of $4,599 USD means that the 2021 Honda Rebel 300 ABS is also affordable.

5. 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS

The Japanese leading motorbike manufacturer is known for producing only quality motorbikes and here’s one of them; 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS. The beginner’s bike is powered by a four-cylinder 399cc, six-speed transmission engine to offer a blistering output of 44hp. Despite being priced between $5299 and $5599 USD, this powerful motorcycle is packed with features that some people think might be worth a lot more than the price tag it carries.

4. 2021 KTM 390 Duke

Powered by a 1-cylinder 373cc engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, KTM 390 Duke is another beginner’s bike that will blow your mind. Its sportbike design may put you off from away but engaging with this bike, you’ll realize it’s safe for beginners and professionals alike. The bike features an open-cartridge technology and upside-down WP forks which aid amazing performance. You can still cruise around the neighbourhood at night safely with the help of the twin LEd headlights. MSRP for the 2021 KTM 390 Duke starts at $5,599 USD.

3. 2022 Honda Grom

A peep into the future? This is real because Honda has decided to give us the newly redesigned Honda GROM for the 2022 model year earlier than we all thought. Honda’s reputation for good engines can only be matched by few brands in the industry and the brand has claimed bragging rights again with the 2022 Honda GROM running on a single-cylinder 125cc SOHC four-stroke engine with a whooping five-speed transmission. It doesn’t matter where you’ll be taking your training, whether in the city or an urban area, you can count on this bike. 2022 Honda GROM has a starting price of $3,399 USD.

2. 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3

Dubbed the ‘blue angel’ by lovers of motorbikes, Yamaha YZF-R3 is a mini sportbike that is safe for beginners to use. The bike is powered by a twin-cylinder 321cc with a six-speed transmission for better performance. Beginners will love the seat that is only 30.7 inches from the ground, making it easier to mount. The two cylinders are packed with 4 separate valves each to ensure a mid-range torque is attained while also reducing the noise it makes. Is it only perfect for beginners? No! Professionals can also show many skills they’ve got on this bike as it also has professional standards. The MSRP starts at $5,299 USD.

1. 2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS

Kawasaki Z400 is returning in 2021 but with some friendlier features for beginners. People have hailed the Kawasaki Z400 model over the years as one of the best naked motorcycles you can get your hands on in the market. The bike runs on the popular bulletproof Kawaski parrel twins with 399cc’s and 45hp. It has proved to be one of the best beginner bikes over the years with standard features like an assist-and-slipper clutch which makes sure you don’t get thrown off the bike when you suddenly hold the clutch. As a beginner, you’ll love this bike and with a starting price of $4,999 USD, it’s one of the budget-friendly motorcycles on this list.