This question comes up quite a bit, so here’s my personal opinion on the age old question: What’s a good first-bike? The best answer (as far as I can tell) is: “it depends.”
The problem with a lot of (otherwise good) advice on first-motorcycles is that it’s like trying to give directions to someone without knowing where they’re coming from… You can’t tell someone to make a left unless you know which direction they’re coming from…In the same way there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to motorcycles. Something else we must keep in mind is that there is no such thing as a “safe” motorcycle for beginners on the streets of NY. A crash on a 250cc is just as bad as a crash on a supersport. And on congested city streets, a person who lacks the sense to learn safely on a 600 will not be safe on a 250. However there are principles and needs that can be understood and addressed to benefit new riders while increasing chances of safety developing motorcycle skills. So here’s a quick rundown of some basic needs new riders have along with some principles to apply in choosing a first motorcycle…
Unless you balance refrigerators and washing machines for a living, you probably don’t have innate the skill to balance a motorcycle well. For an experienced rider, weight can add to a bike’s stability but for new riders bike weight (and the added power that usually goes with it) magnifies every mistake making riding more precarious.