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Best Cruiser Motorcycles For Beginners Hot

Victory High-Ball

Those entering into the world of motorcycling should look out for the best beginner bikes. Experts recommend avoiding heavyweight cruiser motorcycles (Sorry, Harley...). Lightweight and smaller cruisers are more manageable for starters. Here’s a list of 5 best cruiser motorcycles tailored to meet the needs of new riders.

2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40

New motorcyclists will enjoy the 2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40 due to its lightweight responsiveness. This cruiser is ideal for riding beyond city limits. Great features such as a precision electronic ignition and automatic decompression systems allow for rapid engine starting.

2012 Yamaha Raider

Designed for exclusivity, the 2012 Yamaha Raider SCL offers plenty of power and performance. Only 500 Raider SCL models exist. This cruiser is a chopper-inspired machine and features stainless steel mesh throttles and a 113 cubic inch engine.

2012 Honda Rebel

Honda’s 2012 Honda Rebel offers classic cruiser styling for beginners. The force behind this Honda motorcycle is a 234cc four stroke engine. It is gentle enough for starters, yet powerful enough to meet the needs of more experienced riders. An electric starter allows this cruiser to go with the push of a button.

2012 Yamaha Star Stryker

The 2012 Yamaha Star Stryker makes a great choice as one of the best cruiser motorcycle bikes for beginners. An 80 cubic inch v-twin motor powers the Star Stryker. Real steel fenders and a classic belt drive come standard. It remains a terrific choice for riders due to the low seat height (26.4 inches) which lets riders plant both feet on the ground.

2012 Victory High-Ball

Adjustable ape hanger handlebars, 16-inch laced wheels and a shorty front fender can be found on the 2012 Victory High-Ball. This cruiser has a retro appearance with lots of innovation mixed in. The Freedom V-Twin and 6-speed overdrive transmission allows beginning motorcyclists to ride easily between the curbs.

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+1 # Dan Oblak 2012-04-12 13:37
I've always recommended to new riders to hit the used market hard when looking for the first bike they will... drop several times in their own driveway. But I find it comforting that many of the best manufacturers are working hard at making a new bike a still-affordable option for those looking for their first steel horse. It wasn't that many years ago that in order to find a low-cost ride, you had to focus on off-brand Chinese hardware that unfortunately doesn't have the support system of parts and warranties that more established makers can brag about.
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+2 # Dannn 2012-04-12 19:15
A limited edition bike with 113ci or a 106inch motor and apes is not exactly what comes to mind when I think "Beginner bike"
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-2 # Teska 2012-04-12 20:16
The crazy low center of gravity and low seat height on that Victory give confidence to new riders who may wobble a bit. The handlebars are adjustable to be less ape-like. As someone who began with a starter bike then moved up and up and up I lost a lot of money and should have / could have starter on something like that Victory.
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0 # august 2012-04-30 17:14
never advise someone to start with a Victory. skills improve exponentially, requiring fast upgrades. u ll get no resale on a Victory to recoup ur investment
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+3 # Chuck 2012-04-12 20:38
Hmmmm. I'm going to have to second Dannn's opinion. Yamaha's Raider and Stryker and Victory's High Ball are NO WHERE CLOSE to being starter motorcycles.
Stryker- 1304 cc engine. Weight- 646lbs
Raider- 1854 cc engine. Weight- 730lbs.
High Ball- 1731cc engine. Weight- 659lbs plus.
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0 # Blackdog Motorsports 2012-04-13 11:09
Why not Hyosung's bikes ?
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0 # Carlos 2012-05-14 12:22
Quoting Blackdog Motorsports:
Why not Hyosung's bikes ?


Yes! Why not a Hyosung? I own one and it is the GV250 (look it up) It is a wonderful little cruiser and don't be fooled by their brand being unknown. I live in Dallas and this bike is my commuter bike to and from work. I ride it 20 miles each way everyday in the thick of rush hour and in the HOV lane...it keeps up with traffic going right around the 80 mile mark...parts? don't worry! I order them online all the time for real good prices.
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+1 # Enzo 2012-07-09 15:30
Whoever wrote this article is clueless. A Victory Highball weighs 659 lbs. A Harley Nightster weighs 545 lbs. All of the Harley Sporster models weigh less than many of these bikes so saying "sorry Harley" only shows your ignorance. Do some research next time.
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-1 # Alex 2012-08-14 02:52
The Rebel seems the only credible choice out of all of these as 'starter' bikes. But it's laughable because no beginner in their right mind would buy a new bike for full price. Best to learn on junkers, then work up to the fancy ones.
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0 # Vertical 2013-09-05 12:30
What about the Suzuki TU 250 and the Ninja EX300 they are new and both work and you get 90% back if you trade it in within a year at some dealerships.
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+1 # Vertical 2013-09-05 12:28
Honda have done a remarkable job this year getting new models into the hands of the new rider. The CB500X is a great bike, as is the CBR250 and loads of dealerships are giving 90% trade-in-values within a year of buying if you up grade. I know Cycles128 in Beverly Mass does. Go see for yourself. www.cycles128.com for more info.
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