Based on your responses you are a beginner motorcycle rider in the higher height grouping and in the lower weight grouping, and lastly, you either don’t know how to operate a manual transmission or you don’t have much of those relevant experiences we described in the previous section. Based on those factors we’ve produced three motorcycle recommendations for you but before we go there, let’s first explain how these different factors about you provided guide us into recommending beginner motorcycles to you.
Riders with higher than average height need to make sure the motorcycle they are choosing for their beginner years is not too small as a lot of recommended starter bikes are on the smaller size. And, there are a new group of starter bikes that are popular, such as the Honda Grom and the Yamaha 125Z. Both are nice starter bikes for someone that is not on the taller side like you and so we do not recommend you start with an option like one of these but definitely go with a more traditional-sized starter bike.
Riders with lower than average weight (as opposed to a rider in the over average weight range) don’t generally have to worry about choosing a motorcycle that will not be able to handle their weight load and so that would open you up to smaller beginner bike options. But, as you indicated in the height selection, you are above average in terms of height, so even though a smaller beginner bike (say under 200 cc) may have the power to move you around well enough, the frame and configuration of the motorcycle may not be accommodating to someone your size, so again, stay away from the very small bikes that some beginners gravitate to these days.
If you BOTH had a lot of relevant riding experiences and you knew how to operate a manual transmission then it’s possible we could recommend a larger (larger primarily in engine size) motorcycle than the models we’re going to recommend. The recommendations below are on the lighter side of the motorcycle weight and engine size spectrum (the 250-300 cc range) spectrum which generally will make it easier and safer for you to be able to learn to ride.
Our Recommended Beginner Motorcycles for YOU
2017 Honda Rebel 300
Probably the most successfully marketed beginner motorcycle of all, the Honda Rebel, has for decades been a go-to bike for beginner riders. Honda has not rested on its laurels but instead, update and upgraded its hit of a motorcycle over the years recently upgrading the engine size from 250 cc to its current 300 cc form. And, they’ve worked hard to give the Rebel 300 an appealing look with a unique combination of the old school, new school, and minimalist school elements. Lastly, at a 27″ seat height it is even lower than its “little brother Grom,” yet with a more than double the size motor which may appeal to you if you’re thinking that a Grom’s 125 cc is going to be too small for you.
2021 Yamaha MT-3
Yamaha has worked hard to provide a beginner-oriented motorcycle in the “Naked” street bike genre. After having tons of success in the higher cc range, they’ve finally put out a smaller 300 cc (technically, 321 cc) powered option and the results are impressive. At 373 lb, it is the heaviest of our recommendations here but with a 30″ seat height, the bike should be a good fit for most beginner riders in the low to medium height and weight ranges. The 2021 version of the MT-3 comes in at about $4,500 which makes a new motorcycle within the range of many beginner riders.
2010 Yamaha V-star 250
Yamaha V-star motorcycles have been one of the more successful Japanese cruisers of all time primarily being sold in 1100 and 650 cc configurations. However, back in 2008, Yamaha decided to take a bite out of the Honda Rebel dominance in the entry-level motorcycle market and introduced the V-star 250. So we’re happy to recommend the V-star 250 if you’re looking for an entry-level cruiser with a more old-school look than the current Honda Rebels. We’ve included a photo of an older 2010 to show you that you can go with a nice older (and much cheaper) option like the 2010 V-star and still get a great-looking classic cruiser to learn to ride on.
For a list of other recommended motorcycles for beginners, check out our beginner motorcycle blog section that has a variety of articles for folks looking into learning to ride motorcycles such as: