10 Exciting Sport Bikes for New Riders

Suzuki's GSX-R sport bikes and superbikes have been popular since 1985. The GSX250R, a 250 cc sport bike for beginners, is the result of years of data and motorbike evolution.

Suzuki GSX250R

Power: 24 Hp

The fully-faired Honda CBR300RR has a 286 cc single that produces 30 horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque. Honda's lightweight, easy-to-handle baby CBR weighs 354 lbs. wet.

Honda CBR300RR

Power: 30 Hp

Yamaha R3's low seat height, terrific handling, and smooth throttle response make it a great sport bike for beginners. The R3's 42 horsepower and 22 lb-ft torque thrill new riders.

Yamaha R3

Power: 42 Hp

The original Kawasaki Ninja 250 EX250 was the world's most popular beginning bike, offering a smooth learning curve for thousands of new riders. 

Kawasaki Ninja 400

Power: 49 Hp

The KTM RC390's 373 cc single-cylinder thumper engine and European appearance distinguish it from other small-displacement sport bikes. Its racing engine is entertaining for beginners and experts.


Power: 42 Hp

The Honda CBR500R is the larger displacement sibling of the CBR300R, yet it still has a user-friendly parallel twin engine that is ideal for beginner riders.

Honda CBR500R

Power: 50 Hp

Both the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Yamaha R7 are parallel twin-powered middleweight bikes. New riders may be comforted by the 2023 Ninja 650's 68 hp and 48 lb-ft of torque.

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Power: 68 Hp

New middleweight sport bike Yamaha R7. An assist and slipper clutch smooth the CP2's cross-plane 270-degree crank and uneven firing order. This makes it an easy-to-use bike for canyons and racetracks.

Yamaha R7

Power: 70 Hp

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