By Talya Adams
Over the last few years I’ve been noticing some new sports bikes on the road. I’ve seen new bikes parked in my neighborhood and at my job. I started to take a closer look and I was surprised to see a lot of these new bikes were “entry level” motorcycles.
These new vehicles are eye catchers. They demand you take a closer look and find out more about them. At the moment, I’d say there are about three introductory bikes I’ve been able to look at in person. The small list consists of the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Suzuki GSXR 250R, and lastly the Yamaha YZF-R3. There are plenty of other models as well, but these are the ones I’ve had a chance to see in person.
First things first, all three of these bikes look amazing on the street. When I first started with my Ninja 250r, it wasn’t nearly as cool looking. However, these bikes could fool the average non-rider into thinking you were really working with some power. All that to say these bikes don’t scream ‘beginner’ in looks.
Considering how many of these bikes I’ve been seeing on the roads recently, I’d say that company’s have figured out how to grab new riders’ interest. These new bikes have the aesthetic appeal of their more powerful counterparts, yet were made for those just looking to get their feet wet, or wanting a more relaxed ride. Which one of these bikes is better comes down to personal preference, but they’ll all have you looking good on the road.
My research has shown these bikes sell for around four thousand dollars new, which some may or may not consider pricey. However, with the introduction of these newer models, it also means the price of the older entry level bikes has dropped significantly. If you’re someone who doesn’t care about your first bike looking flashy, then this works out in your favor. Older Kawasaki Ninja 250s can be purchased from $1,000 to $2,000 in working condition. I’ve also seen a few on Craigslist for as low as $800.
In my opinion, now is the best time to be a new rider looking to purchase your first bike. The market is yours for the taking, and either way your ultimate goal of learning to ride will be accomplished.
Stay safe in these streets!