You are new to motorcycle riding and you are looking into buying your first sport bike, but, because you’re responsible and wise, you don’t want to invest in a bike that has enough power to launch you to the moon. But, you still want a bike that is powerful enough to enjoy, nimble enough to maneuver, and has that sport bike look and feel. Well, you’re in luck. Here are three small bore sport bikes that are a perfect fit for the beginning motorcycle rider.
Kawasaki Ninja 250
This bike has been around for years but in 2007 they changed the body style to give it a great sport bike look. It's still a great choice for first time riders especially if you want that sporty look.
The 2011 Ninja 250R features a 249cc four stroke liquid cooled parallel twin engine, and weighs 380 pounds. It has a 6-speed transmission and comes with full fairings. Its 4.8 gallon fuel capacity will allow the rider to get close to 250 miles before having to stop for gas. Even though it looks super sporty, it's handlebars are set at more of an upright position making it a comfortable ride. It's 30.5 inch seat height makes it a perfect bike for riders who are a bit vertically challenged, or are small in stature. Ladies, are you listening? The Ninja 250R is nimble and easy to maneuver through city streets, or on a twisty canyon road. It's also affordable with a MSRP of $3,999.
For years this has been a great starter bike and with it's new sport bike style and affordable price, it's even more popular now.
For 2011 Honda brought in the CB250R, a fun, sporty small bore motorcycle to compete with the Ninja 250. It features a 249cc liquid cooled, fuel injection, single cylinder four stroke engine and comes with the option of ABS. It also has a low seat height of just 30.5 inches for smaller riders and weighs only 359 pounds.
The bike features a layered fairing routes the air flow around the engine for cooling and for rider comfort while giving it that classic sport bike look. with the 3.8 gallon fuel tank you may not be able to go as far as the Ninja on a tank of gas, but you're still going to get incredible gas mileage. With an MSRP of $3,999 for the standard model or $4,499 for the ABS model, the Honda CBR250R is worth a closer look.
If you're looking for a beginner bike that looks like you're ready to take on Valentino Rossi at a Moto GP race, the Aprillia RS4 125 might be just what you're looking for. Aprillia has been selling a track bike, 2-stroke version of the 125 for a while, but for 2011 they came out with a 4 stroke ready for the street.
It's powered by a four stroke liquid cooled single cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection and 4 valves. It has a 32.2 inch seat height and a 3.8 gallon fuel tank. It's weight of only 264 pounds makes it easy for the beginner rider to maneuver. What's nice about the Aprillia is that it comes backed up with all the racing experience that this Italian company has accumulated. With its drop handlebars and full fairings it takes its look from the RSV 1000. It even comes in a race replica paint style. You can expect to pay a little more than the Japanese made small sport bikes, but it is still an affordable option for a first bike.
Remember to always ride within your limits. In other words, don’t ride faster than your riding skills and abilities can handle, especially on twisting mountain roads. Always wear protective riding gear and be alert while on the road. Motorcycle riding is about enjoying the experience of riding, but you always want to come home in one piece.