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Look at that longing look. That’s the power of the 2023 Yamaha V Star 250.
Look at that longing look. That’s the power of the 2023 Yamaha V Star 250. (Yamaha/)

They say the best part about your first motorcycle is that you won’t own it forever. It’s a cliché, but they exist for a reason. Put real thought into your choice, but give yourself a pass on finding “the perfect bike.” Got a picture in your head about what bike you look really cool on? Forget that picture. Focus on value, safety, and accessibility. Worry about looking good later. For now, worry about getting a motorcycle you can handle. Also peruse the Best Affordable Used Motorcycles for New Riders 2022 and Best Budget-Friendly Beginner Motorcycles 2019 articles for more affordable streetbike options.

Related: Best Budget-Friendly Beginner Motorcycles

The do-it-all, friendly-as-can-be 2023 Honda CB500F.
The do-it-all, friendly-as-can-be 2023 Honda CB500F. (Honda/)

In the interest of upholding Motorcyclist’s reputation for hard-hitting motorcycle journalism, none of last year’s bikes are included in this year’s list. The 2022 choices are great bikes, but let’s dig a bit deeper.

Sporty spice on two wheels: the 2023 Honda CBR500R.
Sporty spice on two wheels: the 2023 Honda CBR500R. (Honda/)

This year’s criteria for inclusion included model longevity, usable power, and more dual sport and/or ADV options. The adventure category is inspiring folks to take the MSF course (Motorcycle Safety Foundation), which is highly recommended. It’s not an exact stat, but taking the MSF course results in 98 percent fewer injuries compared with learning in a parking lot from “Jeff.”

Here’s a brand-new list of affordable motorcycles for beginners. Obviously we missed a few contenders or are completely wrong, so feel free to tastefully disagree in the comments section.

Get mildly lost in adventure on the 2023 Honda CB500X.
Get mildly lost in adventure on the 2023 Honda CB500X. (Honda/)

Small Cruiser: Yamaha V Star 250

Made from 2008 to present, the V Star 250 features the smallest V-twin you can buy that powers a real motorcycle. An air-cooled 249cc 60-degree V-twin inspired by the classic Virago will hustle you anywhere you want to go, within reason. Fun fact: People who make fun of Viragos are secretly in love with them. And while most of the V-twin world is busy stocking up on apparel and merchandise extolling freedom and individuality, V Star owners are living the dream atop their 27-inch seats.

This 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 would look nice in your garage. Or pasture. Or dirt road leading to your ranch.
This 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 would look nice in your garage. Or pasture. Or dirt road leading to your ranch. (Kawasaki/)

Still not sold? Try this: Spend a season cutting your teeth on a V Star, flip it for what you paid, and use the money you saved on a bike you want (and are totally ready for). Remember, you only paid a couple of grand and don’t have bike payments. A new rider gets their first training wheels while you get experience and, eventually, the wheels you want. Karmic, eh?

Price Range: $1,750–$3,000 (good/great condition), $4,699 (2023 MSRP)

All-Around Value: Honda CB500 Family

Did you see this coming? This 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan in camouflage.
Did you see this coming? This 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan in camouflage. (Royal Enfield/)

Everybody’s making parallel twins that serve across a wide variety of models. In that spirit, Motorcyclist is getting in on the act. The Honda

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Best Budget-Friendly Motorcycles for Beginners 2023
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/best-budget-friendly-motorcycles-for-beginners/
Published Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 10:00:00 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-wr155r-scrambler
Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-ford-bronco-custom-suv-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1964-chevrolet-c10-custom-pickup-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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