Accessible in terms of pricing and handling, the perfect beginner’s road bike should first and foremost offer sound dynamics via a modern frame and have just enough power to get you out of trouble.
Other factors need to be considered, and the market segment is especially important when choosing your first ride. Some cruisers and many sport bikes have a confined riding position, where you’re either doubled in half or completely stretched out, or are kissing the windshield with your butt in the air. Those positions require a certain experience and adaptability and could prove quite difficult, even dangerous, to manage for the neophyte.
Light models and a saddle that allows you to put your feet on the ground when stopped also give the novice extra confidence and help with the learning process. So here’s a list of the top 10 starter road bikes on the Canadian market. Some of them are so competent they’ve even seduced veteran riders!
10- 2011 Yamaha V-Star 250
Yamaha’s smallest Star has nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s got the style, finish and V-Twin engine of its big brothers. What’s more, its low saddle (685 mm), reasonable weight and extremely low centre of gravity are very securing for newbies. A small, charming bike that has all the flair and feel of a cruiser without the exuberance of 650- and 750-cc models that weigh nearly 90 extra kilos.