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Top 10: 2014 Beginner Bikes

8-5-2014

by Pascal Bastien , moto123.com

So, you've just obtained your rider's licence? Congratulations! To help you become a better rider, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably with a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots.

Choosing the right type of bike with the right ergonomics is very important. Most cruisers and sport bikes will force you into a radical riding position, either with your arms and legs uncomfortably stretched or with the upper body too horizontal and the feet too high and far back. This can prove challenging, even dangerous, for those who are just learning the ropes.

A low overall weight and seat height (allowing the rider to put both feet on the ground at idle) help deliver high levels of confidence-inspiring agility and manoeuvrability from a machine that's generally easy to ride.

Here are Moto123.com's top 10 beginner bikes on the Canadian market in 2014. Some of these models are so stylish and skilled that you probably won't want to be riding anything else.

10 - 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750
The lightest and cheapest of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles feels so natural from a rider's perspective. The seat is low, the wide handlebar puts the rider's hands closer to his or her chest, and the machine handles surprisingly well for a 750cc bike. While it's heavier than every other beginner bike in our top 10, the Street 750 will become the perfect learning toy for larger, stronger riders. It will go on sale in U.S. May 2014 and in Canada before the end of the year as a 2015 model.

Harley-Davidson Street 750
Photo: Harley-Davidson

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