10 Best Bikes for Beginners
More often than not, those who venture into the world of big-bikes will begin their journey with a middleweight; bikes that displace between 500cc to 800cc. These buyers are most likely experienced riders who have been using smaller capacity bikes before. Although there are a few potent bikes below 500cc in the market, they lack power and still fall behind their bigger siblings in terms of the whole thrill of riding a big bike.
In case you’re wondering why most big bike owners begin their journey with middleweights, it is because they have decent amount of power, offer practicality for daily usage, and don’t blow a hole in your bank account.
That said, if you are one of those who has just obtained your B-full license, looking for your first big bike, you’ve come to the right place, as we have a list of middleweight bikes for beginners compiled for your reference.
1. Kawasaki ER-6N
The thinking mans bike
Offered at a very competitive price, the Kawasaki ER-6N also deserves full credit for changing the big bike scene in Malaysia, becoming the first bike to make Malaysians believe that “now everyone can ride a big bike.”
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin, DOHC 8-valve
Fuel system: Digital Fuel Injection
Max power: 71hp at 8,500rpm
Max torque: 64Nm at 7,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 17-litres
2. Honda CB500X
The new traveller
Ideal for both beginners and seasoned riders, the CB500X delivers plenty of performance, thanks to the thoroughly modern, torquey 471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine. Its upright handlebar, the shape and height of the seat, and the way the power is delivered accommodates a wide variety of riders, and gives riders a lot of freedom. The CB500X is an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for anyone who appreciates a great middleweight motorcycle for practical in-town riding, or fun adventure-sport touring.
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves, parallel-twin
Displacement : 471cc
Maximum Horsepower: 46.9 hp at 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 43 Nm at 7000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.3 litres
3. Ducati Monster 795
The fun loving maniac
If Japanese bikes are not your thing, and you want something more exotic, Ducati Malaysia is here to make your day with the Monster 795. Priced below RM60,000, the Monster is so user-friendly that even female riders are loving it. But that doesn’t mean that the bike is not powerful. Powered by a 795cc engine, the Monster 795 is just as exciting as any other Ducatis in the stable.
Engine: L-Twin, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, air cooled
Max power: 87hp at 8,250rpm
Max torque: 78Nm at 6,250rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 15-litres
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4. Yamaha MT-07
The best for bargain hunters
The versatile MT-07 naked bike is designed to bring fun, affordability and enjoyment back to the streets, from its deep torque through to the agile chassis. Equipped with a compact and lightweight chassis for remarkable agility and easy handling, MT-07 is also outstandingly economical. Truth be told, RM35,296 is one hell of a bargain for a bike with this calibre.
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 2-cylinder, 4-Stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement : 689cc
Maximum Horsepower: 74hp at 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 68Nm at 6,500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14 litres
5. Kawasaki Versys 650
The leisure traveller
Kawasaki’s third-generation Versys 650 has grown into a serious entry-level sports tourer that is worth every sen it asks for. Despite all the upgrades that has been added, it is still perfect for the less experienced, as well as the veterans. However, due to the height of the bike, it is not suitable for small-sized individuals. On the brighter side, it is among the more powerful candidates in its class.
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel twin
Fuelling: Fuel Injection
Max power: 68hp at 8,500rpm
Max torque: 64Nm at 7,000rpm
Fuel capacity: 21-litres
6. Suzuki Gladius 650
The city slicker and canyon carver
Launched during last year’s Malaysian MotoGP round, the Suzuki Gladius is a naked bike that is ideal for both daily riding and some occasional canyon carving. Featuring the same 645cc V-Twin engine that is fitted on its sibling – the V-Strom 650, the bike features fuel injection technology and SDTV system among other technology.
Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin
Max power: 71 hp at 9000 rpm
Max torque: 63.1 Nm at 7600 rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 14.5-litres
7. Kawasaki Vulcan S
The new easy rider
Honestly, it doesn’t get any better than this. Never have we had a good looking 650cc cruiser with an asking price below RM30,000. No, it has no V-twin, and it doesn’t sound like a Harley-Davidson but it serves its purpose very well, both in town and on the highway.
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, parallel twin
Max power: 61hp at 7,500rpm
Max torque: 63Nm at 6,600rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 14-litres
8. Honda CB650F
The nostalgic performance hunter
Made for those who want more than the 500cc offered by the CB500 range, the CB650F, which is powered by Honda’s completely new inline four-cylinder engine produces generous amounts of low to mid-range torque, making it a formidable bike in the city and during quick runs. However, the comfortable upright sitting position, ergonomically placed levers and pegs make it an ideal bike for long distance riding as well. In all, the CB650F is catered towards those with a thirst for torque.
Engine: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC Inline-4
Max power: 87hp at 11,000rpm
Max torque: 63Nm at 8,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 17.3-litres
9. Kawasaki Z800
Good looks and massive fun
Ever since it was launched in 2012, the Kawasaki Z800 has gained massive popularity, becoming arguably the most popular middleweight on our roads today. Among the factors that contributed towards the Z800’s success include its competitive price, fierce design, and of course, the generous dose of power.
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Max power: 113hp at 10,200rpm
Max torque: 83 Nm at 8000rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 17-litres
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10. KTM Duke 690
The European brute
The KTM 690 Duke R cultivates the sporty genes of the 690 Duke: a formidable hot rod for enthusiasts and experts alike, light as a feather, lightning quick, amazingly suitable for everyday use, but with everything that makes a 690 Duke even sportier. For 2015 690 Duke R is coming with bright orange rims, underlining the sporty and uncompromised DNA of any KTM model deserving the R in its name.
Engine: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Max power: 69hp at 7500rpm
Max torque: 65Nm at 5800rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 13.5-litres
This single-piston wonder has been the bike of choice for many new and experienced bikers, you can get some pretty good deals here.