Small beginner motorcycles are a great starting point for most body types, but riders with larger frames might experience more frustration than fun when it comes to Lilliputian learner bikes. For the big-boned newbie, Honda's new middleweight entry-level CB500F delivers the best of both worlds: naked bike styling and accommodating ergonomics without the intimidation factor of a balls-to-the-wall sport bike. Antilock brakes can be had for an extra $500, making this bike a grand entrance into motorcycling – for only six grand. [$5,500;]

Spec Check
Engine: Liquid-cooled 471cc DOHC parallel twin
Horsepower: 47 (est.)