Best for Absolute Beginners

Honda Grom

Wanna ease in to riding? The Grom is a gateway bike that's simple to love and tough to give up. Its low center of gravity (29.7-inch seat height), svelte 225-pound weight, and upright seating position make learning easy. At 124.9cc, there's enough kick to haul a passenger, too – just be careful, because they'll be begging to drive in a matter of minutes. One note: Since it tops out at 56 mph, this truly easy rider isn't intended for setting out on the highway. [$3,199; powersports.honda.com]