Although I'm partial to the idea that it's the rider that really matters and not so much the bike, I think it's important to note that most bikes are built with a style or type or riding in mind. Cruisers are better suited for long smooth rides, dual sport bikes for both off-road and on-road prowess and sportbikes for going fast and carving up a road. If you crave speed and love curvy roads, here are a few bikes that you'd love to have in your garage.
KTM 390 Duke
KTM has built an amazing machine in the KTM 390 Duke. The motorcycle punches well above its weight when you look at the price tag. The bike is wicked fast thanks to the gem of an engine powering the bike. It's a 373cc engine that's happy to rev high and put the power out. Beyond that, the bike sports solid construction and a light curb weight making it a pleasure off the line or in the curves.
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Kawasaki Ninja 300
Kawasaki has been producing an entry version of the Ninja for years. The Ninja 300 is the latest in the long line of superb motorcycles from the company and it manages to continue the brand's legacy without issue. It's a great option for anyone starting out who wants to hone their road carving skills. It's got the look of a much more powerful sportbike but sports a 296cc engine. Don't think that it's not powerful, though. This bike is plenty quick enough and can is great for beginners and more advanced riders.
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Honda's CB series of motorcycles are bikes that many riders have started out on. If you like the lower level CBs, you can always upgrade to one with a bigger engine at a later point. The CB300F is a great choice for beginners who want a sporty riding motorcycle that can really carve up the road. It's got a powerful 286cc engine. While that's the lowest on this list, the engine makes up for its lack of size with its smooth operation and ease of use. This makes it a great option for a confident beginner rider.
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No matter what bike you end up choosing, you need to make sure that you have the right skills to handle the bike. While these are all considered entry-level motorcycles, they're advanced and fast machines. Check out the Advice for New Rider's page to learn how to improve your riding skills and consider taking a rider training course at a facility near you to improve your skills.