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Top 5 first big bikes

Are you new to biking and looking for a decent first big bike? You’ll be needing our guide to the top 5 used bikes for new riders.  

These 5 models were voted the best commuters by MCN readers in the MCN Biking Britain survey - have your say now.    


Honda CBR600RR

1. Honda CBR600RR (2003-2009) - £2400-£7345
Yes it's a supersport bike, yes it's damned quick, and yes it might intimidate riders looking to step on to their first big bike. But (and it's a big but), the CBR600RR is one of the easiest to ride sports bikes in the world. Its neutral yet precise handling will cosset, it's riding position suits everyone from four feet nothing to seven-foot giants, and it'll only go as fast as you ask it to. The bike will keep giving you more joy as your skills develop, ­ there's no chance of outgrowing it within six months.


Yamaha Diversion 900

2 Yamaha XJ900 Diversion (1994-2004) - £850-£2995
If you're buying on a budget, or are new to heavier and more powerful bikes, you won't go far wrong with the dependable big Divvy. It boasts a comfortable seating position and padded seat, the handling is still good after all these years, and the power delivery is smooth and unthreatening for nervous right hands. It also has a 24-litre tank, which'll come in handy iF you're planning to commute on it.


Honda CB500

3. Honda CB500 (1994-2003) - £405-£2025
The mid-weight CB500 is well known for giving new riders the perfect leg-up to the world of bigger bikes. It's also the ideal machine for providing even experienced riders with reliable commuting pleasure in all weathers. The handling is neutral, stable and very user-friendly. The greatest thing about the CB5? You can pick them up for peanuts. Beware ex-riding school bikes though, they WILL have been crashed.


Honda CBF1000

4. Honda CBF1000 (2006-on) - £3050-6200
Don't be put off by the fact that it's a 1000cc motorcycle. The big CBF is one of the most sublimely all-round bikes money can buy. Marketing bumpf about its Fireblade engine should be ignored by nervous newcomers; it's a smooth-revving, easy-going commuter and sports-tourer par excellence, and if you go easy with your throttle hand you'll be smiling all the way. Of course, as your confidence grows, you can use more and more of that turbine-smooth power.


Suzuki SV650

5. Suzuki SV650 (1999-on) - £860-4500
The logical choice for many people new to bigger machines,­ including a few members of MCN staff over the years. A surprisingly revvy (for a twin) little thing that's easily capable of doing whatever you fancy. Older shape models (more bulbous, almost café racer-styled) are obviously cheaper. Also a very good way to learn to stay on top of maintenance - they were built on a budget so they do rot quickly if you're not fastidious.


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