5 Best Beginner Cruiser Motorcycles of 2018!

  • Published on Jun 11, 2018
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Comments • 597

  • DanDanTheFireman
    DanDanTheFireman  2 months ago +9

    📚 Start your motorcycle journey RIGHT: www.MotorcycleBeginnersGuide.com

    • Jose
      Jose 2 months ago

      DanDanTheFireman I want to start riding myself but don’t know on what to start. What would you recommend? I am 5.8 about 200 pounds. People have told me to go with a Yamaha v star 250 , others have told me to go with at V Star 650 or a Honda Shadow 750. Witch one should i start on ? I would really appreciate your help ! 👍🏾

  • Lee Coffman
    Lee Coffman 9 hours ago


  • Tina C
    Tina C 17 hours ago

    Thanks! I’m looking at bikes and after getting some advice from some friends that ride , it would seem you are all on the same page. 😁👍

  • AFX Gaming
    AFX Gaming 6 days ago

    says beginner bikes...... recommends a bunch of 1200cc bikes, but the other ones seem like good options for beginner bikes for sure, decent video

  • Nick Kruger
    Nick Kruger 7 days ago

    No Vulcan S? ...seriously?

  • Ulieq
    Ulieq 8 days ago

    Lol these are not beginner bikes

  • Pugest pug
    Pugest pug 8 days ago

    I have a gn250 and I get round 200ks on 7L and it rides pretty well

  • Eposta Gonder
    Eposta Gonder 9 days ago

    really very usefull tutorial. thanks DanDanTheFireman

  • Paolo Jiz de ortega
    Paolo Jiz de ortega 9 days ago

    I hear Royal Enfields Classic 500, interceptor, and Continental GT 650 are good beginner bikes. anyone agree?

    • stoptakingusernamepls
      stoptakingusernamepls 7 days ago

      @Paolo Jiz de ortega you can never go wrong with rebels.

    • Paolo Jiz de ortega
      Paolo Jiz de ortega 7 days ago

      @stoptakingusernamepls Vulcan 650 or rebel 500 it is then

    • stoptakingusernamepls
      stoptakingusernamepls 7 days ago +1

      Just get the 350s for starter, my friend just broke his leg after selling his car for a 500 literally just a few week after. that thing vibrates like hell, very heavy, had a very VERY slippery standard tire, and had a very poor handling.

  • Clint Johnson
    Clint Johnson 10 days ago

    Didn't recommend a Harley based on price, but recommended a $13K+ Bonnie. I assume he knows about HD 500 and 750??

  • Greg Appelgren
    Greg Appelgren 11 days ago

    I picked up my brand new Kawasaki Vulcan 10 days ago. Since then, I’ve had two complete strangers AND one cousin comment to me “You should have bought a Harley.” To all three I answered. “Well, I’m more of a leader and not a crowd follower”
    It seems bike snobs think Harley’s are the only way to go. To the last person that told me this I also added “If everyone on bikes bought a Harley you wouldn’t be so cool anymore would ya”?

    • DanDanTheFireman
      DanDanTheFireman  11 days ago

      You got a better bike. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise

  • Pleaver
    Pleaver 13 days ago

    For a beginner?? A 900? C’mon man. An Indian? That’s too much bike for newbie.

  • Cisco Delgado
    Cisco Delgado 16 days ago

    Hello and thanks for your great work!
    I am a new rider shipping for my 1st bike..I love the Vulcan on this video but found a 2011 Vulcan 900 custom..is there a substantial difference when compared to the one your riding on this video? Thx

  • freddy gonzalez
    freddy gonzalez 18 days ago

    I’m really considering starting to ride motorcycles. Great suggestions. Thank you!!!!

  • Flamingo Green
    Flamingo Green 19 days ago

    in the ideal world i would want to have the ergo fit + the quality of life features of the vulcan s 650 on the rebel 500 ( "why not go for a vulcan s 650? " , i think it looks god awefull srry :D )

  • Kenneth Russell
    Kenneth Russell 20 days ago

    Why didn't you include the Kawasaki Vulcan s? I did enjoy your video though.

  • Ashraf Ghoneim
    Ashraf Ghoneim 20 days ago

    hi Dan, very good video

    i am still between the rebel 500 and the H-D street 750 "in Germany we dont have the street 500"

    thing is, i like the H-D looks , for me it has aggressive looks but in general i dont like loud bikes
    for the Honda , it looks fairly ok but a friend of mine told me it will handle better than the H-D !!
    what do you think for a begginer ?

    • Ashraf Ghoneim
      Ashraf Ghoneim 20 days ago

      i forgot to add there is 1000 € price difference

  • Geode Gaming
    Geode Gaming 29 days ago +3

    Thanks for the video! Just subscribed and getting my motorcycle license for my 21st bday this year in june so super hyped to join the community!

    • Geode Gaming
      Geode Gaming 5 days ago

      Greg Appelgren thank you! Yeah looking forward to it!

    • Greg Appelgren
      Greg Appelgren 11 days ago +1

      Geode Gaming Happy Birthday! I’m just as excited. Just turned 54 yrs old, just bought my new bike. It’s like having wings. Amazing how driving even an awesome car can’t compare with what a bike gives you. I’m in sales, high stress, for the last almost two weeks I come home and jump on “Blue” and head for the rural roads. Stress reliever.

  • Ethan Smith
    Ethan Smith 29 days ago

    Is the Yamaha bolt good?

  • Dimitar Dimitrov
    Dimitar Dimitrov Month ago

    883 ?

  • Luis Gamboa
    Luis Gamboa Month ago

    For Beginners???

  • Wilderness Music
    Wilderness Music Month ago

    sorry, stopped watching. The first bike was over a quarter ton. You're suggesting a 610 pound bike???? for a beginner???? You hate beginners don't you :)

  • Maine Catholic Guy
    Maine Catholic Guy Month ago

    The Harley 883 iron doesn’t cost much more than some of the ones on your list.

  • Chris Evans
    Chris Evans Month ago +2

    I started on a harley sportster 1200 custom. I absolutely love it. It has plenty of power and it looks super nice

  • Punk Rock Vixen
    Punk Rock Vixen Month ago

    I have the 2019 Vulcan classic and love it

  • Theguy Eye
    Theguy Eye Month ago

    Choppers are way to expensive bikes but why?

  • Michael West
    Michael West Month ago

    Thanks for all the good info, getting back into riding after about 30 years driving truck, seen a LOT of Shadows for sale. Now to find the one for me, I'll know her when I see her, just like my last one she'll sing to me hahaha, you know.

  • J 7
    J 7 Month ago

    I'm dead set on getting a Yamaha Bolt as my first bike. I've got to take classes first but Rebel 500 or Yamaha shadow might be more my forte.

  • Alex Jaquez
    Alex Jaquez Month ago +5

    I'm a beginner and stuck on either getting a rebel 300 or rebel 500

    • Chris Evans
      Chris Evans Month ago +1

      500.. once you get some experience your just gonna want more power.

    • Derek The Rubbish
      Derek The Rubbish Month ago +1

      Get the 500, I bought mine a few months ago and it's all I need for my rides in L.A.

  • 69 Sound
    69 Sound Month ago

    Okay, this is ridiculous. A triumph for first bike?
    You should consider the vulcan s before the vulcan 900 custom, the yanaha Bolt, the honda rebel 300 and 500, even small things like the keeway superlight. You should not advice people yo buy an indisn or a triumph as their first bike, you should say people to get a 200 or 250 bike from a friend for a couple weeks, get used to it, get to know the feeling, safety basics, etc. Then look for a 500 to 900 cc bike if they are really into bikes... or get a 200 to 300 cc bike if it is only to get from point A to point B in a cheap way

  • Ploi Anderson
    Ploi Anderson Month ago +1

    If Kawasaki makes a Vulcan 400 version of their current 399cc engine like what they did to their 650cc line, I’d get it in a heartbeat 😂

  • TurboGamingUK
    TurboGamingUK Month ago

    Personally, at least that bobber, looks hilariously bad with that side view rider lol

  • Eric Dolby
    Eric Dolby Month ago +1

    Vulcan S is my choice.

  • Chuck Gass
    Chuck Gass Month ago +2

    The Vulcan s is used for the thumbnail but it's not in the list.

  • Phil Dirkes
    Phil Dirkes Month ago

    Maybe add the Suzuki Boulevard M50? I just bought one and I think it's a great beginner bike, I'm 5"6' also and I can put both feet flat on the ground even with my short legs. I also like that it is shaft driven so as a new rider I don't worry about a chain or belt catching on anything.

  • Plagues of Wrath
    Plagues of Wrath Month ago

    My Harley cost less than every bike on your list and it only had 800 miles on it when I got it.

  • Chacoby Chacoby
    Chacoby Chacoby Month ago


  • Fuyu neko
    Fuyu neko Month ago

    Why a Harley? Just buy a good honda kawasaki suzuki or yamaha new ones are around 5k used ones a lot cheaper.

  • Rachel McLaughlin14

    Only one rear view mirror on your bike??

  • Johnny Nomadic
    Johnny Nomadic Month ago

    I’m 5’7 and I think for a beginner the Honda 500 sounds awesome 😎

  • stion Sun
    stion Sun Month ago

    I am just looking for my first bike and I am looking for cruiser. And this is the best video for me for cruiser!! Thank you very much!

  • Taylor Julian
    Taylor Julian Month ago

    So helpful! Thank you

  • Richard Soto
    Richard Soto Month ago +1

    The Yamaha Bolt should have been on that list

  • Frank Williams
    Frank Williams Month ago

    I’m 6’4 any starter bikes that will fit me??

  • James Krys
    James Krys Month ago

    Too many ads.

  • Kevin Martines
    Kevin Martines Month ago +13

    My gf is starting to ride and she’s getting a Honda Rebel 500

  • keith brown
    keith brown Month ago +3

    I would have the Yamaha Bolt on this list. Better than the Vulcan 900 and Shadow in my opinion..

    • keith brown
      keith brown Month ago +1

      @Aaron Phipps Congrats, I've had one for a couple years now and I have been happy with it. Join the yamaha bolt forum, lots of good info and people on there.

    • Aaron Phipps
      Aaron Phipps Month ago

      keith brown Good to hear I’m getting on Friday and it’s my first bike!

  • Sam Carmack
    Sam Carmack Month ago +2

    I'm 6'4 and 210, not super long legs considering my height, but which one would you recommend for me?

    • Sam Carmack
      Sam Carmack Month ago

      @1207rorupar thanks dude. I can ride but don't have a license yet so can't take a test ride

    • 1207rorupar
      1207rorupar Month ago +1

      Maybe the Vulcan 900, or the Vulcan 650 with the extended reach Ergo-fit options. Go to the stores and see for yourself, that's the best way to know what fits you best, and if you know already how to ride get a test ride. Also the Indians are comfortable.
      However as others have said maybe also look at used bikes first.

    • Travis Le
      Travis Le Month ago

      Sam Carmack grom or z125

  • Will _
    Will _ 2 months ago +1

    I’d say the Vulcan 650S is better than the 900 or bigger.
    It’s lighter (if I recall), a bit cheaper and will outrun a streetglide and many other bikes.

  • Luke Sliminn
    Luke Sliminn 2 months ago

    This is very irresponsible video, especially with your hands free riding. New riders do NOT need or should go for big bikes as they most likely lack experience to handle 500+ pound bike. The only thing that they might achieve by getting big "beginners" bike is that they are lot more likely to become organ donors.
    One thing that I am glad not to see is HD's. After all, who wants to ride half-a-tractor?

  • Jonathan L
    Jonathan L 2 months ago

    Hey Dan, what helmet are you wearing in this video? Simpson?

  • bikerrick
    bikerrick 2 months ago

    How can people take the crap your spewing seriously when it`s plain from watching the video that you don`t know how to ride. Keep your hands on the bars, take all that crap off the bars (it`s called distracted driving) and get two mirrors and put them where they will do some good.

  • Matt S
    Matt S 2 months ago

    Anything over 800cc is too big for a beginner. They are too powerful and heavy. Yamaha bolt is much cheaper than the scout as well...

  • Nicemonkeyman *
    Nicemonkeyman * 2 months ago

    I've been looking for a decent bike looking for a lot of power no crotch rockets, would like to sit up, the cheaper the better. Any recommendations?

  • Felrohan
    Felrohan 2 months ago

    Is a 2014 Yamaha Bolt a good starter?

  • TJ Kennedy
    TJ Kennedy 2 months ago

    I’m 5’5 and only 11

  • mdo686
    mdo686 2 months ago

    I can't take advice from a guy who starts his video with, "What is up?"

  • Nir Haber
    Nir Haber 2 months ago

    I really really hate harley. Their bikes are ugly. One of the reasons why i ‏absolutely hate them

  • Daniel Allen
    Daniel Allen 2 months ago

    Why does his bike sound like a low revving lawn mower?

  • Michel Cernev
    Michel Cernev 2 months ago +1

    I love the Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S

  • aweba25
    aweba25 2 months ago

    My first bike is a Yamaha stryker 1300

    • aweba25
      aweba25 2 months ago

      @Luke Sliminn In all honesty. My bike is 650 lbs. I'm 5'10 about 190-200. I took the Motorcycle Safety Course and got my full license before I got on the road with it. For me starting out, the weight wasn't the issue, it was the torque. After I learned my friction zone, I haven't had an issue.

    • Luke Sliminn
      Luke Sliminn 2 months ago

      @aweba25 I know what it is. I've been riding for last 55 years now, mostly cruisers for last 30. But I do think that the video is irresponsible 'cos most novice riders are likely to end up mangled.
      It depends on rider, some can handle it but most will not be able to as they'll not be ready for the weight of the bike.

    • aweba25
      aweba25 2 months ago

      @Luke Sliminn I understand. It's a heavy cruiser bike. So 1300 sounds intimidating for a first time rider. However, considering the size and design of the bike, it's not that bad. The bike has more torque than horsepower or top end speed. It cruises smoothly and gradually picks up acceleration.

    • Luke Sliminn
      Luke Sliminn 2 months ago

      @aweba25 I'm not judging, it's your life mate.

    • aweba25
      aweba25 2 months ago

      @Luke Sliminn LoL, the bike is really easy to ride and control. At times it seems slow to me so I hyper charged it. Now it's just right.

  • RockTheSix
    RockTheSix 2 months ago

    For what possible reason does any rider need their phone on the handlbars??????

  • Blood Tatar
    Blood Tatar 2 months ago

    Get the Vulcan 650S and keep it for the next 5 years if not forever. Amazing bike! Does everything better than any other cruiser

  • E. Miles
    E. Miles 2 months ago

    Very happy to have found your videos. I have been considering highly the Honda Rebel 500. I really like the Indian Scout Bobber but know that is not the wisest 1st bike. Since I’m sure I will experience dropping and other 1st timer bike riding mistakes.

  • E. Miles
    E. Miles 2 months ago

    I am watching your video now about the question I asked you. Sorry about that DanDan. I am watching more of your videos today. Sorry in advance for any repeat questions I may ask.

  • Diego Chavez
    Diego Chavez 2 months ago

    Keep it up!

  • Eric Byers
    Eric Byers 2 months ago

    Harleys are just to common and expensive for a stone age bike

  • chriscumo
    chriscumo 2 months ago

    Love your videos for beginners, great help. Thanks!
    Quick question: do cruisers or other naked bikes make your legs too hot? Considering the engine is right there. I noticed a friend who owns a Harley using pieces of paperboard inside his boot because he couldn’t stand the heat.

    • Luke Sliminn
      Luke Sliminn 2 months ago

      That's only on harleys, agricultural vehicles from stone age ;)

  • Matt Hew
    Matt Hew 2 months ago +1

    any chance you've tried the CSC SG250 chinese cafe racer?

  • Anthony rowenz
    Anthony rowenz 2 months ago

    Question here im planning to get a motorcycle are the driving rules with motorcycle is the same as drivkng a car. Sorry for this dumb question

  • slave2ups
    slave2ups 2 months ago +4

    click bait where's the Vulcan s

  • dshiningsword
    dshiningsword 2 months ago +3

    How come you dont have Yamaha Star 650 on the list.... not expensive, shift not belt so very less maintenance, great looks, sound great and good power....?

  • Pin Head Larry
    Pin Head Larry 2 months ago


  • roccorostagno
    roccorostagno 2 months ago

    I thought all Cruisers where beginner bikes except for maybe the Triumph Rocket 3 Yamaha VMAX Ducati s Diaval and vrod. I'd rather see a beginner Rider on most cruisers than on a CBR 600.

  • Sinisa Ararankovic
    Sinisa Ararankovic 2 months ago +1

    Suzuki Boulevard M50 is the best have to have good look like my

  • Killer Killer
    Killer Killer 2 months ago +1

    It made me uncomfortable that you went the majority of the video riding with one hand lol

  • Stamatis Levantis
    Stamatis Levantis 2 months ago

    wanted to know the top 5 used cruiser?

  • Thomas Johnson
    Thomas Johnson 2 months ago +3

    My first bike 3 years ago was a 2000 Yamaha Virago 550 cruiser. Bought it for $1400, sold it 3 months later for $2k and bought my second bike, HD Sportster 883. I've had 20+ bikes since then...all used. Don't buy a new motorcycle!!

    • Nick Baker
      Nick Baker 2 months ago

      Thanks for the advice . Definitely planning on getting used as my first.

  • turtle19dad
    turtle19dad 3 months ago

    Looking at the Vulcan S.

  • Ali Piracha
    Ali Piracha 3 months ago

    Why does every motorcycle vlogger's voice vibrate so much? Do these bikes have that much vibration?

  • louturks23
    louturks23 3 months ago

    If you want to not waste your money, after your beginner bike, get a Harley. They are a step above.

  • James Braun
    James Braun 3 months ago

    My favorite is the Yamaha V-STAR , mine was the 1100 , a bagger . I also ha a Kaw Vulcan 500 cruiser , great for around town and even 2 K trips to the Dragons tail . 2 up and loaded for both and I have to throw in my 2 Goldwings .

  • kslikk34
    kslikk34 3 months ago

    If I may add with the risk of getting ridiculed, I would also suggest the Suzuki Boulevard C50 for those who like the classic Harley touring look and or the Suzuki Boulevard M50 for a more aggressive look. Both bikes are 805 ccs. Should be a good starting motorcycle as well at an affordable price.

  • Y A
    Y A 3 months ago

    Do you recommend Yamaha XVS 950 or Ninja 400 for beginners in a relationship between performance and comfort, when traveling between near cities?

    • Y A
      Y A 2 months ago

      @Zeke S thanx, I will keep in mind

    • Zeke S
      Zeke S 2 months ago +2

      Not being rude, because I'm also a new guy but you don't need performance

  • TheTopMostDog
    TheTopMostDog 3 months ago +6

    Great video, but not what I'm looking for. My first bike is gonna have to be a budget cruiser lol

  • Mouse bowen
    Mouse bowen 3 months ago

    Oh I absolutely agree Harley Davidson are way to over price for Not reason

  • Mouse bowen
    Mouse bowen 3 months ago

    Man this is awesome video. Because I’m buying a motorcycle I just got divorced I was married for 5 months and she petty much forced me to sell my 5 motorcycles and my side by side. Well now I want to buy a motorcycle that I really like. I’m dividing between Honda rebel 500 or the Indian Scout or Harley Davidson 48 or now that I saw your video I love the look of the triumph bobber I never see that awesome sexy bike

    AD IBRAHIEM 3 months ago

    Thank u man 💐💐

  • Rick Leitz
    Rick Leitz 3 months ago +4

    I was torn between the vulcan s and the 900 for my first bike. I went with the 900 and love it

  • KhanMasid
    KhanMasid 3 months ago +2

    I must say, you've got some great convincing skills. It also seems you are quite an honest reviewer too. Or maybe it's just another convincing tactic 😂 . Jokes apart, I took notes of your suggestions because they felt real, but don't think I won't do some research on them to make sure. 😂 ❤

    • KhanMasid
      KhanMasid 3 months ago

      @DanDanTheFireman I sure will. Thanks :)

    • DanDanTheFireman
      DanDanTheFireman  3 months ago +1

      Go sit on a few of them. They are pretty nice and easy for a new rider.

  • Ireneusz Pyc
    Ireneusz Pyc 3 months ago

    is he really a fireman? he's too short

  • Bryant Zapien
    Bryant Zapien 3 months ago

    I keep hearing different things about the Vulcan 900 custom but I own a 2013 and the most I’ve ever been able to put in it is 3.5 gallons

  • earl williams
    earl williams 3 months ago +1

    So you just got your license in the fastest thing you've ever been on as a ten-speed and now you're going to get on a 650 that can do a hundred and ten in 2 seconds that's not a beginner bike don't go above a 250 are you going to regret it

  • Gilbert Arias
    Gilbert Arias 3 months ago +1

    From one short guy to another, Thank you for the great tips!

  • Jason Bloom
    Jason Bloom 3 months ago

    The Vulcan 900 is a great bike for town but sucks for highway speeds. I hated it. Needs another gear really bad

  • Bubbles DeVille
    Bubbles DeVille 3 months ago

    Can anyone recommend a bike for bike noob that’s tall and heavy? I’m 5’11 and larger than the average 41 year old housewife - yeah, I’m a female, sorry. I live in Scotland and my dream bike is the BMW 1200GS Adventure, but that’s waaaay in the future when I’ve either landed a blind sugar daddy or won the lottery. Basically, I’d love something to tour the twisty mountain roads here. I’ve got experience in off-road quad riding as we own cattle and they roam the hills etc. Still new to biking though and not looking for speed. I like the upright sitting position of the big 1200 but it’s far too powerful for my inexperienced ass. I’m definitely having my mid-life crisis but I’m an emergency first responder and have seen far too many fatalities over the years caused by both car drivers and bikers that aren’t familiar with our potholed, single track narrow twisty roads. Any helpful advice will be very gratefully received.....thank you in advance, (experienced bikers have always been very kind with their sharing of knowledge). 👍🏻❤️👍🏻

  • uawsux
    uawsux 3 months ago

    I would recommend a Yamaha 100 or 125 for a beginner why would you want to spend thousands of dollars as a beginner and then worry about resale or trade in you go along your life ride the Yamaha get you a VTX 1800 get a good deal don't worry about the mileage make sure it's taken care of and learn to ride just don't put your foot down in a hole you'll be okay

  • uawsux
    uawsux 3 months ago

    If I did not buy a Harley I certainly would not buy some motorcycle to look like a Harley what kind of morons do that I would not be ridiculed

    • DanDanTheFireman
      DanDanTheFireman  3 months ago

      Why? They are on two wheels and having fun. Why ridicule them?

  • Rob Brown
    Rob Brown 3 months ago

    I'm a very new rider. I know that phx Scottsdale cave creek, the whole valley has got to be the riding capital of America. But lots of accidents. Any advice?

    • Alexander Angelus
      Alexander Angelus 3 months ago +1

      It’s kind of like when people say “white people are the major representation in western media”, even though they’re the main population and it makes sense they’d be the major representation of western media. It’s “the riding capital”, of course there would be more accidents than an area without as many motorcycles. Just watch yourself and since you’re a new rider, don’t get baited into “being cool” by the more experienced ones. The more experienced ones can do whatever they want and be safer, and even they can get into accidents. Don’t get cocky, always go with the safest options and always watch for others who “try to be cool”. Also, preferably don’t go for a fast bike as a first bike. They’re death traps.

  • Rob Brown
    Rob Brown 3 months ago

    Yep. It's gotta be the carefree hwy heading east