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10 Most Popular Beginner Motorcycles on KBB.com

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Looking for an entry-level motorcycle under 500cc?  Here are the top 10 most researched entry-level motorcycles on KBB.com so far this year, as determined by web traffic to KBB.com for model-year 2015-2019 motorcycles under 500cc through January 31, 2020. Kelley Blue Book Typical List Prices are based on the January 1, 2020 update of KBB.com’s powersports section. If you want to find out about the value of a motorcycle you’re shopping for, visit KBB’s Motorcycle Value page.

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2020 Suzuki DR-Z400SM

MSRP: $7,399
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $4,985-$5,840

The Suzuki DR-Z400SM is the Supermotard version of the street-legal dual sport, the DR-Z400S, but comes with wider wheels, larger brakes, an inverted front fork, and other modifications.  It has the tallest seat height of any bike in the top 10 and has been sold since the 2005 model year.

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2020 Honda Rebel 500

MSRP: $6,199 (Non-ABS); $6,499 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2017-2019 models: $4,620-$5,215

The Honda Rebel 500 boasts a bobber style and shares its 471cc parallel-twin engine
with the CBR500R sportbike. In styling, it is a twin to the smaller Rebel 300. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Rebel 500 wears simple dark colors for an elegant and understated appearance.

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2020 KTM Duke 390

MSRP: $5,499
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $3,690-$4,690

The KTM Duke 390 standard street bike is the only non-Japanese sportbike in the top 10 on KBB.com.  It has been named “best entry-level motorcycle” by several powersports publications since its U.S. introduction in the 2015 model year. With a seat height of 32.3 inches, it is the tallest on-road-only motorcycle on this list.

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2020 Honda Rebel 250/300

MSRP: $4,499 (Non-ABS); $4,799 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $2,860-$4,030

Redesigned in 2017 as a 300cc cruiser instead of a 250cc model, the Honda Rebel 300 shares its engine with its sportier cousin, the CBR300R. The Honda Rebel 250 was considered the standard for entry-level cruisers in the years following its introduction for the 1985 model year. The Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 have the lowest seat height in the top 10 most popular entry-level motorcycles.

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2020 Honda CBR300R

MSRP: $4,699 (Non-ABS); $4,999 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $3,195-$4,000

The Honda CBR300R is a fully faired sportbike, a smaller sibling to the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, popular staples in the sportbike world since 2003. With its 2015 model-year introduction, the CBR300R replaced its smaller predecessor, the CBR250R, which was introduced for 2011.

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2020 Honda CBR500R

MSRP: $6,699 (Non-ABS); $6,999 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $4,095-$5,840

The Honda CBR500R is part of the Honda 500 twin series that includes the CB500F naked sportbike and the CB500X adventure touring motorcycle. The CBR500R is a faired sportbike that is the heaviest bike in the top 10 and also one of the most expensive. It sports a 471cc parallel-twin engine and has been available in both ABS and non-ABS versions since the 2013 model year.

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2020 Honda CRF250L

MSRP: $5,199 (Non-ABS); $5,499 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $3,725-$4,820

One of only two dual-sport motorcycles in the top 10, the Honda CRF250L is available with optional ABS as well as in a Rally trim that includes a larger fuel tank and other modifications. For the 2017 model year, it received a boost in power and torque. Its taller seat height renders it suitable for off-road riding.

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2020 Honda Grom

MSRP: $3,399 (Non-ABS); $3,599 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $2,395-$2,875

At 125cc, the Honda Grom is the smallest bike on this list. The Grom was new for the 2014 model year and added an ABS option for 2018. It sports the best fuel economy of any bike in Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 list and was the precursor to Honda’s current generation of Monkey bikes introduced for 2019.

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2020 Yamaha YZF-R3

MSRP: $4,999 (Non-ABS); $5,299 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $3,685-$4,390

The second most popular entry-level motorcycle is a sportbike, the Yamaha YZF-R3. New for the 2015 model year, the Yamaha YZF-R3 has been a favorite since its introduction.  Both the top motorcycle on this list and the Yamaha YZF-R3 serve as gentle introductions to their larger siblings, sportbikes that displace up to 1,441cc.

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2020 Kawasaki Ninja

MSRP $4,999 (non-ABS); $5,299 (ABS)
Kelley Blue Book Typical List Price for MY 2015-2019 models: $3,700-$4,490

The only Kawasaki in the top 10 is the smallest Ninja from Kawasaki. This tiny sportbike began as a 250cc bike for the 1986 model year. The displacement was increased to 300cc for 2013. For 2018, the engine size was increased to 400cc to comply with European emissions standards. During January 2020, the Kawasaki Ninja garnered a significant 18 percent more KBB.com web traffic than No. 2 on this list, the Yamaha YZF-R3.

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