5 Best Beginner Dirtbikes for Adults: Trailbikes You Can Learn On and Keep

Some riders don’t experience their first dirt ride as kids. Here’s our list of the five best beginner dirtbikes for adult riders. Give one a try.

Yamaha TT-R230 – $4,449
Best Beginner Dirtbikes

Yamaha’s TT-R230 has a long-standing reputation as a great beginner bike, offering a racy look yet delivering predictable handling and an easy-to-manage 223cc two-valve, SOHC, air-cooled four-stroke engine that is tuned to produce a broad powerband. The TT-R230 features electric starting for convenience, and its manual clutch feeds power to a six-speed transmission. Its seat height is a very manageable 34.3 inches and yet the TT-R230 offers 11.6 inches of front and rear travel to help the rider remain comfortable when the trail starts to get rough. Yamaha claims that the TT-R230’s steel chassis is strong and rugged, and that its handling character is inspired by the company’s decidedly non-beginner YZ motocross and off-road models. That may be a bit of a stretch, but it’s definitely no stretch to place the TT-R230 squarely in the middle of our 5 Best Beginner Dirtbikes list.

For more information on the Yamaha TT-R230, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.