Best Motorcycles for Beginners: A Comprehensive Guide | Timber Town Harley-Davidson

Best Motorcycles for Beginners: A Comprehensive Guide 

Are you ready to get your hands on a bike and start riding? Choosing your first bike can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. With so many options available, it's important to find a motorcycle that suits your riding style and skill level. As a proud dealer of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Timber Town Harley of Salem  is dedicated to helping beginners find the perfect ride to kick-start their two-wheeled journey. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore some of the best Harley-Davidson motorcycles for beginners.

Harley-Davidson Street® 500:


  • This lightweight and nimble bike is a popular choice for beginners. Its user-friendly design, smooth handling, and impressive fuel efficiency make it an ideal option for those looking to gain confidence on the road. 

    Female motorcyclist riding a harley-davidson street 500


Harley-Davidson Iron 883™:

  • Known for its classic, stripped-down styling, the Iron 883™ offers a perfect blend of power and agility. With its smooth ride and iconic Harley-Davidson sound, this model provides an exhilarating experience for novice riders.

    harley-davidson sportster iron 883 motorcycle


Harley-Davidson Sportster® 1200:

  • For those seeking a bit more power and performance, the Sportster® 1200 delivers a thrilling ride while maintaining the ease of handling that beginners need. Its timeless design and customizable features make it an excellent choice for riders looking to make a statement on the road.

    Beginner motorcyclist riding a harley-davidson sportster 1200 motorcycle



At Timber Town Harley-Davidson, our knowledgeable team is committed to providing expert guidance to beginners, ensuring that you find a motorcycle that matches your preferences and skill level. We understand the importance of a seamless transition into the world of motorcycles, and our extensive inventory is tailored to meet the diverse needs of Salem's riding community and beyond. Ready to embark on your motorcycle journey? Our team looks forward to helping you find the bike of your dreams and providing ongoing support as you explore the open road ahead. Happy riding! 

Race Into Summer Open House

Harley-Davidson Open House

Get Revved Up

Racing has been part of the Harley-Davidson experience since the very beginning. From the Hillclimbers to the flat trackers to today’s King of the Baggers™ led by our H-D® Factory Racing team. Join us to honor our roots with the Race Into Summer Open House on Saturday, June 22. Summer has arrived. It’s time to roll.

  • Be among the first 55 to RSVP below and claim your exclusive H-D® Racing Pin*
  • Earn additional Prizes & Giveaways*
  • Celebrate the power and performance that only Harley-Davidson® motorcycles can deliver – from the 2024 motorcycle lineup to custom P&A packages and all-new riding gear


H-D® Membership event Special***

  • Paid H-D® Members, earn up to 2,000 Bonus Points with a $100+ in-store purchase ($20 Value)
  • Free H-D® Members, earn up to 500 Bonus Points with a $100+ in-store purchase ($5 Value)


Harley-Davidson® 2024 CVO™ Road Glide® ST

Register For Your Chance To Win An All-New 2024 CVO™ Road Glide® ST**

Stop in to register for your chance to win** a 2024 CVO™ Road Glide® ST, a 2025 King of the Baggers VIP Race Experience and a Trip to Daytona for 2 OR 2 VIP Tickets to a King of the Baggers Race, plus other great prizes. Ask us how to earn additional entries.

Harley-Davidson® Event Pin

RSVP to get a special gift**

Be one of the first 55 to RSVP AND attend our event for an exclusive racing pin. Just fill out the form below and show us your confirmation email when you arrive at our Race Into Summer Open House.

* While supplies last. Offer limited to the first 55 attendees.


* While supplies last.

** Sweepstakes entry period June 21, 2024, 9am EST through June 23, 2024, 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Purchase does not increase odds of winning. Open only to legal residents of the continental United States, including D.C. and Alaska and excluding Hawaii who are 21 years or older, and legal residents of Canada, who have reached the age of majority in their state, province, or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited. Need not be present to win. See participating H-D® dealerships for details or visit official rules at

*** H-D® Members earn up to 2,000 bonus points ($20 value) on a purchase of $100+ between 6/21/24 9:00 am EST through 6/23/2024 11:59 pm EST participating Dealers only; H-D® Membership must be activated at the time of sale. Points apply to a single transaction for eligible purchases of $100+ before tax and after any sales discounts are applied. Promotion good for genuine H-D® and H-D® licensed products only. Usual point restrictions apply. Please allow up to 72 hours for points to appear in your account. Visit for details.