The latest issue of Wired magazine offers some good (if odd) advice for beginning motorcycle riders. Things like “How do I learn to ride?” and giving buying advice. It’s not detailed but every little bit helps.
But then they ruin it with their “Commuter Motorcycles” recommendations.
The Honda NC700X is an excellent choice in my opinion but I would *never* suggest a bike from Moto Guzzi. Don’t get me wrong – I love the idea of a Moto Guzzi (I almost bought one instead of my Yamaha FJR1300) but they don’t have much of a dealer network. Same issue with the Cleveland CycleWerks (a manufacturer I’ve never even heard of).
I’m not saying they are bad bikes – but for a new user, you want as few problems as possible. There are all kinds of bikes that are similar in spec to their recommendations – Suzukis, Yamahas, Kawasakis – that would serve a new rider much better than an “exotic”.