2021 was a difficult year for many of us. With the global pandemic hitting a fever pitch, and industries closing down for extended periods of time, it goes without saying that a lot of people are in need of respite from the clutches of isolation. While the pandemic may not yet be truly over, we are, however, beginning to see a semblance of normalcy when it comes to our day to day lives.
Some telltale signs of this include the easing of restrictions when it comes to social gatherings, as well as the lifting of curfew hours in several areas. Another sign would be, you guessed it, the worsening traffic conditions in the metro. That said, it may be a good idea to consider getting into the two-wheeled lifestyle coming into 2022, after all, there are tons of physical, mental, and emotional benefits from riding a motorcycle. That said, let’s take a look at our top 5 picks for beginner friendly big bikes you can buy in 2022.
CFMOTO 400 NK
As always, no beginner bike list will be complete without an entry from CFMOTO. Our friends over at CFMOTO have an excellent array of beginner and intermediate big bikes, ranging from 125cc all the way to 700cc. The 400 NK is undoubtedly the best value-for-money option, making it unsurprising that it’s CFMOTO’s best-selling model in the Philippines. It’s powered by a tried and tested 400.4cc, parallel-twin engine pumping out 42 horsepower. Known for its reliability and impressive performance, it features Bosch EFI, Continental ABS, and head-turning bodywork that exudes big bike energy. Yours for just P219,800.
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
The first bike on our list is as much a city slicker as it is a little torque monster. Husqvarna’s Svartpilen 401, which is based heavily on the KTM 390 Duke, is a punchy little naked street bike loaded with personality. At a glance, it’s clear to see that the Svartpilen 401 carries with it very unique styling, accentuated by its dark, neo-retro bodywork, round LED headlight, and sleek gray and silver colorway. At its heart is a 373cc single-cylinder engine. Thanks to a high compression ratio, liquid-cooling, and electronic fuel-injection, it pumps out a healthy 42 horsepower, making for a peppy and exhilarating ride. It retails for P295,000.
The next bike on our list is from one of the most popular motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The Honda CB500X is one of the most versatile big bikes in the market, as it offers an extremely approachable platform that’s both beginner friendly, and able to push the boundaries of an experienced rider. Its long-travel suspension and dual-purpose tires make it ready to hit light trails and gravel roads. It draws power from a docile, yet compliant 471cc parallel-twin engine pumping out a decent 47 horsepower. For 2022, the new CB500X sports inverted front forks and dual disc brakes. It retails for just P385,000.
KTM RC 390
For those looking for a sporty ride that they can either ride on a daily basis, or even take to the track, the KTM RC 390 is the perfect bike for you. Just like the Husky 401, it’s powered by a 373cc single-cylinder motor that delivers tons of torque at the bottom and mid range. However, the RC 390 spices things up by offering full-on supersport ergonomics thanks to its aggressive, low clip-on bars and high rear-set foot pegs. For 2022, the KTM RC 390 has been thoroughly refined, and now features new bodywork, a full-color TFT display, and a sophisticated throttle-by-wire system. While pricing for the new version has yet to be announced, the outgoing model retails for exactly P300,000, making it an extremely enticing option for those looking to get a punchy little sportbike.
Kawasaki Ninja 400
Last but not least, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is definitely a sportbike that has proven itself with a near-flawless track record when it comes to reliability and performance. It offers no-frills performance from a relatively neutral riding position, making it suitable for both sporty riding, and long-distance touring. It draws power from a 399cc parallel-twin engine complete with liquid-cooling and electronic fuel-injection. With 49 ponies on tap, it’s the most powerful bike in the 400cc class, and serves as an excellent platform to develop your riding skills, be it on the track, or the street. It retails for P331,000.