Top 10 A2 Licence Motorbikes

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The A2 licence allows anyone from age 19 to ride a scooter up to 47 bhp. Some models fall straight into this category but others can be restricted, potentially offering better long term value.

Read more about the A2 licence or check out our top ten A2 scooters.

The Best A2 Licence Motorbikes:

Honda CB650R

What Is It?

New for 2019, it's definitely a looker and features some of the best sculpted pipes we've seen on a mid-range model, not to mention the exhaust which is nicely tucked up under the bike rather than a Euro 4 monster sticking out the side.

With 94bhp on tap once de-restricted it's pretty much all the bike you need for the road and should definitely be on your shortlist.

They also do a sports version with a more aggressive riding position in the CBR650R.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £7,000
  • Engine: Inline Four
  • Capacity: 649 cc
  • Power: 94 bhp / 70 kW
  • Top Speed: 145 mph / 233 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 170 miles / 274 km
  • Seat Height: 810 mm / 31.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 202 kg / 445 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.465 bhp/kg
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Yamaha MT-07

What Is It?

Yamaha's middleweight naked needs no introduction. Over 80,000 of the original have been sold so for 2018 Yamaha simply tweaked a few bits to make it even better.

The headlight design is all new, the seat more comfortable and a few bits are blacked out for a more edgy look. Even better, once you've passed your full test, it has plenty of power for the road once de-restricted.

You might also like the Tracer 700 adventure version and the special A2 friendly Triumph Street Triple S.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,350
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 689 cc
  • Power: 74 bhp / 55 kW
  • Top Speed: 120 mph / 193 km/h
  • Economy: 55 mpg / 5.1 L/100km
  • Range: 170 miles / 274 km
  • Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 182 kg / 401 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.407 bhp/kg

BMW F900XR

What Is It?

It's new for 2020 and draws its styling from the popular S1000XR adventure bike however the F900XR can be purchased in a 95 bhp form, slightly lower than the 103 bhp standard version, which can then be restricted for the A2 licence.

The bike is full of features like a large TFT dash, adjustable screen, traction control and LED lighting. Then the huge options list can be used to make it a fully featured adventure bike with items such as electronic suspension, cornering lights, keyless start, a quickshifter and even a clever SOS system.

Between the features you can add and the ability to de-restrict it once you have a full licence it represents a solid do everything bike without the need to keep changing up.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £9,825
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 895 cc
  • Power: 103 bhp / 77 kW
  • Top Speed: 150 mph / 241 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 170 miles / 274 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 219 kg / 483 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.470 bhp/kg

Honda CB500X

What Is It?

If adventure style bikes float your boat, with their long travel suspension, great weather protection, huge range and luggage options, then have a look at the CB500X.

It's been thoroughly updated for 2019 with taller suspension, a modern slip / assist clutch, LED indicators, new dash, a gear position indicator and a 19" front wheel.

Honda also offer essentially the same bike in a sports setup as the CBR500R and as a modern naked with the CB500F.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,070
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 471 cc
  • Power: 47 bhp / 35 kW
  • Top Speed: 110 mph / 177 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 250 miles / 402 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 197 kg / 434 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.239 bhp/kg

Kawasaki Vulcan 650

What Is It?

A2 cruisers are somewhat rare but their low seat heights and laid back riding position can be very beginner friendly.

The 2015 Vulcan looks great, is available in a number of different flavours, loads of colours and there are plenty around to choose from.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,300
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 649 cc
  • Power: 60 bhp / 45 kW
  • Top Speed: 120 mph / 193 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 705 mm / 27.8 inches
  • Wet Weight: 229 kg / 505 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.262 bhp/kg

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Triumph Street Twin

What Is It?

If you fancy a retro style bike that's actually thoroughly modern underneath and beginner friendly then the Street Twin is well worth a look.

It has a low seat, an easy going engine and almost limitless capacity for customisation via Triumph's accessory catalogue.

You might also like the cafe racer styled Street Cup and even more classic Bonneville T100, which are both essentially the same platform.

For 2019 it gains 10bhp, a Brembo front caliper, better fork, ride modes, an improved seat with more padding, cool machined wheels and down pipes with a goldish finish.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £8,100
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 900 cc
  • Power: 64 bhp / 48 kW
  • Top Speed: 110 mph / 177 km/h
  • Economy: 60 mpg / 4.7 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 760 mm / 29.9 inches
  • Dry Weight: 198 kg / 437 pounds

Moto Guzzi V7III

What Is It?

The V7 is a bit of a legend, with bags of character and a loyal following. The design hasn't really changed since 2008 but that's not really a problem with a bike trying to be so retro.

Power reaches the rear wheel via a maintenance friendly shaft drive plus it can be found in numerous flavours and special editions.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £8,000
  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 744 cc
  • Power: 51 bhp / 38 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 230 miles / 370 km
  • Seat Height: 770 mm / 30.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 209 kg / 461 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.244 bhp/kg

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

What Is It?

The Versys-X is a surprisingly capable budget adventure bike, with large bolt-on panniers and big bike dimensions.

It's comfy, light, economical, has a 200+ mile usable range and offers great protection from the elements.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,150
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 296 cc
  • Power: 39 bhp / 29 kW
  • Top Speed: 105 mph / 169 km/h
  • Economy: 60 mpg / 4.7 L/100km
  • Range: 220 miles / 354 km
  • Seat Height: 845 mm / 33.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 170 kg / 375 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.229 bhp/kg

Honda CB300R

What Is It?

If you fancy a modern naked bike but don't buy into the edgy styling of the MT-07 or Duke 390 then the new for 2018 CB300R might be for you.

It's closely related to the CB125R but with a larger engine and less pretty exhaust, which is a good thing because people are raving about the 125. It has full LED lighting, wavy discs and looks awesome.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,430
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 286 cc
  • Power: 31 bhp / 23 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 85 mpg / 3.3 L/100km
  • Range: 190 miles / 306 km
  • Seat Height: 799 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 143 kg / 315 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.217 bhp/kg

KTM Duke 390

What Is It?

The 2017 model is pretty comparable to a restricted MT-07 but it's a hefty £1,650 cheaper to buy and trumps it with a full colour dash and LED headlight. It should definitely be on your list to test ride if you don't mind a large dose of orange.

Launched for 2020 there's also the 390 Adventure with taller suspension, larger tank, cornering ABS, traction control, handguards, larger front wheel and chunkier tyres.

If budget is no problem you might also want to check out the Duke 790, also known as The Scalpel. They do a special L version with a lower power 94bhp engine (restricted to 47bhp) and it's an awful lot of bike.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,600
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 373 cc
  • Power: 43 bhp / 32 kW
  • Top Speed: 105 mph / 169 km/h
  • Economy: 60 mpg / 4.7 L/100km
  • Range: 180 miles / 290 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Dry Weight: 149 kg / 329 pounds

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the A2 compliant bikes you can buy new and picked the top contenders for each type taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.