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.

This list focuses on a mix of A2 restricted and out of the factory A2 models but you can see all of the A2 restricted and A2 models in the choosing tool.

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.

For 2021 it gains Euro 5 compliance, a new 41 mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston fork, an improved LCD dash, USB-C socket under seat and the front mudguard is now colour coded.

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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

Yamaha MT-07

What Is It?

Yamaha's middleweight naked needs no introduction and over 125,000 have been sold so far. For 2021 they have made a few Euro 5 tweaks, upgraded the front brakes, updated the dash, made the LED indicators standard and added a single LED headlight.

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,900
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 689 cc
  • Power: 72 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: 184 kg / 406 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.391 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: 85 mpg / 3.3 L/100km
  • Range: 330 miles / 531 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?

The original 2016 Triumph Street Twin had a really classic look and was super learner friendly with a low 750 mm seat, although not the lightest bike out there. It offered a lot of bike for the money because it could be made A2 compliant with a restrictor and could be completely customised with Triumph's massive parts catalogue.

For 2019 it gained 10 bhp, a Brembo front caliper, better fork, ride modes, an improved seat with more padding and cool machined wheels. For 2020 it simply gets a more comfortable seat, new wheel design and a 1,000 unit limited edition Gold Line model with hand painted gold detailing.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £8,200
  • 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: 765 mm / 30.1 inches
  • Wet Weight: 216 kg / 476 pounds

Triumph Trident 660

What Is It?

It's essentially an entry level Street Triple with a trendy retro vibe, designed to take on the likes of the Honda CB650R and Yamaha XSR700. All three can be de-restricted when you gain the full licence, offering great value for money.

While it lacks some niceties like cornering ABS it does have all the essentials like a mini TFT dash insert, LED lighting, ride modes, decent brakes and plenty of customisation potential.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £7,195
  • Engine: Triple
  • Capacity: 660 cc
  • Power: 80 bhp / 60 kW
  • Top Speed: 105 mph / 169 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 189 kg / 417 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.423 bhp/kg

Moto Guzzi V7 III

What Is It?

The V7 has been slowly evolving since 2008 and is very much about the way it looks and sounds, with quite a following and plenty of customisation options.

It's also a little bit special because the engine is mounted at 90° to most other V-Twin bikes, ensuring you'll stand out wherever you go and the shaft drive means easy maintenance.

For 2021 the 4th generation uses the new 853 cc engine from the V85 TT, detuned to suit the style of the V7 but still with 14 bhp more power on tap and 22% more torque. It also gets a wider rear wheel, comfier seat, improved rear shocks and full LED lighting.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £8,000
  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 853 cc
  • Power: 65 bhp / 48 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 55 mpg / 5.1 L/100km
  • Range: 250 miles / 402 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Dry Weight: 218 kg / 481 pounds

Benelli TRK 502

What Is It?

The Benelli TRK 502 represents great value for money and is worth looking at if you are in the market for the Honda CB500X. Standard kit includes handguards, luggage rack, chain guard and even engine bars.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,700
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 500 cc
  • Power: 47 bhp / 35 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 290 miles / 467 km
  • Seat Height: 800 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 213 kg / 470 pounds

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

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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.