Top 10 A2 Licence Scooters

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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 bikes.

The Best A2 Licence Scooters:

Honda X-ADV

What Is It?

One of a kind, the X-ADV differs from most other maxi scooters in two ways. First it has genuine off-road potential, which could also read as pothole proof in the UK and second it doesn't have a conventional scooter CVT gearbox with belt final drive.

Instead it uses Honda's fancy Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, like an automatic car, then the power reaches the rear wheels via an enclosed chain drive more like a motorbike. You can just think of it as a good looking, go anywhere, maxi scooter and possibly the only bike you will ever need.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £9,600
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 745 cc
  • Power: 54 bhp / 40 kW
  • Top Speed: 110 mph / 177 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 190 miles / 306 km
  • Seat Height: 820 mm / 32.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 238 kg / 525 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.227 bhp/kg
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Yamaha TMAX

What Is It?

Quite simply the ultimate maxi scooter, the TMAX has been continually evolving since 2001. The top of the range DX was new for 2017 and features many of the things you'll find on a premium motorbike such as LED lighting all round, ride modes, traction control, large brakes, car style TFT dash and keyless ignition. It can even be equipped with heated seats / grips and the Dainese D-AIR auto inflating vest system.

For 2020 the engine is a bit larger with a tad more torque, the two ride modes are standard and the indicators are now LED.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £10,200
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 562 cc
  • Power: 47 bhp / 35 kW
  • Top Speed: 110 mph / 177 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 800 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 218 kg / 481 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.216 bhp/kg

Yamaha Tricity 300

What Is It?

A three wheeled maxi scooter which can be ridden on a car licence if you are over 21 and which has the ability to stand up on its own at the lights. The perfect alternative to public transport!

The extra wheel makes it more stable, more planted in the corners and improves the braking performance.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £7,550
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 292 cc
  • Power: 28 bhp / 21 kW
  • Top Speed: 90 mph / 145 km/h
  • Economy: 75 mpg / 3.8 L/100km
  • Range: 210 miles / 338 km
  • Seat Height: 795 mm / 31.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 239 kg / 527 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.117 bhp/kg

Yamaha X-MAX 400

What Is It?

It's a new model for 2018 with fancy LED lights, traction control, keyless start and bags of storage capable of holding two full face helmets. Yamaha also offer a 300cc X-MAX which puts out 28bhp and costs about a grand less.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,000
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 395 cc
  • Power: 33 bhp / 25 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 190 miles / 306 km
  • Seat Height: 800 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 210 kg / 463 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.157 bhp/kg

BMW C400 X

What Is It?

BMW is fairly new to the maxi scooter party with the C650 Sport and the electric C Evolution. For 2018 they are back with the smaller capacity C400 X and it could prove a more popular size / price point in the UK, going up against the A2 friendly Suzuki Burgman 400 and Yamaha X-MAX 400.

Everything about the C400 X is cutting edge from the optional 6.5" colour TFT dash, to the LED lighting, the edgy styling, the incredibly low wet weight and the amazing engineering behind the expandable Flexicase storage under the seat.

For 2019 the C400 GT improves the weather protection, seat comfort and looks so it's probably the one to go for.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,200
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 350 cc
  • Power: 34 bhp / 25 kW
  • Top Speed: 90 mph / 145 km/h
  • Economy: 70 mpg / 4.0 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 775 mm / 30.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 204 kg / 450 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.167 bhp/kg

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Honda Forza NSS300

What Is It?

Also new for 2018 the big Forza is packed full of tech. It shares the engine with Honda SH300i and features traction control, full LED lighting, enough storage for two full face helmets, keyless ignition and amazingly an electrically adjustable screen.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,100
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 279 cc
  • Power: 25 bhp / 19 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 182 kg / 401 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.137 bhp/kg

Honda SH300i

What Is It?

Honda have been refining the SH300i since 2007 and the latest 2015 version boasts LED lighting, powerful brakes with ABS, full face helmet friendly storage under the seat, keyless ignition and large pothole friendly 16" wheels.

It's highly capable in town and quite capable of motorways speeds. 2019 added traction control and remote unlocking of the optional topbox.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 279 cc
  • Power: 25 bhp / 19 kW
  • Top Speed: 90 mph / 145 km/h
  • Economy: 75 mpg / 3.8 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 169 kg / 373 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.148 bhp/kg

Suzuki Burgman 400

What Is It?

All new for 2018, the Burgman 400 is certainly worth a look if you are considering an A2 licence machine with a few modern touches like LED lighting.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,300
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 399 cc
  • Power: 31 bhp / 23 kW
  • Top Speed: 95 mph / 153 km/h
  • Economy: 60 mpg / 4.7 L/100km
  • Range: 180 miles / 290 km
  • Seat Height: 755 mm / 29.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 215 kg / 474 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.144 bhp/kg

Vespa GTS300

What Is It?

It's been around since 2008 however the Vespa GTS300 received a decent update in 2017 with dual channel ABS, traction control, USB charger, a new dash with phone connectivity, LED running lights and a massive storage space under the seat capable of holding two full face helmets.

It may be a bit down on power compared to the SH300i and is notably more expensive, but it's a really popular and stylish way to get around. Just be aware that smaller 12" wheels are likely to give a harsher ride, especially on pothole infested UK roads.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 278 cc
  • Power: 21 bhp / 16 kW
  • Top Speed: 82 mph / 132 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 140 miles / 225 km
  • Seat Height: 790 mm / 31.1 inches
  • Wet Weight: 158 kg / 348 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.133 bhp/kg

Peugeot Metropolis

What Is It?

It's a bit different to the rest but the extra wheel at the front, both of which tilt as you corner, provides extra grip, extra contact with the road for braking and more overall stability.

It features keyless ignition, a button to lock the wheels in the upright position for slow moving traffic and from 2017 a number of key upgrades like ABS and traction control. Just don't expect the 37bhp to move the 256kg of weight that quickly.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £7,000
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 400 cc
  • Power: 37 bhp / 28 kW
  • Top Speed: 95 mph / 153 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 256 kg / 564 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.145 bhp/kg

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

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