Top 10: A2 Licence Scooters

Best A2 Licence Scooters

The A2 licence allows anyone from age 19 to ride a scooter up to 47bhp and which doesn't have a power to weight ratio higher than 0.27 bhp per kg. Some models fall into the category straight from the factory however manufacturers also sometimes offer a restrictor kit to bring down the power on models which fall slightly outside those rules.

Restricted models can often be a better choice because the restrictor can be removed later on when you've passed the full test and you effectively get two scooters for your money, although they tend to be more expensive to start with.

It's all terribly confusing so we've picked a few of the best options to get you started and you can read about all of the licence categories to see where A2 sits in the grand scheme of things.

You might also like our top ten step-through scooters and top ten maxi scooters or for geared bikes our top ten A2 bikes.

The Best A2 Licence Scooters:

  1. Yamaha TMAX
  2. Honda X-ADV
  3. Honda Integra
  4. Yamaha X-MAX 400
  5. BMW C400 X
  6. Suzuki Burgman 400
  7. Honda Forza 300
  8. Honda SH300i
  9. Vespa GTS300
  10. Peugeot Metropolis

1

Yamaha TMAX

Yamaha TMAX

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.

  • New: £9,400
  • Used: £8,950-£1,700
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 530 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 45 bhp
  • Seat Height: 800 mm
  • Wet Weight: 213 kg

2

Honda X-ADV

Honda X-ADV

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.

  • New: £9,600
  • Used: £8,050-£6,450
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 745 cc
  • Licence: A2 (Restricted)
  • Power: 54 bhp
  • Seat Height: 820 mm
  • Wet Weight: 238 kg

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3

Honda NC750D Integra

Honda NC750D Integra

The 2014 Integra is closely related to Honda's new X-ADV, sharing the same engine, DCT gearbox and drive but with a lower spec and less of a premium price tag. Storage is great with 15 litres under the seat and you get a couple of riding modes to play with. An update in 2017 introduced LED lighting, better suspension and a re-designed dash.

  • New: £8,400
  • Used: £8,000-£4,000
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 745 cc
  • Licence: A2 (Restricted)
  • Power: 54 bhp
  • Seat Height: 790 mm
  • Wet Weight: 237 kg

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4

Yamaha X-MAX 400

Yamaha X-MAX 400

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.

  • New: £6,150
  • Used: £6,000-£3,300
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 395 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 33 bhp
  • Seat Height: 800 mm
  • Wet Weight: 210 kg

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5

BMW C400 X

BMW C400 X

BMW don't really do scooters, unless you count the TMAX fighting C650 Sport / GT or the electric C Evolution, however while they were all very shiny they ultimately didn't sell that well against the cheaper competition. For 2018 they are back with the BMW C400 X and we reckon things might be different this time.

It's their smallest capacity scooter to date and is going up against the Suzuki Burgman 400 / Yamaha X-MAX 400 in the A2 licence category. 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. If the price is right it could be a game changer.

  • New: £6,200
  • Used: £TBC
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 350 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 34 bhp
  • Seat Height: 775 mm
  • Wet Weight: 204 kg

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6

Suzuki Burgman 400

Suzuki Burgman 400

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.

  • New: £6,300
  • Used: £5,600-£1,000
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 399 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 31 bhp
  • Seat Height: 755 mm
  • Wet Weight: 215 kg

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7

Honda Forza NSS300

Honda Forza NSS300

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.

  • New: £5,100
  • Used: £4,350-£2,350
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 279 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 25 bhp
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 182 kg

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8

Honda SH300i

Honda SH300i

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.

  • New: £4,800
  • Used: £4,050-£1,600
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 280 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 25 bhp
  • Seat Height: 805 mm
  • Wet Weight: 169 kg

9

Vespa GTS300

Vespa GTS300

It's been around since 2008 however the Vespa GTS300 received a decent update in 2015 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.

  • New: £5,400
  • Used: £4,300-£1,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 278 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 21 bhp
  • Seat Height: 790 mm
  • Wet Weight: 158 kg

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10

Peugeot Metropolis

Peugeot Metropolis

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.

  • New: £7,000
  • Used: £6,550-£4,100
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 400 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 37 bhp
  • Seat Height: 780 mm
  • Wet Weight: 256 kg

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