The Best A2 Licence Scooters (2021)

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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 e.g. Honda X-ADV / Forza 750.

You can see all of the A2 or A2 restricted models in the choosing tool and read more about the A2 licence.

Yamaha TMAX

What Is It?

The TMAX is the daddy of maxi scooters with all the sportiness and tech of a motorbike in maxi scooter form. It has been slowly evolving since 2001, gaining more power, LED indicators and new ride modes in 2020. For 2022 there's a huge TFT dash, Spin Forged wheels and sharper styling.

Equipment levels are pretty epic with cruise control, connectivity, heated grips, heated seats and an electric screen. It has a cavernous storage area under the seat for two helmets and is super pillion friendly.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £TBC
  • 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: 220 kg / 485 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.214 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 in slow moving traffic and even a car style boot. In 2017 it received 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: £8,500
  • 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

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: £7,800
  • 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

BMW C400 X

What Is It?

BMW is fairly new to the maxi scooter party and 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 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. A small update for 2021 adds Euro 5 compliance, peak torque now arrives 250 rpm lower at 5,750 rpm, there's a new electronic throttle grip, a new EMS system and updated traction control. They have also swapped the front calipers to J.Juan, added a USB socket to the right glovebox and the underseat lighting is now top down.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £6,545
  • 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

Yamaha X-MAX 300

What Is It?

The X-MAX 300 is really well equipped with fancy LED lights, traction control, keyless start and bags of storage capable of holding two full face helmets.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 292 cc
  • Power: 28 bhp / 21 kW
  • Top Speed: 95 mph / 153 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 190 miles / 306 km
  • Seat Height: 795 mm / 31.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 179 kg / 395 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.156 bhp/kg

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Honda Forza 350

What Is It?

New for 2021, the Forza 350 is an evolution of the Forza 300. It gains a touch more power, a handy USB Type-C port and auto emergency braking flashing via the indicators.

As with the Forza 300 you get traction control, full LED lighting, enough storage for two full face helmets, keyless ignition, idling stop / start and the electrically adjustable screen.

If the Forza appeals to you then you should definitely check out the new for 2022 ADV350. It builds on the Forza with X-ADV styling, a beefier upside down fork, more advanced piggyback rear shocks, 124 mm ground clearance, block pattern tyres, connectivity as standard and it's only 2 kg heavier however the seat is 15 mm higher.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,500
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 330 cc
  • Power: 29 bhp / 22 kW
  • Top Speed: 105 mph / 169 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 210 miles / 338 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 184 kg / 406 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.158 bhp/kg

Honda SH350i

What Is It?

For 2021 Honda have evolved the long running SH300i into the SH350i by re-using the capable Forza 350 engine, providing a much needed power boost. It also gets a handy USB Type-C port and the emergency braking indicator flashers.

As before there's LED lighting all round, powerful brakes, 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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,050
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 329 cc
  • Power: 29 bhp / 22 kW
  • Top Speed: 105 mph / 169 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 174 kg / 384 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.167 bhp/kg

Vespa GTS300

What Is It?

The GTS300 been around since 2008 but received a thorough update in 2015 with dual channel ABS, traction control, a 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: £5,150
  • 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

Italjet Dragster 200

What Is It?

The Italjet Dragster is new for 2020 and should be on your shortlist if you fancy the X-MAX or Forza, love edgy styling and don't mind the extra attention you'll get.

It not only looks sweet but is bristling with loads of tech like the independent front steering / suspension, adjustable piggy back front shock, super light exposed frame, sculpted seat and indicators integrated into the lever guards.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,300
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 200 cc
  • Power: 20 bhp / 15 kW
  • Top Speed: 80 mph / 129 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 100 miles / 161 km
  • Seat Height: 770 mm / 30.3 inches
  • Dry Weight: 112 kg / 247 pounds

Lexmoto Pegasus 300

What Is It?

The 2020 Lexmoto Pegasus 300 is arguably a lot of maxi scooter for the money, especially compared to the Honda Forza 300 and Yamaha X-MAX 300.

It lacks some niceties like traction control and keyless ignition but does have LED lighting, a TFT dash, decent performance, good brakes and comfort.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,400
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 276 cc
  • Power: 26 bhp / 19 kW
  • Top Speed: 80 mph / 129 km/h
  • Economy: 70 mpg / 4.0 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 780 mm / 30.7 inches
  • Wet Weight: 177 kg / 390 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.147 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.