With their fast, sporty and aerodynamic looks, Sports Bikes are normally the bikes of choice for adrenaline chasing bikers who want the thrill of owning a high-performance motorcycle.
Say the words sport bike and most people will think of legendary bikes that can hit 100mph in the blink of an eye and can achieve speeds in excess of 180mph pretty darn easily. These though are far from newbie friendly!
With A2 licences restricting riders to 47hp, there are a good few 'smaller' sports bikes which are ideal for new riders or riders on an A2 licence. Some bikes will naturally make 47hp limit or less, while some others fall into the category where they can be restricted to 47hp, in my list I have made sure to include both types!
So, join me as we begin to run down some of the best A2 sports bikes for 2022…
Ducati SuperSport 950
We are going to start off this list with a big hitter and one that might surprise a few of you as actually being possible to have as an A2 bike, it is none other than the Ducati SuperSport 950.
It is crazy to think you could have a Ducati 950 sportsbike as A2 friendly bike, but Ducati has played things smart here!
Powered by the 973cc Testastretta L-Twin, Euro 5 engine, the 950 delivers a handful of power even with the 35kW restrictor kit.
Compared to the likes of the Panigale V4, the sculpted tank and redesigned fairings show off the strong and modern bike that radiates sports elegance.
However, the Ducati sportsbike feels do not stop there. The Supersport features a lightweight frame, adjustable suspension, and Brembo brakes, ensuring a smooth, comfy ride.
The Supersport also comes fully equipped with a colour TFT display, Full LED headlight, side air vents, windshield, and ABS all as standard.
If you are looking for a cool sports bike that resembles Ducati’s style, history, and charisma, the Supersport could be yours for a (fairly high) pricetag of £14,895 - Perfect for those who have a bigger budget to play with.
|Engine||937cc, 110 hp (or 47 hp reduced power version), liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 2x 320mm semi-floating discs
Rear: 245mm disc, 2 piston-caliper
Aprilia RS 660
Our second spot on the list goes to another true Italian beauty this time in the way of the Aprilia RS 660. The Aprilia RS 660 shakes up the middleweight boat, coming to you with a fantastic bit of spec and performance.
The liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine can potentially reach 100hp, but in order to remain A2 compliant, the horsepower can be restricted to 47, the legal limit providing you enough get-up and go to be happy about. But don’t worry, once you have attained your full licence you can of course remove that restrictor and really enjoy all that this bike has to offer.
Designed with a dynamic riding position that balances the saddle, footpegs, and clip-on handlebar set up over the steering yoke, instilling just the right amount of confidence perfect for beginners and new riders.
Unlike most middleweight bikes, the Aprilla RS660 is pretty decked out in terms of spec. Coming packed with cruise control, cornering ABS, and an advanced full-colour TFT dash, the RS competes with the likes of the Ducati Supersport, at a much cheaper price point of £10,300- though clearly, this is still a premium price tag for an A2 bike.
The RS is undeniably a stand-out bike with the ultimate road presence, coming in three dashing colourways (a personal favourite being the Acid Gold), it is a bike you cannot help yourself to just stand and stare at. - Especially the new Stars and Stripes edition.
|Engine||659cc, 100 hp, (or 47 hp reduced power version), liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 320mm rotor, Brembo radial-mount four 32mm piston calipers
Rear: 220mm rotor, Brembo twin 34mm piston caliper
KTM RC 390
KTM has given the RC390 the full-race and sporty treatment to make this orange stunner a great performer without needing a restrictor kit.
The 373cc, liquid-cooled engine, gives off a punchy 44hp, making the 390 the sportiest choice of the KTM’s A2 line-up. Its lightweight 155kg chassis in combination with the suspension quality also allows the RC 390 to take twisty and bumpy roads like a champ.
Strong in looks and build, the TFT dash, great suspension, electronics package which includes a three-axis IMU to give cornering ABS and traction control, and lastly the competitive price is really makes the RC 390 a must have on this list.
|Engine||373cc, 44 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 320mm disc, Four-piston radial fixed calliper
Rear: 230mm disc, Single-piston floating calliper
Kawasaki Ninja 400
The green giants are back again with their Ninja 400, a sportsbike providing us with its big boy feel and road presence.
Despite its intimidating aura, the Ninja’s liquid-cooled engine reaches 44.7hp, which is just under the A2 legal limit. The lightweight trellis frame and chassis make the 400 a nimble and agile machine, helping to ensure confidence- Ideal for new riders.
Equipped with good wind protection, decent chassis, and 17" wheels the Ninja 400 may only be an A2 bike, but it has plenty to make a rider smile while also being in decent comfort.
The low seat and aggressive styling with LED headlights, make the Ninja 400 the ideal, accessible choice for riders who are looking to enter the sports riding scene, all for a reasonable budget-friendly price too.
|Engine||399cc, 44.7 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 310mm petal disc, semi-floating
Rear: Single 220mm petal disc
|Price||£6,099 (Carbon Grey, Metallic Matte)
£6,299 (Lime Green/ Ebony - KRT)
The Yamaha R3 makes for the perfect steppingstone between a beginner’s bike and a big bike.
Powered by a 321cc, liquid-cooled engine, the R3 gives off 41.4hp. While the Yamaha may not be the most powerful on this list, the engine gives off a decent amount to suit what most A2 riders will be after.
The Yamaha R3 is a suave yet aggressive-looking bike with its Moto-GP-inspired looks, R1-styled headlights, front fairing, and racer-type screen, available in dashing two colourways, ‘Icon Blue’ and ‘Midnight Black'.
Is the Yamaha R3 the fastest on the list? No, but it sits and competes comfortably amongst its rivals, with good spec, and at a decent competitive price.
|Engine||321cc, 41.4hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 298mm hydraulic disc with ABS
Rear: 220mm hydraulic disc with ABS
The Honda CBR500R is back for another year making waves in the A2-compliant funster category.
Part of a trio of Parallel -twin 500s (sharing the same engine and parts), the fully faired, big boy CBR has proved to be popular with the younger sports bike enthusiasts.
With speed on Honda’s agenda, the liquid-cooled 471cc engine rewards you with 47hp, the maximum for a bike in this category, and 43Nm of torque for fast acceleration.
Coming fully equipped with premium finishing touches such as a negative-display LCD screen, full LED lighting, clip-on handlebars, and adjustable 41mm telescopic forks all as standard, in terms of spec the Honda is yet to disappoint.
Sports-focused and aggressive, the Honda CBR500R makes for a bike that is easy to handle and rides straight out of the box without the hassle of a restrictor kit- All while at an incredible price.
|Engine||471cc, 47 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 320mm disc with two-piston caliper
Rear: 240mm disc with single caliper
And there you have it, our rundown of the best A2 compliant sports bikes is done.
I have tried to give the right mix from great all-around offerings from Japan to the latest premium beauties from Italy. What is your favourite? Make sure to let us know in the comments.
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