Sleek, agile and full of spirit, A2 sportsbikes bring the fun factor and are opening a new world of possibility for A2-licence holders.

And in this new blog, we’re diving straight in and uncovering 6 of the best available for 2021!

Though restrictor kits are needed, Ducati’s A2-licence range is an impressive one with more models available than you’d expect and, amazingly, this includes their SuperSport 950!

Featuring a 937cc Testastretta 11°, Euro5 engine, it’s full-bodied, delivers plenty of power and, with the 35-kW version, makes it rideable for younger riders.

With a sculpted tank, redesigned fairings and Panigale V4 style influence, the SuperSport 950 is a strong and modern bike that radiates sports elegance.

Adding to its true Ducati sportsbike nature, the SuperSport 950 also features a compact, lightweight trellis frame, multi-adjustable Ohlin’s suspension, Brembo brakes and front and rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso® III tyres.

This new version has been sprinkled with a few new goodies too including a full-TFT colour dash, full-LED headlight, side air vents, single-seat and windshield.

You were probably just as surprised as we were that this machine can be ridden on an A2-licence but with their broad range, Ducati is ensuring the passion for riding is accessible to all…you’ll just need a bigger budget as, with most Ducati’s, the price is high and starts at £12,385!

Engine 937cc, 110 hp (or 47 hp reduced power version), liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 16L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 810mm
Weight 184kg
Price £12,385

Today, it’s the second model on the list that will need restricting, but Aprilia’s RS 660 is a fantastic option for any A2 rider to consider!

Fine-tuned for the road, it’s been carefully designed to feature a dynamic riding position that balances the saddle, footpegs and clip-on handlebar set-up over the steering yoke to ensure your journey is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Inheriting a lot of character from the V4 1100, the forward-facing, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine technically reaches 100 hp but, as I said, a restrictor kit keeps it at the 47 hp legal limit and leaves it with enough get-up and go to put a smile on your face!  

Dressed in a variety of colours including ‘Acid Gold’, ‘Apex Black’ and ‘Lava Red’, the RS 660 is a beautiful-looking bike!

It’s the second most expensive choice on the list today coming in at £10,150 but Aprilia’s RS 660 is an exciting sportsbike that’s full of character and shines no matter where it is!

Engine 659cc, 100 hp, (or 47 hp reduced power version), liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 15L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 820mm
Weight 183kg
Price £10,150

It’s fast, it’s agile, and it’s suitable for those with an A2-licence, KTM’s RC 390 is a medium-engine sports bike in the purest form.

Delivering a punchy 44 hp from its 373cc liquid-cooled engine, and weighing only 149kg dry, makes the RC 390 the sportiest choice in KTM’s A2 line-up.

With Moto3 genes running through its veins, road-racing style and ability come in the form of twin headlights, aerodynamic thin tail, windshield, 17” cast-alloy wheels, clip-on handlebars and eye-catching KTM orange highlights.

There are rumours circulating about a 2021 refresh so keep your eyes peeled because we think a Euro5 compliant version could definitely be on the cards!

Engine 373cc, 44 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 9.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 820mm
Weight 149kg
Price £5,299

Kawasaki’s Ninja 400 is a medium-capacity bike with a big personality and even bigger road presence!

The 399cc liquid-cooled engine reaches 44.7 hp so despite looking intimidating, it’s actually very rider-friendly.

Eyebrow-raising Ninja styling inspired by the head honcho himself, the H2, and figure-hugging bodywork gives the impression of a larger-capacity machine. And let’s not forget those LED headlamps for better visibility and a multi-function LCD screen for a high-grade feel.

Ergonomics including a relaxed riding position, 785mm cushioned seat, wind protection, 5-spoke wheels and Nissin ABS are all also included as standard to provide comfort, control and confidence.

This mini-Ninja has the tech, soul and style that any successful sportsbike needs whilst still staying within those A2-compliant lines. And that budget-sensitive £5,599 price also helps to make this model a realistic option.

Engine 399cc, 44.7 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 785mm
Weight 168kg
Price £5,599

Built with the same race-bred DNA that is seen in the R-series, Yamaha’s R3 is a supersport bike that’s made for the less-experienced.

The vibey, liquid-cooled engine delivers a smooth and manageable 41.1hp bite, along with high revs and rpm thanks to those double-overhead cams and 4-valve cylinder heads.

The compact and lightweight chassis is made from high tensile steel which provides the perfect blend of strength, balance and agility.

Available in two different finishes, ‘Icon Blue’ and ‘Midnight Black’, plus the MotoGP-inspired looks, R1-styled headlights, front fairing and race-type screen, this is a bike that really does look nice!

It may be the least powerful on the list this time around, but it sits comfortably amongst its rivals and isn’t going to disappoint those looking for an all-day rider that’s at home on the street or track.  

Engine 321cc, 41.4hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 780mm
Weight 170kg (wet)
Price £5,650

The only thing on the CBR500R’s agenda is speed and with that A2-compliant liquid-cooled engine you’re rewarded with 47 hp, the max for a bike in this category, and 43 Nm of strong mid-range torque for faster acceleration.

Honda has claimed to have cut down on excess bulk through the shape of the fuel tank and a mass centralised design, but it’s still the heaviest of the bunch today weighing 192kg. However, that mass centralisation also works to help to improve the steering and handling.

Following on from its CBR siblings, the 500R features an assist and slipper clutch for easy upshifts, sharp, aggressive lines for styling, aerodynamic winglets for stability and a forward riding position for better comfort.

It comes fully equipped too with premium finishing touches such as a negative-display LCD screen, full LED lighting, clip-on handlebars and adjustable 41mm telescopic forks.

Honda’s CBR500R is a pure sports-focused bike that’s easy to get on with and ready to ride straight out the box!

Engine 471cc, 47 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 17.1L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 785mm
Weight 192kg (wet)
Price £6,299

The last stop

With fewer options than usual, but with all models having pretty decent and similar spec, which would you choose? Let me know in the comments below now or drop us a message on social media!

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