In this new list, we’re looking at the top 10 A2 naked bikes available now!

With the CB500F, Honda has stuck to their guns and stayed close to that same people-pleasing combo. So, when comparing to the last 2019 refresh, don't expect to see many big changes.

Though the changes to note are that the CB500F is now Euro5 compliant and available in four sparkly new colour variants, *insert drooling emoji*, I definitely think the ‘Candy Caribbean Blue Sea’ is my fav – and that’s not just because it’s one of the places I’d rather be!

The CB500F still comes equipped with an A2-compliant, liquid-cooled engine, reaching 47 hp. LED lights for style as well as safety. A mass-centralised design, which places all heavier parts toward the centre, for better handling and steering. And a £5,699 price tag, which I don’t think is too bad considering how premium a brand Honda is.  

It’s been around since 2013 but, as you can see, this old dog has certainly learned some new tricks over the years that are sure to impress you, new kids, on the block.  It’s a model that bridges the gap between the bikes you begin on and the more powerful, cooler, and faster ones you aim to be on.

Engine 471cc, 47 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 17.1L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 789mm
Weight 189kg
Price £5,699

Triumph is hoping to attract new riders with their new grown-up feeling machine, the Trident 660.

It’s easy to handle, playful, and oozing with all the good stuff including Showa suspension, A&S clutch, Michelin ‘Road 5’ tyres, and a Nissin braking system that works together to instill confidence, reduce rider fatigue, and provide comfort.

Classic naked styling gives the 660 a clean, sharp, and sporty exterior but, don’t worry, it’s still got that distinct Triumph attitude.

But what really sets it apart is the fruity 660cc triple, liquid-cooled engine that brings the fun. But how can this be A2 compliant you ask? Well, this model can be fitted with a conversion kit that restricts performance levels from 80 hp to 47 hp – perfect for you newbies looking for a good-looking entry-level bike.  

With a high spec and quality features, the British brand is taking on the big boys and giving them a pretty good run for their money but, saying this, is that £7k+ price a smidge over when comparing against Honda’s CB650R or Yamaha’s MT-07? Triumph themselves say it’s “incredible value” but you’ll have to let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Is it over-priced or too good to resist?

Engine 660cc, 80 bhp (restrictor kit available), liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 805mm
Weight 189kg (wet)
Price £7,195

Royal Enfield’s Interceptor 650 has been a big hitter and even better-seller since its revival. 

Through an upright riding position and lightweight frame, the Interceptor has all that laid-back, California-sunrise attitude. And there’s no need to ask…yes, he’s a smoother operator too. With light-alloy wheels and adjusted suspension you’ll achieve a smooth, easy to handle, and nimble ride.  But, sitting at the very heart of it all is that 648cc air-cooled eight-valve SOHC engine that has kept its power down to 46.8 hp for all you lucky A2’s.

As with most Royal Enfield’s, it’s available in a variety of colours but what makes this roadster special is that classic 60’s design. It’s lovely to look at, with a tear-drop tank donned with that badge, Monza-style fuel cap, round headlamp, padded seat, and high handlebars. It’s got all those nice little retro details and that’s what makes it a true timeless treasure.

Through a sweet combination of price, engine, and styling, Royal Enfield has kept every bit of that charm and character that made this bike a legend in the first place.  

Engine 648cc, 46.8 hp, air-cooled
Fuel tank 13.7L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 805mm
Weight 217kg
Price £5,899 (Canyon Red, Ventura Blue & Orange Crush), £6,099 (Downton Drag, Baker Express & Sunset Strip) & £6,399 (Mark 2)

Suzuki’s SV650 is big on personality and even bigger on A2 compliant features!

Easy to control, smooth, responsive, and versatile isn’t that what any rider wants to hear when talking about an engine? Well, you won’t be disappointed because that’s exactly what the SV650’s  Euro5, V-Twin, liquid-cooled engine brings to the table.

The bike only weighs 198kg so is lightweight and easy to handle. The slim body is nimble and is said to work hand in hand to help and enhance the strength of the engine. And to appeal to a wider audience, Suzuki has kept the overall look clean, simple, sporty, and full of SV style.

The SV650 is also packing some lovely little rider aids including Suzuki’s easy start system, low RPM assist, Dunlop radial sport tyres, ABS, LCD display, and LED lights.

Whether it be weekday commutes on the street or weekend blasts through the country, Suzuki’s SV650 is made for all riders.

Engine 645cc, 72 hp (restrictor kit available), liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 785mm
Weight 200kg
Price £6,499

Like all Kawasaki’s, the Z650 packs a punch!

The Euro5, 4-stroke Parallel-Twin liquid-cooled engine is loaded with energy, sports performance, and all that Kawasaki Z-spirit whilst still being easy to handle and, with the help of a restrictor kit, A2-compliant.   

A few changes to Kawasaki’s signature ‘Sugomi’ styling – including sharp lines, aggressive face, compact cowl, and muscular radiator shrouds – provide a strong road presence and ensure this predator is ready to pounce!

But don’t be afraid, the Z650 is packed full of super-friendly rider aids such as ABS, A&S clutch, and back-link rear suspension for added confidence, and new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport tyres for better handling. It’s got the tech too with a TFT dash and smartphone connectivity.

Starting from £6,849, the green giants have made this model affordable and controllable, without scrimping on any of the thrills.  Overall, the Z650 sets the bar high for beginner bikes.

Engine 649cc, 67 hp (restrictor kit available), liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 15L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 790mm
Weight 188kg
Price £6,849 (Spark Black/Flat Spark Black) & £6,949 (Spark Black & Pearl Blizzard White)

Having taken inspiration from their bigger hyper-nakeds, Yamaha has created an A2-licence-friendly lean mean fighting machine.

With a 321cc liquid-cooled 2-cylinder engine, it’s sophisticated and fun without being too intimidating. Don’t be fooled though, the MT-03 may be lower capacity than some of its siblings, but it still comes fully loaded with that authentic MT look and feel.

To add, it also features 37mm upside-down front forks for a smooth and confident ride, an LED headlight for better visibility (and to emphasise its looks), LED indicators to compliment this, and LCD instruments for a higher-quality finish.

The MT-03 is an affordable model that’s moody, aggressive, and addictive, in all the best possible ways, and perfect for those wanting big-bike status on a smaller capacity machine. 

To all those who fancy a bit more power than you can also check out Yamaha’s MT-07 which can be restricted to comply with A2 standards.

Engine 321cc, 41 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 780mm
Weight 168kg (wet)
Price £5,300

When looking at the KTM 390 Duke you’ll be surprised to hear that you don’t need a full A motorcycle licence to ride this thing.

The single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine is powerful and ready to ride but still well-mannered and easy to maintain. For added confidence, control, and to appeal to you A2 riders, the 390 sports up-right handlebars, a slipper clutch, lightweight chassis, 17” cast-alloy racing wheels as well as BOSCH ABS.

Making for an even more enjoyable ride, KTM has also included a TFT dash that adjusts to the light conditions around you, a Supermoto mode that brings the fun, and adjustable brake and clutch levers allowing you to adjust to suit your riding style and get extra comfy.

Putting all that aside though, this pocket rocket is priced at £5,099 which makes it one of the cheapest models on the list and you’ll be pleased to hear that KTM isn’t charging extra for the thrills. If you weren’t already attracted to this Duke, I bet you are now!

Engine 373cc, 42.9 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 13.4L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 830mm
Weight 150kg
Price £5,099

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With their Scrambler sixty2, Ducati has kept the recipe simple. A scoop of affordability (for a Ducati), a sprinkling of big-bike Scrambler feels, and a big dollop of style.

The 399cc air-cooled engine, reaching 40 hp, is easy to ride and has enough poke to get you around so would be a great choice for any commuter.

I’d describe the sixty2 as trendy and very Instragramable. It has the funky, retro styling and graphics that fall in line with its older siblings and is going to get those likes and any youngster’s blood pumping. I personally love the colour, but I know some of you out there aren’t too keen so, you’ll have to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  

Along with all that, Ducati has also added a few A2-rider-friendly features to the food mixer and created a bike that certainly pops! Expect to see an LED headlight, aluminium-covered silencer, 10-spoked wheels, ABS, and a 790mm seat.

Compared to other models, it may not be an obvious first-choice for A2’s but what it is, is an all-around good performer, suitable for new riders that does the job in style!

Engine 399cc, 40 hp, air-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 790mm
Weight 183kg (wet)
Price £6,499

Introduced in 2016, the G310R is a teeny-tiny Beemer that is set to attract A2 riders. But how I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you…

Let’s start with what’s at the heart. The 313cc engine reaches a respectable, yet modest, 34 hp and will allow you to comfortably keep up with city traffic. The position has been rotated 180 degrees to allow for better handling. It’s now Euro 5 compliant and the power delivery is magic carpet ride smooth.

Moving onto styling and the G310R is available in three colour variants which all reinforce the bike’s motorsport heritage and radiate its dynamic, powerful, and agile nature.

The finishing touches are pretty decent too. ABS, LED lights, Ride by Wire throttle, adjustable brake, and clutch levers, and stainless-steel exhaust are all included as standard.

Keeping the cost low, the G310R is drawing new riders in like bees to a pot of honey. Mission accomplished BMW!

Engine 313cc, 34 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 11L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 785mm
Weight 164kg
Price £4,785

Style focused and rugged, Husqvarna’s Svartpilen 401 is stripped down to the bare essentials.

With its name appropriately translating to ‘arrow’, a lightweight frame and narrow bodywork allow this beauty to fly!

Powered by a 373cc liquid-cooled engine, the 401 is easy to control and delivers a 44hp punch. To make it even more accustomed for urban riding, it also features a 6-speed gearbox, electronic fuel injection, and ride-by-wire.

Equipment such as robust 17” wheels, LED lights, high handlebars, adjustable WP suspension, and Bybre brakes have also been included to inspire confidence.

Because of those minimalist good looks, friendly features, iconic Swedish heritage, and pretty decent £4,849 price tag, means Husqvarna Svartpilen’s 401 is coming out on top today!

Engine 373cc, 44 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 9.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 835mm
Weight 152kg
Price £4,849

The last stop

That brings yet another list to end. I want to know what you thought! Let me know in the comments below or drop a message on social media!

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