Sleek, aggressive, and obviously naked. These naked motorcycles give you that big boy sport bike feels, all while being A2 friendly.
Now before I commence through the A2 list it is important to let you know if an A2-friendly bike isn't for you right now, not to fear as we have you well covered for other naked bikes too. If you are looking for something more for beginners, check out Top 10 125cc Naked Motorcycles for motorbikes that can be ridden on a CBT from the age of 17 in the UK. If retro is more your style, go ahead to our Top 10 Retro motorcycles article, for the best in old-school and modern-retro bikes currently available 2022.
Let’s get into the subject at hand shall we, join me as I run down our Top 10 Naked A2 Motorcycles for 2022…
With the CB500f, Honda has yet again stuck to their guns with this bike, staying close to that typical Honda combination that people know and love. So, when comparing to the last 2022 refresh, don’t expect to see many big changes.
This year, Honda has gifted us with four new colourways for 2022 including Matte Axis Grey Metallic, Pearl Smoky Grey, Grand Prix Red, and Pearl Dusk Yellow (I definitely think the ‘Pearl Dusk Yellow’ is my fav).
Equipped with an A2-compliant, liquid-cooled engine, reaching 47hp, the bike has wider bars and a more upright riding position helping to ensure you feel comfortable while riding. The bike is fun and engaging to its riders, making it versatile to fit the needs of every type of commuter.
The CB500f has been a popular favourite for many years, making up 48% of all 102,000 Honda 500s sold since 2013. And for its £5,999 price tag, I don’t think it's too bad considering the premium brand that Honda is.
If you want to know more check out our Honda CB500F 7 things to know article!
|Engine||471cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC (47hp)|
|Brakes||Front: Dual 296mm disc with Nissin radical-mount four-piston calipers
Rear: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Triumph Trident 660
The Triumph Trident jumps feet-first into the entry-level naked market as an attractive, powerful middleweight ready to take on the competition of the likes of the Kawasaki’s Z650. Triumph attempts to attract new riders with its grown-up feeling machine, the Trident 660.
With its light-steering, you have assurance that this bike is manoeuvrable, agile, and fun to ride. With great Showa suspension at the front and back, in combination with those Nissin brakes callipers, you know the suspension and brakes are well covered too.
The classic naked styling of the Triumph gives the 660 a clean, sharp, sporty exterior, meanwhile maintaining the district Triumph attitude that riders love.
But what sets the 660cc, triple liquid-cooled engine bike apart is its ability to be A2 compliant, with the help of a nifty conversion kit restricting performance levels to 47hp, making the Trident a standout bike perfect for you newbies out there. Plus let's not forget if you get your full licence you can then unrestrict the Trident, and enjoy it to its full potential.
With the high spec and quality features, the British-owned brand gives the other big boys a pretty good run for their money. Saying this, the ability to compete with these bigger brands comes with a price tag, this being £7,695…
If you want to know more about the Triumph Trident, check out our Triumph Trident 660 review!
|Engine||660cc, Liquid-cooled, 80 bhp (restrictor kit available)|
|Brakes||Front: Twin 310mm discs, Nissin two-piston sliding calipers
Rear: Single 255mm disc, Nissin single-piston sliding caliper
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
The revival of the Royal Enfield’s interceptor 650 has been a big hit in the biking scene and an even better seller.
The adjustable rear suspension and light-alloy wheels make for a smooth, nimble, and enjoyable ride. But what really makes the bike for me is the 648cc air-cooled, eight-valve engine that has kept its power down to 46.8hp, making it an easily accessible bike to A2 Licence holders without the need for a modification kit.
Like most Royal Enfields, this bike is available in various colours. However, what truly makes this roadster special is the down-to-earth, cool, old-school feel intertwined with its modern edge. It’s got all the little retro details (such as the Monza-style fuel cap, round headlamp, padded seat, and high handlebars) that make it a true timeless pleasure.
Getting a twin-cylinder bike at what the Interceptor sells for, almost seems like a bargain when compared to other twins on the market already.
If you like what you see with the Royal Enfield Interceptor, check out our in-depth Royal Enfield Interceptor article!
|Engine||648cc, air-cooled (46.8hp)|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
|Price||£6,039 (Canyon Red, Ventura Blue & Orange Crush)
£6,239 (Downton Drag, Baker Express & Sunset Strip)
£6,539 (Mark 2)
Suzuki’s SV650 is certainly a big personality on the naked Motorcycle scene, especially with its A2 compliant features.
For 2022, the Suzuki has made very few changes to the popular middle-weight bike, continuing to retain the sporty SV characteristics that it's most known for. Weighing 198kg one of the heavier on this list, the SV650 is easy to handle, working in turn with the slim nimble body to really enhance the bike's engine strength.
When it comes to the Euro5, liquid-cooled engine of the SV560, new rider-friendly, smooth, and versatile springs to mind. And isn’t that what any rider wants to hear when talking about an engine? I think so…
And let's not forget, it will have a slightly different personality thanks to the v-twin engine!
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.
So whether it be weekday commutes on the street or weekend blasts through the country, Suzuki’s SV650 is made for all riders.
We here at Bike Matters have reviewed the Suzuki SV650, check it out!
|Engine||645cc, Liquid-cooled, 75hp (restrictor kit available)|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
The green giants have nailed it once again with the Kawasaki Z650, packing an ultimate punch with three new additions this year, Standard, Performance, and Urban, coming equipped with a top box.
You’ll be pleased to know that the water-cooled, 649cc, eight-valve engine remains untouched, loaded with the energy, performance, and all that spirit of a Kawasaki, whilst still being easy to handle. And, again with the help of a restrictor kit, this is an amazing A2-compliant bike
Compared to last year, the Kawasaki signature ‘Sugomi’ styling is more aggressive than ever with its sharp lines, shortened mudguards, and a compact cowl. These features certainly allow the Kawasaki to take the limelight when it comes to on-road presence.
Some may argue that the best TFT dash on two wheels has remained on the bike this year too, meaning you have Bluetooth connectivity through the Kawaski Rideology app. The app allows you to check features such as the health of the bike, download machine data, and much more, all on your smartphone.
And don’t fret, the other super-friendly rider aids such as ABS, A&S clutch, and back-link rear suspension for added confidence have all made the cut for 2022.
A new colourway has also been thrown into the mix this year, in the form of the striking Pearl Robotic White. Arguably setting the bar high as far as beginner bikes go.
Check out our Kawasaki Z650- Everything you need to know article for a detailed look at this bike.
|Engine||649cc, liquid-cooled, 68 hp (restrictor kit available)|
|Brakes||Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual piston
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single piston
|Price||£7,349 (Spark Black/Flat Spark Black)
£7,449 (Metallic Matte Graphensteel Grey & Pearl Robotic White)
£7,449 (Candy Lime Green/ Spark Black)
The MT-03 is the A2-license friendly lean mean fighting machine of the Yamaha hyper-nakeds.
Its 321cc liquid-cooled, two-cylinder engine provides a sophisticated, fun ride without it being too intimidating in comparison to the bigger boys. However, do not let the MT-03 fool you, whilst its capacity may be lower than some of its siblings, it still comes fully loaded with the authentic signature look and feel of the MT.
To add, the bike features 37mm upside-down front forks for a smoother ride, LED headlights, and indicators increasing your visibility, and lastly, LCD instruments for a higher-quality finish, fully emphasising its suave looks.
In comparison, the seat is relatively low on the MT-03, making it easier for you to reach the ground (an added bonus for those vertically challenged), which is important on an entry-level bike to help boost confidence and control at lower speeds - especially for newer riders.
It is undoubtedly the more affordable model for those wanting a big-bike status on a much smaller, budget-friendly capacity machine (if you want to know more check out our full Yamaha MT-03 road test review). However, if you are someone who fancies a bit more power, it is worth checking out the Yamaha MT-07 which can easily be restricted to comply with the standards of A2.
|Engine||321cc, liquid-cooled (42hp)|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
KTM 390 Duke
Looks may be deceiving when it comes to the KTM 390, would you believe me if I said that you don’t need a full motorcycle licence to ride this thing?
The KTM 390 Duke boasts a big riding attitude. The sharp lines in addition to the aggressive twin LED headlights hook you with its full-offensive stance. The bike gives out a ready-to-race aura that grabs attention wherever it goes.
The single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine not only delivers impressive torque and acceleration but also remains well-mannered and easy to maintain. What makes the 390 appealing to you A2 riders are its 390 sports up-right handlebars, a slipper clutch, lightweight chassis, and 17” cast-alloy racing wheels that can give you the added confidence and control any type of rider can appreciate (also making it a master on the bends!)
Making for an even more enjoyable ride, KTM has decided to include a TFT dash, adjusting to the light conditions around you, and a Supermoto mode that brings the fun.
KTM 390 Duke is a bike that embodies when track meets street combination. And, while priced at £5,149 this pocket rocket is one of the cheapest on the list, without scrimping on the thrills. If the Duke wasn’t already in your top 10, it sure is now!
|Engine||373cc, liquid-cooled (44hp)|
|Brakes||Front: 320mm disc, 4-piston, radially mounted caliper
Rear: 230mm disc, single piston, floating caliper
Ducati Scrambler Icon
The Ducati Scrambler Icon brings all of the big-bike scrambler feels, while (with the help of a restrictor kit) remains A2 complicit.
The 803cc, air-cooled, L twin-engine captures the classic Ducati vibe pumping out a respectable 47p with the restrictor. The bike has a suitable amount of poke, alongside its easy-to-ride abilities, making it a great choice for any commuter who gets their hands on it.
In my personal opinion, the Icon screams trendy. With its funky, retro styling and graphics, it falls in line beautifully with its older siblings. This year's colourways include the classic “62 Yellow”, the new “Rosso Ducati” and the “Icon Dark”, making it one of the most eye-catching bikes to date in this category.
Expect to see an LED headlight, aluminium-covered silencer, 10-spoked wheels, ABS, and a 798mm seat that appears to be considered as A2-friendly features.
Compared to other models (perhaps due to its price tag), it may not be an obvious first choice for the A2s. However, this bike is seemingly an all-around great performer on the roads, appealing to all newbies who wish to ride in style!
|Engine||803cc, air-cooled, 73hp|
|Brakes||Front: 330 mm disc, radial 4-piston caliper
Rear: 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper
Introduced in 2016, the G310R is a teeny-tiny Beemer that aims to attract A2 riders, offering a premium option while still in reach.
The 313cc engine reaches a respectable 34hp, and while it may be the lowest of this list, it allows you to comfortably keep up with city traffic.
You see the beauty of the smaller bike agility means that getting around corners, weaving through traffic and parking manoeuvres become a breeze, handling much better than many of the larger middleweight machines.
When it comes to styling, BMW has once again delivered. Available in three colourways Cosmic Black, Passion, and Sport, they will for sure appeal to any bike lovers.
Additionally, the finishing touches are neat too. The bike comes fully equipped with ABS, LED lights, and Ride by Wire throttle, all topped off with a stainless-steel exhaust are all included as a standard (and that shiny BMW badge too).
A bike with such good performance and handling deserves equally good brakes, BMW once again delivered, all while keeping the costs low.
|Engine||313cc, water-cooled (34hp)|
|Brakes||Front: Single disc 300 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper, radially bolted
Rear: Single disc 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
|Price||Cosmic Black £4,930
Passion Colourway: £5,035
Sports Colourway: £5,035
Husqvarna Svartpilen 401
The Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is a bike built on style and a need for speed.
With its name appropriately translating to ‘arrow’, the lightweight frame and narrow bodywork allow this beauty to fly through our streets.
Powered by the EURO 5 emission compliant, 373cc liquid-cooled engine, the Svartpilen 401 is a smooth operator on roads. Easy to control, while delivering a 44hp punch, the 401’s engine is complemented by WP APEX suspension and ByBre brakes making it even more accustomed to urban riding.
Equipment such as robust 17” wheels, LED lights, Easy Shift functions, and ride-by-wire throttle, have all been added to the bike to instill confidence in the rider.
Due to its overall minimalist and classy, good looks inspired by its iconic Swedish heritage, in combination with its pretty sweet price tag of £4,999, means that the Husqvarna Svartpilen’s 401 is coming out on top for another year running!
|Engine||373cc, liquid-cooled (44hp)|
|Brakes||Front: ByBre, opposed four-piston caliper, brake disc
Rear: ByBre, single-piston, floating caliper, brake disc
The last stop
So there we have it! But I want to know what your thoughts are, do you agree, were there any you'd choose differently? Let us know in the comments!
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