Is it their laid-back attitude or jaw-dropping good looks?

We don’t know, but what we do know is that Cruisers have been around for years and the popularity of and love for them hasn’t decreased in the slightest! And because of that, manufacturers are expanding their ranges to allow riders of all abilities to enjoy!

With that in mind, join me in this new blog as I count down the top 5 A2-friendly cruisers available for 2021!  

Harley Davidson 883 SuperLow

Though this isn’t the most obvious choice for A2 riders, the 883 SuperLow has a lot going for it including the low bucket seat, rear suspension and easy-grip handlebars which bring arm-chair levels of comfort. The low seat and narrow frame make it easy to maneuverer.

Smooth delivery is provided by the 883cc engine, though to make it compatible you’ll need a restrictor kit that takes the horsepower down from 52 to the A2 legal limit of 47. And, of course, it has the quality fit and finish Harley’s are known for!

The only thing that may make you think twice is the smidge over £9k price tag. But if you have the budget, and are planning on getting your full motorcycle licence, then this could be an investment as the power restriction can be reversed. Sorry if you were trying to resist!

*Just note that the 883 SuperLow’s availability may be limited at it's not in Harley Davidson’s 2021 range.

Engine 883cc, 52 hp (A2 restrictor kit available), air-cooled
Fuel tank 17L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 705mm
Weight 247kg
Price (starting from) £9,045

Royal Enfield Meteor

What’s cheap and nice to look at? I know, there are many answers to this question but the one I’m looking for today is…Royal Enfield’s Meteor of course – and what a choice it is!

The shape of the tank, analogue speedo, high-gloss finish and steel frame is where you’ll see all that lovely cruiser-inspired spirit and styling. And it’s this frame that will allow for excellent control, stability and comfort.

With the ease of everyday use coming from that 349cc engine, five-speed gearbox, wide seat, smartphone connectivity, USB ports, Tripper Navigation system and LED lights, Royal Enfield’s Meteor is a delightful little A2 cruiser. The inclusion of a windscreen is also a nice touch.

Prices vary depending on the colour, but with such a low starting price of £3,749, which may I add includes 3-year roadside cover and warranty, it will put a significantly smaller dent in your wallet when compared against some of the other models on the list.

Because of the bargain price, friendly features and personality, Royal Enfield’s Meteor is a small capacity bike that definitely shines!

Engine 349cc, 20.2 bhp, air-cooled
Fuel tank 15L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 765mm
Weight 191kg
Price (starting from) £3,749 (Fireball Red & Yellow), £3,829 (Stellar Red, Blue & Black) & £3,909 (Supernova Blue & Brown)

Benelli 502 Cruiser

Cruiser by name, Cruiser by nature, the 502 is Benelli’s modern-day take that offers everything to warmly welcome new riders.  

The 500cc liquid-cooled engine reaches 47 hp, so it’s not got heart-pounding power but, as this is a list for you A2 riders, I won’t deny that it’ll have enough energy to put a smile on your face! Whilst we’re on the subject, that performance plus the 750mm seat height, adjustable footrests, TFT display and the whopping 21L equals, a very capable commuter.

When comparing on price, the 502 is £5,499 which is only £300 cheaper than the CMX500 Rebel, featured a little later on. We know Honda are pretty big fish to swim with and, with only so little between them, have Honda swiped the rug from under Benelli’s feet? You’ll have to let me know your thoughts in the comments.

But at the end of the day, the 502 has the style, performance and value that most Chinese-built bikes can’t match and, today, that’s what’s helping it keep up with its Japanese rivals.

Engine 500cc, 47 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 21L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 750mm
Weight 217kg
Price (starting from) £5,499 (+OTR)

Kawasaki Vulcan S

If you’re looking for a stylish, accommodating and lightweight (not just in kg’s but £’s too) cruiser then Kawasaki thinks they’ve found the one for you! Let me introduce you to: the Vulcan S.

With the well-proven 649cc liquid-cooled engine reaching the 47 hp limit for this category, it has plenty of user-friendly power. Team that with the good fuel economy from that 14L tank and you have yourself a pretty decent urban commuter.

Other user-friendly features to note are the slim and lightweight chassis that’s complemented by the low 705mm seat height, relaxed riding position and adjustable footpegs, all for easy handling and comfort – two very important factors for any new rider!

With looks inspired by some of the bigger boys, Kawasaki is serving the Vulcan S in a few different flavours, including ‘Spark Black’, ‘Raw Greystone’ and ‘Ebony’. So, if you like your no-nonsense classic styling then the black will be the one for you, but if you want something with a little added spice, then check out the other two.  

Overall, the green giants have succeeded in creating a dedicated A2 bike whose prices temptingly start at £6,699!

Engine                                                                              649cc, 47 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 14L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 705mm
Weight 229kg
Price (starting from) £6,699 (Spark Black) & £6,899 (Ebony & Greystone) 

Honda CMX500 Rebel

Affordable, enjoyable and perfect for the younger rider, these were the foundations Honda built their iconic Rebel on. Fast forward to the 21st century, and with the CMX500, things haven’t changed much.

The 190kg weight and 690mm seat height, along with the relaxed riding position, assist and slipper clutch and 471cc engine make it a fantastic choice for anyone stepping up from a smaller bike.

Speaking of that engine, it’s parallel, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled and EU5 compliant so it’s not going to go nuts, but what it will be is easy to manage and a pleasure to ride.

Onto the design now and Honda hasn’t disappointed us here! They’ve styled the CMX500 with classic cruiser looks, which include the slim chassis, low seat and fat rims. The negative LCD dash and round LED headlight are also nice practical touches that fit in well with the overall look.

It’s no secret that Honda’s Rebel has been a hugely influential model in the market over the years and, with the CMX500, Honda has followed closely in the wheel tracks of its legendary ancestors by creating a one-for-all, custom-cool, modern-day bobber that, at £5,799, is reasonably priced and accessible too!

Engine 471cc, 47 hp, liquid-cooled
Fuel tank 11.2L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat height 690mm
Weight 190kg
Price (starting from) £5,799

The last stop

So that brings yet another list to an end! What are we thinking? Do you agree with our top choices? Or do you have a few of your own? Drop your thoughts in the comments or drop us a message on Facebook!

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