10 Best Motorbikes for Beginners & Learners
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The Yamaha YZF-R125 is the iconic R1’s little baby brother/sister, with just under 15HP and a solid power to weight ratio this little pocket rocket will give you just enough speed to enjoy yourself without overdoing it.
The bike can comfortably sit at 70mph meaning dual carriage ways will be a breeze for the rider, unlike some of its 125cc counterparts which struggle to touch 60mph.
Honda CBR 125R
The Honda CBR 125 was the king of the 125 sports bike market with its looks derived from its bigger Fireblade brother/sister, this bike alongside the YZF-125 are two of the quickest 125cc’s you can buy, it’s no wonder that they are so popular amongst 125cc riders.
The CBR 125R is Honda’s response to its Yamaha rival and since its launch it has remained one of the leaders in the segment, enjoying massive sales in the UK.
The reason for its popularity is its blend of sporty looks and practicality. By that we mean it looks the part but still returns impressive fuel economy figures that make it a perfectly suitable option for a commuter bike.
It’s rider-friendly which means it handles well for a small bike while remaining fun. And its size benefits it in terms of performance with the 13hp powertrain more than capable of shifting its frame. At £3,599 from new, the CBR 125R is a capable, economic and renowned learner legal 125.
Moving over into the A2 licensed bikes, we have a number here that all can be ridden on an A2 motorcycle license with some requiring additional restrictions to take them within the legal limits of what an A2 rider can ride.
With many different options and variants around it was incredibly difficult to choose this list, however we have carefully picked out a balanced list of bikes that will match many peoples needs.
Kawasaki Ninja 650
Kawasaki’s 650cc parallel twin Ninja has a bucket load of fun packed into a middleweight machine giving you more than enough fun on the roads with its sporty look definitely making it a head turner.
It’s a brilliant entry level bike with a cheaper price tag on it compared to most, however due to its power output it will legally need to be restricted down to within the limits that the A2 riders can ride with which is 47HP meaning it will lose 30% of its power output, however this doesn’t dampen what is a fantastic motorcycle.
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Want something nippy, lightweight that will still beat most things in a straight line or corners?
The Kawasaki Ninja 300cc might be one for you, this 294cc sports bike can hit a staggering 120mph on a race track with its 39HP and power to weight ratio ensuring you’ll no doubt be beating those 600cc and 1000cc riders on the corner entry and corner speed.
It overshadows many of the other bikes in the same class with only the Yamaha R3 coming close to it, plus if you like going fast you’ll be pleased to know it’s bigger counterpart, the Kawasaki Ninja 400, has won the World Supersport 300 championship in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021!
Honda CBR 500R
The CBR500R is an A2 license motorcycle through and through thanks to it’s 47HP putting it bang on the mark for the legal regulations of an A2 license holder.
It’s a bike built for performance and for a rider to fully maximise their A2 license, it is powered by a two cylinder and even boasts MotoGP inspired wings on the fairings that are absolutely there for looks and not for downforce.
You can expect a lot of reliability from this machine given that it is a Honda, plus with its sleek looks you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.