Battle of the big lit­tle bikes

A2 LI­CENCE GROUP TEST The lightweight road­ster is back with a lib­eral dose of style and at­ti­tude, but which A2 op­tion has got it all?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Adam Child SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

The Scram­bler Sixty2 blends perky per­for­mance with a big dose of style. But Yamaha’s MT-03, KTM’S 390 Duke and Kawasaki’s Z300 of­fer some­thing de­cid­edly sim­i­lar for less cash. Can these sub-400s re­ally de­liver? And which should you be sav­ing up for?

Not so long ago, learner bikes were per­ceived as non­de­script, you weren’t part of the club as a new­bie. Low-ca­pac­ity bikes – by which we mean sub-500cc – were shrugged-off by main­stream bik­ers. I vividly re­mem­ber be­ing ig­nored by other rid­ers while I had L-plates. But to­day the im­age of low-ca­pac­ity bikes has changed dra­mat­i­cally. So much so that you don’t need the ex­cuse of be­ing on a re­stricted li­cence to ap­pre­ci­ate these bikes. These bikes prove you can have a lot of fun with less than 42bhp and they’re all pretty af­ford­able too.

Take Du­cati’s Sixty2 as an ex­am­ple, I’d guess nine out of 10 of us would ini­tially mis­take it for the 803cc Scram­bler, and that most wouldn’t even re­alise it com­plies to the A2 li­cence re­stric­tions, which came into ef­fect in 2014. It’s a cool bike in its own right, at­tract­ing rid­ers with full li­cences who sim­ply Con­tin­ued over

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