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?
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