3 second hand motorcycles for the A2 licence

(Last Updated On: September 24, 2017)

If you’re looking to get into riding on a budget the best place to save money on is the bike itself (opposed to safety gear). By buying a previously owned, older motorcycle you not only save on the bike itself, but generally on repair costs as well, as the market will be full of replacement parts for your bike. Here are 3 of the best used motorcycles for the A2 licence holder.

Suzuki GS500

Suzuki’s all purpose entry level bike was first introduced in 1989 and has been in production until 2013. During over 24 years of production the GS has remained mostly unchanged; the engine, the frame and all major components are the same and interchangable on any two models.
The biggest advantage of such a long production cycle is the reliability that comes with it. 24 years is plenty of time for a manufacturer to perfect a product and when it comes to owning one of these bikes long term this quality really shows. The 487 cc parallel twin is truly an indestructable piece however, not a very punchy one. If you’re looking for a thrilling, exciting motorcycle this bike is definitely not a suitable option. For those in need of a reliable commuter tool the GS500 is probably the best motorcycle. Even though it has been discontinued for years now, the used motorcycle market is full of models from all the decades. This also means that the supply of parts for this bike is huge, and getting something replaced is never going to cost you a fortune.
The GS is available in naked and faired versions (post 2004 only), with the faired version resembling a sports-tourer. Let that not fool you however, as the frame of the bike, therefore the seating position and the entire construction is the exact same.

Suzuki DRZ400

Although the DRZ 400 is still in production today, its history dates back to 1999. Before getting into too many details about the DRZ, it is important to point out that this is not a very versatile, jack of all trades type of motorcycle. The DRZ is available in both supermoto and enduro versions, and is built specifically for such purposes. The target audience for these bikes is rather small, therefore the number bikes available in this category is not too much either. When it comes to A2 licence the DRZ is one of the very few bikes in this segment. Compared to larger, full-sized supermotos, Suzuki’s machine is rather heavy at 145 kg (319 lb) wet weight and quite underpowered as well. From another perspective however, this makes for an excellent beginners motorcycle. The reliability you’d come to expect from a long-production bike from Suzuki is very much present here as well. Much like the GS500, the DRZ has been around long enough to gain popularity among dirtbike enthusiasts, which means the finding parts, upgrades and complete bikes, used or new, is not going to be an issue.

Yamaha MT-03

Take a supermoto, a sportbike, a streetfighter and a naked bike and make them into a single motorcycle. What you’re left with is exactly Yamaha’s unique-in-every-way first generation MT-03. If there’s anything you know about the new gen MT, you might as well forget it, the only thing it shares with its predecessor is the name. Manufactured from 2006 to 2013, the old MT was truly one of a kind. The power source is straight out of Yamaha’s 660cc supermoto, the XT660, which mostly describes the character of the bike: a torquey, powerful at the bottom, punchy single packaged in a skin more suitable for the streets. This of course makes the bike seem not very versatile, but that’s not really the case. Despite being a single, he engine doesn’t vibrate much even at highway speeds and the build quality is spot-on. The extra wide handlebars however don’t help with navigating city traffic. It is difficult to recommend this bike to the average user. Before buying one you should not only try one but also think about how it would suit your riding style and purpose.

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