Five best learner legal bikes

Last updated by on November 7th, 2018

Learning to ride a motorbike, isn’t quite the same as learning to drive a car, because when it comes to bikes, what you can learn on is restricted and much depends on your age.

If you’re confused by what’s on offer, then this handy guide to the five best legal learner bikes should set you on the right road.

What bikes can I ride?

You need to be at least 17 to work towards your A1 licence – which will allow you to ride ‘light motorcycles’ up to 125cc. Learning to ride any motorcycle means completing your compulsory basic training (CBT), and passing your motorcycle theory and practical riding test.

Some top learner legal bikes available include:

Yamaha YZF R125


This Yamaha bike is a firm favourite with anyone looking to gain their A1 licence – it’s been around since 2008 and updates since then have just made the bike even better.

The bike is lightweight making it nippy and great for around town, it scores well for reliability and style and is also well equipped.

Costing around £4,500 it’s not the cheapest you’ll find on the market, but it’s a solid first bike that won’t let you down.

KTM Duke 125


This KTM model picks up the most points for style and design – it looks great and has definite kerb appeal.

Quick acceleration and a nimble frame make this a good, easy-to-control bike, perfect for daily commuting. It’s also relatively trouble-free to maintain.

Prices for a new model start at just over £4,000, but it’s worth checking out the used market first if cost is important.

Honda XL125 Varadero


Honda Varadero owners love this bike and give it top marks for reliability, comfort, ease of control and handling.

It’s great around corners and its decent brakes also come in for praise. Owners highly recommend this as an ideal learner bike.

These are pretty pricey brand new (around £4,999), but you could pick up a bargain from the used market.

Suzuki VanVan125


This Suzuki bike has charmed enthusiasts over the years, its chunky tyres give this an old school feel that’ll appeal if you like a retro vibe.

It’s a lightweight bike and the big tyres give it extra stability, plus – with its sharp turning circle, it’s made for busy towns and cities where space is at a premium.

It’s not really a match for the newer, better looking learner bikes on the market, but it is lots of fun and very quirky. Brand new VanVans retail from £3,399 – again, search the used market for hidden gems and bargains.

Hyosung GT125R


If your budget’s tight, then this Hyosung is worth a look.

If you’re worrying because you’ve never heard of Hyosung before, then don’t; they’re a solid and established brand back in Korea so you’ll still be able to find parts if anything does go wrong.

These are good value for money, but watch out if you’re buying brand new – they devalue quickly, so the used market is your best bet – prices range from true bargains (if you’re not too bothered about mileage) to around just over £2,000.

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