Best Bike Awards 2016
Best A2 Category
Honda CB500F

With A2 license laws restricting riders into motorcycles that produce less than 47bhp at source, manufacturers have been swift to respond with a series of new bikes this year. The Honda CB500F is one such motorcycle that has received a raft of improvements, turning a solid all-rounder into an excellent one. It maintains all the Honda values of easy ergonomics, great build quality and value for money, but now there’s enough charm and talent to keep you entertained long after you’ve served your time in the A2 category.

"When you’ve outgrown your CB125F and the time comes to step up into the A2 license, here is your answer. It’s a great platform to learn to ride more powerful sports bikes in the future."
Rob Morphet
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Runner-up: Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

Offers all the style and gravitas of last year’s Bike of the Year, the Ducati Scrambler, but reduces the engine capacity by half to make it A2 friendly. A fun and accomplished motorcycle for urban riders, but a pricey option.

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Runner-up: Yamaha MT-03

Popular naked version of the Yamaha R3, albeit with a more relaxed riding position. Engine and chassis are joyous, despite the humble performance.

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Category winners

Best AM
50cc capacity, available to riders from the age of 16
Best A1
125cc capacity, available to riders from the age of 17
Best A2
Motorcycles limited to 47bhp, available to riders from the age of 19
Best Scooter
Stylish, practical and cost-effective urban commuters
Best Commuter
Combines the efficiency of a scooter with big bike refinement and practicality
Best Manufacturer
Product innovation and strong leadership marks out our winner
Best Naked
Stripped back motorcycles with a purity of focus and an upright riding stance
Best Retro
Modern classics that hark back to a bygone era without the reliability woes
Best Tourer
Mile-munching comfort combined with varying levels of face-wrenching speed
Best Adventure
The UK’s most popular category, equally comfortable globetrotting or commuting
Best Cruiser
Baggers that offer effortless performance with all-day comfort
Best Sports
Race bike technology and design wrapped into road-legal packages

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