The A2 category is constantly growing, as manufacturers try to tempt new riders into their brand. Sportsbikes are still the coolest bikes and the most likely to attract new riders, and the three bikes here (Honda CBR500R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Hyosung GD250R) are among the best available.
While all three bikes look cool, ride well and are competitively priced, insuring your first ever motorcycle can be a little expensive, so we put all three bikes into MCN Compare to see how they match up.
All three quotes below are fully comprehensive for a 22-year-old male rider with zero No Claims Bonus who passed their test in September 2015.
Honda CBR500R, £5599
The Honda CBR500R was updated for 2016, and feels like a proper big bike. It's powered by a 471cc parallel-twin engine which produces 47bhp - the maximum allowance for an A2 bike - and is the most powerful of this trio.
It's also the most expensive to insure at £740.09, with a voluntary excess of £300 and compulsory excess of £350.
Kawasaki Ninja 300, £5049
Kawasaki's Ninja 300 has been around since 2012 (it replaced the Ninja 250 which was introduced in 2008) and is the sportiest of the bunch. Like the Honda it uses a parallel twin engine which needs to be revved to get the best of the 39bhp on offer.
It's just over £50 cheaper to insure than the Honda at £687.50, but comes with a voluntary excess of £300 and compulsory excess of £450.
Hyosung GD250R, £3599
The Korean-made GD250R is the only single-cylinder of the group and also the least powerful, making 28bhp. It's the lightest of the bunch and the sportiest - it's a brilliant option for pure, small-capacity fun. Much cheaper than the Japanese bikes.
Strangely, despite the price difference, the insurance prices came up exactly the same as the Kawasaki. £687.50 with voluntary excess of £300 and compulsory excess set at £450.
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