You’ve decided to grab life by the bars and start riding. This is your chance to take off on your own and explore the island. Exposed to the wind and sun you’ll be connected with the road in a way cagers never enjoy. Finally a taste of freedom.
But what 2b motorcycle will you start with?
Most will wrestle with this question more than the upcoming test questions. The bike you choose says something about you in a way cars don’t. You buy a car based on budget, needs and factors like if you have kids, if you need to transport items, etc. It’s usually functional before personal.
A motorcycle is for you alone. Well maybe at most one other (unless you’re in Thailand and piling 5 on a bike).
Are you a sport rider, emulating Rossi? See yourself covered in leathers riding with a MC? Wanting something retro to ride up to the coffee shop?
Our motorcycle choices are limited starting out in Singapore. Unless you came here with a license from another country you’ll be starting out 2b and that means under 200CC’s. Not the powerful, knee sliding beast of a bike most lust after. But honestly enough bike to get you around and get you in trouble if you’re not careful.
Most don’t pin pictures of 2b eligible bikes to their walls or share the pictures on Instagram. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some really fun motorcycles to start out on whatever your riding style, personal fashion or brand loyalty.
Here’s a few that we think top out the category for what you can buy new today in Singapore for every rider type. There are other deals to be had for sure, but if we were buying today here’s a few we might consider:
The Retro Rider
Any Vespa. Take your pick from the S125 for simplicity, LX150 for a more modern look or PX150 for pure retro styling. Pick any new one and you get modern reliability combined with insane gas mileage. There’s a reason these things stuck around through various fads and phases…they offer a cheap, fun ride. There is an older model you can still find used in Singapore that’ll get you the full 200CC’s the 2B allows, but honestly on these bikes the ride’s going to be fun whatever the power. There’s also a great club to join if you really want to nerd out on vintage vibes.
The Sport Rider
Honda CBR150 Repsol all the way! You knew it was coming. For many starter enthusiasts there is simply no other bike running they’d rather start on. The livery is sick and if you’re far enough away someone just might mistake you for a super sport. But underneath all those stickers and flash there’s Honda’s performance and renown backing this thing up. Honda’s aren’t playing around when it comes to biking. They might not always be the most exciting brand on the road (though things have been changing lately), but when you want a bike you’re sure will be running smoothly for year, Honda is always the answer. But if you want to scale up to Euro bikes, and suffer reliability issues…then the answer is Aprilia
Honda TA200. Do you watch Sons of Anarchy? Have a love of leather? Or do you just want to cruise the streets with your arms up high soaking in the view? Well it’ll be 3 years until you can get a Harley or Bolt…so until then the choice is usually the Phantom. It’s great for riding two-up, has loads of support and still has the Honda reliability. There are tons of them around used so price isn’t an issue. In some circles you either love or hate this style of bike. When you’re starting off you shouldn’t be trying to get your knee down anyways, so just sit up, relax and take in the sites…but watch out in the wet that you don’t slip that rear end!
The…Well it’s Just a Fun Bike Rider
The MSX125. Who’d have thought a tiny little 125CC could make the world stand up and notice. A Honda bike no less! Named “the Grom” in the states because it has so much personality, this bike is perfect for city riding. It might have scooter type power, but you get to the ride the thing like a real bike and honestly it looks pretty sweet. I’ve honestly seen nearly 2 metre tall men on them who looked comfortable enough so don’t think that it’s a lady’s bike or not for male riders.
The “I Want More” Bike Rider
KTM Duke 200. For too many younger riders the focus, sadly, isn’t on learning the technique that’s going to keep them riding for years…it’s on the numbers. What’s the most bike I can get for my license? When KTM slipped the 200 into the Singapore market, those riders took immediate notice. Already it’s getting you the maximum amount of power. Plus KTM. Just looking at it you know this isn’t an Uncle bike. Well no KTM is. But that fun and power cost you in Singapore. This isn’t the cheapest bike out there. Heck there’s lust worthy upper tier bikes that’ll run you less. But if you have to have the most bike you can get on your 2b, love the extreme styling and see yourself sponsored someday by Red Bull…this is definitely your bike.
Those are our picks for best 2b Motorcycles for Singapore. Any we left off? Any you desire more?
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