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Every A2 motorcycle

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If you’re new to motorcycling, you have a few hoops to jump through.

The new(ish) category A, A1 and A2 motorcycle licence structure can be a bit confusing at first. It used to be that you either rode a 125cc bike on L-plates and then you did your test and rode a big bike but these days, it’s slightly more complicated.

These days the running order goes a little like this:

CBT – Everyone has to do it and it entitles you to ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc for up to 2-years with L-plates. After two years it expires; retake the CBT or get your full licence.

A1 – If you’re under 19 you take an A1 licence if you want to ride up to 125cc with no L-plates.

A2 – Between 19 and 24 you can take your A2 licence and ride a motorcycle that akes up to 47bhp.

A – You have a full licence and can ride any motorcycle or any power (providing you can get insured)

Overview of the A2 licence restrictions

You can ride motorbikes with:

  • Power output up to 35kW (47bhp)
  • Power to weight ratio not more than 0.2kW/kg
  • The motorbike must also not be derived from a vehicle of more than double its power (70kW or 95bhp).
  • Any motorcycle in the A1 category (125cc)

Motorcycles that make more than 47bhp in standard form are in the (higher) A category. You can ride some motorbikes from category A on an A2 licence as long as they never made more than 95bhp in standard trim. These 94bhp motorcycles can then be restricted to 47bhp meet A2 requirements. The theory is that when you lose your A2 shackles you can just derestrict your existing motorcycle and unleash those horses, rather than have to buy another bike.

However most manufacturers make A2-ready motorcycles that make 47bhp as standard and therefore don’t have to be restricted. You can see them all in our table below.

The A2 restriction for dummies

The reality of the above is far simpler than it sounds. You can ride any motorcycle, as long as its original power output is no more than 95bhp. An A2 licence means this 95bhp motorcycle will need to be restricted down to half of its original power (47bhp).

The beauty of this is that it means you can buy a ‘bigger’ bike and ride it in a restricted format, then when you remove your restriction, you can keep the same bike but enjoy it with its intended power output.

Years ago the restriction used to be 33bhp. In theory, you could buy a powerful motorcycle, like a 200bhp Suzuki Hayabusa and restrict it to 33bhp. Those days are now gone.

Fortunately, 47bhp is plenty and you won’t feel like your motorbike or scooter is gutless. In car terms, you’ll easily be able to out-accelerate a Golf GTI and your bike will crack 100mph, so you’ll have plenty of punch.

When can you upgrade from an A2 motorcycle?

Once you have ridden on an A2 licence for the mandatory two-years, you can then take a Progressive Access Route in order to gain your full motorcycle licence (Category A).

You just need to meet these requirements:

  • You are aged at least 21 years-old
  • You have held your A2 licence for at least two years
  • You have passed all related theory tests

Every A2 motorcycle

The list below shows every motorcycle that you can ride on an A2 licence. Some make no more than 47bhp as standard whereas others make up to 95bhp but can be restricted to reduce their power to the 47bhp maximum.

MakeModelRestrictor Required
AJPPR4 Enduro 
AJSRegal Raptor 
ApriliaAtlantic 500 
ApriliaDorsoduro 750Y
ApriliaDorsoduro 750 FactoryY
ApriliaMana 850Y
ApriliaMana GTY
ApriliaMoto 6.5 
ApriliaPegasoY
ApriliaPegaso FactoryY
ApriliaRS250Y
ApriliaSRV850Y
BenelliBN251 
BenelliBN302 
BenelliLeoncino 
BenelliTRK502 
BetaAlp 
BimotaBB1 SupermonoY
BimotaDB5Y
BimotaMantraY
BMWC600 SportY
BMWC650GTY
BMWF650Y
BMWF650GSY
BMWF700GSY
BMWF800GSY
BMWF800GS AdventureY
BMWF800GTY
BMWF800RY
BMWG310 GS 
BMWG310 R 
BMWG650Y
BMWG650 GSY
BMWR1100GSY
BMWR1100RY
BMWR1150GSY
BMWR1150GS AdventureY
BMWR1150RY
BMWR1200CY
BuellM2 CycloneY
BuellS1 LightningY
BuellXB9SX LightningY
CagivaCanyon 500 
CagivaElefant 900Y
CagivaGran CanyonY
CagivaRaptor 650Y
CagivaRiver 500 
CCM604Y
CCM640 SupermotoY
CCM644E TrailY
CCMR30 
Ducati1000SSY
Ducati600SSY
Ducati620 SportY
Ducati750SSY
Ducati900SSY
DucatiHypermotard 1100Y
DucatiHypermotard 796Y
DucatiM600 MonsterY
DucatiMonster 1000Y
DucatiMonster 620Y
DucatiMonster 695Y
DucatiMonster 796Y
DucatiMonster 800Y
DucatiMultistrada 1000Y
DucatiMultistrada 620Y
DucatiScrambler Sixty2 
DucatiSport 1000Y
EnfieldBullet 350 
EnfieldBullet 500 
EnfieldBullet Electra 
EnfieldBullet Woodsman EFI 
EnfieldClubman 
EnfieldTrials EFI 
Gas GasPampera 
GileraFuoco 500ie 
Harley DavidsonCVO Softail ConvertibleY
Harley DavidsonElectra Glide Ultra ClassicY
Harley DavidsonFLHR Road KingY
Harley DavidsonFLHTC Electra GlideY
Harley DavidsonFLST/I Heritage SoftailY
Harley DavidsonFLSTF Fat BoyY
Harley DavidsonFXDI Dyna Super GlideY
Harley DavidsonFXDLI Dyna Low RiderY
Harley DavidsonFXDWGI Dyna Wide GlideY
Harley DavidsonFXDX Dyna Super Glide SportY
Harley DavidsonFXST Softail StandardY
Harley DavidsonFXSTB Bad BoyY
Harley DavidsonFXSTB Night TrainY
Harley DavidsonFXSTD Softail DeuceY
Harley DavidsonFXSTS Softail SpringerY
Harley DavidsonSoftail Cross BonesY
Harley DavidsonXL1200 SportsterY
Harley DavidsonXL1200N NightsterY
Harley DavidsonXL883 SportsterY
Harley DavidsonXR1200RY
Harley DavidsonXR1200XY
Harley-Davidson883 SuperlowY
Harley-DavidsonSportster 883 IronY
Harley-DavidsonStreet 750Y
HeraldClassic 400 
HeskethV1000Y
HondaBROS NT400 
HondaC90 
HondaCB-1 
HondaCB1100Y
HondaCB250 
HondaCB400 Super FourY
HondaCB500Y
HondaCB500F 
HondaCB500X 
HondaCB750 F2Y
HondaCBF250 
HondaCBF500Y
HondaCBF600Y
HondaCBR250R 
HondaCBR300R 
HondaCBR500R 
HondaCBR600FY
HondaCMX250 Rebel 
HondaCMX500 Rebel 
HondaCRF250L 
HondaCRF450L 
HondaDeauvilleY
HondaDN-01Y
HondaFJS600 Silver WingY
HondaFMX650 
HondaFury VT1300CXY
HondaNC700D IntegraY
HondaNC700S 
HondaNC700XY
HondaNC750XY
HondaNTV650Y
HondaNX650 Dominator 
HondaRVF400 (NC35)Y
HondaSLR650 
HondaVFR400R (NC30)Y
HondaVT600 ShadowY
HondaVT750C Shadow 
HondaXL1000 VaraderoY
HondaXL650V TransalpY
HondaXL700V TransalpY
HondaXLV750RY
HondaXRV750 Africa TwinY
HusabergFS 400E 
Husqvarna401 Smartpilen 
Husqvarna401 Vitpilen 
HusqvarnaSM450RY
HusqvarnaSM570R 
HusqvarnaSM610Y
HyosungGT250R 
HyosungGT650 CometY
HyosungGV650 AquilaY
KawasakiER-5Y
KawasakiER-6fY
KawasakiER-6f (2009 – 2011)Y
KawasakiER-6nY
KawasakiGPZ500SY
KawasakiJ300 SE-ABS 
KawasakiKLE500 
KawasakiKLR250 
KawasakiKLR650 
KawasakiKLX250 
KawasakiKR-1SY
KawasakiNinja 300 
KawasakiVersys 650Y
KawasakiVersys-X 300 
KawasakiVN1500 ClassicY
KawasakiVN1700 Voyager CustomY
KawasakiVN800 ClassicY
KawasakiVN900 CustomY
KawasakiW650Y
KawasakiZ400 
KawasakiZ650 
KawasakiZ800EY
KawasakiZephyr 550Y
KawasakiZephyr 750Y
KawasakiZR-7Y
KawasakiZXR400Y
KTM390 Duke 
KTM450 EXCY
KTM625 SMCY
KTM640 AdventureY
KTM640 LC4 SupermotoY
KTM690 DukeY
KTM690 DukeY
KTM690SMY
KTMDuke I or IIY
KTMFreeride 250F 
KTMFreeride EX-C 
KTMRC390 
Kymco300i Downtown 
Laverda750 SY
Moto Guzzi1100 SportY
Moto GuzziBreva 1100Y
Moto GuzziBreva 750ieY
Moto GuzziCafe ClassicY
Moto GuzziCalifornia 1100EVY
Moto GuzziGriso 1100Y
Moto GuzziNevada 750Y
Moto GuzziStelvioY
Moto GuzziV11Y
Moto GuzziV7 ClassicY
Moto GuzziV7 III CarbonY
Moto GuzziV7 III MilanoY
Moto GuzziV7 III RoughY
Moto GuzziV7 RacerY
MZBaghiraY
MZMastiffY
MZSkorpion 660Y
NortonCommando 961 SEY
PiaggioBeverly 300ie 
PiaggioMP3 400 
PiaggioMP3 LT 
PiaggioX10 350 
PiaggioX7 250ie 
PiaggioX7 Evo 300 
RiejuMRT200 LC Pro Comp 
Royal EnfieldBullet 500 
Royal EnfieldBullet Classic 
Royal EnfieldGT650 
Royal EnfieldHimalayan 
Royal EnfieldInterceptor 650 
SachsRoadster 800Y
Sherco4.5i EnduroY
SuzukiBurgman 650Y
SuzukiDL650 V-StromY
SuzukiDL650 V-Strom 650 ABSY
SuzukiDL650 V-Strom XpeditionY
SuzukiDR-Z400S 
SuzukiDR350 
SuzukiGS500E 
SuzukiGSF600 BanditY
SuzukiGSF650 BanditY
SuzukiGSX250R 
SuzukiGSX600FY
SuzukiGSX650FY
SuzukiGSX750Y
SuzukiGSX750FY
SuzukiInazuma 250 
SuzukiSV650Y
SuzukiSV650XY
SuzukiV-Strom 250 
SuzukiVL1500 IntruderY
SuzukiVZ800 IntruderY
SuzukiXF650 Freewind 
SWMRS300R 
SWMRS500R 
SWMSix Days 440 
TriumphAdventurerY
TriumphAmericaY
TriumphBonnevile T100Y
TriumphBonnevilleY
TriumphLegend TTY
TriumphScramblerY
TriumphSpeedmasterY
TriumphSprint ExecutiveY
TriumphStreet CupY
TriumphStreet ScramblerY
TriumphStreet Triple S (A2) 
TriumphStreet TwinY
TriumphThruxtonY
TriumphThunderbirdY
TriumphThunderbird 900Y
TriumphThunderbird CommanderY
TriumphThunderbird LTY
TriumphTiger 800Y
TriumphTiger 900Y
VertematiSupermotoY
VespaGTS300 Super 
VespaGTV Via Montenapoleone 
VictoryHammerY
VictoryHammer 8-BallY
VictoryHammer SY
VictoryV92CY
VictoryVision TourY
YamahaBT1100 BulldogY
YamahaFZR400 EXUPY
YamahaFZR600Y
YamahaMT-01Y
YamahaMT-03 
YamahaMT-07Y
YamahaT-Max 500 
YamahaT-Max 530 
YamahaTDM850Y
YamahaTDM900Y
YamahaTRX850Y
YamahaTT250R 
YamahaTT600R 
YamahaWR250X 
YamahaX-Max 250 
YamahaXJ6Y
YamahaXJ6 DiversionY
YamahaXJ6 Diversion FY
YamahaXJ600 DiversionY
YamahaXJ900S DiversionY
YamahaXT600E 
YamahaXT660R 
YamahaXT660Z Tenere 
YamahaXTZ660 
YamahaXV1900Y
YamahaXV250S Virago 
YamahaXV535 Virago 
YamahaXV950Y
YamahaXVS1100Y
YamahaXVS250 Drag Star 
YamahaXVS650 Drag Star 
YamahaXVS950A Midnight StarY
YamahaXVZ1300A Royal StarY
YamahaYBR250 
YamahaYP400 Majesty 

Insurance group for A2 motorcycles

We’ve put together a list of all the insurance groups for every motorcycle available for sale in the UK. Click the link to see UK motorcycle insurance groups and this list shows you all the maxi-scooter insurance groups so you can get an idea of which A2 motorcycles will be the cheapest to insure.

Which Motorcycles Are Eligible For The A2 Test?

If you are planning on undertaking your A2 test, your motorcycle must meet certain criteria in order for it to be used for your motorcycle test.

These include having:

  • A capacity of at least 395ccEngine power of between 20 and 35kWA power to weight ratio of up to 0.2 kW/kg
  • You can pass your tests on a motorcycle with automatic or semi-automatic transmission, but remember that you will only get a licence for those types of motorcycles.
  • You can find a full list of bikes suitable for the A2 and A tests, by manufacturer and model on the DVLA website.
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A2 licence scooters

You can also ride maxi-scooters on an A2 licence.