New legislation means that if you are 19 years of age and want to ride bigger motorcycles you need to spend at least 2 years on an A2 licence before you can take your test to move on to a more powerful bike. If not you have to wait until you are 24 years old before you can apply for your full cat A licence.
The A2 licence is a restricted licence which allows its holders to ride medium-sized motorcycles.
A2 licence holders can ride medium motorcycles up to 35 kW, with a power to weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg and not derived from a vehicle more than twice its power. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have a list of eligible bikes to take an A2 test on, which will continue to grow as more manufactures release bikes in line with the new legislation. Some bikes on the list require restriction in order to meet the requirements.
To make life easier, Bikesure, the free-thinking motorcycle insurance broker, has put together five of the best bikes you can ride on an A2 licence.
First up, the Honda CBR500R. The twin-cylinder CBR500R provides an ideal first big sports bike experience for A2 licence holders. As one of the few fully-faired, sports-style options available new to A2 riders, the CBR500R is spot-on when it comes to power with 47bhp.
The Yamaha XT660X supermoto is on the A2 limit both with its power (47bhp) and weight (quoted at being 186kg with a full tank of fuel). The XT660X doesn’t require restricting and is on the DSA’s list so you can take your test on it too. As an older model there are likely to be some used bikes on the market.
Honda scores again with its NC700S. Easy to ride and super-economical, with some reports stating figures of 80mpg, the Honda NC700S has a strong reputation and is A2 ready, with no need to be restricted. The NC700S offers commuter practicality, alongside a thrilling ride and the distinctive style of a naked.
Kawasaki’s ER-6F requires restriction to be A2-suitable, but is a superb beginner bike. Economical, reliable, quick and easy to ride and maintain, the ER-6F turns-heads with its supersport styling.
The Gilera Fuoco 500 is a three-wheeler which gives great stability and extra front disc brake for increased stopping power, but other than that handles like a bike. The Fuoco 500 is described as being fun, practical and safe, ideal for a first ride.