Guide to: A2 permissible bikes

We pick through the minefield of choosing an A2 ready bike

AS OF the 19th of January, the system of motorcycle licencing in the UK changed. We explained what the new A2 licence meant for new riders. But now you want to know what bikes you can ride on it, I suppose?

Here is our guide to the bikes deemed eligible by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to take an A2 test on. The list will continue to grow as more and more manufacturers release bikes in line with the new legislation (for example, the Kawasaki Z800e pre-restricted has been released since the DSA's list was announced), but as it stands the list is strange to be sure. Some bikes which can be restricted are missing (Honda CB500 anyone?), and there are some bizarre inclusions (the Brough Superior of all things made the cut - we haven't covered it in our list in protest). A number of bikes on the list require restriction in order to meet the requirements.

So without further ado, here is a manufacturer-wise list of the offerings at A2 level which have recieved the official stamp of approval, with quick access guide below:

BMW (G650GS)
Gilera (Fuoco 500ie)
Honda (SLR/FX650, NC700s, VT750 Shadow, VT750s)
Husqvarna (TE449/511, TR650 Strada, TR650 Terra)
Kawasaki (ER-5, ER-6F, ER-6n, Versys, VN900, W800)
KTM (Duke 690)
Moto Guzzi (V7 Cafe Classic)
Suzuki (GS500F, GSX650F/FASFV 650S/SA, VL800, VZ800)
Yamaha (MT-03, XP500 TMAX, XT660R, XT660X, XT660Z Tenere, YP400 Majesty)

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