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Apr 14

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duke9000 says:

A2 License

Hello! Apologies if you get this all the time, I had a search but can't find much.

I want to do my A2. I'll be obviously restricted to 35kw/47bhp once I pass.

Question is, what (fairly) sporty 4-600's can I get with that power, if any? Currently on a duke 125 so anything would be an upgrade... 

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Aug 05

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Mar 07

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weasel64 says:


you could buy any bike you fancy & have it restricted to 47 bhp , then when your restriction is over , get the restrictor removed & off ya go on a full power bike that you know

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Dec 10

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preunit says:


KTM 390 Duke or Kawasaki 300 Ninja....light weight, fun and don't need restricting.

Secondhand Restricted Suzuki SV 650, Kawasaki ER6, Suzuki Bandit 650, Honda 600 Hornet to name but a few.

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Apr 14

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duke9000 says:


Thanks for the replies, very helpful.

I have considered a restriction too, but a) how costly/easy is it to get done and b) if it was restricted to say 50% of bhp, it is genuinely "50% less" acceleration? Probably a dumb question but yeah.. 

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Jan 11

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snev says:

ermmm...... if you take three

plugs off a might  be able to ride one....... be careful though.............

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Jun 09

Posts: 1050

Amateurcynic says:

Not Every Bike

Is elegible for restriction, most modern 600's are now too powerful to be restricted.
Whatever bike you choose to restrict cannot have a manufacturers claimed bhp higher than 96bhp!
Reducing the horsepower isn't going to be noticeable to you as it'll still have more than you're used to!

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Aug 02

Posts: 998

ANichol says:


got the list that I'd have given you. Cynic is right about bike selection - you can't have a bike that started with double the 47bhp before restriction - so most 600s are out.

The Duke 390 looks like a good 'un to me. You haven't set a budget though - the Ninja 300 (or upcoming R3) are the sort of spiritual successors to CBR400s, GPX250s and the like; and make very good 2nd bikes (as in your second bike, not a winter hack).

Left field option is a DZR400SM - I'd check with the masses on here, but a well liked bike, should be A2 compliant, and will be 'enough' after a 125.


The MT-07 might be worth a look too if you've budget for new*.


*dont forget insurance costs, can give an unexpected amount of zeros on your first bigger-than-125 premium

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Apr 14

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duke9000 says:


Ok I definitely think unrestricted smaller bike is the way to go having read more into it and talked to some people. Main reason is insurance cost though, but also I think it will just annoy me knowing I have a restricted bike.

Budget can stretch, all depends on how nice the bike is! 

So far I am edging towards the Ninja 300. RC390 would also be nice but I've had plenty of problems with my Duke - which I bought new - so it's off putting. 

Insurance-wise I'm sure to get bummed regardless of what I go for. 

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