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47bhp legal

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choosing a 33bhp motorcyce

Many riders have power restrictions on their licence. If you have an ‘A2’ licence, you can only ride a bike of up to 47bhp.

If you passed the standard motorcycle test before January 19 2013, and within the last two years, and you haven’t followed it up with a further test, you’ll be restricted to 33bhp

But don't despair, there's actually a very good selection of fun motorcycles on the market that meet each of these limits. Otherwise you could always get a more powerful bike restricted.

The terms of an A2 licence say bikes can be restricted to 47bhp providing they don’t make more than 94bhp to begin with.

If you’ve got a 47bhp licence, you are only allowed to restrict certain bikes to the required power or power/weight ratio.

sports bike

Kawasaki Ninja 300
The new Ninja 300 feels much more like a big bike than the previousmodel, in terms of both size and build quality.It’s very much like the rest of the family and emulates the ZX-6R and ZX-10R to such an extent that everybody will want to know how fast it goes. The answer is that it indicated 112mph on an unrestricted German autobahn but it felt like there's potential for more - possibly 120mph? It doesn't quite make 47bhp, which means it has to be pushed to get the best out of it, but it's a lot of fun.




naked bike

KTM 690 Duke
With the 2012 Duke KTM have made a bike that can give an experienced rider the thrill they are looking for whilst being a more usable package with a broader appeal to a wider spectrum of riders than the previous version. The Duke is spot on for commuting and hammering down twisty country roads, where bigger, more powerful bikes would struggle. If you want a pure, no-nonsense bike, the 690 Duke should be top of your list.

KTM 690 Duke review



adventure bike

Ducati Monster 796
Ducati’s 796 - the Bologna-based company’s latest air-cooled Monster – slots nicely between the first-timer Monster 696 and the more powerful Monster 1100 and it's one of biking’s easy-to-net pleasures. It’s not under or overpowered, definitely not expensive to buy or maintain, easy to ride and a looker to boot. Plus it carries one of the most recognisable brand names ever on its fuel tank: Ducati.

Ducati Monster 796 review



something different

Triumph Bonneville
Triumph aimed the Bonneville like an arrow straight at the heart of Harley’s 883 Sportster. With a heritage to rival the Yank’s and a better riding performance the Triumph Bonneville is unquestionably the better motorcycle. The handling is more than respectable, the brakes markedly better and, of course, it’s British.

Triumph Bonneville review


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