To be fair, we have a lot
of sympathy with those 16 yr-olds who de-restrict their
Moped. After all, since CBT was introduced, they're
all trained and only being capable of 28 mph can itself
Now there's an added quirk.
If your licence is pre- 19/1/2013, you'll have a Group
P, that's a Moped up to 32 mph.
A licence from 19/1/2013 will have Group AM, that's
a Moped up to 28 mph. All mopeds imported since 2003
meet this specification but earlier ones might not -
be careful !
However, legally, a Moped
is defined as up to 50 cc and with a restricted design
speed. So, de-restricted and doing 45 mph, how easy
are you to spot ? A rather easy "pull" for
your local copper.
Get caught doing 45, then
it's clearly not legally a Moped, so it's a Motorcycle,
do you have a licence for that ? That's followed by
a ticket to produce your documents, what's your insurance
? You can get an awful lot of points very quickly. Remember
that New Drivers (for the first 2 yrs) get banned at
only 6 points.
And it can be expensive,
Insurance Companies can be wrigglers. Stack your de-restricted
bike and the assessor might just tell you "what
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Don't assume that, because
it's a 125, it's OK to ride it on L Plates. The legal
definition of a learner m/c is up to 125cc and power
up to 11kW (14.6 Bhp).
Nowadays, even some 125cc
rockets are over that. For example, the Aprilia RS125
rates 33 bhp ! For that you have to have passed at least
the A2 test (and loads of fun too). Oz
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For those of you who took
the A2 test before 19/1/2013, the old rules will still
For 33 Bhp bikes, you still
have loads of choice. Buy a bike of 33 Bhp or less,
or get any bigger bike restricted. All these guys can
still buy ANY bike they like and restrict it
to 33bhp. Usefully, the manufacturers are keeping the
"old" 33 bhp restrictor kits available for
the 2 years that they'll still be needed for.
Most of the bigger bikes
can be restricted but do check before you buy. Your
Dealer can check that out for you. Always make sure
you get the certificate that you might have to show
the Police officer !
Although nearly all bikes
can be restricted, not all seem to like being "choked".
I'm told the Bandit 600 runs beautifully in restricted
mode but doubt a Blade would. It's best to ask around
for someone who's tried a particular bike, again, your
dealer is the first step.
Everyone taking their test
after 19/1/2013 gets a rather more useful 47 bhp but
they no longer get the automatic upgrade to Full A after
The next quirk is that they
can no longer restrict any bike to 47 bhp. The original
bike must not have been more than twice the restricted
power - so a max 70 kw (93 bhp) donor bike.
Now, most of the current more exotic 600cc bikes are
over that, so choices are now limited for people with
the new A2 licence.
Yes, just to confirm - a
17 year old with an A2 licence test pass 18/1/2013 can
have an R6, restricted to 33bhp.
A 19 year old (new age limit) with an A2 test pass 19/1/2013
can't have an R6 at all !!!!
It's a ridiculous mess but we've got to work with it.
There's, as yet, too few
47 bhp bikes out there to buy new. We're really disappointed
with the Manufacturer's response - too slow guys!
So, most of us will be getting bigger bikes restricted.
The Manufacturers are supporting their current (under
93 bhp) models but aren't going into history - they've
no interest in that.
When buying secondhand, needless
to say, 47 bhp kits aren't so widespread as the old
33 bhp ones were. They simply won't go back into history
making kits for all the older bikes. They need a volume
of sales to make the engineering and testing worthwhile;
so check before you buy !
The aftermarket guys (Kickstart
Engineering / F1) are covering the more recent stuff
so CB500, CBF500, ER5's etc. kits are available; don't
give up hope!
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