Can you ride the BMW F800GS on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the BMW F800GS (2008 - 2018) on an A2 motorbike licence. However, you will need to fit a restrictor kit to reduce its power output and make it A2 licence compliant!

BMW F800GS (2008 - 2018) motorcycle

BMW F800GS (2008 - 2018)

The BMW F800GS is an iconic adventure motorbike that can be ridden on an A2 licence when a restrictor is fitted.

The F800GS is a superb bike; in fact, it’s so great that BMW didn’t have a need to update the bike until 2018.

With a 798cc water-cooled parallel-twin engine that delivers 85 bhp, the F800GS delivers plenty of power, it will allow you to de-restrict the bike when you get your full motorcycle licence and unlock nearly double the power that you had on your A2 license!

Once, the Triumph Tiger 800 was regarded as one of the best adventure motorbikes. However, many are now considering if the BMW F800GS is a winner when comparing the two bikes.

Another benefit to A2 riders, is that the BMW F800GS is one of the more affordable BMW motorcycles, and is fairly affordable to maintain, too!

Overall, the BMW F800GS is a highly regarded bike that can be described as slim, light and very easy to maneuver – the perfect recipe for an A2 rider!

If you’re serious about getting the F800GS on your A2 bike licence, scroll down to find a link to MCN’s review. Alternatively, you can also find a variety of articles from 1-year of riding the F800GS.

A2 Licence Compliance

The BMW F800GS is a 798cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 63 kW (85 bhp), which exceeds the 35 kW (47 bhp) limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by at least 44.4% to become A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the BMW F800GS on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the BMW F800GS.

Engine typeParallel Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size798cc
Power output63 kW
Torque output60 ft-lb
Top speed130 mph
Horsepower85 bhp
Weight185 kg
Seat height880 mm
Front tyre size90/90-21
Rear tyre size150/70-21
Fuel tank size16 litres
Fuel tank range140 miles
Fuel consumption45 mpg
Oil capacity2.9 litres
Annual road tax£117
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