Can you ride the BMW F850GS on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the BMW F850GS (2018 onwards) 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 F850GS (2018 onwards) motorcycle

BMW F850GS (2018 onwards)

The BMW F850GS is a mid-sized adventure bike that is powerful, reliable, and comfortable for long rides. Compared to its predecessor, the BMW F800GS, it has an upgraded engine with higher capacity and better fuel economy. Other than that, it is supposed to be more stable, as its fuel tank has been moved from under the seat into the front of the bike.

The build quality is excellent and it is exactly what you would expect from BMW. It comes equipped with Brembo brakes, ABS and a basic traction control system. There are two riding modes (Rain and Road) .

Performance-wise, the BMW F850GS can compete with some bigger motorcycles in this category and it can even beat them in terms of weight and maneuverability. The bike is also available in a lower-spec version known as F750GS, that is smaller and more suitable for street use.

The BMW F850GS is definitely one of the best A2-friendly adventure bikes, but it has to be restricted to comply with the A2 licence limits.

A2 Licence Compliance

The BMW F850GS is a 853cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 70 kW (94 bhp), which exceeds the 35 kW (47 bhp) limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by at least 50% to become A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the BMW F850GS on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the BMW F850GS.

Engine typeParallel Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size853cc
Power output70 kW
Torque output68 ft-lb
Top speed135 mph
Horsepower94 bhp
Weight229 kg
Seat height835 mm
Front tyre size90/90-21
Rear tyre size150/70-17
Fuel tank size15 litres
Fuel tank range198 miles
Fuel consumption60.5 mpg
Oil capacity3 litres
Annual road tax£117
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