Can you ride the Buell S1 Lightning on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Buell S1 Lightning (1997 - 1998) 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!

Buell S1 Lightning (1997 - 1998) motorcycle

Buell S1 Lightning (1997 - 1998)

The Buell S1 Lightning is a unique 90s roadster with a vintage cafe racer design and a lot of character. It has an outdated V-Twin engine and terrible fuel economy. On the other hand, the bike offers plenty of torque and handles really well on twisty roads.

It is considered a collector’s motorcycle, so don’t expect it to be cheap. Also, it doesn’t perform really well as a beginner-friendly A2 bike.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Buell S1 Lightning is a 1203cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 63 kW (86 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 Buell S1 Lightning on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the Buell S1 Lightning.

CategoryCafe Racer
Engine typeV-Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size1203cc
Power output63 kW
Torque output76 ft-lb
Top speed125 mph
Horsepower86 bhp
Weight233 kg
Seat height749 mm
Front tyre size120/70-17
Rear tyre size170/60-17
Fuel tank size21 litres
Fuel tank range160 miles
Fuel consumption40 mpg
Oil capacity2.5 litres
Annual road tax£117
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