Can you ride the Buell X1 Lightning on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Buell X1 Lightning (1998 - 2002) 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 X1 Lightning (1998 - 2002) motorcycle

Buell X1 Lightning (1998 - 2002)

The Buell X1 Lightning is a stylish old-school cafe racer that has evolved from the M2 Cyclone. As all other Buell motorcycles from the 90s, the X1 Lightning is infamous for its outdated engine and bad fuel economy.

In theory, the Buell X1 Lightning can be ridden on an A2 licence, as its power output is around 70 kW. However, I don’t think anyone would like it as their first bike. This motorcycle is definitely not for everyone, but it surely has its own character.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Buell X1 Lightning is a 1203cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 70 kW (95 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 Buell X1 Lightning on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the Buell X1 Lightning.

CategoryCafe Racer
Engine typeV-Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size1203cc
Power output70 kW
Torque output86 ft-lb
Top speed135 mph
Horsepower95 bhp
Weight200 kg
Seat height749 mm
Front tyre size120/70-17
Rear tyre size180/55-17
Fuel tank size16.3 litres
Fuel tank range130 miles
Fuel consumption40 mpg
Oil capacity2.5 litres
Annual road tax£117
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