Can you ride the Honda CB500 on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Honda CB500 (1994 - 2003) 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!

Honda CB500 (1994 - 2003) motorcycle

Honda CB500 (1994 - 2003)

The Honda CB500 is a basic commuter that quickly became one of the most successful motorcycles in the category. It is a standard naked bike that is also available as a half-faired version called the Honda CB500S.

The bike is stable at higher speeds and it provides enough power for highway riding. The engine is super-smooth and reliable, which makes the CB500 an ideal bike for beginner riders.

The overall build quality is excellent, however some owners have reported minor issues such as rusting downpipes and short-lived exhausts.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Honda CB500 is a 499cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 42 kW (57 bhp), which exceeds the 35 kW (47 bhp) limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by at least 16.6% to become A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the Honda CB500 on an A2 motorbike licence. See the restrictor kits section to check out what restrictors are available for the Honda CB500.

Engine typeParallel Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size499cc
Power output42 kW
Torque output35 ft-lb
Top speed120 mph
Horsepower57 bhp
Weight173 kg
Seat height775 mm
Front tyre size110/80-17
Rear tyre size130/80-17
Fuel tank size18 litres
Fuel tank range200 miles
Fuel consumption50 mpg
Oil capacity3.1 litres
Annual road tax£84
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