Can you ride the Honda CBF500 on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Honda CBF500 (2004 - 2008) 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!

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Honda CBF500 (2004 - 2008) motorcycle
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Honda CBF500 (2004 - 2008)

The Honda CBF500 is a standard motorcycle with a 499cc engine, produced by Honda from 2004 – 2008. With 56 bhp and 42 kW of power, the CBF500 has to be restricted by 17% to be ridden on an A2 motorcycle licence.

If you’re looking for a very reliable, practical and rider-friendly motorcycle, then the Honda CBF500 is it! Built to last at least 100,000 miles, it offers clean looks, fantastic ride quality and so much more.

Ridable on the A2 licence when restricted, the Honda CBF500 is cheap to buy; with many great examples in the £1,500 to £2,500 range.

Moreover, the CBF500 is fairly cheap to run and delivers plenty of fun!

Here’s a video walk-around of a 2006 Honda CBF500:

A2 Licence Compliance

The Honda CBF500 is a 499cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 42 kW (56 bhp), which exceeds the 35kW limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by cca 17% to be A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the Honda CBF500 on an A2 licence. See the Honda CBF500 specifications table for restriction info, and the restrictor kits section to see what restrictors are available for the Honda CBF500.

Restriction Required17% (to restrict to 35 kW)
Weight183 kg
Seat height770 mm
Front tyre size120/70-17
Rear tyre size160/60-17
Top speed125 mph
Engine size499 cc
Engine typeInline 2
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine oil capacity2.8 litres
Power output42 kW
Power output56 bhp
Torque output33 lb-ft
Fuel tank size18 litres
Fuel tank range180 miles
Fuel consumption45 mpg
Annual road tax£67
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