Can you ride the Honda CL500 Scrambler on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Honda CL500 Scrambler (2023 onwards) on an A2 motorbike licence. There is no restriction required, as the motorcycle is fully A2 licence compliant!

Honda CL500 Scrambler (2023 onwards) motorcycle

Honda CL500 Scrambler (2023 onwards)

The Honda CL500 is an A2-friendly scrambler-style motorbike based on the CMX500 Rebel. Both bikes share the same 471cc parallel twin engine and tubular steel main frame, but there are some small differences.

The CL500 comes with a new sub-frame and a stronger swingarm, which helps it look less like a low cruiser and more like a scrambler. The exhaust position has also been changed and you will get a new high-rise unit designed to mimic the early Honda CL motorcycles.

As most other Honda bikes, the CL500 is a beautifully refined machine and the build quality is excellent. The riding experience is super-smooth and there are no vibes coming from the engine. Unfortunately, this makes the bike a little to safe and predictable compared to some other options in the category. It just doesn’t feel like a proper scrambler, which is a slight disappointment.

In terms of equipment, the Honda CL500 is a pretty basic motorcycle. You will get a small LCD display, ABS, and LED lights. There are no rider modes, but that is expected in this price category.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Honda CL500 Scrambler is a 471cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 35 kW (46 bhp), which is within the 35 kW (47 bhp) limit needed for an A2 licence. No restriction is required, as the bike is fully A2 licence compliant.

Engine typeParallel Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine size471cc
Power output35 kW
Torque output32 ft-lb
Top speed100 mph
Horsepower46 bhp
Weight192 kg
Seat height790 mm
Front tyre size110/80-19
Rear tyre size150/70-17
Fuel tank size12 litres
Fuel tank range207 miles
Fuel consumption78.5 mpg
Oil capacity2.7 litres
Annual road tax£84
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