Can you ride the Honda XL1000 Varadero on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Honda XL1000 Varadero (2001 - 2010) 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 XL1000 Varadero (2001 - 2010) motorcycle

Honda XL1000 Varadero (2001 - 2010)

You can ride the Honda XL1000V Varadero on an A2 licence (with a restrictor). However, many reviews don’t rate the XL1000 very highly when comparing it to other adventure A2 bikes and dual sport A2 bikes.

Some good points are that it’s very comfortable, has great luggage capacity and grunt. However, the engine is very thirsty, the bike is top-heavy and didn’t live up to riders’ expectations.

Although the running costs will be quite high for an A2 bike and you will need a restrictor,

A2 Licence Compliance

The Honda XL1000 Varadero is a 996cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 69 kW (93 bhp), which exceeds the 35kW limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by cca 49.3% to be A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the Honda XL1000 Varadero on an A2 licence. See the Honda XL1000 Varadero specifications table for restriction info, and the restrictor kits section to see what restrictors are available for the Honda XL1000 Varadero.

Restriction Required49.3% (to restrict to 35 kW)
Weight241 kg
Seat height843 mm
Front tyre size110/80-19
Rear tyre size150/70-17
Top speed125 mph
Engine size996 cc
Engine typeV-Twin
Engine strokes4-Stroke
Engine oil capacity3.6 litres
Power output69 kW
Power output93 bhp
Torque output72 lb-ft
Fuel tank size25 litres
Fuel tank range180 miles
Fuel consumption35 mpg
Annual road tax£93
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