Can you ride the Kawasaki KR1 on an A2 licence?

Yes, you can ride the Kawasaki KR1 (1990 - 1992) 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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Kawasaki KR1 (1990 - 1992) motorcycle
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Kawasaki KR1 (1990 - 1992)

Kawasaki’s KR1 was the quickest mass-produced, 250 two-stroke ever (139mph being recorded in a 1990 speed test), being quicker than both Suzuki’s RGV and even Aprilia’s later (but RGV-powered) RS250.

On the downside it came with slightly questionable reliability and handling that could tank slap you into casualty. Dangerous, but hugely addictive.

A2 Licence Compliance

The Kawasaki KR1 is a 249cc A2-friendly bike. It has a power output of 43 kW (59 bhp), which exceeds the 35kW limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by cca 19% to be A2 licence compliant.

You will need a restrictor to ride the Kawasaki KR1 on an A2 licence. See the Kawasaki KR1 specifications table for restriction info, and the restrictor kits section to see what restrictors are available for the Kawasaki KR1.

Restriction Required19% (to restrict to 35 kW)
Weight131 kg
Seat height755 mm
Front tyre size110/70-17
Rear tyre size140/60-18
Top speed139 mph
Engine size249 cc
Engine typeInline 2
Engine strokes2-Stroke
Engine oil capacity1.2 litres
Power output43 kW
Power output59 bhp
Fuel tank size16 litres
Fuel consumption38 mpg
Annual road tax£44
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