Can you ride the Kawasaki Ninja 650 on an A2 licence?
Yes, you can ride the Kawasaki Ninja 650 (2020 onwards) 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!
Kawasaki Ninja 650 (2020 onwards)
A tweaked version of the previous Kawasaki Ninja 650, this motorbike has a revised new TFT colour display, more modern styling and a comfier pillion seat.
A perfect all-rounder, the Ninja 650 is a fantastic A2 motorbike whether you’re a new rider, or need something easy-to-ride and lightweight for commuting.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a fun little bike, with a 649cc engine that produces 67 bhp, it provides you with plenty of fun, whether you’re a new A2 licence rider, or an experienced biker needing something more lightweight and efficient for your daily commute.
When it comes to handling and ride quality, the Ninja 650 doesn’t disappoint. It offers bags of fun on a stable ride that’s easy to direct wherever you want to go, which is what makes the Ninja 650 perfect A2 bike.
Being a fairly “entry-level” motorbike, the Ninja 650 is quite inexpensive, although to get this newer 2020 Ninja 650, it’s likely you’ll need to get it new or wait until there are more models around, to have a choice of used Kawasaki Ninja 650s.
Aside from the new TFT display, which is amazing, the Ninja 650 delivers a ton of torque (not literally), but that makes it crazy fun to ride.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll probably prefer torque over speed. This is especially important in the UK, where our roads aren’t straight and we have strict speed limits, so being able to go faster quicker, is much more fun than reaching the bike’s top speed on a runway.
The fact is, that, the Ninja 650 produces the most torque in its class. Therefore, its one of those A2 friendly bikes (when restricted by 31%) that you can get as a beginner, and keep for a long time without having to upgrade to another motorbike because you’ve outgrown your first one.
While on the topic of keeping bikes for a long time, the Ninja 650 has been around for a long, long time. Therefore, it’s refined and reliable, reducing the risk of major issues that might come with brand new models.
A2 Licence Compliance
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 is a 649cc A2-friendly sport bike. It has a power output of 50.2 kW (67 bhp), which exceeds the 35kW limit needed for an A2 licence. The bike has to be restricted by cca 31% to be A2 licence compliant.
You will need a restrictor to ride the Kawasaki Ninja 650 on an A2 licence. See the Kawasaki Ninja 650 specifications table for restriction info, and the restrictor kits section to see what restrictors are available for the Kawasaki Ninja 650.
|Restriction Required||31% (to restrict to 35 kW)|
|Seat height||750 mm|
|Front tyre size||120/70-17|
|Rear tyre size||160/60-17|
|Top speed||131 mph|
|Engine size||649 cc|
|Engine type||Inline 2|
|Engine oil capacity||1.8 litres|
|Power output||50.2 kW|
|Power output||67 bhp|
|Torque output||47.2 lb-ft|
|Fuel tank size||15 litres|
|Fuel tank range||172 miles|
|Fuel consumption||52.1 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|