SB Sep 18
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Author: Bryn Davies

The Driving Standards Agency is planning to introduce a new minimum engine power for bikes that can be used to pass the A2 motorcycle test.

Currently, the minimum engine power needed to pass the A2 motorcycle test is 33bhp, but the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is planning on reducing that to 27bhp in ‘the next couple of months’ in order to allow more flexibility.

 In a pretty vague release, the DSA told that the planned changes, which were supposed to be introduced this January, will be made ‘within the next couple of months’ and that they’ll let us ‘know the date as soon as possible’. The release also states that the changes are being introduced to allow more flexibility.

So, what do these changes mean for any would be riders out there? In a nutshell, if you’re planning on taking your A2 motorcycle test, the test that can be taken by riders 19 years of age and over which, on completion, lets you ride a motorcycle of up to 47bhp, then, instead of having to ride a bike with a minimum power of 33bhp, you can ride a less powerful bike with a minimum of 27bhp.

The DSA are also planning to make more changes from 2019 which include raising the minimum engine power requirement for large motorcycles (category A) from 54bhp to 67bhp and introducing a minimum mass requirement for large motorcycles (category A) of 180kg.

What do you make of these changes to the A2 test? Leave a comment below.

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