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Totally up to you of course, but why not get your full license and then just buy a smaller engined bike? There are also lots of 600cc bikes that aren't savagely fast (mines just over 80bhp!)..seems a lot of extra uneccesary stress and cost to do your tests twice!

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Hi ste. I realise your mind is made up, but have you thought of passing your A licence to get it out of the way and then pay some extra money on advance training? As Edd says there is nothing stoping you getting a smaller engines bike. Just my thoughts.

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Thanks Ste! Starting off with an insult :P


I went straight from my CBT onto a 600. I took my CBT in December and passed my DAS in January. Loving every minute of it.


Having a larger bike made me feel a hell of a lot more comfortable than on a 125. The bike only goes as fast as my wrist makes it go.


Anyway I'd say just get the full license and then either buy a lower powered bike or just control your wrist :).

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I am also 31 and doing the A2.


My reason being is I don't like the 600cc - just too heavy for me and I just do not feel comfortable on it. The 500 is perfect and I am in no rush. I currently ride around on a YBR125 so anything I get next will be a step up. I am happy to take my time and build up, maybe I won't go for the full licence but I would really like bigger tyres!

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the difference in weight between a 500 and a 650 is really very little. e.g. if a 500 is falling over and you're a little off balance, you're going over just the same as you would on a 650! it's all about balance.


of course it's entirely up to you, but the power difference between a 500 and a 650 shouldn't be enough to put you off your full A license and going unrestricted. You have a wonderful speed governer in your right hand which will prevent you from going too quick!


Please don't rule out getting your full license. you will spend £600 now to probably spend £600 in a couple of years time when all you need to do is spend £120 for a few hours with an instructor on a larger capacity motorcycle. you could also invest the money you save in a course to help you become a better rider.


You might think you're doing this the right way by slowly stepping up. In my opinion, you're spuffing money into the wind.

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It is the same test and the same cost for A2 or A licence. I am a short 8 stone weakling and took my A test on a 650 without too much trouble. I then had a 750 Virago which is pretty docile and i enjoyed it but have now stepped up to a 600 Honda Hornet after one year. In my opinion you are just throwing money away taking the A2. Do the A test and buy a smaller bike, simples! :wink:

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