Suzuki SV650 and the New Yamaha Adventure Bike A2-Compliant

2016 Suzuki SV650 1 photo
Photo: Florin Tibu
Suzuki and Yamaha are only two of the motorcycle manufacturers that consider delivering A2-compliant versions of their newest motorcycles right from the get-go. Even though this approach may cause the bikes to be a bit more expensive in the first place, it looks like both discounts and the prospect of better sales are making everything look good.
We already reported on the fact that the new engine that will power Suzuki's new generations of SV650 and DL650 V-Strom machines will comply with the Euro 4 emission standards, but now we learn that the naked machine will also be available with a restrictor kit that makes it beginner and A2-friendly.

In fact, Suzuki has a special promotion for the all-new 2016 model year SV650, covering for the costs of both the restricted ECU and its installation for bikes that are bought until May 31. To make things even sweeter, the costs of the future upgrade and the new registration papers are also going to be covered by Suzuki, even though we haven't found relevant info on the exact methodology for this.

The bike in its unrestricted condition packs a 645cc displacement for the liquid-cooled 90-degree v-twin engine, producing a maximum power of 56 kw/75 hp at 8,500 rpm, and a peak torque of 64 Nm (47 lb-ft) at 8,100. The restriction kit will limit this power to 35 kw/47 hp, which, considering the SV650's weight of 197 kg (435 lb) in working order, does not look at all dismal.

Recent rumors indicate that the all-new MT-07-derived Yamaha Tenere adventure motorbike will also be available in an A2-friendly trim, also in an attempt to boost the sales to new recently-licensed customers.

The A2 restrictor kit is already available when purchasing the Yamaha MT-07 and we can expect Iwata to offer it with the new middleweight adventure bike too, possibly at no extra cost, thanks to a smart marketing program.

Honestly, even though it first looked that beginners were in for quite a hard time, seeing more OEMs adding A2 options for an increasing number of models makes us think that things are not going to be that bad after all. Read more on motorcycle licensing in the EU here.
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