MOTORRAD shows what it costs to throttle and de-throttle current A2 motorcycles at the factory. From 95 to 48 hp and back.
Anyone who is dealing with the graded driver’s license and plans to reduce a maximum 70-kilowatt motorcycle to 35 kilowatts for two years usually wants to know what the costs will be. How much does throttling to 35 kW cost? And what does the subsequent de-throttling cost? And which manufacturer is the cheapest when it comes to throttling and de-throttling? MOTORRAD asked the manufacturers in Germany:
Throttle BMW to 48 hp
For some time now, BMW has been offering a free option for factory throttling to 35 kilowatts or 48 hp in the configurator for its models with a maximum output of 70 kilowatts or 95 hp. If you want to de-throttle the performance of your BMW again at some point – as soon as permitted – you have to plan working hours of between 80 and 100 euros in a BMW workshop for current Euro 5 models in order to get from 48 to 95 hp via software. Changing the papers is added. By the way: BMW has been offering a special A2 version of the R NineT since 2022, which has already been upgraded from 109 to 95 hp ex works so that it can be throttled to 48 hp in accordance with A2. The NineT, which is suitable for the A2, will never have more than 95 hp, even when de-throttled. The R 18 with 1,802 cc can also be throttled – more displacement is not possible with 48 hp!
Costs at BMW: 80-100 euros for working hours plus registration, which costs a good 70 euros regardless of the manufacturer.
Throttle Triumph to 48 hp
All A2-capable current Triumph vehicles come from the factory with full performance. If you want to throttle down to 48 hp, your dealer will install a new electronic throttle grip. The part costs 138 euros at the dealer. Back to 95 hp, it’s the other way around: In the best case, you still have the 70 kW throttle grip. It will be assembled, plus the software and the new translation in the papers.
Costs at Triumph: 138 euros, plus working time, plus entry from 70 to 35 kW and 0.5 AW, plus entry from 35 to 70 kW.
Throttle Yamaha to 48 hp
Yamaha has a surprising number of current models that can be throttled down to 48 hp. Above all, the large number of motorcycles with the 700 twin. And even the big three-cylinder 889cc MT-09 and Tracer 9 series can be driven with the A2 license, as Yamaha offers special 70kW versions of these models.
The following applies to the 700 models MT-07, XSR 700, Ténéré 700 and R7: Changing the engine output from 35 to 55 KW or vice versa requires replacing the intake manifold in the air filter box and changing the software in the ECU. The working time is about two to three hours, depending on the model. The intake manifolds cost 65 euros.
With the new MT-09 in the A2 version, only one software change will be required, the working time is about 15 minutes. Of course, each plus the corresponding changes in the registration certificate.
Costs at Yamaha: For the 700 models, there are 65 euros for the intake manifold, plus two to three hours of work, plus registration. With the new A2 models of the 900 series, installing the software takes a good 15 minutes plus the entry.
Throttle Kawasaki to 48 hp
Current Euro 5 models from Kawasaki, which can be throttled to 48 hp, only need new software. It costs around 150 euros at the dealer. Prices can vary slightly, so Kawasaki Germany only gives a price recommendation. In addition, there is the working time for the installation, the acceptance by the expert and the entry in the papers.
Costs at Kawasaki: around 150 euros for the software, plus working hours, plus entry from 95 to 48 hp.
Almost all manufacturers have in-house processes to offer corresponding models directly from the factory or when delivered with 48 hp. However, like the model selection, the differences are quite large. There are always costs and the entry in the papers is added. And the dethrottling from 48 hp to a maximum of 95 hp is always associated with costs.
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