Routes to Your Motorcycle Licence

The route to any motorcycle licence is always the same

CBT – Compulsory Basic Training

Motorcycle Theory and Hazard Perception Test  – this can be taken before or after the CBT

Module One Test – off road manoeuvres

Module Two Test – on road test

The only real differences between the tests is the size of motorcycle you take the test on, which is dependent on your age. If you already hold a full restricted motorcycle licence it may be possible to miss out some steps, however it is complicated so please call us to discuss your options.

 

A1 –  Lightweight – 17 and older

If you are aged between 17 and 19 this is your only option. This can be taken on a machine between 120 and 125cc.
An A1 you will get a full licence to ride on motorways and take pillion passengers, but you will not be able to ride anything bigger than a 125cc machine that produces a maximum of 11 kW (15 Bhp).
When you have held an A1 test for a minimum of two years you may upgrade to an A2 Standard licence by just retaking Modules 1 & 2. You will not need to take the CBT and theory test again if you chose this route.

A2 – Standard – 19 and  older

If you are aged between 19 and 24 this will be your 2nd option, the 1st would be the A1 if you just want to ride a 125 and carry passengers.
If you have not already passed the A1 test then you must first take and complete a CBT course and the motorcycle theory test.
The test and training must be taken on a machine of a minimum engine size of 395cc that produces a maximum of 35 Kwh (47 Bhp). A minimum of 25 kW (33Bhp) also applies.
Upon passing you can ride any size/cc of motorbike but the power is capped at 35 kW (47 Bhp)
The other restrictions on this category are, the machine cannot be restricted down to 35 Kwh if it produces more than 70 kW or 94 Bhp in standard trim (from the manufacture) and the maximum power to weight ratio must be no more than 0.2kW per kg.
When you have held an A1 test for a minimum of two years you may upgrade to an A2 Standard licence by just retaking Modules 1 & 2. You will not need to take the CBT and theory test again if you chose this route
It is possible to obtain your Full A Licence at 21 providing at least two years have elapsed since passing the A2 test.

A – Full Direct Access Scheme – 24 and older

If you are aged 24 or over then you will be able to do Direct Access, A2 or A1.
If you have not already passed the A2 test then you must first take and complete a CBT course and the motorcycle theory test.
The test and training must be taken on a machine of a minimum engine size of 595cc and must produce at least 40 kW (54 Bhp).
You must be at least 24 years old or can be taken two years after passing your A2.
Upon passing you can ride any size/cc of motorbike.

Automatic Scooters and Motorcycles
If you take your training and test on an automatic machine, all of the categories of licence and size of bike are still relevant. However as with a car licence you will only be allowed to ride automatic machines.