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Wabt to Ride? The Route to your Licence

If you are thinking of taking up motorcycling for the first time, or maybe haven't ridden a bike for a while, Hunts Motorcycles can help. This is our short guide to getting on the road, including the route to getting your motorcycle licence.

1) Provisional Licence

To ride any moped, motorcycle or scooter You need a provisional Category A licence, either included in your full car licence or as part of a provisional licence. If you don't have a provisional licence you can apply online here ...

2) Basic requirements – The CBT

Before you can ride any motorcycle or moped as a learner, it is a legal requirement to have passed your Compulsory Basic Training (C.B.T.) * - Once you have learned the controls and got used to the handling your instructor will accompany you out onto the road for a minimum of 2 hours. If all goes well, you will then be issued with your C.B.T. certificate (DL196) which is valid for a period of two years.

If you have not gained a full motorcycle or moped licence within two years after completing CBT, your DL196 is no longer valid and you must repeat CBT.

* If you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001 you don’t need to take CBT to ride a moped. If you want to ride a larger bike, or if your car licence was issued after February 2001, you must pass the CBT.

3) What can I ride?

At age 16 you are entitled to ride a bike or scooter with an engine no larger than 49cc and restricted to no more than 28 mph. If you are aged 17 years and older, you can ride an A1 Category bike or scooter with an engine no larger than 125cc and which has a power output restricted to no more than 11Kw (15 bhp). As a learner rider, you must always display L plates on your bike, and you may not carry passengers or ride on motorways.

4) The next step-your full motorcycle licence

There are two stages to gaining a full motorcycle licence, the theory test and a practical test.

a) Theory Test :
Before you can take your motorcycle test, you must first pass a specific motorcycle theory test, even if you have passed the car theory test. The theory test certificate is valid for a period of 2 years. Find out more about the motorcycle theory test ...
b) Practical Test :
The motorcycle practical riding test is designed to see if you can ride safely in different road and traffic conditions. Find out more about the motorcycle practical test ...

 

New Licence Categories :

From 19th January, 2013 the route to getting a motorcycle licence changed. Licence entitlement is now based partly on age (click for details) :

AM Licence - Moped Licence (16 years & over)

If you are aged 16 years or over, you can take your test on a machine with a 49cc engine and with a top speed not exceeding 28 mph. If you pass you can ride without L-Plates and are entitled to carry a pillion passenger.

A1 Licence (17 years & over)

If you are aged 17 years or over, you can take a practical test after passing your CBT and theory tests to get an A1 licence. This allows you to ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc (with maximum power of 11 Kw/15 bhp) without L plates, and to carry a passenger. After two years of holding an A1 licence, you can take another practical test to get an A2 Motorcycle Licence.

A2 Licence (19 years & over)

If you are aged 19 years or over, an A2 licence entitles you to ride a motorcycle up to 35 Kw/47 bhp. You can qualify for an A2 licence by having held an A1 licence for two years and taking another practical test, or you can choose to take the Direct Access route by completing CBT, theory and practical tests. After passing you can ride any A2 Category motorcycle without L plates and carry a passenger.

A Licence (minimum 21 years - 24 years for direct access)

You can get an Unrestricted A Motorcycle Licence if you are aged 21 years and over, have held an A2 licence for two years and have taken aother practical test, or have completed CBT, theory and practical tests by the the Direct Access route. This allows you to ride any motorcycle of any size or power, without L plates and to carry a pasenger. If you are 24 years or over you may take the Direct Access route by completing CBT, theory and practical tests.

 

More Information :

GOV.UK - An essential resource for learner motorcyclist is GOV.UK, where you will find detailed information on all aspects of the motorcycle test, links to book your practical and theory tests plus links to approved training bodies throughout the UK. Go to the gov.uk site here ...

GetOn - A great place to go if you are thinking of learning to ride a bike. Loads of practical information, practice tests, blogs, news and more. Visit GetOn here ...


Rider Training :

Find out more about the Honda School of Motorcycling in Stockport

 
 

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