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Motorcycle Test Laws have changed, as of 19th Jan. 2013 :-

For a full motorcycle licence

To take your first motorcycle test :
You need to have a current Provisional entitlement for the category of test being taken,
A CBT certificate.
A Motorcycle Theory-test pass certificate.
Photographic proof of identification (the new style photo-licence does that). But if you've still got an old style paper licence, then the only ID they now accept is a current, valid Passport.

For any further motorcycle test (say upgrading from A1 to A2) then you don't need a CBT but you do still need a valid Theory Test pass if you're upgrading by accelerated access but not if it's by progressive access (2 year waits between tests and each upgrade taken in turn) that's all explained more fully below.

Test training can be hourly, 1/2 or full day sessions, modular or intensive.
We build courses to suit our Candidate's needs and that are flexible and affordable. Experience has proven that our methods work, our pass rate shows this.

Our courses cover all you need to get your licence, including bike hire, test fees, kit, fuel etc. We don't have any hidden extras.

We recommend that (if required) you take your CBT with us as your first step, before committing yourself to an expensive course. Following the CBT we can recommend the test-pass course most suited to you.

Alternatively, why not call for a free assessment ride?

Which test can you take?
More detail can be found in Legal Info. but briefly :

Full Motorcycle - Group A - The unrestricted licence.
For a full, unrestricted motorcycle licence, you now need to be a min. 24 yrs. old if taking Direct Access; or you can upgrade from an A2 licence after a min 2 yrs. (So, in theory you can still be full power at 21).
You take your test on a motorcycle that's a min. 595 cc and over 40 kW (54bhp).
We currently use Yamaha XJ600n's.
After passing this test you can ride any bike you like straight away !

Medium Motorcycle - Group A2 -35 kW Restricted.
For a 35 kW (47 bhp) restricted licence, you now need to be a min. 19 yrs. old if taking a Direct Access; or you can upgrade from an A1 licence after a min. 2 yrs.

You take your test on a motorcycle that's a min. 395 cc and between 25 and 35 kW (33 to 47 bhp).
From 2014 that will be reduced - to 20 kW (27 bhp).
We presently use Honda CBF500's, restricted to 25 kW and we also have professionally lowered bikes for smaller people.

After passing this test you can ride bikes up to 35 kW but - if it's a bigger bike that's been restricted - then the original bike can't have been more than twice that - so the original bike must have been a max 70 kW. That rules out the more exotic 600's like the R6 etc.
There isn't an automatic uplift between licence groups anymore, you've only got an A2 licence but do qualify for "progressive access" to Full A.

Light Motorcycle - Group A1 -125cc, 11kW Restricted.
For a 125cc 11 kW (15 bhp) restricted licence, you need to be a min. 17 yrs. old.

You take your test on a motorcycle that's a min. 120cc and a max. 11 kW.
We presently use Yamaha YBR 125's but also keep a lower Yamaha SR125 for smaller people.

After passing this test you can only ride bikes up to 125cc and 11 kW, just the same as on L-Plates but at least the L-Plates are gone, you can carry a pillion etc.
Again, there isn't an automatic uplift between licence groups anymore, you've only got a 125cc licence but do qualify for progressive access to A2.

Moped - Group AM (There's no Group P test now)
You need to be over 16 yrs. old. You then take your test on a bike / scoot up to 50cc. DSA say they're not going to be picky about 28 or 32 mph - it's a Moped! After passing this test that's all you can ride but you can at least discard the L-plates and even carry a pillion passenger.

And it's a different Group, so doesn't count towards Motorcycle Group A progression. However, the CBT and Theory tests are the same, so you can carry those forward, if they're still valid

Accelerated Access
This is for people who already hold a motorcycle licence in a lower category but have reached a higher group's minimum age requirements and don't want to wait for their 2-year "progressive access" to apply. The re-test is the same as for Direct Access. However, you don't need a CBT but you still need a valid Theory Test.
If you fail, don't panic! You still keep your existing licence.

Progressive Access
This is what the new laws are about - trying to encourage - that you move progressively up the ladder, gaining 2 yrs. experience at each level, moving progressively to bigger bikes.
You need to have held a licence for a min. of 2 years to qualify for "Progressive" but in exchange, you don't have to repeat the CBT or Theory Test and can get to the full A from 21 year old, not wait until you're 24
We're still waiting for the DSA to decide whether the licence upgrades will be by repeating the Learner test, or by taking a higher level training. We know which one makes more sense but.....it's the DSA, we live in hope.
Once again if you fail you keep the existing licence.

Automatics
Like a car test, you can take your test on a bike with an automatic gearbox. Again - just like for cars, after passing your test you are restricted to automatics only.
Another quirk - except for Moped (AM), they can be either auto or manual.

Trikes - 3 Wheelers
Simply, it'll almost certainly be no.
You need a full
motorcycle licence to ride a trike. There's no provisional for trike and the test is a 2-Wheeler.
The only Provisional and Test allowed on a 3-Wheeler is for registered disabled.