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
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
Alternatively, why not call
for a free assessment ride?
Which test can you take?
More detail can be found in Legal
Info. but briefly :
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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
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
If you fail, don't panic! You still keep your existing
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
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.
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.