Getting on the right course

Motorcycle training can seem complicated at first glance, and it is important to make the right decision from the outset. There are things that you have to do by law, and restrictions placed on you by your age and the type of motorcycle you use to take your test.

It breaks down as follows:

Licence

You have to have either a UK or Northern Ireland full or provisional driving licence (the same one you have for a car), or an EU licence with a UK counterpart.

Age

16 - all you can ride is 50cc moped (design speed of no more than 28 - 30mph)

17 - 18 - you can ride upto 125cc on L-plates (if you have only done the CBT) and without them if you pass the A1 licence

19 - 23 - you can ride upto 125cc on L-plates (if you have only done the CBT) and up to 46.5kw if you pass the A2 licence

24+ - you can ride upto 125cc on L-plates (if you have only done the CBT) and any motorcycle if you pass the Direct Access Scheme (DAS)

Motorcycle

50cc - suitable for a Moped test

120 - 125cc - suitable for the A1 licence

400cc+ of between 20 - 46.5kw - suitable for the A2 licence

600cc+ and at least 50kw+ - suitable for DAS

Other Restrictions

If you take a test on an Automatic you will be restricted to only riding automatics when you pass (this does not currently apply to the CBT)

Short Cuts

Progressive Access - allows you to re-take the tests if you wait for 2 years. So if you take the A1 at 17 you can take the A2 at 19 and DAS at 21.

Accelerated Access - similar to Progressive Access but instead of waiting 2 years you become old enough to take the next licence up. For example you take the A2 at 23 and then DAS at 24. You will need a current Theory Test.

What you need

CBT - 50 - 125cc with L-plates

A1, A2 and DAS - CBT, Motorcycle Theory Test, Module 1 test and Module 2 test

Now that you know the law use our Step-by-Step Guide to find the right training package.