Information about getting a full licence

Light (A1) Motorcycle Licence courses are suitable for people with all levels of experience. To qualify you must have and be the following:

  • 17 years old
  • Have a provisional or full UK car licence
  • Have a valid Motorcycle Theory Test pass certificate & CBT certificate - we can provide these
  • Take your tests on a motorcycle that is between 120 - 125cc, with up to 11kw and capable of at least 55mph - we can provide this

Light (A1) Motorcycle Licence means that you will only be able to ride a motorcycle of up to 125cc when you have passed your tests. You will be able to take a passenger and you will be able to ride on a motorway. If you took your test on an automatic you will be restricted to automatics when you pass.

We offer four Light (A1) Motorcycle Licence courses, with the principal criteria being that the more previous experience you have the shorter the course. All the courses include motorcycle hire if you need it, clothing and equipment, tuition and Module 1 & 2 motorcycle tests. They also all come with or without Motorcycle Theory Test and CBT depending on whether you have done these already:

Definition of experience

NOVICE - total novice who has never been on a motorcycle or scooter, or only for a few minutes, or just a Free Introductory Lesson.

BEGINNER - someone who has ridden on holiday, or only automatics, or has only done the CBT and nothing else; we would expect this person to be able to pull away, stop, start and change gear as a minimum.

INTERMEDIATE – someone who has either done their CBT on a geared motorcycle or scooter and ridden regularly for six months or more, or has ridden off-road on smaller scramblers for a long time.

VERY EXPERIENCED - someone who has been riding everyday for years and done the CBT more than once. In other words, quite comfortable riding any 125cc motorcycle/scooter.

If you are not sure which course would suit you best, please use our Step-by-Step Guide.

If you are still unsure which course will suit you best take advantage of our Free Introductory Lesson where we can assess your skills and advise you of the most suitable course for your needs.

Guaranteed Pass Scheme

No one can offer a "guaranteed pass", but many training schools offer discounted re-training prices, However, the fees for the Module 1 & 2 are set by the DVSA and it is worth bearing in mind that trainers do not get a discount. A couple of other points to bear in mind is how far your trainer is from the test centre (as this may effect costs) and what is their policy towards "duty of care" - i.e. does the insurance company expect further training in the event someone doesn't pass their test? So although it is frustrating to fail for minor issues like putting a foot down on the U-turn or leaving an indicator on, your trainer will still have to provide a motorcycle for the next test, along with their time, and may have to do some re-training. Nevertheless pass rates for motorcycle tests are high.