What category of licence do I need
The Full Bike Licence Course (Direct Access) is available to those aged 17 years or older, but due to Government Legislation there are now age-restrictions which may limit what size motorcycle you can ride!
If you are in any doubt contact Shire Oak Motorcycle Training and we can discuss the options available to you
You can ride a moped with L plates on a provisional licence, but not carrying a passenger after completing your CBT. Or if you want you could opt for a full AM licence by taking your theory test and then the practical tests. This will allow you to ride a moped (either scooter or motorcycle style) up to 50cc with a top speed of 45 km/h (around 28mph) without L plates, and to carry a passenger.
Even if you decide not to get your full moped licence, we recommend that you take further training after CBT to improve your riding skills, your road sense and your enjoyment of your moped.
At 17 you can ride a motorcycle (either scooter or motorcycle style) up to 125cc (maximum power 11KW) on your provisional licence after completing a CBT course. You must display L plates and cannot carry a passenger or use motorways.
Your CBT certificate is valid for 2 years.
After passing your CBT and a motorcycle Theory Test you can also choose to take the 2-stage practical test to gain an A1 licence. This category will allow you to ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc (with maximum power of 11 KW) without L plates, and to carry a passenger. You might find that passing a full motorcycle test can also reduce your insurance costs.
Again, even if you opt to ride on L plates after completing your CBT instead of gaining your A1 Licence, we strongly advise you to get additional training for your own safety and confidence. KRTS offer an excellent Commuter Plus course that will help ensure you enjoy your motorcycle and stay safe.
At 19 can get an A2 Motorcycle Licence allowing you to ride a motorcycle or scooter with power up to 35KW (46.6 bhp) which will typically mean up to 500cc engine size, or a restricted version of a bigger more powerful model.
There are two ways to qualify for an A2 licence: First if you have held an A1 Motorcycle Licence for 2 years, you can take another practical tests on a larger A2 motorcycle.
Or second if you are 19 or older you can take the Direct Access route you will need to complete your CBT and pass your Theory Test as well as both practical tests. Until you have passed both practical tests you must be accompanied and in radio contact with your KRTS instructor. Once you have gained your A2 licence you are then allowed to ride any A2 category motorbike or scooter without L plates and to carry a passenger.
After holding an A2 Motorcycle Licence for 2 years, you can retake the practical tests and get an unrestricted A Motorcycle licence
At 24 you can get a full A Motorcycle Licence, allowing you to ride any motorcycle or scooter of any size or power. There are two ways to qualify for an A Motorcycle Licence:
One, if you have held an A2 Motorcycle Licence for 2 years, you can retake the practical tests.
If you haven't held an A2 licence for two years or have not ridden before as long as you are aged 24 or over, you can take the Direct Access route to gain your full licence. You will need to complete your CBT, theory test and 2 practical tests. You can then ride any motorbike or scooter without L plates and to carry a passenger.