The motorcycle licence options available to you are listed below, but to gain them you must first:

·         Complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) - unless you already have a motorcycle licence but are upgrading to a different category

  • Pass a motorcycle theory test
  • Complete your Module 1 and Module 2 practical tests on a bike in accordance with the licence you require.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible to start training, you must have a full UK car licence, a provisional UK car licence with valid provisional motorcycle entitlement, or an EU licence with valid UK counterpart (D58/2) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement. If you have the photocard licence, you must have both parts of it, both the photocard and the paper counterpart licence (D740).

A – Direct Access

Full UK bike licence with no restriction on what you can ride.

Bikes you can ride: Motorcycles unlimited in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with a power output over 15 kW

Minimum age: 24 (or 21 via Progressive Access)

Minimum test vehicle: Motorcycle without side car, must be at least 595cc with a power output of at least 40kw or (53.6bhp).

Allows you to: Carry passengers, discard your L–plates and to ride on motorways.  

A2 – Restricted UK bike licence

A full UK bike licence which allows you to ride medium sized motorcycles.

Bikes you can ride: Medium motorcycles up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg). The motorcycle mustn’t be derived from a vehicle more than twice its power

Minimum age: 19

Minimum test vehicle: A motorcycle without side car, of at least 395cc with a power output between 25 and 35 kW (33bhp and 46.6 bhp). No upper engine size limit, but the power to weight ratio must not exceed 0.2kW/kg and it must not be derived from a motorcycle of more than double its power.

Allows you to: Carry passengers, discard your L-plates and to ride on motorways.  

A1 – Restricted UK bike licence

Full UK bike licence which allows you to ride maximum 125cc

Bikes you can ride: Small motorcycles up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc

Minimum age: 17

Minimum test vehicle: The motorcycle must be at least 120cc and no more than 125cc and not have more than 11kw power (14.6bhp). It must be capable of at least 55 m.p.h (90km/h).

Allows you to: Carry passengers, discard your L-plates and to ride on motorways.

 

CBT - Compulsory Basic Training

Bikes you can ride: Small motorcycles or scooters upto 125cc

Minimum Age: upto 50cc - 16 upto 125cc - 17

Minimum test vehicle: Moped, Scooter or Small Motorcycle between 50cc and 125cc

Most learner motorcycle and moped riders must take compulsory basic training (CBT) before riding on the road. You then have to pass your full motorcycle test within 2 years or you’ll have to take CBT again.

PLEASE NOTE: You can ride a moped (maximum 50cc) without a CBT if any of the following apply:

·         passed your car driving test before 1st February 2001

·         have a full moped licence from passing a full moped test after 1 December 1990

·         have a full motorcycle licence for one category and want to upgrade to another