On this page we outline the options available to you to get on the road on a motorcycle.
Age16: The only size of machine that can be ridden at 16 is 50cc, the rider must have a valid compulsory basic training certificate(cbt) and a provisional driving licence. As a cbt is not a full test L plates must be displayed at all times. The machine should not be able to go faster than 31 mph.
Age 17-18: The largest size of machine you can ride is 125cc, You must have a valid cbt and a provisional driving licence, you are still on L plates. If you want to remove your L plates and carry passengers you will need to pass your Theory Test for Motorcycles and then take your module 1 and module 2 practical motorcycle tests. Even when you have passed all these tests the maximum size bike you can ride is a 125cc. If you want to ride a bigger bike you have to hold the 125cc licence for 2 years and then take your practical tests again on a larger bike. See the next section
Age 19-24: The largest size if bike you can ride on L plates with a valid CBT is 125cc. You can also take your test on the 125 as above but the rules listed apply.
You can also take what is now called the A2 licence i will try to exlain this below but its the most complicated licence to expalin now as there is a few routes to getting it.
You have the option of taking your test on a larger size of bike to enable you to ride larger bikes straight away. If you have done a 125 test you must have held the licence for 2 years before starting on this route or you will have to take the theory test again if held for 2 years no theory needed.
So you are over 19 and want to take the A2 licence. You take the Motorcycle Theory test if needed,have a valid cbt and then take the module 1 and module 2 practical tests on a bike over 395cc with between 33bhp and 46.6bhp. On passing all the parts you can ride any bike as long as it has no more than 46.6 bhp. It is possible to restrict a bike down to 46.6bhp as long as it is not over 93.2bhp to start with.
If you want to ride bikes over 46.6bhp you have to hold the A2 licence for 2 years and then take your test again, see the next section.
Age Over 24 or between 21 and 24 with a full A2 licence:
The largest size of machine you can ride on L plates with a valid CBT is 125cc.
The full A licence, unrestricted bike size and power on passing, is listed below.
If you are between 21 and 24 and have held a FullA2 licence for at least 2 years you do not need to do the theory test again, if its less than 2 years you have to have a valid theory.
To qualify for a full A licence are over 24 or 21 to 24 as above. You must have a valid cbt have a valid motorcycle theort test if needed and take your module 1 and module 2 practical motorcycle tests on a machine of at least 595cc and at least 54bhp.
On passing all the tests you can ride anything!!
These new rules are quite complicated to follow so ring the office if you need any more help.
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