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17 October 2017

Requirements to Ride a Motorcycle

How do I get started riding a motorcycle?

On this page we have put together all the relevant information that you need to know about motorcycle training, motorcycle tests and motorcycle licences.
Before you can ride any Moped or Motorcycle you must first complete CBT, however if you took and passed your full car test before February 1st 2001 you may ride up to a 50cc Moped only, with no L-Plates, you may also take pillions but cannot ride on motorways.
A valid UK driving licence is required before taking any motorcycle test or training, this can either be a full car licence or a provisional licence.
Apply for your first provisional UK Driving Licence, Click here (Official DVLA website) Phone number for D.V.L.A. 0300 790 6801
If you have a Full UK car licence the provisional category A, should be on the paper counterpart of your driving licence (D740)
You can apply for your first licence at 15 and 3/4 (3 months before your 16th birthday)

On the motorcycle theory test page, we provide links to the official DSA website, where you can find out more about the motorcycle theory test. For your convenience, the DSA allows you to practice and book your motorcycle theory test online. Currently, the test consists of multiple choice questions including a hazard perception module. This part of the test features video clips of everyday road scenes, in which you'll need to identify and respond to the hazards presented in each scenario.

I have never ridden a motorcycle before?

New Rider CourseIf you have never ridden a motorcycle with gears before we would always recomend a New Rider Course first so that you can learn at your own pace and not somebody else's.

To ride as a learner?

Age limits:

Compulsory Basic Training 50cc Moped on L-PlatesAge 16+ - After CBT completed, riders are limited to a 50cc moped and no faster than 45kph (28mph) is allowed. Must display L-Plates (front and rear) for two years, but no pasengers or motorways are allowed.

125cc as a Learner125cc on L-PlatesAge 17+ - After CBT is completed you can then ride up to a 125cc machine with a maximum power of 11kw. (15 BHP) on L-Plates (front and rear) for two years, but no pasengers or motorways are allowed.

To ride on a full licence?

125cc as a Full LicenceAge 17+ - After CBT & motorcycle theory test are completed, you are able to take the full DSA A1 Test, this will allow you ride up to a 125cc machine with a maximum power of 11kw. (15 BHP)

A2 47bhp Motorcycle LicenceAge 19+ - After CBT & motorcycle theory test are completed, you are able to take the full DSA A2 Test, this will allow you to ride a 35kW (47Bhp) machine with a maximum power to weight of 0.2kW per Kg (maximum 47Bhp bike that weights at least 175Kg)


DAS Full A Motorcycle LicenceAge 24+ - After CBT and motorcycle theory test completed, you are able to take the DSA Direct Access course. once test has been passed you can then ride any size of motorcycle with unlimited horsepower.

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